Víctor Montaño

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Víctor Montaño
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Personal information
Full name Víctor Hugo Montaño Caicedo
Date of birth (1984-05-01) 1 May 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Cali, Colombia
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Montpellier
Number 29
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Millonarios 44 (6)
2004–2005 Istres 33 (2)
2005–2010 Montpellier 159 (43)
2010–2013 Rennes 71 (16)
2013– Montpellier 19 (4)
National team
2002–2003 Colombia U-20 14 (5)
2011 Colombia 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 January 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Montaño and the second or maternal family name is Caicedo.

Víctor Hugo Montaño Caicedo (born 1 May 1984 in Cali) is a Colombian association footballer, who plays as a striker for Ligue 1 club Montpellier.[1]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Although born in Cali, Montaño started his professional career at Bogota side Millonarios as a teenager. He showed great promise in Colombia and at the age of 20, on 26 June 2004, secured a move to newly promoted Ligue 1 side FC Istres on a one-year deal.[2] Montaño appeared in 33 Ligue 1 games in his first season in Europe and netted 2 goals, but was unable to prevent Istres from finishing last and returning to Ligue 2.[3][4]

Montpellier[edit]

Following the club's relegation he was sold to fellow Ligue 2 side Montpellier HSC. During his time at Montpellier he became known for his great skills and his powerful right foot[5] After playing with Montpellier for four seasons in Ligue 2, the club were promoted in 2009 after finishing two points behind champions RC Lens.[6] During the promotion campaign, Montaño finished with 15 goals, three behind top scorer Grégory Thil, and also contributed with seven assists.[7]

In the club's first season back in the French top flight, Montpellier finished in 5th spot on 69 points, just two points away from a Champions League spot.[8] The other two promoted clubs, Le Mans and US Boulogne, fared much worse and immediately dropped back down to Ligue 2, with Montaño scoring goals in both away victories against the sides.[9][10] Montaño was a big part of Montpellier's success that campaign as he contributed with 11 goals, from 84 shots,[11] and three assists.[12] Included in this, was an impressive brace against Lille on 22 November 2009, that saw his side win 2–0[13][14] and a long range effort that helped his side to a dramatic 2–1 victory over Lyon on 23 December.[15]

Stade Rennais[edit]

After a successful five-year spell at Montpellier HSC, Montaño joined Rennes in a € 6.5M deal[16] on 11 July 2010. He signed a four-year deal with the club and was brought in following the departure of Jimmy Briand to Lyon.[17] He made his debut for the club on 14 August 2010, the opening day of the Ligue 1 season against AS Nancy. He made an immediate impact, scoring the opening goal and providing an assist for Yacine Brahimi, as his side eventually won 3–0.[18] On 9 January 2011 Montano scored his first brace for the club, coming in a 7–0 thrashing of Championnat National side AS Cannes.[19][20]

Following a horrendous 5–1 loss to Sochaux on 29 January 2011, Rennes pulled off five straight Ligue 1 victories to go temporarily top of the table on 5 March 2011.[21] Montaño was very instrumental in this run, scoring three goals in three straight games. The first goal of this run came on 13 February against relegation threatened O.G.C. Nice, scoring the winning goal in a 2–0 victory.[22] He followed this up seven days later, converting an 88th minute penalty to see off Toulouse FC and send Stade Rennais up to second spot.[23] On 26 February, Rennes played host to RC Lens, with Abdoulrazak Boukari and Montaño scoring to send Rennes above Lille in the league table.[24] Following this game, Montano was only able to find the net two more times for the rest of the campaign. He scored one and assisted Jérôme Leroy for the winner against AS Saint-Étienne on 15 May 2011[25] and also found the back of the net against champions Lille on 29 May.[26] Rennes eventually ran out of steam, finishing in sixth spot, but did secure a UEFA Europa League play-off spot. Montaño finished his first season with the Brittany club as an important part of the offense. He started in 31 Ligue 1 fixtures, netting nine goals and adding four assists.[11]

His second season in Brittany started much like his first. In the second leg of their third qualifying round match against Georgian side FC Metalurgi Rustavi, Montaño scored in the 75th minute and Julien Feret added another ten minutes later, as the French side ran out 7–2 aggregate winners.[27] The start of the league campaign was impressive for Rennes as well, Montano scored one and assisted another on the opening day of the new Ligue 1 season. This time it came against newly promoted Dijon and his side won 5–1.[28]

