Iván Córdoba

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Córdoba and the second or maternal family name is Sepúlveda.
Iván Ramiro Córdoba
Ivan Cordoba - Inter Mailand (1).jpg
Córdoba with Inter Milan in 2009
Personal information
Full name Iván Ramiro Córdoba Sepúlveda
Date of birth (1976-08-11) 11 August 1976 (age 37)
Place of birth Rionegro, Colombia
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Internazionale(team manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1995 Deportivo Rionegro 42 (1)
1996–1998 Atlético Nacional 73 (1)
1998–1999 San Lorenzo 59 (8)
1999–2012 Internazionale 324 (15)
Total 498 (25)
National team
1997–2011 Colombia 73 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 May 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:03, 17 October 2008 (UTC)

Iván Ramiro Córdoba Sepúlveda (Spanish pronunciation: [iˈβ̞an ˈko̞ɾð̞o̞β̞a], born 11 August 1976 in Rionegro, Antioquia Department) is a retired Colombian footballer, who played for Internazionale and the Colombia national team. He was the vice-captain of Internazionale and has also served as captain for his country.

Club career[edit]

He made his debut with the Colombian Serie B team Deportivo Rionegro in 1993, his subsequent performances earned him a transfer to Colombian heavyweights Atlético Nacional in 1996. He made his name playing for San Lorenzo in Argentina from 1998 but signed for Italian side Internazionale in the winter transfer window, January 2000, costing the club €16 million, rejecting another offer from Real Madrid in doing so. He has become a mainstay of the Internazionale central defence, for years forming a highly effective partnership in central defence with Marco Materazzi. His long career at Inter has led him to be named vice-captain behind Javier Zanetti, due to this he had the honour of lifting the Coppa Italia in 2005 when Javier Zanetti was absent due to his presence in the Confederations Cup.

The 19 February 2008 he injured his left anterior cruciate ligament during the Champions League round of 16 against Liverpool, resulting in having to sit out the rest of the season.

The 9 June 2008 he renewed his contract until 30 June 2012 with Inter, ensuring that he would effectively finish his career with Inter.

On 5 May 2012 Cordoba announced that he'll leave Inter at the end of the season.[1] A day later, Cordoba was brought on in the 84th minute of the Derby della Madonnina, making his last competitive appearance in an Inter shirt after 13 years in the San Siro. In May he traveled with 18 other Inter players (with Dellafiore an exception) to Indonesia for a friendly tour.[2]

With Internazionale he has won 5 Serie A championships, 4 Coppa Italia, 3 Supercoppa Italiana, 1 UEFA Champions League, and 1 FIFA Club World Cup.

During the Derby della Madonnina (last game at home of the 2011-2012 season), Inter players wore the Cordoba #2 while warming up before the kick-off.

International career[edit]

He captained Colombia to win the 2001 Copa América competition, scoring the only goal in the final. Córdoba also played for his country in the 1998 World Cup.

Characteristics[edit]

Naturally a central defender and man-marker, he was athletic and relied mostly on his pace and timing. Despite being only 173 centimeters tall, he was a good header of the ball, a good jumper and often scored goals with his head. Córdoba was also a versatile defender, sometimes playing as a right back and on one occasion even as a left back.

Statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Colombia League Cup South America Total
1994 Deportivo Rionegro 16 0 - - 16 0
1995 26 1 - - 26 1
1996 Atlético Nacional 31 1 - - 31 1
1997 42 0 - - 42 0
Argentina League Cup South America Total
1997–98 San Lorenzo Primera División 24 2 - - 24 2
1998–99 35 6 - - 35 6
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
1999–00 Internazionale Serie A 20 0 5 0 - 19 0
2000–01 23 0 3 1 9 0 23 0
2001–02 30 1 1 0 11 0 30 1
2002–03 28 1 1 0 16 1 28 1
2003–04 31 1 5 0 11 0 31 1
2004–05 32 3 4 0 10 0 32 3
2005–06 35 4 4 0 9 0 35 4
2006–07 29 0 5 1 7 0 29 0
2007–08 20 3 1 0 5 0 20 3
2008–09 28 2 2 0 7 0 28 2
2009–10 21 0 2 0 2 0 21 0
2010–11 22 0 1 0 5 0 28 0
2011–12 5 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
Total Colombia 115 2 - - 115 2
Argentina 59 8 - - 59 8
Italy 324 15 34 2 92 1 455 18
Career total 498 25 34 2 92 1 615 28

Honours[edit]

Internazionale
International

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.inter.it/aas/news/reader?N=39903&L=en Ivan: "My last game in San Siro"
  2. ^ "Inter's Cordoba happy to end career in Indonesia". Goal.com. 27 May 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 

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