Santiago Martin Silva Olivera is a professional football player from Uruguay who plays as a striker. Santiago began his career in 1998, with Central Espanol. The next year, he moved to River Plate de Montevideo to gain more on-field playing time but that didn’t come his way. After two seasons with the team, he moved to Defensor Sporting Club and then to Brazilian club Corinthians.
Things didn’t work out for Silva in Brazil and thus, he returned to his home country and came back to River Plate de Montevideo. His wanderings did see him pick up some recognition in other countries, especially when he played for Energie Cottbus in 2003-04. Silva scored 9 goals in his 30-odd matches with the team before moving onwards to FC Beira-Mar. Another 8 goals in 30 games boosted his confidence to play in Europe but he never made it to the big teams, coming back to Argentina in 2005. He came back to Newell’s Old Boys and played just 14 games in 2005, scoring 4 times. In 2006, he moved to Central Espanyol, his first club in Uruguay but was back in Argentina in the next season, this time with Gimnasia de La Plata.
In 30-odd matches, Silva was on target 14 times, gathering praise from many for his exploits with and off the ball. His endeavours brought him to Velez Sarsfield at the end of the season, where he scored 9 times in his first 30 games.