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Arnoldo Alberto Iguarán Zúñiga (born 18 January 1957), also known as El Guajiro, is a former Colombian footballer who played as a forward. He earned 68 caps for the Colombia national team between 1979 and 1993, playing at the 1990 FIFA World Cup and two Copa América tournaments. With 25 international goals, he was the nation's sole top scorer of all time until Radamel Falcao tied him in 2015.

Arnoldo Iguarán
Personal information
Full name Arnoldo Alberto Iguarán Zúñiga
Date of birth (1957-01-18) 18 January 1957 (age 62)
Place of birth Riohacha, Colombia
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1981 Cúcuta Deportivo[1] 156 (44)
1982 Deportivo Táchira
1982 Deportes Tolima[2] 18 (4)
1983 Independiente Santa Fe 11 (3)
1983–1991 Millonarios[3] 258 (88)
1992 Atlético Junior[4] 28 (3)
1993–1995 Millonarios 78 (32)
1995–1997 Cúcuta Deportivo 35 (14)
National team
1979–1993 Colombia 68 (25)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

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Club careerEdit

Born in Riohacha, Iguarán started and ended his club football career with Cúcuta Deportivo. He spent 12 years at Millonarios, and won the Colombian league in 1987 and 1988 with the club. In 13 seasons with Millonarios, he scored 120 goals in 336 league games.[5] Iguarán returned to Cúcuta Deportivo and retired from playing at age 40, making him one of the oldest players in Colombian league history.[6]

International careerEdit

Iguarán is also considered one of the best players ever in the Colombia national football team, where he previously held the goalscoring record with 25 goals in 68 games between 1979 and 1993, until it was tied by Radamel Falcao in 2015.[7] One of the most memorable victories he had while playing at the Colombian team was in the 1991 Copa América, where they defeated Brazil 2–0, the first goal was scored by Antony de Ávila, and the second one was scored by the "El Guájiro" Iguarán himself, in the 66th minute of the match.

International goalsEdit

Scores and results lists Colombia's goal tally first.[8]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Final Competition
1 22 August 1979 Estadio Nemesio Camacho, Bogotá, Colombia   Venezuela
1–0
4–0
1979 Copa América
2 2 March 1985 Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay   Paraguay
2–0
3–0
Friendly
3 19 April 1985 Estadio Nemesio Camacho, Bogotá, Colombia   Paraguay
1–1
2–2
Friendly
4 28 April 1985 Estadio Nemesio Camacho, Bogotá, Colombia   Uruguay
2–1
2–1
Friendly
5 1 July 1987 Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario, Argentina   Bolivia
2–0
2–0
1987 Copa América
6 5 July 1987 Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario, Argentina   Paraguay
1–0
3–0
1987 Copa América
7
2–0
8
3–0
9 14 May 1988 Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, United States   United States
1–0
[n 1][9]
2–0
Friendly
10
2–0
11 19 May 1988 Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland   Finland
3–1
3–1
Friendly
12 7 August 1988 Estadio Nemesio Camacho, Bogotá, Colombia   Uruguay
1–0
2–1
Gonzalo Jimenez Cup
13 9 March 1989 Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, Colombia   Argentina
1–0
1–0
Friendly
14 27 June 1989 Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, United States   Haiti
2–0
4–0
Friendly
15 3 July 1989 Estádio Fonte Nova, Salvador, Brazil   Venezuela
2–0
4–2
1989 Copa América
16
4–1
17 9 July 1989 Estádio do Arruda, Recife, Brazil   Peru
1–0
1–1
1989 Copa América
18 20 August 1989 Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, Colombia   Ecuador
1–0
2–0
1990 FIFA World Cup qualification
19
2–0
20 27 August 1989 Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay   Paraguay
1–1
1–2
1990 FIFA World Cup qualification
21 17 September 1989 Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, Colombia   Paraguay
1–1
2–1
1990 FIFA World Cup qualification
22 4 May 1990 Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, United States   Poland
1–0
2–1
1990 Marlboro Cup
23 6 June 1991 Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden   Sweden
2–1
2–2
Friendly
24 13 July 1991 Estadio Sausalito, Viña del Mar, Chile   Brazil
2–0
2–0
1991 Copa América
25 17 July 1991 Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, Santiago, Chile   Chile
1–0
1–1
1991 Copa América

Since 1991, Iguarán had been considered Colombia's all-time goal scorer with 25 goals until Radamel Falcao tied him in 2015. During Falcao's 24th goal in a friendly match against Kuwait, a match commentator on Colombian television claimed that Falcao had tied Iguarán at 24 goals sparking a nationwide debate on whether Iguarán had scored 24 or 25 goals.[10] The controversy stems from a 1988 friendly match against the United States in which Iguarán scored both of the game's goals. However, video evidence suggests that one of the goals deflected off teammate Alexis García. Regardless, the match report credited Iguarán with both goals and both FIFA and the Colombian Football Federation have Iguarán on record with 25 goals. When interviewed by Colombian radio about the controversy Iguarán said, "In my records I have 25 and the Federation has 25 as well. Anyway, I don't worry about that and I won't lose any sleep over it. I think that all records are meant to be broken and this one was not going to be the exception. Someday, another striker had to come and break it and truthfully it is an honor that it's Falcao, a player I much admire."[11]

LegacyEdit

After his retirement in the 1990s, a football academy was founded in his honor by his brother Camilo Iguarán.

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Deportivo Táchira

Millonarios F.C.

IndividualEdit

Golden Boot

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The first goal is credited to Iguarán by FIFA and FCF, however some sources credit it to Alexis García.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Statistics at Golgolgol.net
  2. ^ "Statistics at Golgolgol.net". Archived from the original on 21 February 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Statistics at Golgolgol.net". Archived from the original on 12 January 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
  4. ^ Statistics at Golgolgol.net
  5. ^ "Iguarán, el mejor volante o delantero que jugó en Millonarios y Santa Fe" [Iguarán, the best midfielder or forward to play for both Millonarios and Santa Fe] (in Spanish). El Espectador. 5 February 2010.
  6. ^ Rozo Castiblanco, Fabián M. (27 July 2009). "Antony de Ávila batiría récord en el balompié nacional" [Antony de Ávila would break the record in the national football league] (in Spanish). El Espectador.
  7. ^ "Radamel Falcao: Manchester United striker equals goal record". BBC Sport. 30 March 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  8. ^ Mamrud, Roberto (12 September 2002). "Arnoldo Alberto Iguarán - Goals in International Matches". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ "¿Falcao está a uno o dos goles del récord de Arnoldo Iguarán?" [Is Falcao one or two goals from Arnoldo Iguarán's record?] (in Spanish). ComuTricolor. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  11. ^ "¿Son 24 0 25 goles? La polémica en torno a Falcao e Iguarán" [Is it 24 or 25 goals? The controversy around Falcao and Iguarán] (in Spanish). HSB Noticias. Retrieved 11 June 2015.

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