Freddy Rincón

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Rincón and the second or maternal family name is Valencia.
Freddy Rincón
Personal information
Full name Freddy Eusebio Rincón Valencia
Date of birth (1966-08-14) August 14, 1966 (age 49)
Place of birth Buenaventura, Colombia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1988 Atlético Buenaventura
1988–1990 Santa Fe
1990–1993 América de Cali 77 (32)
1993–1995 Palmeiras
1994–1995 Napoli (loan) 28 (7)
1995–1996 Real Madrid 14 (0)
1996–1997 Palmeiras (loan) 17 (7)
1997–2000 Corinthians 151 (9)
2000 Santos 20 (1)
2001 Cruzeiro 16 (1)
2004 Corinthians 7 (2)
Total 330 (61)
National team
1990–2001 Colombia 84 (17)
Teams managed
2005 Iraty
2006 São Bento
2009 São José
2009 Corinthians youth team
2010 Flamengo de Guarulhos
2010 Atlético Mineiro (assistant manager)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of January 3, 2011.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 20, 2009

Freddy Eusebio Rincón Valencia (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈfɾeði riŋˈkon]; born 14 August 1966 in Buenaventura, Valle del Cauca), is a Colombian football midfielder who played 84 games for the Colombia national team between 1990 and 2001.

Club career[edit]

Rincón began his career at Atlético Buenaventura in 1986. He also played for Independiente Santa Fé, América de Cali (Colombia), Napoli (Italy), Real Madrid (Spain), Palmeiras, Santos, and Corinthians (Brazil).

For América de Cali won the Colombian Championship in 1990 and 1992.

It was his combination with Faustino Asprilla in the 5-0 demolition of Argentina in the 1994 World Cup qualifying campaign that prompted Parma to sign the Colombian midfielder. However the three foreigner rule meant he was loaned out to Napoli, and was eventually sold onto Real Madrid.

Rincón spent the latter part of his career playing club football in Brazil where he played for Palmeiras, Corinthians, Santos and Cruzeiro. During his time with Corinthians the club won the Brazilian championship in 1998 and 1999 and the first FIFA Club World Cup in 2000, his greatest title.

International career[edit]

Rincón scored 17 goals in 84 caps for the Colombian national team, playing in the 1990, 1994, and 1998 World Cups.

His most important and most memorable goal is the one he scored against West Germany in Milan, Italy on June 19 during the 1990 World Cup. Playing into injury time, the ball went into the net just after having gone between the legs of West German goalie, Bodo Illgner, to tie the game 1-1 and send Colombia into the second round. During a qualifying match for the 1994 FIFA World Cup on September 5, 1993 against Argentina, he scored the first goal of the game receiving the ball from teammate Carlos Valderrama and passing the Argentine goalkeeper, Sergio Goycochea, before scoring.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results lists Colombia's goal tally first.[1]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 26 May 1990 Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt  Egypt
2. 2 June 1990 Népstadion, Budapest, Hungary  Hungary
3. 19 June 1990 Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan, Italy  Germany
1990 FIFA World Cup
4. 3 February 1991 Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, United States   Switzerland
1991 Miami Cup
5. 6 June 1991 Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden  Sweden
6. 23 June 1993 Estadio George Capwell, Guayaquil, Ecuador  Argentina
1993 Copa América
7. 8 August 1993 Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru  Peru
1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
8. 22 August 1993 Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay  Paraguay
9. 29 August 1993 Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, Colombia  Peru
10. 5 September 1993 Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Argentina
12. 5 June 1994 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, United States  Greece
13. 10 July 1995 Estadio Atilio Paiva Olivera, Rivera, Uruguay  Ecuador
1995 Copa América
14. 16 July 1995 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay  Paraguay
15. 22 July 1995 Estadio Domingo Burgueño, Maldonado, Uruguay  United States
16. 10 November 1996 Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia  Bolivia
1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
17. 23 May 1998 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, United States  Scotland

Career as coach[edit]

In 2005, he started a football manager career, after he was hired as Iraty manager for the 2006 season.[2] On September 27, 2006, Rincón was hired as São Bento's manager.[3] He is currently the coach of São José Esporte Clube of São José dos Campos, São Paulo.

He was hired as Corinthians youth team head coach in 2009.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He has been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since August 20, 2005. He was baptized in São Paulo Perdizes Stake in Brazil.[citation needed]

In 2007, Rincón came under criminal investigation in Colombia and Panama, facing charges of collaboration with cocaine kingpin Pablo Rayo Montaño and suspicion of money laundering. On May 10, São Paulo police took him into custody after a Panamanian request for extradition.[5] In August 2013, Rincón suffered multiple injuries in a car accident in his native Valle del Cauca, where he underwent surgery at a local hospital.[6]

Rincón's son is professional footballer Sebastián Rincón, who currently plays for Club Atlético Tigre.



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