|Full name||Edwin Andrés Cardona Bedoya|
|Date of birth||8 December 1992|
|Place of birth||Medellín, Colombia|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|2012||→ Santa Fe (loan)||34||(4)|
|2013||→ Junior (loan)||37||(7)|
|2017–2018||→ Boca Juniors (loan)||31||(7)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 04:26, 25 September 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 June 2019
Edwin Andrés Cardona Bedoya (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈeðwiŋ kaɾˈðona]; born 8 December 1992) is a Colombian professional footballer who plays for Liga MX club Pachuca and for the Colombian national team.
A friendly match was held between Colombia and South Korea in Seoul on November 10, 2017 in preparation for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. At the 17th minute in the second half with Colombia down 2-0 against Korea, Colombian player James Rodríguez attempted to pick up Korean player Jin-Su Kim from the ground after Kim was fouled. Korean captain Sung-Yueng Ki lightly shoved Rodríguez causing Rodríguez to completely flop and fall to the ground. Edwin Cardona was caught up in the ensuing scuffle and was caught on camera making a racist gesture toward the Korean players. Although the incident went unnoticed by the match referee, the racist incident sparked outrage and calls for heavy FIFA punishment for the C.F. Monterrey player. Cardona was banned for 5 games by FIFA for his racist gesture.
He won an Apertura with Nacional in 2011 before being loaned to fellow Colombian Side Santa Fe. During his brief spell with Santa Fe, Cardona won the 2012 Apertura. The following year, Cardona would join Atlético Junior on a year-long loan.
In 2014 he was brought back to Atletico Nacional, converting himself to a key player in his first two seasons. During his most prominent time at the club, Cardona went on to dispute the final of the 2014 Copa Sudamericana. Despite losing the final against Argentine club River Plate, he was amongst the best players of the tournament even earning the best young player award. That same year, Cardona was included in Star XI of the Americas.
On 16 December 2014, Cardona signed for Liga MX club Monterrey alongside compatriots Alexander Mejía and Yimmi Chará. On 18 January 2015, Cardona scored his first goal for Los Rayados, netting against Pachuca for the 2014 Clausura. His first brace would come on 7 March against Toluca.
Cardona scored his second brace on 16 August 2015 against Dorados de Sinaloa for the 2015 Apertura. During a match for the 2016 Clausura against Santos Laguna, Cardona was praised for scoring an impressive bicycle kick. Due to this, he was given the nickname "Crackdona" amongst Monterrey fans. The match ended in a 2-1 victory with the first goal for Monterrey being scored by fellow countryman Dorlan Pabón.
On match-day 14, Cardona scored a goal against Club Tijuana by chipping it past Argentine keeper Federico Vilar. Monterrey ended up winning the match thus helping maintain their spot as leaders. The following 8th of April, Cardona netted another brace against Jaguares de Chiapas which earned him the man of the match award.
On 18 July 2017, the Colombian international joined Argentine giants Boca Juniors on a year-long loan plus a possible six months added if the club advances to the round of 16 at the 2018 Copa Libertadores. Monterrey set a $6 million price tag for Cardona if he were to be signed permanently by Boca Juniors.
Cardona represented his country at the 2009 South American Under-17 Football Championship in Chile, where he became the top scorer with 7 goals in 7 matches, including a hat-trick in a 3–0 win against Ecuador. In doing so, he tremendously helped his country qualify for the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup due to take place in Nigeria from 24 October – 15 November. Cardona was selected to play for his country in the 2011 Toulon Tournament in France. He scored 3 goals in the Championships including two goals against Ivory Coast and a goal against Mexico in the semi-final. Colombia went on to win the final in a penalty shoot-out against the host nation France.
On 3 October 2014, Cardona was called up to the Colombian senior team, for the first time, by manager Jose Nestor Pekerman for the team's friendlies against El Salvador and Canada. As a starter, he made his senior debut against El Salvador.
He was called up again for Colombia's national team on 3 November 2014, this time for friendlies against the United States and Slovenia. He assisted Teófilo Gutiérrez in the 86th minute winning goal for an eventual 2–1 victory over the U.S. Cardona would score his first goal for the national team against Kuwait in a 3–1 victory. Cardona scored his first goal during an official competition with the Colombian senior team during the CONMEBOL qualifiers for the Russia 2018 World Cup match against Peru which was won by Colombia 2–0.
In a friendly match between Colombia and South Korea in Seoul on 10 November 2017 in the 62nd minute with Colombia down 0-2 against Korea, Colombian player James Rodríguez attempted to pick up Korean player Jin-Su Kim from the ground in a rough manner after Kim was fouled. Korean captain Sung-Yueng Ki lightly shoved Rodríguez, Rodríguez then fell to the ground while pretending to cover his eye as if Ki slapped his face. Edwin Cardona was caught up in the ensuing scuffle and was caught on camera making a slant-eyed gesture toward the Korean players. Although the incident went unnoticed by the match referee, the incident sparked outrage and calls for heavy FIFA punishment for the Boca Juniors player. Cardona apologized the same day via Twitter, saying that ”I didn’t mean to disrespect anyone, a country or a race, but if anyone felt offended, or interpreted it in that way, I am sorry.” In December 2017 FIFA banned Cardona for five international games, although he would still be able to participate in the upcoming World Cup.
Scores and results lists Colombia's goal tally first.
|1.||30 March 2015||Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||Kuwait||Friendly|
|2.||8 October 2015||Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, Colombia||Peru||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3.||24 March 2016||Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia||Bolivia|
|4.||6 October 2016||Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay||Paraguay|
|5.||7 June 2017||Nueva Condomina, Murcia, Spain||Spain||Friendly|
|Colombia||League||Cup[n 1]||South America||Total|
|2009||Atlético Nacional||Categoría Primera A||14||1||0||0||0||0||14||1|
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