Across history, Colombia has had a decent share of excellent goalkeepers. Names like David Ospina, Óscar Córdoba and Miguel Calero have impressed due to their excellent performances. Whenever good Colombian keepers are in a match, it is possible to wager on them by going to the https://www.1xbet.com/en/ site.
Another name that can be added to this list is Faryd Mondragón. Between 1990 and 2014, he played in squads like:
- Argentinos Juniors;
- Club Atlético Independiente;
- and Deportivo Cali.
In 1993 he was signed by Argentinos Juniors. Here is when his career took off. All the squads where Mondragón played can be wagered on at the 1xBet platform.
Establishing himself in Argentina
Mondragón played in Argentinos between 1993 and 1994. His performances were so good that Independiente, one of the largest squads in Argentina, showed interest in signing him. When visiting the 1xBet bookmaker company – online betting football can be made on these huge Argentinian football squads.
The goalkeeper established himself as one of the cornerstones of the Independiente squad. He played for the team between 1994 and 2000, becoming a true idol. Thanks to his performances, Independiente was able to win many competitions. Fans can make online football betting through the 1xBet bookmaker company on these excellent South American cups.
A great international career with an important record
When Mondragón signed for Argentinos in 1993, not only he attracted the attention of many clubs. He was also spotted by the Colombian national team. He made his debut on the team in the same year. Whenever Colombia plays, fans can wager on its matches at the www.1xbet.com/en/live/ website.
The goalkeeper was part of the Colombian squads in many major football competitions. Some examples were the Summer Olympics of 1992, as well as the FIFA World Cup on their 1994 and 1998 editions.
Mondragón was absent from the national team between 2005 and 2010. In that year, already being 39 years old, he was called once again for a few friendlies and qualifiers. Matches of that kind can also be wagered on by fans at the 1xBet site.
However, there was another surprise in the international career of Mondragón. Coach José Pékerman chose the veteran keeper as the third goalkeeper for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The 24th of June 2014 is a date that Mondragón will probably never forget. Then, the team had a FIFA World Cup match against Japan. Nearing the end of the match, the coach gives him the chance to enter the field one last time. By doing so, he became the oldest player to ever play in a FIFA World Cup, being 43 years old and 3 days. This record was broken again in the 2018 FIFA World Cup by Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary.