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Róbinson Zapata

Robinson Zapata
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Personal information
Full name Róbinson Zapata Montaño
Date of birth (1978-09-30) 30 September 1978 (age 40)
Place of birth Florida, Colombia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Santa Fe
Number 12
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 América de Cali 62 (0)
2000–2002 Real Cartagena 83 (7)
2003–2004 América de Cali 33 (0)
2004–2005 Rosario Central 1 (0)
2005 Independiente 0 (0)
2005–2006 Belgrano 25 (0)
2006–2007 Cúcuta Deportivo 44 (0)
2007–2011 Steaua Bucureşti 85 (0)
2011 Galatasaray 10 (0)
2011–2012 Deportivo Pereira 18 (0)
2012–2013 Itagüí 43 (0)
2013–2014 Millonarios 11 (0)
2014– Santa Fe 41 (1)
National team
Colombia U21 13 (0)
2007–2016 Colombia 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 May 2016
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 June 2016

Róbinson Zapata Montaño (born 30 September 1978, Florida, Colombia), is a Colombian football player who plays for Independiente Santa Fe.

Club career


Zapata started his career in Colombia with América de Cali and Real Cartagena. In 2004, he moved to Argentina where he had spells with Rosario Central, Independiente and Belgrano. In 2006, he joined La Serena in Chile before returning to Colombia to play for Cúcuta Deportivo.

Steaua Bucureşti

Rufay, as he's called by his colleagues, joined Steaua on 23 July 2007 Steaua for €500.000 and signed a four-year[1] contract with the Romanian team from Cúcuta Deportivo. During the first half of the season, he became the most appreciateded player in the Romanian team. (seen in this statistic made by Steaua supporters). After a mediocre second year at Steaua, Rufay became the first option as a goalkeeper after Ciprian Tătăruşanu's mistakes, and showed outstanding form.

In the beginning of 2010–11 season, Rufay was demoted to the B squad after the arrival of new coach Victor Piţurcă. Soon after Piţurcă left the club, new coach Dumitrescu called him back to the first squad. In December 2010, Zapata ended the contract with Steaua.


On 21 January 2011, Zapata agreed a one-and-a-half-year deal with Turkish club Galatasaray.[2][3] He has been in a bad shape since his arrival, with just two clean sheets in 13 games, with a shot/save ratio of 42%. In June 2011, Robinson Zapata was fired from Galatasaray, becoming a free agent.[4] He returned to Colombia where he is set to play for Deportivo Pereira in the second half on 2011.

International career

On 5 July 2007, Zapata represented Colombia at the 2007 Copa América, playing against USA, but he was sent off in the 86th minute after being cautioned twice. His next tournament call-up came 9 years later, ahead of the Copa América Centenario.


América de Cali
Cúcuta Deportivo
Santa Fe


  1. ^ Steaua a transferat un nou portar
  2. ^ "Róbinson Zapata KAP bildiri" (PDF) (in Turkish). Retrieved 21 January 2011.
  3. ^ "Galatasaray'da Üç İmza" (in Turkish). Retrieved 21 January 2011.
  4. ^ Lions to start training June 27, but where are the players? Archived 28 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine

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