Rafael Robayo

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Rafael Robayo
Personal information
Full name Rafael Fernando Robayo Marroquín
Date of birth (1984-04-24) April 24, 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Bogotá, Colombia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Millonarios
Number 8
Youth career
2000–2002 Escuela de Fútbol Vida
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Atlético Nacional 1 (0)
2004 Once Caldas 0 (0)
2005–2011 Millonarios 180 (21)
2012 Chicago Fire 16 (0)
2012– Millonarios (loan) 19 (2)
National team
2010– Colombia 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of January 19, 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Rafael Robayo (born April 24, 1984 in Bogotá) is a Colombian footballer who currently plays for Millonarios, on loan from Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer, as a midfielder.

Career[edit]

Robayo began his youth career at Escuela de Fútbol Vida. In 2003 he joined top Colombian club Atlético Nacional and made his first team debut the same year. In 2004 he joined Once Caldas but remained at the club for only one year as his opportunities were limited. In early 2005 Robayo joined Millonarios and on May 15 of that year scored his first professional goal in a 1-1 draw with Atlético Nacional in Medellín.[1]

In 2006 Robayo lost his place for Millonarios but in 2007 he bounced back to claim a starting role in midfield as a result of his fine form during the Copa Sudamericana 2007 in which the club advanced to the semifinal stage.[2] After the departure of Gerardo Bedoya in early 2010, Robayo has served as club captain aleternating with José Mera. [3] On October 24, 2010 Robayo recorded his first two goal game as Millonarios defeated Deportivo Pereira by a 2-1 score.[4]

Robayo continued his fine form in 2011 as he helped the club win the 2011 Copa Colombia by a 2-0 aggregate score over Boyacá Chicó. After seven seasons at the club on January 4, 2012 Robayo announced that he would be leaving the club.[5] A day later it was revealed that Robayo would be joining Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer.[6] On July 26, 2012, after half a season in Chicago, Robayo was loaned back to Millonarios for the remainder of the 2012 season.[7]

Statistics[edit]

(As of July 26, 2012)

Year Team League Matches Goals Cup Matches Goals Total Matches Total Goals
2005 Millonarios 30 1 0 0 30 1
2006 Millonarios 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 Millonarios 29 2 0 0 29 2
2008 Millonarios 32 4 4 1 36 5
2009 Millonarios 33 1 8 1 41 2
2010 Millonarios 24 6 10 1 34 7
2011 Millonarios 32 6 6 0 38 6
2012 Chicago Fire 16 0 1 0 17 0
2012 Millonarios 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 196 20 29 3 225 23

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