David Ospina

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Ospina and the second or maternal family name is Ramírez.
David Ospina
David Ospina.jpg
Ospina with Atlético Nacional in 2008
Personal information
Full name David Ospina Ramírez
Date of birth (1988-08-31) 31 August 1988 (age 25)
Place of birth Medellín, Colombia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Number 13
Youth career
Atlético Nacional
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Atlético Nacional 97 (0)
2008–2014 Nice 189 (0)
2014– Arsenal 0 (0)
National team
2006–2007 Colombia U20 12 (0)
2007– Colombia 48 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 July 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 July 2014

David Ospina Ramírez (born 31 August 1988) is a Colombian professional footballer who plays for Arsenal as a goalkeeper.

Club career[edit]


He became the starting keeper at Atlético Nacional, of the Colombian league, at age 17.[1] he would win back to back league titles in 2007 before leaving the Colombian giants.


Ospina playing for Nice

After 3 seasons at Atlético Nacional he was transferred to OGC Nice in France for a 2 million euro fee. In July 2012, Turkish club Besiktas attempted, unsuccessfully to sign him.[2]

In May 2014, it was confirmed that Ospina would not sign a new contract with Nice, despite his existing contract to expire at the end of the 2014-15 season.[3]


In July 2014, Arsenal and Nice agreed to a £ 3.2 million transfer, where Ospina signed a 4-year contract.[4][5][6] Wenger confirmed the signing stating that Ospina could take the number 1 goalkeeping spot from Wojciech Szczęsny if he could showcase his abilities as the better keeper.[7][8] Ospina would have an emotional farewell with Nice, having spent 6 years for the French side.[9] He was given the number 13 kit previously worn by Szczęsny.[10]

International career[edit]

Ospina has played for the Colombia national football team and was also a member of the Colombian U-15, U-17, and U-20 teams. He made his debut for the senior team as a substitute during the 2007 Kirin Cup against Uruguay. He made his first start for the national team in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Bolivia, becoming the second youngest keeper to start for the Colombia national football team.

During Colombia's first day of training in the Copa America[when?], Ospina suffered a facial injury after colliding with Hugo Rodallega which ruled him out of the tournament.

Ospina was selected as the starting goalkeeper for Colombia throughout the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification competition. In the match against Argentina in 2013 of the qualifiers, Ospina gave an amazing performance where he received praise from both Jose Pekerman and Alejandro Sabella following the 0-0 draw.[11][12] He was later referred to as man of the match.[13][14] At the end of the qualifiers, Ospina conceded the least amount of goals by any South American goalkeeper.



Atletico Nacional


  1. ^ http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/nationalleagues/nationalleague=england-premier-league-2000000000/news/newsid/240/835/0/index.html?intcmp=fifacom_hp_module_news
  2. ^ http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/nice-call-ospina-besiktas-sale-142023974.html
  3. ^ http://www.getfootballnewsfrance.com/2014/david-ospina-set-to-walk-away-from-les-aiglons-for-free/
  4. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2699320/Arsenal-agree-fee-Nice-Columbia-goalkeeper-David-Ospina.html
  5. ^ http://www.squawka.com/news/reports-arsenal-set-to-finalise-david-ospina-deal/145727
  6. ^ http://www.foxsports.com/soccer/story/arsenal-completes-move-for-colombia-goalkeeper-david-ospina-according-to-nice-072614?cmpid=tsmfb:fscom:foxsoccer
  7. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2706120/David-Ospina-Arsenal-No-1-shows-hes-better-Wojciech-Szczesny-says-Arsene-Wenger.html
  8. ^ http://www.espn.co.uk/football/sport/story/327247.html
  9. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dV2Fb52sILo
  10. ^ http://football-talk.co.uk/93786/photos-ospinas-shirt-number-revealed-as-goalkeeper-poses-in-new-arsenal-kit/
  11. ^ http://es.fifa.com/worldcup/preliminaries/news/newsid=2104450/index.html
  12. ^ http://es.fifa.com/worldcup/preliminaries/news/newsid=2104482/index.html
  13. ^ http://peru21.pe/deportes/raul-fernandez-duelo-personal-contra-david-ospina-2134964
  14. ^ http://www.caracol.com.co/noticias/deportes/david-ospina-el-jugador-del-partido-en-el-monumental/20130607/nota/1912519.aspx
  15. ^ a b "David Ospina: Trophies". Soccerway. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 

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