On 18 August 2011, Montaño scored the winning goal of their first leg Europa League play-off tie against Red Star Belgrade in Serbia.[29] His 75th minute strike put Stade Rennais in control of the tie and favorites to advance to the group stages. In the second leg Montaño opened the scoring in the 10th minute and was later substituted by Stephane Dalmat, as Rennes won 4–0, 6–1 on aggregate.[30] On 18 September Montano put his side 1–0 up in the 19th minute against AS Nancy-Lorraine after being fed in by strike partner Jonathan Pitroipa, the match ended in a 1–1 draw.[31]

In the final game of the season on 20 May 2012, Montaño opened the scoring in the ninth minute as Rennes went on to secure a 5-0 defeat of relegated club Dijon.[32]

Return to Montpellier[edit]

On 7 August 2013, Montpellier confirmed on their website that they had re-signed Montaño from fellow Ligue 1 club Rennes.[33]

International career[edit]

He played with the Colombia national under-20 football team at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship in the United Arab Emirates, helping Colombia finish 3rd by winning against Argentina 2–1.[34]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Arrivée du Colombien Victor Montano – Ligue 2". Fcistres.com. 14 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "L'historique du club". Fcistres.com. 14 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Ligue1.com – French Football League – Ligue 1 – League Table". Ligue 1. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  5. ^ http://www.allsportspeople.com/soccer/people/Victor_Monta%C3%B1o
  6. ^ "French Football League – Ligue 2 – League Table". Ligue1.com. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "French Football League – Ligue 2 – Official Top Scorer Chart". Ligue1.com. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Ligue1.com – French Football League – Ligue 1 – League Table". Ligue 1. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "Match: Lens v Montpellier – French Ligue 1 – ESPN Soccernet". ESPN. 20 January 2010. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "Match: Boulogne v Montpellier – French Ligue 1 – ESPN Soccernet". ESPN. 6 February 2010. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  11. ^ a b "Victor Hugo Montano Bio, Stats, News – Football / Soccer – - ESPN Soccernet". ESPN. 1 May 1984. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  12. ^ "Ligue1.com – French Football League – Ligue 1 – Official Top Scorer Chart". Ligue 1. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  13. ^ "Match: Montpellier v Lille – French Ligue 1 – ESPN Soccernet". ESPN. 22 November 2009. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "Montpellier vs. Lille – 22 November 2009". Soccerway. 22 November 2009. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  15. ^ "Report: Lyon v Montpellier – French Ligue 1 – ESPN Soccernet". ESPN. 23 December 2009. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  16. ^ "Colombia – Víctor Hugo Montaño Caicedo – Profile with news, career statistics and history". Soccerway. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  17. ^ Puchkin (11 July 2010). "Victor Hugo Montaño, the Colombian Warrior". Stade Rennais Online. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  18. ^ "Report: AS Nancy Lorraine v Stade Rennes – French Ligue 1 – ESPN Soccernet". ESPN. 14 August 2010. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  19. ^ "Coupe De France Round-Up: Toulouse, Monaco & Auxerre Giant-Killing Victims". Goal.com. 9 January 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  20. ^ "Match: Stade Rennes v Cannes – French Coupe de France – ESPN Soccernet". ESPN. 9 January 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  21. ^ "Report: Montpellier v Stade Rennes – French Ligue 1 – ESPN Soccernet". ESPN. 5 March 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  22. ^ "Report: Stade Rennes v Nice – French Ligue 1 – ESPN Soccernet". ESPN. 13 February 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  23. ^ "Report: Toulouse v Stade Rennes – French Ligue 1 – ESPN Soccernet". ESPN. 20 February 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  24. ^ "Report: Stade Rennes v Lens – French Ligue 1 – ESPN Soccernet". ESPN. 26 February 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  25. ^ "Report: St Etienne v Stade Rennes – French Ligue 1 – ESPN Soccernet". ESPN. 15 May 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  26. ^ "Lille OSC vs Rennes Preview". Goal.com. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  27. ^ "UEFA Europa League 2012 – Rennes-Metalurgi Rustavi –". Uefa.com. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  28. ^ "Rennes routs newly promoted Dijon 5-1 in French league - Soccer". Sports Illustrated. 6 September 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  29. ^ "UEFA Europa League 2012 – Crvena zvezda-Rennes –". Uefa.com. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  30. ^ "Match: Stade Rennes v Crvena Zvezda – UEFA Europa League – ESPN Soccernet". ESPN. 25 August 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  31. ^ "Stade Rennais FC vs AS Nancy-Lorraine Lineups and Statistics". Goal.com. 18 September 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  32. ^ http://soccernet.espn.go.com/report/_/id/320022?cc=5901
  33. ^ http://www.mhscfoot.com/liste-saisons/saison-2013-2014/articles/victor-hugo-montano-de-retour-au-mhsc
  34. ^ Víctor MontañoFIFA competition record