Mauricio Molina

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This article is about the Colombian footballer. For the Argentine professional golfer, see Mauricio Molina (golfer).
Mauricio Molina
Personal information
Full name Mauricio Alejandro Molina Uribe
Date of birth (1980-04-30) 30 April 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth Medellín, Colombia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
FC Seoul
Number 11
Youth career
1997–1998 Envigado
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2001 Envigado 83 (25)
2001–2002 Santa Fé 16 (5)
2002–2003 Independiente Medellín 43 (14)
2003–2004 Morelia 24 (1)
2004–2005 Al Ain 10 (0)
2005–2007 Independiente Medellín 16 (5)
2006 San Lorenzo (loan) 24 (0)
2007 Olimpia (loan) 17 (5)
2007–2008 Red Star Belgrade 11 (2)
2008–2009 Santos 20 (8)
2009–2010 Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 46 (21)
2011– FC Seoul 124 (42)
National team
2001– Colombia 13 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 November 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 October 2009

Mauricio Alejandro Molina Uribe, nicknamed Mao (born 30 April 1980 in Medellín) is a Colombian football midfielder, who currently plays for FC Seoul in the K League Classic. He is fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese.

Career[edit]

Molina started his career in Colombian side Envigado at the age of 16. He soon made his way up to the first team and was transferred to Independiente Santa Fé. around his stint through Santa Fe, After a serious injury he returned to the pitch in 2002 playing for Independiente Medellín where he led the team to its first national championship in 45 years and the third overall. In 2003 he helped the team reach the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores. After the successful campaign with Independiente Medellín he moved to CA Morelia of Mexico until 2004. After Morelia, Molina went to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to play for the Al Ain FC where he stayed for a semester, after which he returned to his best memories with Independiente Medellin for another semester. Molina then played for San Lorenzo de Almagro of Argentina from 2005 to 2006. In 2007, Molina signed with Paraguayan Club Olimpia de Asunción where he played the first semester of the year. After a very successful campaign with the team in which he was the co-scorer with 10 goals, Molina was transfer for the second semester of 2007 to the Serbian club FK Crvena Zvezda, also known as Red Star Belgrade, in which Molina makes his debut in the European football.

Molina prepares to include himself in the lines of a great club: Brazilian Santos. He made his debut as a Santos player on 13 February 2008, starting against Cúcuta Deportivo of Colombia in the 2008 Copa Libertadores.[1]

At the national team level, he was part of the Colombia national football team that won the 2001 Copa América.

In July 2009, Molina moves to South Korean club Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma for $1,275,000.[2] In his first K-League match for Seongnam, he scored debut goal against Pohang Steelers. In all K-league competitions Molina scored 22 goals along with 11 assists in 50 appearances for Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma and in 2010 Molina and Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma won the AFC Champions League 2010.[3]

On 24 January 2011, Molina signed for K-League side FC Seoul on a three-year contract.[3][4]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Independiente Medellin
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
FC Seoul

International[edit]

Colombia

Individual[edit]

Stats in K League[edit]

Statistics accurate as of 27 Aug 2014

Club Season K League Classic KFA Cup League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Apps Goals Assists
Seongnam
Ilhwa Chunma
2009 17 10 3 2 1 0 0 0 N/A N/A 19 11 3
2010 29 11 7 3 2 4 1 1 11 7 47 21 8
Seongnam
Total
46 21 10 5 3 4 1 1 11 7 66 32 11
FC Seoul 2011 29 10 12 2 1 0 0 0 8 2 39 13 12
2012 41 18 19 2 1 - - - N/A N/A 43 19 19
2013 35 9 13 1 1 - - - 13 1 49 11 13
2014 8 4 2 2 0 - - - 1 0 11 4 2
Seoul
Total
113 41 46 7 3 0 0 0 22 3 142 47 46
Career Total 159 62 56 12 6 4 1 1 33 10 208 79 57

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Colombia's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Final Competition
1. 17 July 2003 Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, United States  Guatemala 1-1 1-1 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leão poupa estreantes estrangeiros de críticas" (in Portuguese). Terra Esportes. Retrieved 14 February 2008. 
  2. ^ "Molina moves to Seongnam Ilhwa". SportsYa. Retrieved 18 July 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "FC Seoul brings Molina and Kim Dong-jin". fcseoul.com. Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "FC서울, '최고의 왼발' 몰리나 영입" (in Korean). fcseoul.com. Retrieved 24 January 2011. 

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