Faryd Mondragón

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Mondragón and the second or maternal family name is Alí.
Faryd Mondragon
Faryd Mondragon 2.jpg
Mondragón playing for 1. FC Köln in 2008
Personal information
Full name Faryd Camilo Mondragón Alí
Date of birth (1971-06-21) 21 June 1971 (age 43)
Place of birth Cali, Colombia
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1991 Deportivo Cali 1 (0)
1992 Real Cartagena 15 (0)
1992 Santa Fe 2 (0)
1993 Cerro Porteño 11 (0)
1993–1994 Argentinos Juniors 21 (0)
1994–1995 Independiente 0 (0)
1995 Santa Fe 30 (0)
1995–1998 Independiente 103 (0)
1999 Real Zaragoza 13 (0)
1999–2000 Independiente 16 (0)
2001 Metz 30 (0)
2001–2007 Galatasaray 185 (0)
2007–2010 1. FC Köln 106 (0)
2011 Philadelphia Union 27 (0)
2012–2014 Deportivo Cali 78 (0)
Total 638 (0)
National team
1993–2014 Colombia 56 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Faryd Camilo Mondragón Alí (born 21 June 1971) is a retired Colombian footballer who last played as a goalkeeper for Deportivo Cali in the Colombian First Division.

Since his debut in 1993, he has played over 50 times for the Colombian national team, making him alongside Mario Yepes the last active members of the original 1990s golden generation of Colombian football. He was named in the Colombian squads for the 1992 Olympics, two Copa América tournaments, two CONCACAF Gold Cups, and the World Cups of 1994, 1998 and 2014. On June 24, 2014, Mondragon made history by becoming the oldest player to play a FIFA World Cup match at the age of 43 years and 3 days before retiring after Colombia was eliminated.

Club career[edit]

Faryd Mondragón playing for 1. FC Köln.

Born in Cali of Lebanese descent, Mondragón's career began at Deportivo Cali, and he moved to Independiente Santa Fe and then Cerro Porteño in Paraguay. His career took off when he joined the Argentine first division side Argentinos Juniors in 1993, and then made his international debut for Colombia. The following year he moved to Club Atlético Independiente where he won, among other titles, the 1995 Supercopa Libertadores against Flamengo. Apart from some brief periods, he largely stood at the club until 2001.

He was the man behind the FC Metz's escape from relegation from Ligue 1 at the end of the 2000–01 season. However, he was convicted of using a false Greek passport and despite the mitigating circumstances (the passport would have been provided by shysters and FC Metz had not reached the limit of players outside the EU), Mondragón was not allowed to play in France and had to leave the country.

Mondragón represented Turkish power Galatasaray from 2001 to 2007, where he won two Süper Lig titles in 2002 and 2006. He was appreciated by the fans for his many saves and his commitment to the success of the team, and also become known for his prayers before and during games. He came to the fore in many European matches and was selected Player of the week in the Champions League two times.

Mondragón transferred from Istanbul to 1. FC Köln in May 2007. After arriving at his new club, he was forced to compete with established Köln goalkeeper Stefan Wessels for a spot in the starting eleven. One of the reasons that he chose 1. FC Köln it was because the current coach Christoph Daum was working there. After an intense pre-season, Mondragón was named as the new number one for 1. FC Köln. This resulted in Wessels leaving the club for Everton in England. Since Wessels departure, Mondragón established a first choice goalkeeper for the club until Mondragón was relegated to the bench after an altercation with Zvonimir Soldo over his desire to go on international duty. This resulted in Mondragón being sent home from the team hotel and being replaced by young Croatian stopper Miro Varvodić.[2]

Mondragón in his second spell at Deportivo Cali.

His contract with Köln was terminated with effect from 31 December 2010,[3] the reason being Mondragón's desire to play in the MLS.

He spent the 2011 season with Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer, where he was successful in providing leadership to a young team. On January 30, 2012, Deportivo Cali announced Mondragon had signed a one-year contract to finish his career with his original professional club.[4]

International career[edit]

After making his debut against Venezuela in 1993,[5] Mondragón was a member of the Colombian national teams that competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics and the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cup. During the 1998 World Cup, he started in goal for all three of their games, including the final match against England. Despite conceding two goals, he made some impressive saves and in doing so kept the score down to 2–0, with the BBC's South American football correspondent Tim Vickery saying that Mondragón was "single-handedly responsible for the fact that England did not run up a cricket score".[6] At the end of the game, Mondragón broke down in tears and David Seaman, England's goalkeeper, did his best to console him. According to German footballing legend Franz Beckenbauer, Mondragón had been the best goalkeeper of the first round.[7]

Along with Carlos Valderrama, the country's most capped player, Mondragón is the only Colombian to have participated in five FIFA World Cup qualification campaigns.[5] In 2010, he was recalled to the Colombian squad at the age of 39 after a five year absence from international football.[8] In 2014, he was named in Colombia's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, making him the oldest player at the tournament, and in World Cup history, at the age of 43, and the only squad member at the 1994 FIFA World Cup.[9] He is also the only player to have participated in 6 different World Cup qualifying campaigns since 1993. By coming on as a substitute in the 85th minute of the final group game against Japan on 24 June 24, 2014, he became the oldest player ever to play in a World Cup game at the age of 43 years and 3 days old, surpassing the record set by Roger Milla for Cameroon at the 1994 World Cup.[10] Mondragon gave a very emotional interview afterwards, expressing his gratitude to have been given the opportunity to represent Colombia one last time at a world cup.[11]

