Carlos Fernando Navarro Montoya

Carlos Navarro Montoya
Personal information
Full name Carlos Fernando Navarro Montoya
Date of birth 26 February 1966 (1966-02-26) (age 45)
Place of birth Medellín, Colombia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1986 Vélez Sársfield 66 (0)
1986–1987 Independiente Santa Fe 38 (0)
1987–1988 Vélez Sársfield 14 (0)
1988–1996 Boca Juniors 311 (0)
1997 Extremadura 23 (0)
1997–1998 Mérida 38 (0)
1998–2000 Tenerife 48 (0)
2001 Deportes Concepción 13 (0)
2001–2003 Chacarita Juniors 62 (0)
2004–2005 Independiente 57 (0)
2005–2006 Gimnasia LP 38 (0)
2006 Atlético Paranaense 2 (0)
2007 Nueva Chicago 19 (0)
2007–2008 Olimpo 13 (0)
2008–2009 Luján de Cuyo ? (?)
2009 Tacuarembó 8 (0)
National team
1985 Colombia 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Carlos Fernando Navarro Montoya (born 26 February 1966 in Medellín) is a retired Colombian-Argentine footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

During a professional career which spanned 25 years, he represented teams in Argentina, Colombia, Spain, Chile, Brazil and Uruguay, appearing for 15 different clubs, namely Boca Juniors, and totalling 752 official matches.


Club career

Navarro, nicknamed El Mono (Monkey) whilst in Argentina, Montoya started playing professionally in the country at only 18, with Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield. In 1988, after one year in his country with Independiente de Santa Fe, he joined Boca Juniors, where he would rarely miss a game in nearly ten years - never played in less than 35 matches in his full seasons - also setting club records of consecutive games (180) and minutes without conceding a goal (824), and eventually appearing in 396 official matches for the Xeneizes. His last game, however, ended in defeat, 1–3 at Club Atlético Banfield.[1]

In January 1997, aged almost 31, Montoya joined CF Extremadura in La Liga, suffering relegation with that and his following two teams, CP Mérida and CD Tenerife, also in the first division. After a brief spell in Chile with Club de Deportes Concepción, he returned to Argentina and played topflight football for Chacarita Juniors, Club Atlético Independiente[2]- after the promotion of youngster Óscar Ustari, the 39-year old did not see his contract renewed - and Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, during five seasons combined.

Montoya rarely settled with a team in the following years, playing in his country of adoption but also in Brazil and Uruguay. On 10 July 2009, at the age of 43, he announced his retirement from professional football, stating: "It is 'goodbye', but also 'thank you'".[3]

International career

As a naturalized Argentine, Navarro wanted to represent its national team, but was denied from doing so by FIFA because he had already played for Colombia in three 1986 FIFA World Cup qualifiers - two against the same opponent, Paraguay - conceding four goals.[4]

In 1998, FIFA relented and allowed the player a special dispensation to play for Argentina but, at the age of 32, he was considered too old and never represented his adopted nation.



Boca Juniors



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