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Miguel Ángel Calero Rodríguez (14 April 1971 – 4 December 2012) was a Colombian football goalkeeper, who played 50 times for the Colombia national team between 1995 and 2007.[1]

Miguel Calero
Calero while playing for Pachuca in 2006.
Personal information
Full name Miguel Ángel Calero Rodríguez
Date of birth (1971-04-14)14 April 1971
Place of birth Ginebra, Colombia
Date of death 4 December 2012(2012-12-04) (aged 41)
Place of death Mexico City, Mexico
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1986–1988 Deportivo Cali
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1997 Deportivo Cali 94 (2)
1987–1992 → Sporting de Barranquilla (loan) 86 (0)
1998–2000 Atlético Nacional 91 (0)
2000–2011 Pachuca 395 (1)
Total 667 (3)
National team
1995–2009 Colombia 50 (0)
Teams managed
2011–2012 Pachuca (Goalkeeper Trainer)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 April 2011, 00:01 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 May 2009

While playing in Colombia, Calero won two championships, one with Deportivo Cali (1996) and another one with Atlético Nacional (1998). In Mexico, he played 23 tournaments with Club Pachuca and won 10 cups with the team. At an international level, Calero won four CONCACAF Champions Leagues and the Copa Sudamericana in 2006; he also won the 2001 Copa América with Colombia's national team.[2]



Calero was born in Ginebra, Valle del Cauca, Colombia, but later became a Mexican citizen.

He played for Deportivo Cali winning the 1996 Copa Mustang Division Mayor: Primera A championship title and Atlético Nacional Colombia, then moving to C.F. Pachuca, Mexico, where he was captain of the team. With Pachuca, he won four national championships, three CONCACAF Champions Cups, one Copa Sudamericana and one SuperLiga title. He scored a goal against Chiapas on 11 August 2002.

He played for the Colombia national football team and was a participant at the 1992 Summer Olympics and at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. In 2001 he was part of the Colombia team that won their first ever Copa América championship.[3]

He was known for wearing a baseball cap as a goalkeeper and a bandana, and for having a pair of wings on the back of his jersey around his number, 1. These wings symbolize his nickname, "El Cóndor".

After a poor performance in Copa América 2007, which included a 5–0 loss to Paraguay, Calero announced his retirement from the Colombian National team.[4]

On 23 October 2011, Calero played his last game with Pachuca and retired from football.[5]

Health deterioration and deathEdit

Calero was hospitalized on 26 November 2012 after he suffered from a cerebral thrombosis at his home in Pachuca.[6] After suffering from a second cerebral thrombosis episode, Calero was pronounced clinically brain dead on 3 December 2012.[7] For the rest of the day, he remained on life support but the injuries were irreversible.[8] At a public conference on noon of 4 December, Calero was declared dead.[9] His funeral was held in Pachuca, Hidalgo, home of his tenured club CF Pachuca.[10] After the ceremonies Calero was later cremated and his remains were divided with one half of it sent to his native Colombia, whereas the rest stayed in Mexico.[11]



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  1. ^ rsssf: Colombia record international footballers Archived 30 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Miguel Calero, 'El cóndor' que llegó a lo más alto con el Pachuca". CNNMéxico (in Spanish). 4 December 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  3. ^ rsssf: Copa América 2001 squads Archived 19 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Anuncia Miguel Calero que se retirará en junio Archived 21 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ “Me voy del fútbol lleno de felicidad”: Miguel Calero
  6. ^ "Miguel Calero hospitalized". ESPN. 26 November 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  7. ^ "Confirman muerte cerebral de Calero". ESPN (in Spanish). Mexico. 3 December 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  8. ^ "Pachuca reports Calero is brain dead". Terra Networks. 4 December 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  9. ^ "Muere el portero Miguel Calero". Organización Editorial Mexicana (in Spanish). 4 December 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  10. ^ "Dan en Pachuca adiós a Miguel Calero" (in Spanish). ESPN. 5 December 2012.
  11. ^ "Cenizas de Miguel Calero seran divididas entre familiares y Tuzos" (in Spanish). 5 December 2012.

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