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|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 a dynamic football striker, but he can fit in any attack position. We call him Falcao, in honor to one of the best Brazilian’s soccer player Paulo Roberto Falcao. Falcao has another nickname who actually is El Tigre or The Tiger. He is known because of his ability to score goals with both feet and with his head.
His career[change | edit source]
1996-2001: Millonarios[change | edit source]
When he was 13 years old, he starts to play at Fair Play, which is a Colombian soccer school. Then, he 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 | edit 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 starts his career scoring two goals at his first match with the River Plate team. He easily conquered a big reputation scoring 7 goals in 7 games, before his injured ligaments in his right knee at the end of the 2005 season. After a long period of inactivity he was injured again in January 2006 during six months. In September 27 of 2007, Falcao scores a hat-trick against Botafogo, which allows that River Plate qualifies for the quarterfinals of the South American Cup.
2009-2011: FC Porto[change | edit source]
On August 16 of 2009, Falcao scores his first goal against Paços de Ferreira. During the first season in Europe, he scores 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 aligns his performance on a high-level, scoring 16 goals in 13 games from the European League.
2011-2013: Athletic Madrid[change | edit source]
In August 2011, he starts to play from 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 | edit source]
Falcao participates to the American Cup in 2005, competition who involves all the countries from South America and organized in Colombia. In September 2007, he scores his second goal for Colombia, in a friendly match against Peru. In November 2008, he scores his third goal against Nigeria. In August 2012, he has 38 caps for 11 goals.
Personal Distinctions[change | edit 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).
Some Interesting Links[change | edit source]
- Falcao best goals http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1r05RnlqJY
- Falcao 2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBl_Tqiil1c
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