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Freddy Eusebio Rincón Valencia (born August 14, 1966 in Buenaventuramarker, Valle del Cauca), is a retired Colombian football midfielder who played 84 games for the Colombia national team between 1990 and 2001 He was a vital piece of the legendary though largely underachieving side which included stellar names fit to hang alongside his own, names like Valderrama, Asprilla, and Higuita.

Club career

Rincón began his career at Atlético Buenaventura in 1986. He also played for: Independiente Santa Fé and América de Cali (Colombia), Napoli (Italy), Real Madrid (Spain), Palmeiras, Santos, and Corinthians (Brazil).

For América de Cali won the Colombian Championship in 1990 and 1992.

It was his combination with Faustino Asprilla in the 5-0 demolition of Argentina in the 1994 World Cup qualifying campaign that prompted AC Parma to sign the Colombian midfielder. However the three foreigner rule meant he was loaned out to Napoli, and was eventually sold onto Real Madrid.

Rincón spent the latter part of his career playing club football in Brazilmarker where he played for Palmeiras, Corinthians, Santos and Cruzeiromarker. During his time with Corinthians the club won the Brazilian championship in 1998 and 1999 and the first FIFA Club World Cup in 2000, his greatest title.

International career

Rincón scored 17 goals in 84 caps for the Colombian national team, playing in the 1990, 1994, and 1998 World Cups.

His most important and most memorable goal is the one he scored against West Germany in Milanmarker, Italymarker on June 16th during the 1990 World Cup. Playing into injury time, the ball went into the net just after having gone between the legs of West German goalie, Bodo Illgner, to tie the game 1-1 and send Colombia into the second round. During a qualifying match for the 1994 FIFA World Cup on September 6, 1993 against Argentina, he scored the first goal of the game receiving the ball from teammate Carlos Valderrama and passing the Argentine goalkeeper, Sergio Goycochea, before scoring.

Career as coach

In 2005, he started a football manager career, after he was hired as Iraty manager for the 2006 season. On September 27, 2006, Rincón was hired as São Bento's manager. He is currently the coach of São José Esporte Clube of São José dos Campos, São Paulo.

Personal life

He has been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since August 20, 2005. He was baptized in São Paulo Perdizes Stake in Brazilmarker.

In 2007, Rincón came under criminal investigation in Colombia and Panamamarker, facing charges of collaboration with cocaine kingpin Pablo Rayo Montaño and suspicion of money laundering. On May 10, São Paulo police took him into custody after a Panamanian request for extradition.



  1. rsssf: Colombia record international footballers
  2. Rincón inicia carreira de treinador de futebol - Esportes Terra (December 26, 2005)
  3. Colombiano Rincón comanda 1° treino no São Bento - Esportes Terra (September 27, 2006)
  4. El Pais article

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