Gerardo Bedoya

Gerardo Alberto Bedoya Múnera (born 26 November 1975 in Ebéjico, Antioquia) is a retired Colombian footballer. He began as a defender but he also played as a defensive midfielder.

Gerardo Bedoya
Personal information
Full name Gerardo Alberto Bedoya Múnera
Date of birth (1975-11-26) 26 November 1975 (age 46)
Place of birth Ebéjico, Antioquia, Colombia
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Defensive Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1997 Deportivo Pereira 727282 (3)
1998–2001 Deportivo Cali 118 (5)
2001–2003 Racing Club 54 (5)
2003 Deportivo Cali 18 (2)
2004 Colón 33 (3)
2005 Puebla 15 (1)
2005 Boca Juniors 3 (0)
2005–2006 Atlético Nacional 29 (4)
2006–2010 Millonarios 105 (12)
2010 Envigado 8 (0)
2010 Boyacá Chicó 9 (0)
2011–2013 Santa Fe 90 (10)
2014 Fortaleza 11 (3)
2015 Cúcuta Deportivo 16 (4)
Total 552 (52)
National team
2000–2009 Colombia 49 (4)
Teams managed
2020– Santa Fe (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 July 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 November 2009

Nicknamed "the beast,"[1] he currently holds the record for most red cards (46) received by any player in the history of the game.[2][3]

Club careerEdit

Bedoya started his professional career with Deportivo Pereira in 1996. He joined Deportivo Cali in 1998 where he was part of the squad that won the league title in 1998.

In 2001, Bedoya moved to Argentina where he played for Racing Club de Avellaneda, helping the club to win the Apertura 2001 tournament. In 2004, he joined Colón de Santa Fe and in 2005 he moved to Boca Juniors where he only played 3 games (all in the Copa Libertadores) before moving to Mexico to play for Puebla F.C..

In 2005 Bedoya returned to Colombia to play for Atlético Nacional and in 2006 he joined Millonarios. After he went for a brief time to Envigado F.C.. But then joined Boyacá Chicó F.C. for the 2010 season.

In 2011, Bedoya signed a one-year contract with Independiente Santa Fe.

Bedoya has the ignominy of being the professional footballer with the most red cards to his name (46 red cards).[4] In the Bogota derby between Independiente Santa Fe and Millonarios on 23 September 2012, he received his 41st red card in a professional game, being sent off for the elbow and subsequent kick to the head aimed at Millonarios player Jhonny Ramirez.[5] The offense also got him suspended for the next 15 matches. Bedoya has been sent off multiple times since.

International careerEdit

He played for the Colombia national football team from 2000–2009. During that time he was part of the Colombia squad that won the Copa América 2001.

Coaching careerEdit

Following his retirement from his club career, Bedoya went into coaching. In his first position as assistant manager, he was dismissed from the dugout after 21 minutes.[4]

International goalsEdit

Colombia score listed first, score column indicates score after each Bedoya goal.

International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 19 February 2000 Orange Bowl, Miami, United States   United States 2–2 2–2 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup
2 31 January 2001 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States   Mexico 1–2 3–2 Friendly
3 24 April 2001 Estadio Pueblo Nuevo, San Cristóbal, Venezuela   Venezuela 1–2 2–2 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
4 26 July 2001 Estadio Palogrande, Manizales, Colombia   Honduras 1–0 2–0 2001 Copa América

List of career red cardsEdit

Team Years Cards
Deportivo Cali 1998–2001 14
Racing Club 2001–2003 5
Millonarios 2006–2010 7
Santa Fe 2011–2013 8
Total 34



Deportivo Cali

Independiente Santa Fe




  1. ^ Wright, Chris (27 February 2020). "Sergio Ramos' 26 career red cards are not even close to the record held by 'The Beast'". ESPN FC. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Gerardo Bedoya, hombre récord de la Tarjeta Roja". (in Spanish). 23 March 2016. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  3. ^ Hayward, Ben (3 July 2013). "Gerardo Bedoya shown 43rd red card of career". Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  4. ^ a b Poole, Harry (21 July 2020). "Gerardo Bedoya: The story of the world's 'dirtiest' footballer". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 July 2020.
  5. ^ Roden, Lee (25 September 2012). "Magazine: The Colombian defender sent off 41 times and more moments of madness featuring Souness and Cantona". Radio talkSPORT. Wireless Group. Archived from the original on 27 December 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2016.

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