David González Giraldo

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David González
González playing for Independiente Medellín in 2015
Personal information
Full name David González Giraldo
Date of birth (1982-07-20) 20 July 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth Medellín, Colombia
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Independiente Medellín
Number 22
Youth career
2001 Atlético Nacional
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 Independiente Medellín 127 (0)
2006–2007 Deportivo Cali 57 (0)
2007–2008 Çaykur Rizespor 30 (0)
2008–2009 Huracán 0 (0)
2009–2012 Manchester City 0 (0)
2011 Leeds United (loan) 2 (0)
2011 Aberdeen (loan) 14 (0)
2012 Brighton & Hove Albion 4 (0)
2012 Barnsley 4 (0)
2013 Deportivo Pasto 4 (0)
2014 Águilas Doradas 22 (0)
2015– Independiente Medellín 71 (0)
National team
2004 Colombia Olympic 2 (0)
2005– Colombia 2 (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

David González Giraldo (born 20 July 1982) is a Colombian goalkeeper who currently plays for Categoría Primera A club Independiente Medellín.

Club career[edit]

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.

Manchester City[edit]

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[edit]

On 31 January 2011,on transfer deadline day, González signed a short term loan with Leeds United[1] 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.[2] 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.

Aberdeen loan[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4]

Brighton & Hove Albion[edit]

On 19 Jan 2012, González signed a 5-month temporary contract as cover with Brighton & Hove Albion after his contract with Manchester City was cancelled by mutual consent. [5]

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.[6]

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.

International career[edit]

In 2004, González was called up to take part of the 2004 CONMEBOL Men Pre-Olympic Tournament disputed in Chile. He played for the senior team in a 2–1 win against South Korea in 15 January 2005.[7]


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