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Faryd Mondragón
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Personal information
Full name Faryd Camilo Mondragón Alí
Date of birth June 21, 1971 (1971-06-21) (age 38)
Place of birth    Cali, Colombia
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2+12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Köln
Number 1
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1990–1991
1992
1992
1993
1993–1994
1994
1995–1998
1999
1999–2000
2000–2001
2001–2007
2007–
Deportivo Cali
Real Cartagena
Santa Fe
Cerro Porteño
Argentinos Juniors
Santa Fe
Independiente
Real Zaragoza
Independiente
Metz
Galatasaray
Köln
1(0)
15(0)
2(0)
11 0)
28(0)
8(0)
103(1)
13(0)
16(0)
30(0)
185(0)
62(0)   
National team2
1993-2006 Colombia 044 (0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 24 June 2009.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 10 June 2006.
* Appearances (Goals)

Faryd Camilo Mondragón Alí (born June 21, 1971 in Cali) is a Colombian football goalkeeper who currently plays for the German club 1. FC Köln and the Colombian national team.

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Career

Mondragón represented Turkish power Galatasaray from 2001 to 2007, where he won two Turkish Super League titles in 2002 and 2006. He was appreciated by the fans for his many saves and his commitment to the success of the team, and also become known for his prayers before and during games.

He also had stints with Deportivo Cali, Independiente Santa Fe (Colombia), Cerro Porteño (Paraguay), Argentinos Juniors, Independiente (Argentina), Real Zaragoza (Spain) and FC Metz (France). Mondragón transferred from Istanbul to 1. FC Köln in May, 2007. After arriving at his new club, he was forced to compete with established Köln goalkeeper Stefan Wessels for a spot in the starting eleven. After an intense pre-season, Mondragón was named as the new number one for 1. FC Köln. This resulted in Wessels leaving the club for Everton F.C. in England.

International career

Mondragón was a member of the Colombian teams that competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics and the 1998 FIFA World Cup. During the 1998 World Cup, he started in goal against England. Despite conceding two goals, he made some impressive saves and in doing so kept the score down to 2-0. At the end of the game he broke down in tears and David Seaman, England's goalkeeper, did his best to console him. According to German footballing legend Franz Beckenbauer, Mondragon had been the best goalkeepper of the first round.

Career statistics

Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Independiente 1995-96 27 0 - - - - 27 0
1996-97 33 0 - - - - 33 0
1997-98 26 1 - - - - 26 1
1998-99 17 0 - - - - 17 0
Total 103 1 0 0 0 0 103 1
Real Zaragoza 1998-99 13 0 - - - - 13 0
Total 13 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Independiente 1999-00 16 0 - - - - 16 0
Total 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
Metz 2000-01 30 0 - - - - 30 0
Total 30 0 0 0 0 0 30 0
Galatasaray 2001-02 28 0 - - 15 0 43 0
2002-03 32 0 - - 6 0 38 0
2003-04 27 0 - - 10 0 37 0
2004-05 34 0 - - 0 0 34 0
2005-06 34 0 - - 2 0 36 0
2006-07 30 0 - - 8 0 38 0
Total 185 0 0 0 41 0 226 0
Köln 2007-08 31 0 - - - - 31 0
2008-09 31 0 - - - - 31 0
Total 62 0 0 0 0 0 62 0
As of 1 June 2009.

Personal life

He was born to Colombian and Lebanese parents.

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