Born in Medellín, Sarmiento played for Atlético Nacional and América de Cali during his professional career. After winning several national club titles he became a trainer. In 2004 he won the fourth title for Independiente Medellín.
Sarmiento made 37 appearances for the senior Colombia national football team from 1980 to 1985, including participating in nine qualifying matches for the 1982 and 1986 FIFA World Cups and the 1983 Copa América.
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