Alexander Mejía

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Alexander Mejía
Mejía in Colombia and Ivory Coast match at the FIFA World Cup 2014-06-19.jpg
Mejía playing for Colombia against Ivory Coast at the 2014 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Alexander Mejía Sabalza
Date of birth (1988-07-11) 11 July 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Barranquilla, Colombia
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Monterrey[1]
Number 20
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2012 Deportes Quindío 101 (4)
2011 Once Caldas (loan) 37 (0)
2012–2014 Atlético Nacional 88 (0)
2015– Monterrey 7 (0)
National team
2012– Colombia 17 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 March 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 March 2015

Alexander Mejía (born 11 July 1988) is a Colombian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Mexican club Monterrey[2] and the Colombia national football team.

He is described by FIFA's official website as "a linchpin noted for his ability to tidy up mistakes, rob possession and track down and pressurise opponents".[3]

Club career[edit]

Mejía made his professional debut for Deportes Quindío in 2005, where he played for seven years, including a loan spell at Once Caldas.[3] In 2012, he joined Atlético Nacional and won both the Copa Colombia and the Superliga Colombiana in his first season.[3] In the following seasons, Mejía helped Nacional to three consecutive Colombian league titles, becoming team captain after the departure of Macnelly Torres.[3]

International career[edit]

In 2012, Mejía made his debut for the Colombia national team in a FIFA World Cup qualifier against Peru.[3] He went on to become a regular member of the squad in the remainder of the campaign, making five appearances overall.[3]

On 9 June 2014, he was named in Colombia's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[4] On 14 June, he appeared as a 69th minute substitute in the team's opening match of the tournament – a 3–0 defeat of Greece in Belo Horizonte.[5]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Atlético Nacional

References[edit]

  1. ^ *Alexander Mejía Liga MX stats at Medio Tiempo.com (Spanish)
  2. ^ Football Database - Alexander Mejía
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Alexander MEJIA". FIFA. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "World Cup 2014: Radamel Falcao out of Colombia squad". BBC. 9 June 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Colombia 3-0 Greece". BBC. 14 June 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014.