Nelson Alberto Barahona Collins (born 22 November 1987 in Colón) is a Panamanian football attacking midfielder. He currently plays for the Categoría Primera B side Real Cartagena in Colombia.

Nelson Barahona
Personal information
Full name Nelson Alberto Barahona Collins
Date of birth (1987-11-22) 22 November 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth Colón, Panama
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Real Cartagena
Youth career
Escuelita Blanco y Negro
2004–2006 Árabe Unido
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Árabe Unido 74 (10)
2008Fénix (loan) 11 (1)
2009Atlético Huila (loan) 26 (1)
2010–2012 Independiente Medellín 30 (5)
2011Caracas (loan) 13 (3)
2011Deportivo Táchira (loan) 7 (1)
2012Atlético Huila (loan) 26 (4)
2013 Itagüí 32 (2)
2014 Alianza Petrolera 31 (0)
2015 San Francisco 8 (0)
2015–2016 Alianza Petrolera 47 (5)
2017–2018 Árabe Unido 43 (5)
2018 Cartaginés 13 (1)
2019– Real Cartagena 1 (0)
National team
2007 Panama U-20 5 (2)
2008 Panama U-23 6 (2)
2007– Panama 46 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 February 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 March 2013

Club careerEdit

Nicknamed el Russo, Barahona played numerous of years in Árabe Unido's youth team before in 2007 making his debut with the senior team. After having several good appearances with the club and the Panama youth team he moved to Uruguayan side Fénix. Russo made his league debut with Fénix as a second-half substitute on 27 February 2008 against Nacional.[1] Unfortunately, Fénix where relegated and Barahona returned to ANAPROF side Árabe Unido where he was crowned champion of the ANAPROF Clausura 2008.

On 28 February 2009 Barahona signed a 1-year loan contract with Colombian side Atlético Huila making him the second Panamanian in team after Amilcar Henriquez was signed in December 2008.[2] He played his last game for Árabe Unido on 27 February 2009.

By 2010 he was transferred to Independiente Medellín, a club with which he had the chance to play the 2010 Copa Libertadores.[3] At the end of the year, he was loaned to Venezuelan side Caracas FC.[4]

In mid-2011 he returned to Independiente Medellín, club owner of his sports rights, but on 2 September 2011 he was hired by Deportivo Táchira of Venezuela whom he subsequently left in December 2011.[5]

On 17 January 2012 Atlético Huila confirmed him as the new reinforcement for the 2012 season, Barahona joining compatriots Amílcar Henríquez and Alejandro Vélez at the club.[6] This is his second stay in the club. In February 2013, he signed with Itagüí[7] and he moved to Alianza Petrolera in December 2013.[8]

In 2015, Barahona returned to Panama after seven years abroad to play for San Francisco.[9]

International careerEdit

Barahona was part of the Panama U-20 squad that participated in the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada. He scored Panama's only goal of the tournament against Czech Republic.[10]

He made his senior debut for Panama on 22 August 2007 against Guatemala and has, as of 1 May 2015, earned a total of 45 caps, scoring 4 goals.[11] He represented his country in 13 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[10] and was part of the national team that won the 2009 UNCAF Nations Cup in Honduras.[12] In 2011, he was called up by Julio Dely Valdés to play at the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Panama's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 20 May 2009 Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López, Santa Fe, Argentina   Argentina 1–1 1–3 Friendly
2 5 July 2009 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, United States   Guadeloupe 1–2 1–2 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup
3 12 June 2012 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama   Cuba 1–0 1–0 2014 World Cup qualifier
4 16 October 2012 Estadio Pedro Marrero, Havana, Cuba   Cuba 1–1 1–1 2014 World Cup qualifier



Árabe Unido
Atlético Huila

Mejor jugador de fútbol profesional local COSAWARDS 2017



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