Edwin Congo

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Edwin Congo
Personal information
Full name Edwin Arturo Congo Murillo
Date of birth (1976-10-07) 7 October 1976 (age 40)
Place of birth Bogotá, Colombia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1999 Once Caldas 110 (30)
1999–2002 Real Madrid 0 (0)
1999–2000 Valladolid (loan) 12 (1)
2000–2001 Vitória Guimarães (loan) 11 (4)
2001 Toulouse (loan) 8 (1)
2002–2006 Levante 112 (21)
2006–2007 Sporting Gijón 34 (11)
2007–2008 Recreativo 6 (0)
2008–2009 Olímpic Xàtiva 2 (3)
2009 Benisa
Total 295 (71)
National team
1999–2004 Colombia 17 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Congo and the second or maternal family name is Murillo.

Edwin Arturo Congo Murillo (born 7 October 1976 in Bogotá) is a Colombian retired footballer who played as a striker.

Basing his game in physical display, he played most of his professional career in Spain, appearing for a host of clubs in various league levels and amassing league totals of 164 games and 33 goals (44/3 in La Liga) in eight seasons.

Amongst others Congo represented Real Madrid, without any impact as he was loaned for most of the duration of his contract.

Club career[edit]

After impressive performances with Once Caldas, Congo was acquired by La Liga giants Real Madrid in 1999. However, he would not register one single league appearance for the capital side during his stay there (his only season was 2001–02), while also serving loans to Real Valladolid, Vitória S.C. and Toulouse FC.

Congo's most steady period in Spain, and abroad overall, was lived at Levante UD – two top flight promotions, with eight goals scored in the 2003–04 campaign – while he also netted 11 in 2006–07 for Sporting de Gijón also in the second division.[1][2]

In 2007–08, Congo had an uneventful Spanish top flight stint with Recreativo de Huelva, being released at the end of the season. With the following campaign already started, he decided to join CD Olímpic de Xàtiva in the Valencian regional championships as he was residing in the area, while also trying to keep himself fit while waiting for an offer from a mid-to-high level team in Europe. He scored three times in his first two matches.[3]

Congo retired from football in 2009 at the age of 33, after another brief spell in amateur football also in Spain.

International career[edit]

A Colombian international, Congo represented the nation at the 1999 and 2004 Copa América tournaments, being capped a total of 17 times.[4]


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