Ysrael Zúñiga

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Ysrael Zúñiga
Personal information
Full name Herlyn Ysrael Zuñiga Yañez
Date of birth August 27, 1976 (1976-08-27) (age 38)
Place of birth    Lima, Peru
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Bursaspor
Number 99
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1998-1999
2000-2002
2002-2003
2004
2005
2005-2006
2007
2008-present
Melgar FBC
Coventry City
Estudiantes
Universitario
Universidad Arequipa
Sporting Cristal
Melgar FBC
Bursaspor
25 (19)
28 (3)
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5(1)   
National team
1999-present Peru 19 (3)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Ysrael Zúñiga (born August 27, 1976) is a Peruvian footballer who notably played for Melgar FBC as a striker.

Zúñiga initially trained as a dental technician before deciding to become a professional footballer at the relatively late age of 22. He gained some international notoriety after scoring a league-record equalling 32 goals for Melgar in his first season in the Primera División Peruana in 1999. His goalscoring success prompted English Premier League club Coventry City to purchase him for £750,000 in February 2000. However, he was unable to find any form in England; scoring four goals in 30 appearances spread over two and a half years with Coventry before he was released in the summer of 2002.

After leaving Coventry he joined Argentinian club Estudiantes, but again struggled to recapture his scoring form. Zúñiga returned to his homeland following the conclusion of his spell in Argentina to join Sporting Cristal, a club he spent time at as a teenager before leaving the game to study to be a dental worker.

He won 19 caps and scored 3 goals for the Peru national football team.

He was recalled against Ecuador on June 2007.

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