Yerry Fernando Mina González (born 23 September 1994) is a Colombian professional footballer who played as a centre-back for Premier League club Everton and the Colombia national team. He shares the record for most goals in a single World Cup by a defender, with three scored at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
|Full name||Yerry Fernando Mina González|
|Date of birth||23 September 1994|
|Place of birth||Guachené, Colombia|
|Height||1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)|
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 17:55, 28 May 2023 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 23:45, 28 January 2022 (UTC)
Born in Guachené, Mina was a Deportivo Pasto youth graduate, joining the side only at the age of 18. Promoted to the main squad during the 2013 season, he made his senior debut on 20 March of that year by starting in a 0–1 away loss against Dépor in the year's Copa Colombia.
Mina made his Categoría Primera A debut on 15 September 2013, starting in a 0–0 draw at Deportivo Cali. His first professional goal occurred on 18 October, as he scored his team's first in a 2–2 home draw against Atlético Huila.
Independiente Santa FeEdit
On 14 December 2013, Mina moved to fellow top-tier club Independiente Santa Fe, initially on a one-year loan deal. Mina made his debut for the club the following 25 January, playing the full 90 minutes in a 3–0 home win against Rionegro.
He proved to be a vital piece in the successful era enjoyed by the club, both domestically and internationally. In his first full year, he was part of the team that won the Colombian league Categoría Primera A Finalización 2014, defeating Independiente Medellín in the Final.
Mina then contributed to the 2015 Superliga Colombiana victory by netting the first goal in the 2–0 win against Atlético Nacional in the second leg of the Finals.
Mina was a regular starter during his tenure at Santa Fe, which culminated in the 2015 championship winning Copa Sudamericana campaign.
On 1 May 2016, Mina was confirmed as the new player of Palmeiras, but only joined the club in the following month. He signed a five-year contract with the club eleven days later.
Mina made his debut for the club on 4 July 2016, playing a full game in a 3–1 away defeat of Sport Recife. His first goal for the Verdão arrived in the following fixture, a 1–1 draw against Santos. He was, however, rotated off just before the end of the first half due to an apparent injury. He was carried off the field on a stretcher, in tears. On 13 July it was confirmed that Mina would not recover in time for the 2016 Summer Olympics, with the recuperation from his injury expected to take 6 to 8 weeks.
By late August 2016, Mina had fully recovered from his injury, and was an undisputed starter during the latter stages of the season. In September, he scored goals against rivals São Paulo and Corinthians, and finished the year with four league goals as his team was awarded the trophy for the first time in 22 years.
On 11 January 2018, FC Barcelona and Palmeiras reached an agreement regarding the transfer of Yerry Mina for the remainder of the current season and five more seasons, until 30 June 2023. This made him the first-ever Colombian to play for the club. The cost of the transfer was €11.8 million, and his release clause was set at €100 million. 
Mina made his debut replacing Gerard Piqué in the 83rd minute of the Copa del Rey semi-final against Valencia. Barcelona would go on to win the match 2–0 and advance to the final. He would make his home and league debut against Getafe, starting and playing the full game to a 0–0 draw. He made his first official contribution at the club as he assisted Ousmane Dembélé in a 5–1 win against Villarreal.
On 8 August 2018, Mina signed with Premier League team Everton in a deal worth €30 million.
His first appearance came during a 3–1 home victory against Brighton & Hove Albion, as a last-minute substitute for Gylfi Sigurðsson.
He scored his first goal for Everton in a 5–1 away win against Burnley, a header during the opening two minutes of the match following a cross from Bernard.
He scored his first brace for Everton on 1 February 2020 against Watford at Vicarage Road, scoring them both in stoppage time at the end of the first half in a game that Everton came from 2–0 down to win 2–3.
Mina opened his scoring account for Everton in the 2020–21 season with a bullet header against Brighton in a 4–2 victory at Goodison Park on 3 October 2020.
In 2016, Mina was named to Colombia's Copa América Centenario squad, starting one game against Costa Rica. He played in five of Colombia's 2018 World Cup Qualifying matches from October 2016 to March 2017, and in May 2018 he was named to Colombia's final 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
At the 2018 World Cup, Mina scored three goals for Colombia, all headers. Mina did not play in Colombia's opening 2–1 loss with Japan, but started at centre back in each of Colombia's remaining matches. In the group stage, he scored the opening goal in a 3–0 win over Poland, then scored the lone goal in a 1–0 win over Senegal which propelled Colombia to the top of their group and into the knockout stage. Against England in the round of sixteen, Mina tied the scoring 1–1 in the 93rd minute to send the game into extra time. Colombia went on to lose the game on penalty kicks, ending their tournament. With his three goals, he tied the record number of goals scored by a defender in a single World Cup tournament, sharing the record with Germans Paul Breitner in 1974 and Andreas Brehme in 1990.
Yerry Mina's father and uncle were both professional football goalkeepers. His father advised him to play another position, and his uncle took him to Deportivo Pasto's trial. His brother, Juan José, is also a footballer.
His uncle, Jair Mina, is also his agent.
Mina is a devout Christian and is a member of the neo-Pentecostal Church of God Ministry of Jesus Christ International. Mina has spoken publicly at many events sponsored by the church to talk about his life and faith.
|Deportivo Pasto||2013||Categoría Primera A||14||1||8||0||2[a]||0||—||24||1|
- ^ All appearances in Copa Sudamericana
- ^ a b c All appearances in Copa Libertadores
- ^ Ten appearances and one goal in Copa Libertadores, eleven appearances in Copa Sudamericana
- ^ All appearances in Superliga Colombiana
- ^ All appearances in Campeonato Paulista
- As of match played 28 January 2022
- Scores and results list Colombia's goal tally first.
|1.||11 October 2016||Estadio Metropolitano, Barranquilla, Colombia||Uruguay||2–2||2–2||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2.||13 June 2017||Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, Getafe, Spain||Cameroon||2–0||4–0||Friendly|
|4.||24 June 2018||Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia||Poland||1–0||3–0||2018 FIFA World Cup|
|5.||28 June 2018||Cosmos Arena, Samara, Russia||Senegal||1–0||1–0|
|6.||3 July 2018||Otkritie Arena, Moscow, Russia||England||1–1||1–1 (a.e.t.)|
|7.||3 June 2021||Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru||Peru||1–0||3–0||2022 FIFA World Cup qualification|
Independiente Santa Fe
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- ^ "Yerry Mina: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
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- ^ "Deportivo Pasto sigue tercero en Copa Colombia" [Deportivo Pasto remain third in the Copa Colombia] (in Spanish). HSB Noticias. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
- ^ "Deportivo Cali no brilló en Palmaseca y empató con el Pasto" [Deportivo Cali did not shine at the Palmaseca and drew with Pasto] (in Spanish). El País. 15 September 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
- ^ "Liga Postobón: Pasto aplazó su clasificación a cuadrangulares empató ante Huila en casa" [Liga Postobón: Pasto delayed his qualification to the quadrangular drawing with Huila at home] (in Spanish). Minuto 30. 19 October 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
- ^ "Santa Fe confirma nuevo defensa central para 2014" [Santa Fe confirm new central defender for 2014] (in Spanish). Independiente Santa Fe. 14 December 2013. Archived from the original on 17 August 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
- ^ "Palmeiras acerta contratação do zagueiro Yerry Mina, do Santa Fe" [Palmeiras sign stopper Yerry Mina, from Santa Fe] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 1 May 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
- ^ "Mina firma vínculo por cinco anos e se encanta com o Allianz Parque" [Mina signs five-year link and is delighted with Allianz Parque] (in Portuguese). SE Palmeiras. 11 May 2016. Archived from the original on 22 September 2019. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
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- ^ "Palmeiras sofre empate do Santos e tropeça pela 1ª vez em casa no Brasileiro" [Palmeiras suffer draw with Santos and slip for the first time at home in the Brasileiro] (in Portuguese). ESPN Brasil. 12 July 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
- ^ "Com lesão, Mina fica fora por até dois meses e vai perder a Olimpíada" [With injury, Mina stays out for until two months and will miss the Olympics] (in Portuguese). Lance!. 13 July 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
- ^ Barcelona.com on 8 February 2018,Yerry Mina made his debut for Barcelona as a substitute in the 82nd minute in a 2–0 win over Valencia Cf in the copa del rey.
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- ^ "Barcelona vs. Villarreal – Football Match Summary – May 9, 2018 – ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
- ^ "Mina completes €30M Everton move as Barcelona team-mate Gomes joins". Goal. 8 August 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
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- ^ "Watford 2-3 Everton". BBC Sport. 1 February 2020. Retrieved 1 February 2020.
- ^ "Calvert-Lewin scores again as Everton go top with win over Brighton". BBC Sport. 3 October 2020. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
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- ^ FIFA.com. "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - Matches - Colombia - England - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Archived from the original on 28 June 2018. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
- ^ "Yerry Mina's journey from Colombia to Barcelona, via Brazil – Tifo Football". Tifo Football. Archived from the original on 10 January 2018. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
- ^ "Hermano de Yerry Mina, sigue los pasos del defensa central y debutó en el fútbol colombiano" [Brother of Yerry Mina, he follows in the footsteps of the central defender and made his debut in Colombian soccer]. noticiasrcn.com (in Spanish). 7 May 2022. Retrieved 5 January 2023.
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- ^ Yerry Mina at Soccerway
- ^ "Y. Mina". Palmeiras. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
- ^ "Yerry Mina". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmermann. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
- ^ "Palmeiras tem oito na seleção do Brasileirão, Gabriel Jesus é o craque". sportv.com (in Brazilian Portuguese).
- ^ "Com cinco jogadores e Carille, campeão Corinthians é base da seleção do Paulistão" [With five players and Carille, champion Corinthians is the baseline of the Paulistão team of the year] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 8 May 2017. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
- ^ "Kane crowned King, Mina the PPG VIP". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
- Profile at the Everton F.C. website
- Yerry Mina at National-Football-Teams.com
- Yerry Mina at Soccerway