Faustino Asprilla

Faustino Hernán Asprilla Hinestroza ( born November 10, 1969 in Tuluá ) is a former Colombian football player. The striker is now considered one of the best and most successful footballers of his country and is known by his fans because of its large appetite of the Octopus.


1988 began Asprilla at the local first division club Cucuta Deportivo, where he already scored 17 goals in his first season. This was followed by the move to Atlético Nacional 1989., Where he made ​​himself with a superior rate ( 35 goals in 78 games) and in Europe a name. So he followed in 1992 the call across the Atlantic and moved to Parma. With the AC 1995 he won the UEFA Cup in Italy. Two years earlier he had already won the European Cup Winners' Cup and could now boast two major European title. Just six months after winning the UEFA Cup, he moved to England, where he hired at Newcastle United. The Magpies but Asprilla was never really happy and returning in 1998 to Parma. It was followed by the second triumph in the UEFA Cup in 1999 and the victory of the Italian Cup in the same year. That was his last title in Europe and Tino moved to Brazil to SE Palmeiras. After several unsuccessful fewer stations in Rio de Janeiro and Mexico, he returned in 2002 to Atlético Nacional back. He spent only a year in his hometown and then moved to CF Universidad de Chile. After five goals in 13 games, he left Chile again and finally let his career at Estudiantes de La Plata in Argentina finish.

Asprilla was known above all by a hat-trick in the 3-2 win against Newcastle FC Barcelona. The match took place at St James' Park Newcastle on 17 September 1997.

National team

With his National Team Asprilla took part in the 1994 World Cup in the USA. There he played in three games, but was able to achieve a single goal. His team already retired from the group stage. Three years later, in the qualification for the World Cup 1998 he fought a duel with the special Paraguayan José Luis Chilavert: The goalkeeper and Asprilla clashed and the match ends in a brawl between the two. This Asprilla was the first Colombian who was referred because of such offense of the field. At the tournament itself Tino made ​​only a game and was unable to prevent the withdrawal of his country again in the group stage.