Fernando Salazar, also known as El Pollo, is a professional footballer who plays as a defender in his home country, Mexico. Salazar’s professional career began in 1999 when he joined FC Atlas AC as a 20-year old. Salazar played his way into the first team early on in his career and was soon a permanent fixture in the squad and went on to play 168 games for the team. Despite being a defender, Salazar did score 6 goals in his time at Atlas A.C.
In 2001, he joined Club Toluca where he played 17 games before taking a sabbatical from football on account of injury. In 2005, Salazar returned to the game and joined CF Pachuca where he again put himself in the starting lineup of the team and played 110 games in 3 seasons, scoring 13 times.
With C.F. Pachuca, Salazar finally got his hand on some silverware when he won the 2006 Clausura title in the Mexican Championships. Pachuca then went on to win the 2006 Copa Nissan Sudamericana and then had a prosperous 2007. In 2007, Salazar led his team to the North American SuperLiga title, the second Clausura title in a row as well as the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup.
The last title, he won again in 2008 before moving out to Monarcas Morelia for the 2009 season.
At the international level, Salazar was a part of the Mexican National Team between 2003 and 2006 however, he only played 9 games, most as a substitute.