After Colombia's elimination to the host country Brazil, Mondragon officially confirmed his retirement and thanked the fans and nation for the support after stating, "This is my last stadium as a professional player. I'm proud to be part of this wonderful group. Thank you all for the years of support.".[12][13]

Career statistics[edit]

Updated June 27, 2014

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Colombia League Cup League Cup South America Total
1990 Deportivo Cali Categoría Primera A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1992 Real Cartagena 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
Santa Fe 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Paraguay League Cup League Cup South America Total
1993 Cerro Porteño División Profesional 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Argentina League Cup League Cup South America Total
1993–94 Argentinos Juniors Primera División 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 0
1994–95 Independiente 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Colombia League Cup League Cup South America Total
1995 Santa Fe Categoría Primera A 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 30 0
Argentina League Cup League Cup South America Total
1995–96 Independiente Primera División 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 0
1996–97 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 33 0
1997–98 26 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 1
1998–99 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 0
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Europe Total
1998–99 Real Zaragoza La Liga 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Argentina League Cup League Cup South America Total
1999–00 Independiente Primera División 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
2000–01 Metz Ligue 1 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 30 0
Turkey League Türkiye Kupası Süper Kupa Europe Total
2001–02 Galatasaray Süper Lig 28 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 40 0
2002–03 32 0 1 0 0 0 6 0 39 0
2003–04 27 0 1 0 0 0 8 0 36 0
2004–05 34 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 38 0
2005–06 34 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 38 0
2006–07 30 0 3 0 1 0 6 0 40 0
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
2007–08 Köln Bundesliga 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 0
2008–09 31 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 33 0
2009–10 32 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 36 0
2010–11 12 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2011 Philadelphia Union Major League Soccer 27 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 30 0
Colombia League Cup Other South America Total
2012 Deportivo Cali Categoría Primera A 33 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 34 0
2013 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 40 0
2014 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 10 0
Total Colombia 126 0 1 0 0 0 5 0 132 0
Paraguay 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Argentina 140 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 140 1
Spain 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
France 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 30 0
Turkey 185 0 11 0 1 0 34 0 231 0
Germany 106 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 114 0
USA 27 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 30 0
Career total 638 1 21 0 3 0 39 0 701 1

Honours[edit]

Independiente
Galatasaray
Deportivo Cali

Personal life[edit]

Mondragón is of Lebanese descent.[14] His first name Faryd means “unique or unmatched” in Arabic.[15] He is a Muslim and became the first Muslim player to play for Colombia.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Faryd Mondragón". footballdatabase.eu. Retrieved September 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Report: Faryd Mondragon Set To Leave Koeln For Philadelphia Union". Goals.com. December 9, 2010. Archived from the original on December 12, 2010. Retrieved February 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Mondragon verlässt den FC" [Mondragon leaves FC]. 1. FC Köln (in German). December 13, 2010. Archived from the original on March 5, 2012. Retrieved December 21, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Mondragón se vuelve a poner la verde" [Mondragon returns to put on the green]. ligapostobon.com.co (in Spanish). January 30, 2012. Archived from the original on January 16, 2014. Retrieved January 30, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Faryd Mondragon". FIFA. Archived from the original on July 10, 2014. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  6. ^ Tim Vickery (April 22, 2013). "Tim Vickery column: Veteran goalkeeper eyeing place in Rio". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on July 10, 2014. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  7. ^ Jeremiah Oshan (March 14, 2011). "Faryd Mondragon Provides Stability In Goal". SB Nation. Archived from the original on July 10, 2014. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Mondragon in Colombia roster after 5-year absence". Fox Soccer (MSN). May 21, 2014. Archived from the original on October 7, 2010. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ Nick Miller (June 11, 2014). "World Cup Knowledge: players who played at World Cup without a club". The Guardian (theguardian.com). Archived from the original on June 20, 2014. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Mondragon bridging Colombian history". FIFA Official Website. June 25, 2014. Archived from the original on June 26, 2014. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Faryd Mondragon Breaks the Old Record of the World Cup. Brazil 2014". YouTube. June 25, 2014. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  12. ^ Liam Apicella (July 5, 2014). "Faryd Mondragon announces retirement". SportsMole. Archived from the original on July 10, 2014. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  13. ^ Andy Morris (July 5, 2014). "World Cup record-breaker retires: Colombia goalkeeper bids farewell to football". Fanatix. Archived from the original on July 10, 2014. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Football: Colombian 'globetrotter' reaches end of the road at World Cup". The Straight Times. May 28, 2014. Archived from the original on May 28, 2014. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  15. ^ Eric Gomez (April 21, 2011). "Breaking News: Mondragon talks MLS, Europe, Copa America". Goal.com. Archived from the original on April 24, 2011. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 

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