Róbinson Zapata

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Zapata and the second or maternal family name is Montaño.
Robinson Zapata
Robinson "Rufay" Zapata.PNG
Personal information
Full name Róbinson Zapata Montaño
Date of birth (1978-09-30) 30 September 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Florida, Colombia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Santa Fe
Number 12
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 América de Cali 62 (0)
2000–2002 Real Cartagena 83 (7)
2003–2004 América de Cali 33 (0)
2004–2005 Rosario Central 1 (0)
2005 Independiente 0 (0)
2005–2006 Belgrano 25 (0)
2006–2007 Cúcuta Deportivo 44 (0)
2007–2011 Steaua Bucureşti 85 (0)
2011 Galatasaray 10 (0)
2011–2012 Deportivo Pereira 18 (0)
2012 Itagüí 43 (0)
2013 Millonarios 11 (0)
2014– Santa Fe
National team
Colombia U-21 13 (0)
2007– Colombia 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 August 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 August 2008

Róbinson Zapata Montaño, aka Rufay (born 30 September 1978, Florida, Colombia), is a Colombian football player who plays for Independiente Santa Fe.

Club career[edit]

Colombia[edit]

Zapata started his career in Colombia with América de Cali and Real Cartagena. In 2004 he moved to Argentina where he had spells with Rosario Central, Independiente and Belgrano. In 2006 he joined La Serena in Chile before returning to Colombia to play for Cúcuta Deportivo.

Steaua Bucureşti[edit]

Rufay, as he's called by his colleagues, joined Steaua a few years ago On 23 July 2007: Steaua bought Zapata for €500.000 and signed a four-year[1] contract with the Romanian team Steaua Bucureşti from Cúcuta Deportivo. During the season's first half, he became the most appreciated player in the Romanian team. (seen in this statistic made by Steaua supporters). After a mediocre second year at Steaua, Rufay became the first option as a goalkeeper after Ciprian Tătăruşanu's mistakes, and showed outstanding form.

In the beginning of 2010–11 season, Rufay was demoted to the B squad after the arrival of new coach Victor Piţurcă. Soon after Piţurcă left the club, new coach Dumitrescu called him back to the first squad. On December 2010, Robinson Zapata ended the contract with Steaua.

Galatasaray[edit]

On 21 January 2011, Zapata agreed a one-and-a-half-year deal with Turkish club Galatasaray.[2][3] He has been in a bad shape since his arrival, with just two clean sheets in 13 games, with a shot/save ratio of 42%. In June 2011, Robinson Zapata was fired from Galatasaray, becoming a free agent.[4] He returned to Colombia where he is set to play for Deportivo Pereira in the second half on 2011.

International career[edit]

  • 5 July 2007: Zapata represented Colombia at the Copa America 2007, playing against USA, but he was sent off in the 86th minute after being cautioned twice.

Titles[edit]

Season Club Title
2006 Colombia Cúcuta Deportivo Colombian Primera A

References[edit]

  1. ^ Steaua a transferat un nou portar
  2. ^ "Róbinson Zapata KAP bildiri" (in Turkish). Kap.gov.tr. Retrieved 21 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Galatasaray’da Üç İmza" (in Turkish). Galatasaray.org. Retrieved 21 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Lions to start training June 27, but where are the players?

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