Darwin Quintero

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Darwin Quintero
Carlos Darwin Quintero.jpg
Quintero while playing for Santos Laguna in 2012
Personal information
Full name Carlos Darwin Quintero Villalba[1]
Date of birth (1987-09-19) 19 September 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Tumaco, Colombia
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Number 31
Youth career
2004–2005 Deportes Tolima
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Deportes Tolima 55 (24)
2007–2008 Krylia Sovetov 11 (1)
2008 Deportivo Pereira 34 (17)
2009–2014 Santos Laguna 187 (50)
2015– América 86 (16)
National team
2008–2012 Colombia 14 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 August 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2013

Carlos Darwin Quintero Villalba (born 19 September 1987) is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Mexican club América. He is a naturalized citizen of Mexico.[2]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

After being transferred from Deportes Tolima in the Copa Mustang to FC Krylia Sovetov Samara along with fellow Colombian and Tolima Team Mate Juan Carlos Escobar in Russia he quickly returned to Colombia after an unsuccessful run in Europe.

Santos Laguna[edit]

In 2009, Quintero was transferred to Club Santos Laguna of the Mexican Primera División for $4 million. Quintero made his debut against Club América losing 2–1 playing all 90 minutes. Quintero scored his first goal against Chivas in which Santos won 2–1. Quintero scored two goals against Montreal Impact in the Concacaf Champions League in a 5–2 win.

Quintero scored his first & goal of the 2011–2012 season against Atlante F.C. in a 3–0 win. He then scored his second goal against Club Tijuana, which Santos lost 3–1. Quintero scored another goal against Puebla F.C. in which the game ended 2–1 to Santos. On week 12 Quintero scored another goal against Querétaro F.C.. The game ended 3–1. After six games undefeated Santos lost to Estudiantes Tecos where Quintero scored the first goal for Santos, but the game ended in a 5–2 defeat for his club. The week after that Quintero scored the first goal of the game against Club América on the third minute in an eventual 1–1 draw. In the playoffs Quintero scored the first goal against Chiapas in a 2–1 win. Quintero scored his first goal of the Calusura 2012 against Club Tijuana, where Santos won 3–1. On Week 11 he scored his second goal away at Cruz Azul in a 1–0 win for Santos. Quintero scored his third goal of the Clausura 2012 season making this his ninth goal in the 2011–2012 season against Toluca in an away game which ended 3–1 on April 1.

On November 27, 2014 Quintero announced that he was leaving Club Santos Laguna.


On December 16, 2014 Quintero was transferred to Club America. He scored on his debut against León on January 10, 2015. Prior to the upcoming Clausura 2017, it was confirmed that the Colombian would not be part of the squad for the upcoming season. On January 5th 2017, after not being able to find a new team to play in, it was confirmed that the forward would be part of the squad for the Clausura 2017.

International career[edit]

He has was part of the Colombia U-20 team in 2007 and made his senior Colombia debut against Paraguay on 11 October 2008 in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification match. He scored his first goal against Mexico in a 2–1 friendly win on 30 September 2009.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Colombia's goal tally first.[3]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Final Competition
1. 30 September 2009 Cotton Bowl, Dallas, United States  Mexico 2–0 2–1 Friendly


Santos Laguna


  1. ^ a b "FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015 presented by Alibaba E-Auto: List of Players" (PDF). p. 2. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Darwin Quintero ya es mexicano". Retrieved 11 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Carlos Quintero International Statistics"., Int.soccerway.com Retrieved on 18 July 2014

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