Arnoldo Iguarán

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Iguarán and the second or maternal family name is Zúñiga.
Arnoldo Iguarán
Personal information
Full name Arnoldo Alberto Iguarán Zúñiga
Date of birth (1957-01-18) 18 January 1957 (age 60)
Place of birth Riohacha, Colombia
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1981 Cúcuta Deportivo[1] 156 (44)
1982 Deportivo Táchira
1982 Deportes Tolima[2] 18 (4)
1983 Independiente Santa Fe 11 (3)
1983–1991 Millonarios[3] 258 (88)
1992 Atlético Junior[4] 28 (3)
1993–1995 Millonarios 78 (32)
1995–1997 Cúcuta Deportivo 35 (14)
National team
1979–1993 Colombia 68 (25)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Arnoldo Alberto Iguarán Zúñiga (born 18 January 1957), also known as El Guajiro, is a former Colombian footballer who played as a forward. He earned 68 caps for the Colombia national team between 1979 and 1993, playing at the 1990 FIFA World Cup and two Copa América tournaments. With 25 international goals, he was the nation's sole top scorer of all time until Radamel Falcao tied him in 2015.

Club career[edit]

Born in Riohacha, Iguarán started and ended his club football career with Cúcuta Deportivo. He spent 12 years at Millonarios, and won the Colombian league in 1987 and 1988 with the club. In 13 seasons with Millonarios, he scored 120 goals in 336 league games.[5] Iguarán returned to Cúcuta Deportivo and retired from playing at age 40, making him one of the oldest players in Colombian league history.[6]

International career[edit]

Iguarán is also considered one of the best players ever in the Colombia national football team, where he previously held the goalscoring record with 24 goals in 68 games between 1979 and 1993, until it was tied by Radamel Falcao in 2015.[7] One of the most memorable victories he had while playing at the Colombian team was in the 1991 Copa América, where they defeated Brazil 2–0, the first goal was scored by Antony de Ávila, and the second one was scored by the "El Guájiro" Iguarán himself, in the 66th minute of the match.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results lists Colombia's goal tally first.[8]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Final Competition
1. 22 August 1979 Estadio Nemesio Camacho, Bogotá, Colombia  Venezuela
1–0
4–0
1979 Copa América
2. 2 March 1985 Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay  Paraguay
2–0
3–0
Friendly
3. 19 April 1985 Estadio Nemesio Camacho, Bogotá, Colombia  Paraguay
1–1
2–2
Friendly
4. 28 April 1985 Estadio Nemesio Camacho, Bogotá, Colombia  Uruguay
2–1
2–1
Friendly
5. 1 July 1987 Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario, Argentina  Bolivia
2–0
2–0
1987 Copa América
6. 5 July 1987 Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario, Argentina  Paraguay
1–0
3–0
1987 Copa América
7. 5 July 1987 Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario, Argentina  Paraguay
2–0
3–0
1987 Copa América
8. 5 July 1987 Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario, Argentina  Paraguay
3–0
3–0
1987 Copa América
9. 14 May 1988 Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, United States  United States
1–0
2–0
Friendly
10. 14 May 1988 Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, United States  United States
2–0
2–0
Friendly
11. 19 May 1988 Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland  Finland
3–1
3–1
Friendly
12. 7 August 1988 Estadio Nemesio Camacho, Bogotá, Colombia  Uruguay
1–0
2–1
Gonzalo Jimenez Cup
13. 9 March 1989 Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, Colombia  Argentina
1–0
1–0
Friendly
14. 27 June 1989 Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, United States  Haiti
2–0
4–0
Friendly
15. 3 July 1989 Estádio Fonte Nova, Salvador, Brazil  Venezuela
2–0
4–2
1989 Copa América
16. 3 July 1989 Estádio Fonte Nova, Salvador, Brazil  Venezuela
4–1
4–2
1989 Copa América
17. 9 July 1989 Estádio do Arruda, Recife, Brazil  Peru
1–0
1–1
1989 Copa América
18. 20 August 1989 Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, Colombia  Ecuador
1–0
2–0
1990 FIFA World Cup qualification
19. 20 August 1989 Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, Colombia  Ecuador
2–0
2–0
1990 FIFA World Cup qualification
20. 27 August 1989 Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay  Paraguay
1–1
1–2
1990 FIFA World Cup qualification
21. 17 September 1989 Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, Colombia  Paraguay
1–1
2–1
1990 FIFA World Cup qualification
22. 4 May 1990 Comiskey Park, Chicago, United States  Poland
1–0
2–1
1990 Marlboro Cup
23. 6 June 1991 Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden  Sweden
2–1
2–2
Friendly
24. 13 July 1991 Estadio Sausalito, Viña del Mar, Chile  Brazil
2–0
2–0
1991 Copa América
25. 17 July 1991 Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, Santiago, Chile  Chile
1–0
1–1
1991 Copa América

Controversies[edit]

Since 1991, Iguarán had been considered Colombia's all-time goal scorer with 25 goals until Radamel Falcao tied him in 2015. During Falcao's 24th goal in a friendly match against Kuwait, a match commentator on Colombian television claimed that Falcao had tied Iguarán at 24 goals sparking a nationwide debate on whether Iguarán had scored 24 or 25 goals.[9] The controversy stems from a 1988 friendly match against the United States in which Iguarán scored both of the game's goals. However, video evidence suggests that one of the goals deflected off teammate Alexis García. Regardless, the match report credited Iguarán with both goals and both FIFA and the Colombian Football Federation have Iguarán on record with 25 goals. When interviewed by Colombian radio about the controversy Iguarán said, "In my records I have 25 and the Federation has 25 as well. Anyway, I don't worry about that and I won't lose any sleep over it. I think that all records are meant to be broken and this one was not going to be the exception. Someday, another striker had to come and break it and truthfully it is an honor that it's Falcao, a player I much admire."[10]

Legacy[edit]

After his retirement in the 1990s, a football academy was founded in his honor by his brother Camilo Iguarán.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Deportivo Táchira

Millonarios F.C.


Individual[edit]

Golden Boot

References[edit]

External links[edit]