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- Córdoba's goalkeeping style is quite different from the typical goalkeepers of his time. Inclined to wait a bit off the goal area, he is more of a field defender, he had a great ability to close spaces and amazing reflexes, but also the leap enabled him to make incredible saves. His most significant strength is his talent with passing the ball accurately and restarting the action quickly.
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- Óscar Eduardo Córdoba Arce (born 3 February 1970 in Cali, Valle) is a retired Colombian football (soccer) goalkeeper who has played more than 70 games for the Colombia national team. He last played in Millonarios from Bogotá, Colombia. Is considered one of the best goalkeepers in the history of america (for many the best) and one of the best of all time
Córdoba started playing professionally with Atlético Nacional in 1988, but transferred to Deportivo Cali in 1989 and loaned to Deportes Quindío in 1990. In 1991 he moved to Millonarios, and in 1993 he played for Once Caldas, and América de Cali, with which he would win the Colombian Championship in 1997.
After the title, he moved to Argentine team Boca Juniors to what was probably his most successful time, winning the Argentine Championships Apertura 1998, Clausura 1999 and Apertura 2000, the Copa Libertadores 2000 and 2001, and the Intercontinental Cup of 2000.In 2000 and 2001 was part of the dream team of america
Ready to make the jump to Europe, Córdoba moved to Italian Perugia Calcio, but after only half season he transferred to Turkish Beşiktaş Istanbul. In Turkey he often played against another Colombian goalkeeper of the Super Lig; Faryd Mondragon of Galatasaray. After 4 seasons and after winning the 2002-03 Turkish First Football League and the 2005-2006 Turkey Cup, he transferred to Antalyaspor, club in which he announced his retirement after the 2006/07 season. In spite of the announcement, he returned to Colombia and signed for Deportivo Cali to play the following season.
His contract with the Colombian side expired after Deportivo Cali were eliminated in the semi-finals of the Copa Mustang in the Apertura of 2008. In December 2008 he was nominated by the American channel Fox Sports as "Outstanding Carrer" Award given annually by such means the best athletes in the world. Oscar will be awarded with special recognition for Outstanding Carrer with Argentine striker Gabriel Omar Batistuta
After his experience at Deportivo Cali, Cordoba expressed his interest in either returning to Argentina, returning to Turkey, or retiring from football itself. He finally signed for Millonarios where he played until his retirement in December 2009.
Córdoba made his debut for the Colombia national team in a friendly against Costa Rica on March 31, 1993. He has gone on to make over 70 appearances for his country, making him the most capped goalkeeper in the history of Colombian international football.
In the qualifiers for the FIFA 1994 World Cup he started in every game and conceded only two goals making him the best goalkeeper in the playoffs and received the fewest goals. In 2001 America Cup he played a key role playing five of six games as possible, leaving the clean sheet throughout the tournament which holds the record along with a deputy in the competition Miguel Calero to be the only ones to leave the shutout in a Copa America, also he won the award for best goalkeeper in the copa america. He played in the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup where Colombia came fourth.
On September 10, 2003 Córdoba surpassed René Higuita's record of 68 caps, to become Colombia's all time record goalkeeper. He was called up to the Colombia national football team for his final time in October 2009 as the third goalkeeper in a FIFA World Cup qualifier for the CONMEBOL.
Colombia: 73 appearances
1988 Atlético Nacional
1989–1990 Deportivo Cali
1990 Deportes Quindío
1993 Once Caldas
1993–1997 América de Cali 110 appearances
1997–2001 Boca Juniors 118 appearances
2002 Perugia 15 appearances
2002–2006 Beşiktaş J.K. 137 appearances
2006–2007 Antalyaspor 32 appearances
2007–2008 Deportivo Cali 14 appearances
2008–2009 Millonarios 37 appearances
1997 Campeonato Colombiano - América de Cali
1998 Torneo Apertura - Boca Juniors
1999 Torneo Clausura - Boca Juniors
2000 Torneo Apertura - Boca Juniors
2000 Copa Libertadores - Boca Juniors
2000 Copa Intercontinental - Boca Juniors
2001 Copa Libertadores - Boca Juniors
2001 Copa América - Colombia
2002-2003 Süper Lig - Beşiktaş J.K.
2005–06 Turkish Cup - Beşiktaş J.K.
Keeping in Besiktas