World Cup 2014: Faryd Mondragon Breaks Record for Oldest Player
Colombia’s legendary 43-year-old goalkeeper entered the match in the last minutes of his team’s 4-1 win over Japan.
BUENOS AIRES – At 43, Colombian goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon became the oldest person to have played in a World Cup match on Tuesday, a record previously held by Roger Milla, who played for Cameroon until the age of 42.
Wearing the number 22, substitute goalie Mondragon replaced David Ospina in the 83rd minute of the match between Colombia and Japan. The action was pretty much over by then, as Colombia was winning 3-1.
Columbia went on to win 4-1, a result that eliminated Japan and placed the South Americans at the top of group C, making them one of the last of the 16 teams to enter the second round of the tournament.
Mondragon began his career in Deportivo Cali, and played in Argentina, Spain, France, Turkey and the Philadelphia Union team in the U.S., before returning to Deportivo Cali.
His first time at a World Cup was in 1994 in the U.S., but he didn’t actually play until France in 1998. Mondragon's game on Tuesday also secured him yet another record: the longest time spent between playing at a World Cup (16 years), a record that used to belong to Swiss player Alfred Bickel, who played in 1938 and returned 12 years later in 1950.