David González Giraldo
González playing for Independiente Medellín in 2015
|Full name||David González Giraldo|
|Date of birth||20 July 1982|
|Place of birth||Medellín, Colombia|
|Height||1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|2011||→ Leeds United (loan)||2||(0)|
|2011||→ Aberdeen (loan)||14||(0)|
|2012||Brighton & Hove Albion||4||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 March 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 January 2017
Born in Medellín, González began his career at his hometown club Independiente Medellín. In 2002, at the age of 20, he became the youngest goalkeeping champion in the history of Colombian football. In 2006 he moved to Deportivo Cali, before going to Çaykur Rizespor, where he spent two seasons. In 2009, he spent a short time at Club Atlético Huracán in Argentina before becoming a free agent. González has played over 300 professional club games in South America and Turkey along with the SPL and the English Championship.
At the end of 2009 he had a trial with Manchester City, which proved to be successful and signed in January 2010. González was not named, in Manchester City's 25-man squad for the 2010–11 season but became the first choice reserve team goalkeeper where he made some outstanding performances, alerting many Championship clubs to a potential loan move.
Leeds United loan
On 31 January 2011,on transfer deadline day, González signed a short term loan with Leeds United With injuries to Shay Given and Gunnar Nielsen, City manager Roberto Mancini had hinted he may recall González as third choice City keeper for the rest of the season. However, González remained at Leeds as cover for Kasper Schmeichel and Shane Higgs. On 9 May, González returned to City after playing 2 games for Leeds. However he impressed Simon Grayson and the coaching staff with his professionalism and attitude.
On 21 June, it was announced that Manchester City were in talks with Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen in regards to a loan move for González. Aberdeen completed the signing of González on 29 June 2011 on a 6-month loan from Manchester City. González became first choice keeper for the Dons until October with regular starter Jamie Langfield sidelined after suffering a seizure in the 2010–11 season. González made his debut against St Johnstone in the opening game of the season.
Brighton & Hove Albion
González made his debut in the 2–2 draw against Watford on 17 April 2012 going on to play 3 more games including playing the last game of the season against Barnsley where he kept a clean sheet, Gonzalez left Brighton after the expiration of his contract at the end of April 2012.
Barnsley FC - 1 Month Contract. At the beginning of the 2012/13 season Gonzalez signed a 1-month deal due to the injuries of the no1 and no2 Goalkeepers playing 3 games in the Championship. He then moved back to Colombia to sign for Deportivo Pasto in the Colombian Premier League for 1 season.
- "Leeds set to lose Gonzalez". Sky Sports. 23 February 2011.
- "Aberdeen v St. Johnstone". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 23 July 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2011.
- "Albion release keepers". The Argus. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2012.