Alberto Quintero Medina

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Alberto Quintero
Personal information
Full name Alberto Abdiel Quintero Medina
Date of birth (1987-12-18) 18 December 1987 (age 31)
Place of birth Panama City, Panama
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)[1]
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 19
Youth career
2005–2006 Chorrillo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Chorrillo 57 (11)
2008–2009 Torrellano 36 (10)
2009–2010 Cartagena 19 (0)
2010–2011 Ontinyent 17 (0)
2011–2013 Chorrillo 19 (3)
2012Independiente Medellín (loan) 15 (0)
2013–2014 BUAP 9 (0)
2014 Mérida 2 (0)
2014 Mineros 7 (0)
2015–2016 BUAP 31 (5)
2016San Jose Earthquakes (loan) 30 (3)
2017– Universitario 52 (18)
National team
2006–2007 Panama U20 7 (1)
2008 Panama U23 5 (2)
2007– Panama 92 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 January 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 November 2018

Alberto Abdiel Quintero Medina (born 18 December 1987) is a Panamanian professional footballer who plays for Club Universitario de Deportes from Peru as an attacking midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Early years / Spain[edit]

Nicknamed Negrito, Quintero was born in Panama City. After beginning in his country with Chorrillo F.C. he moved to Spain in the summer of 2008, playing amateur football with Torrellano CF in Elche.[2]

After a sole season Quintero joined FC Cartagena,[3] three levels above his previous, with his new team having just returned to the second division. He suffered tremendously while adjusting to his new team, namely in an incident at Real Betis on 27 September 2009 (0–0 draw) where he was subjected to constant racist abuse by the opposing fans.[4] His debut in the competition took place on 5 September, coming on as a late substitute in a 2–0 home win against Rayo Vallecano.[5]

In 2011, after one season in the third level with Ontinyent CF,[6] Quintero returned to his country and Chorrillo.[7]


Following a successful campaign for Panama at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Quintero caught the attention of C.F. Pachuca, who was due to sign him in August 2013.[8] Nothing came of it, but he moved to another club in Mexico, Ascenso MX's Lobos BUAP.[9]

After spells at C.F. Mérida[10] and Mineros de Zacatecas,[11] Quintero returned to BUAP in January 2015.[12]

International career[edit]

Quintero was part of the Panama under-20 squad that participated in the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada.[13] He made his full debut also during that year, in a friendly match against Guatemala.[14]

Quintero represented his country in 14 FIFA World Cup qualification matches,[13] and was selected for the 2013 Gold Cup, helping the Canaleros finish second in the United States. He was also picked for the following edition, scoring in the group stage opener against Haiti (1–1).[15]

In May 2018, Quintero was named in Panama's final 23-man squad for the upcoming edition of the FIFA World Cup in Russia.[16] On 6 June, however, he suffered a fractured foot in a friendly against Norway after a collision with Bjørn Johnsen, thus being ruled out of the tournament and replaced by Ricardo Ávila.[17]

International goals[edit]

As of 7 July 2015 (Panama score listed first, score column indicates score after each Quintero goal)
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 29 March 2011 Pedro Marrero, Havana, Cuba  Cuba 2–0 2–0 Friendly
2 29 May 2011 Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Grenada 2–0 2–0 Friendly
3 25 January 2013 Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica  Guatemala 3–0 3–0 2013 Copa Centroamericana
4 7 July 2015 Toyota Stadium, Frisco, United States  Haiti 1–0 1–1 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup


  1. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 4 June 2018. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 June 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  2. ^ Tres jugadores del Chorrillo van a España (Three Chorrillo players go to Spain); La Prensa, 17 July 2008 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Alberto Quintero promete 10 goles (Alberto Quintero promises 10 goals); La Estrella, 2 September 2009 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Arbitro paró partido en España por insultos racistas a panameño (Referee halted match in Spain for racist insults to Panamanian) Archived 2 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine; Al Día TX, 28 September 2009 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Toché y Tato ponen en lo más alto al Cartagena (Toché and Tato put Cartagena on top of top); Marca, 5 September 2009 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ ‘Mi sueño es ascender con Ontinyent’, Quintero (‘I dream of promoting with Ontinyent’, Quintero); La Prensa, 1 October 2010 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Quintero regresa a Panamá (Quintero returns to Panama)[permanent dead link]; No Solo Efesé, 2013 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Un ‘Negrito’ en Pachuca (A ‘Little Nigger’ in Pachuca) Archived 8 August 2013 at the Wayback Machine; El Siglo, 2 August 2013 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Negrito Quintero, a México (Negrito Quintero, to Mexico); La Prensa, 4 August 2013 (in Spanish)
  10. ^ "Negrito" quiere llegar a primera división con el CF Mérida de México ("Negrito" wants to reach first division with CF Mérida of México)[permanent dead link]; Somos La Sele, 26 December 2013 (in Spanish)
  11. ^ Reforzará Alberto Quintero a los Mineros (Alberto Quintero to strengthen Mineros); Zacatecas en Imagen, 10 June 2014 (in Spanish)
  12. ^ Roberto Nurse y Alberto Quintero tendrán nuevos equipos (Roberto Nurse and Alberto Quintero will have new teams) Archived 15 March 2017 at the Wayback Machine; Cable Onda Sports, 19 December 2014 (in Spanish)
  13. ^ a b Alberto QuinteroFIFA competition record
  14. ^ Panama – Record International Players; at RSSSF
  15. ^ Panama 1–1 Haiti: Nazon’s dizzying move helps Les Grenadiers to surprising draw (video); NBC Sports, 7 July 2015
  16. ^ Panamá da la lista de los 23 jugadores que irán al Mundial de Rusia 2018 (Panamá release list of 23 players who will go to 2018 Russia World Cup); Marca, 30 May 2018 (in Spanish)
  17. ^ Panamá: Alberto Quintero se pierde el Mundial Rusia 2018 por lesión (Panama: Alberto Quintero misses World Cup Russia 2018 due to injury); El Comercio, 6 June 2018 (in Spanish)

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