Radamel Falcao

Falcao in the jersey of FC Porto ( 2011)

Radamel Falcao García Zárate ( born February 10, 1986 in Santa Marta ), called Radamel Falcao or Falcao, is a Colombian football player. His middle name Falcao his father gave him in reference to the Brazilian player Paulo Roberto Falcão.

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In youth, Falcao played in the soccer school Lanceros fair play, for which he is already the age of 13 came in the second Colombian League for use, and in the Youth Section of the Club CD Los Millonarios from Bogotá. The age of 15, he joined the youth academy of the Argentine club River Plate CA.

CA River Plate

At the age of 20 he made ​​his debut for River Plate in the Argentine Primera División and met in his first game twice. In his first seven missions he scored seven goals. In 2005 he suffered a serious knee injury and was only in 2007 - after several failed comeback attempts - again completely usable.

With a hat-trick in the game against Botafogo FR on 27 September 2007, Falcao secured a place in the quarterfinals of the Copa Sudamericana and then with a goal against Defensor Sporting Club also reaching the semi-final ( which was later lost ).

In superclásico against Boca Juniors in October 2007 met Falcao. This year, he finished fifth in the election to South America Player of the Year, he also was elected to the ideal Equipo de América. In the Clausura 2008, Falcao won his first championship with River Plate. In this and also in the weaker following season he was top scorer River Plate.

FC Porto

In the summer of 2009, Falcao joined the Portuguese top club FC Porto and was the successor of Lisandro López, who signed with Olympique Lyon. In the first four games for his new club, he scored four goals in total there were in the first year 25 hits in 28 games of the Super League, so it was only a goal behind top scorer Óscar Cardozo of Benfica. In his first Champions League season, he came up with four goals. At the end of the season was winning the Portuguese Cup and the Supercup. In the cup Falcao was with five goals in five games also top scorer.

Also in the 2010/11 season, he met right from the start regularly. So he converted a penalty in the 3-0 win over Racing Genk in the play-off for the Europa League, and thus laid the foundation for participation in the group stage. In the group stage itself he met in the first four games, three of which Porto won once each. In the fifth match, he scored in a 3-1 victory over Rapid Vienna all three goals. Also in the quarter-finals he met during a 5-1 win in the first leg against Spartak Moscow three times and in the return game a second time. In the first leg of the semifinal against Villarreal he met the 5-1 thrashing four times in a half. With another goal in the semi-final game and the decisive goal in a 1-0 victory over SC Braga in the final, he secured his team's Europa League victory and increased at the same time his goal account on 17 goals ( in 14 games ), so he surpassed the previous record holder Jürgen Klinsmann, who scored 15 goals in the 1995/96 season.

In the Portuguese championship, FC Porto secured to the superior striking duo Falcao (16 goals) and Hulk (23 goals) ahead of time and unbeaten five games before the end of the season the title. With a 6-2 win against Vitória Guimarães in the cup final, finally, Porto made ​​the profit of the small European Triples perfect. Falcao was voted in this year's election to the European Footballer of the year to fifth place.

Atlético Madrid

Although Falcao had extended his contract with Porto until July 2015, the Spanish traditional club Atlético Madrid signed him on August 18, 2011. The striker signed a five -year contract. The transfer fee is said to have amounted to 47 million euros, according to media reports. His debut in the Primera División was Falcao 10 September 2011, the first matchday of the 2011/12 season, against Valencia. Already in his second league game he met in a 4-0 win over Racing Santander three times. Even in his first international assignment for Atlético he had a few days previously entered in the Europa League against Celtic Glasgow in the hit list. Another hat-trick he scored 21 January 2012 against Real Sociedad. On 9 May 2012, he defeated Atlético with the Basque club Athletic Bilbao in the final of the UEFA Europa League 3-0, where he signed a two-goal and for the second time in a row won the Europa League. With a total of 12 goals in 15 games, he also defended the top scorer successful in this competition. In the league, Falcao scored 24 goals and had thus in the scoresheet only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo beaten. With the fifth place but Atlético failed to qualify for the Champions League. Falcao's achievements this year have been honored with a fifth place in the poll for the world footballer and a ninth place in the election to the European Footballer of the Year.

On the 2nd Round of the 2012/13 season Falcao scored in a 4-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao again a hat-trick. Just four days later - on 31 August 2012 - was followed by a "flawless " hat trick in the first half of the match in the UEFA Super Cup. Atlético won 4-1 against the Champions League winners Chelsea and secured the next international title. On December 9, 2012 Falcao arrive in a 6-0 win against Deportivo La Coruña five goals. He scored after he had met in the first half to make it 2-0 and 3-0, in the second half, with the gates to 4:0, 5:0 and 6:0 a hat-trick within seven minutes. This is the first player Falcao Atletico Madrid, who scored five goals in a league game. At the end of the season was a third place in the league, which meant the direct qualification for the Champions League for Atlético. Falcao even scored 28 goals in 34 games, which meant third place in the ranking scorer again. In addition, in the final of the Copa del Rey was the city rivals Real Madrid 2-1 aet defeated and thus winning the cup won.

AS Monaco

For the 2013/14 season Falcao moved to the French first division club AS Monaco. When financially strong climber, he signed a contract with maturity over five years to 30 June 2018. Doing so, he should earn 14 million euros per season, the transfer fee to have amounted to between 45 and 60 million euros. In his first league game on August 10, 2013, Falcao scored in a 2-0 win over Bordeaux his first goal for the Monegasque.

On January 22, Falcao suffered in the Coupe de France match against Monts d'Or Azergues Foot tore a ligament in his left knee. By probably six month break Falcao threatens the Football World Cup 2014 in Brazil to miss.


Falcao won with the Colombia U-20 South American Championship in 2005 and took part in the U -20 World Championship in 2005 in the Netherlands.

His debut for the Colombian national team, he was on 8 February 2007, shortly before his 21st birthday against Uruguay. His first hit, he was able to achieve already in his second Kirin Cup in a 1-0 win over Montenegro. Between 2007 and 2009 he was employed in ten matches in qualifying for the 2010 World Cup in which he scored a goal. However, qualifying for the finals did not succeed.

In July 2011, Falcao took part in the Copa América in 2011 with Colombia. With a " double " in the decisive group game against Bolivia, where he was elected the Man of the Match, he secured his team win the group in front of the top favorite and host Argentina. Falcao came in all four games of Colombia to use, failed with his team, but in the quarterfinals to Peru. In the 0-2 defeat after extra time he missed in the regular season a penalty.

Falcao is part of the squad for Colombia's qualification for World Cup 2014 in Brazil, Colombia successfully concluded in 2013 with the second place and 30 points. Falcao was with 9 goals in the qualifiers shared third place in the scoresheet.



  • UEFA Europa League winner: 2011, 2012
  • UEFA Super Cup winner: 2012
  • Spanish Cup winner: 2013
  • Portuguese champions: 2011
  • Portuguese Cup winners: 2010, 2011
  • Portuguese Supercup winner: 2010, 2011
  • Argentine champion: Clausura 2008
  • U-20 South American champions: 2005


  • Scorer in the UEFA Europa League: 2011 ( 17 goals ), 2012 (12 goals)
  • FIFA / FIFPro World XI: 2012
  • Choice in the Equipo Ideal de América: 2007


  • Falcao has one daughter (* 2013) and married to the Argentinean singer Lorelai Taron.