|Full name||Radamel Falcao Garcia Zarate|
|Date of birth||10 February 1986|
|Place of birth||Santa Marta, Colombia|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Current club||Athletic Madrid|
|–||Colombia national football team|
|† Appearances (Goals).|
Radamel Falcao Garcia Zarate, known as Falcao, is a professional Colombian soccer player. He was born in February 1986. He is usually a striker, but he can play in any attack position. He is called Falcao, in honor of Brazilian soccer player Paulo Roberto Falcao. Falcao has another nickname, El Tigre or The Tiger. He is known because of his ability to score goals with both feet and with his head.
Career[change | change source]
1996-2001: Millonarios[change | change source]
When he was 13 years old, he started to play at Fair Play, which is a Colombian soccer school. He then joined the trainer center of Millonarios in Bogota. His father, Radamel Garcia, which was a professional football player, has played in this team when he was young in the defender position.
2001-2009: River Plate[change | change source]
When he was 15 years old, Falcao was discovered by River Plate in a match of selection in Colombia to footballers of maximum 17 years old. He has joined one of the legendary academies of soccer in Argentina. Before singing a professional contract with River Plate in 2005, he began to study journalism at the Palermo University in Argentina. When he was 19 years old, he scored two goals at his first match with the River Plate team. He scored seven goals in seven games, before he injured his right knee ligaments at the end of the 2005 season. After a long period of inactivity he was injured again in January 2006. In September 27, 2007, Falcao scored a hat-trick against Botafogo, which allowed River Plate to qualify for the quarterfinals of the South American Cup.
2009-2011: FC Porto[change | change source]
On August 16, 2009, Falcao scored his first goal against Paços de Ferreira. During the first season in Europe, he scored 25 goals in 28 matches of the Sagres League. He was the second best striker after Óscar Cardozo a soccer player from [Paraguay]. During the season from 2010-2011, Falcao scored 16 goals in 13 games in the European League.
2011-2013: Athletic Madrid[change | change source]
In August 2011, he moved to Athletic Madrid for 40 million Euros. In December 2012, he was elected as the second best recruit from the BBVA League.
Colombia National Football Team[change | change source]
Falcao took part in the 2005 American Cup competition who involved all the countries from South America and was held in Colombia. In September 2007, he scored his second goal for Colombia, in a friendly match against Peru. In November 2008, he scored his third goal against Nigeria. In August 2012, he has 38 caps for 11 goals.
Personal achievements[change | change source]
- Best scorer of the European League in 2010-2011 with FC Porto (17 goals)
- Best scorer of the European League in 2011-2012 with Athletic Madrid (12 goals)
- Best scorer of the UEFA cup and of the European League in a season: 17 goals (2010-2011).