Freddy Eusebio Rincón Valencia (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈfɾeði riŋˈkon]; born 14 August 1966 in Buenaventura, Valle del Cauca), is a retired Colombian footballer who played 84 games for the Colombia national team between 1990 and 2001. A versatile midfielder he was capable of playing on the left, in the centre or as an attacking midfielder.
|Full name||Freddy Eusebio Rincón Valencia|
|Date of birth||14 August 1966|
|Place of birth||Buenaventura, Colombia|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|1990–1993||América de Cali||177||(54)|
|1994–1995||→ Napoli (loan)||28||(7)|
|1996–1997||→ Palmeiras (loan)||17||(7)|
|2009||Corinthians youth team|
|2010||Flamengo de Guarulhos|
|2010||Atlético Mineiro (assistant manager)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of January 3, 2011|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 20, 2009
Rincón began his career at Atlético Buenaventura in 1986. He also played for Independiente Santa Fé, América de Cali (Colombia), Napoli (Italy), Real Madrid (Spain), Palmeiras, Santos, and Corinthians (Brazil).
It was his combination with Faustino Asprilla in the 5–0 demolition of Argentina in the 1994 World Cup qualifying campaign that prompted Parma to sign the Colombian midfielder. However the three foreigner rule meant he was loaned out to Napoli, and was eventually sold onto Real Madrid.
Rincón spent the latter part of his career playing club football in Brazil where he played for Palmeiras, Corinthians, Santos and Cruzeiro. During his time with Corinthians the club won the Brazilian championship in 1998 and 1999 and the first FIFA Club World Cup in 2000, his greatest title.
His most important and most memorable goal is the one he scored against West Germany in Milan, Italy on June 19 during the 1990 World Cup. Playing into injury time, Colombia needed a goal to draw the game and avoid elimination from the tournament at the group stages. When played through by a pass from Carlos Valderrama, Rincon held his nerve and calmly fired the ball through the legs of the German goalkeeper to secure the draw his team needed. During a qualifying match for the 1994 FIFA World Cup on September 5, 1993 against Argentina, he scored the first goal of the game receiving the ball from teammate Carlos Valderrama and passing the Argentine goalkeeper, Sergio Goycochea, before scoring.
Scores and results lists Colombia's goal tally first.
In 2005, he started a football manager career, after he was hired as Iraty manager for the 2006 season. On September 27, 2006, Rincón was hired as São Bento's manager. He is currently the coach of São José Esporte Clube of São José dos Campos, São Paulo.
In 2007, Rincón came under criminal investigation in Colombia and Panama, facing charges of collaboration with cocaine kingpin Pablo Rayo Montaño and suspicion of money laundering. On May 10, São Paulo police took him into custody after a Panamanian request for extradition. In August 2013, Rincón suffered multiple injuries in a car accident in his native Valle del Cauca, where he underwent surgery at a local hospital.
- Colombian Championship: 1990, 1992
- Ballesteros, Frank (26 January 2002). "Freddy Eusebio Rincón - International Appearances". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
- (in Portuguese) Rincón inicia carreira de treinador de futebol - Esportes Terra (December 26, 2005)
- (in Portuguese) Colombiano Rincón comanda 1° treino no São Bento - Esportes Terra (September 27, 2006)
- "Ex-volante Rincón volta ao Timão para ser técnico das categorias de base" (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. September 21, 2009. Retrieved December 7, 2009.
- El Pais article