Marcos Coll

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Marcos Coll
Personal information
Full name Marcos Tulio Coll Tesillo
Date of birth (1935-08-23)23 August 1935
Place of birth Barranquilla, Colombia
Date of death 5 June 2017(2017-06-05) (aged 81)
Place of death Barranquilla, Colombia
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1952–1955 Sporting
1955 Medellín
1956–1959 Deportes Tolima
1960 River Plate
1960–1965 América de Cali
1965–1969 Deportes Tolima
1970–1971 Atlético Junior
National team
1956–1962 Colombia 11 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Marcos Tulio Coll Tesillo (23 August 1935 – 5 June 2017) also known as El Olímpico was a Colombian professional footballer who played for Junior de Barranquilla and other clubs, and represented Colombia in the 1962 FIFA World Cup. He was famous for scoring the only Olympic goal in any FIFA World Cup, beating legendary goalkeeper Lev Yashin in a 4–4 draw against the Soviets in 1962.


Coll was born in Barranquilla in 1935. He started his career with Sporting Barranquilla (1952-55). In 1956, he played for Independiente Medellín and played his first match for Colombia in a 1958 FIFA World Cup Qualifier in the same year. He later played for Deportes Tolima in 1960. Shortly thereafter in 1962 Coll joined América de Cali where he was remembered with scoring a notable goal. In 1965 he played for Deportes Tolima. In the period of 1970-1971 Coll played for Atlético Junior after which he retired from his career as a footballer.[citation needed]


Coll died on 5 June 2017, aged 81, in his native Barranquilla after a short illness.[1]

1962 Olympic goal[edit]

The only Olympic goal Marcos Coll scored during a World Cup was at Arica, Chile in 1962. Colombia was down 4-1. Then they were given a corner kick. Marcos Coll kicked the ball and scored a direct goal. Colombia would eventually tie with USSR with goals from Antonio Rada and Marino Klinger. At one interview, Coll claimed he aimed for the goal as the Colombian players were too short compared to their Russian opponents. Coll also said it was the first and only time he ever tried to score a goal from that position.

Pundits reporting the event went on to blame Lev Yashin for not guarding his post properly. The goal inspired a reaction to tie the game 4-4. Colombia went on to lose to Yugoslavia 5-0 and to finish last in their group.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Colombia: Fallece, Marcos Coll, autor del único gol olímpico en un Mundial". 6 June 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2017.

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