Wason Rentería

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Wason Rentería
Personal information
Full name Wason Libardo Rentería Cuesta
Date of birth (1985-07-04) 4 July 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Quibdó, Colombia
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Number 11
Youth career
2001–2002 Patriotas
2002–2004 Boyacá Chicó
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 Boyacá Chicó 43 (13)
2005–2006 Internacional 34 (6)
2007–2010 Porto 6 (0)
2007–2008 Strasbourg (loan) 28 (9)
2008–2009 Braga (loan) 27 (6)
2009 Atlético Mineiro (loan) 15 (1)
2010 Braga (loan) 11 (3)
2011 Once Caldas 14 (10)
2011–2012 Santos (loan) 13 (2)
2012–2013 Millonarios 51 (18)
2014– Racing 1 (0)
National team
2005–2009 Colombia 20 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 November 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 June 2009
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Rentería and the second or maternal family name is Cuesta.

Wason Libardo Rentería Cuesta (born 4 July 1985 in Quibdó) is a Colombian footballer who plays for Racing Club de Avellaneda as a striker.

Club career[edit]

Rentería began professionally with Boyacá Chicó FC, in 2004. The following year, he was included in the Colombian team that took part in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship.

After his performances with the Colombian U-20 national team, Rentería was transferred to Sport Club Internacional in Brazil. There he showed his flair, usually coming off the bench to score goals in a series of pivotal situations, the first being one that earned a quarterfinal berth in the 2006 Libertadores Cup (which the club would eventually win), at Uruguay's Club Nacional de Football – he hit the ball over an oncoming defender's head with his right foot and first timed it past the goalkeeper with his left one; despite often playing backup to Rafael Sobis, who would then move to Real Betis, he became an important offensive element and a fan favourite, as he also engaged in energetic goal celebrations.

Rentería's form was, however, cut short by a series of nagging injuries that left him out of the side subsequently. In the 2007 January transfer window he signed for F.C. Porto in Portugal[1] for R$7,457,400, but all of the fee belonged to a third-party owner; in reverse, International had to pay an additional commission to the football broker.[2] Porto, on the other hand, re-sold 50% of its economic rights on any future transfer.

However, Rentería appeared rarely for the eventual champions (six matches, five as a substitute), and was sent on loan to RC Strasbourg seven months later. In spite of his nine Ligue 1 goals (squad best), the club finished second from the bottom, and he returned to Porto, being immediately loaned to fellow top flight outfit Sporting de Braga; he was an undisputed starter throughout his first and only campaign, often partnering Cameroonian Albert Meyong,[3] and also netted three goals in the Minho club's UEFA Cup round-of-16 run.

Porto would loan Rentería again for 2009–10, as he moved to Clube Atlético Mineiro on 22 July 2009.[4] However, in January 2010 he moved teams again – still loaned – returning for then league leaders Braga (eventually second).

In January 2011 Rentería returned to his country after a six-year absence, signing with Once Caldas from Manizales and scoring on a regular basis for the team. In June, however, he changed teams and countries again, joining Mexican outfit Cruz Azul for three years; however, just days after arriving at the club, he rescinded his contract after failing his medical.

After rescinding contract with Cruz Azul, Rentería returned to Brazil and signed with Sociedade Esportiva e Recreativa Caxias do Sul, being loaned to Santos FC until December 2011 or June 2012.[5]

International career[edit]

Rentería represented Colombia at under-17, under-20 and senior levels. He made his full debuts in 2005, and appeared for the nation at the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 3 June 2007 Pod Goricom, Podgorica, Montenegro Montenegro  Montenegro 0–1 0–1 Friendly
2. 8 September 2007 Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru Peru  Peru 1–2 2–2 Friendly
3. 12 September 2007 Estadio El Campín, Bogotá, Colombia Colombia  Paraguay 1–0 1–0 Friendly
4. 26 March 2008 Fort Lauderdale Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, United States United States  Honduras 1–1 2–1 Friendly
5. 28 March 2009 Estadio El Campín, Bogotá, Colombia Colombia  Bolivia 2–0 2–0 2010 World Cup qualification


Rentería's younger brother, Carlos, is also a footballer. Amongst others, he played for Atlético Nacional.


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