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Former Colombia captain Rincón dies at 55 after car crash

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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Freddy Rincón, a former captain of the Colombian national soccer team who played in three World Cups, has died after being injured in a car crash. He was 55.

Rincón was injured Monday when his vehicle collided with a bus in Cali, Colombia.

The Colombian soccer federation posted news of Rincón’s death on its website on Wednesday, saying it deeply regrets his passing and sends a message of support and encouragement to his family, friends and relatives.

Rincón played at the World Cup in 1990, 1994 and 1998. Besides playing for Colombian and Brazilian clubs during his career, the midfielder also played for Real Madrid, Parma and Napoli.

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“We join together with many in the world of football to remember Freddy Rincon,” FIFA posted on Twitter along with a video of the player scoring one of his most memorable goals at the 1990 World Cup in Italy.

Colombia needed at least a draw against West Germany in its final group match to advance to the round of 16. Trailing 1-0 in injury time, Rincón scored to help the team advance.

The Colombians then lost to Cameroon in extra time and were eliminated.

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A relative of former Colombia soccer midfielder Freddy Rincon who was seriously injured in a traffic accident, prays for him during candlelight vigil near the hospital where Rincon has been admitted in Cali, Colombia, Tuesday, April 12, 2022.

  • Colombian player Freddy Rincon, left, fights for the ball with Elvis Martinez of Venezuela during a qualifying France '98 game in San Cristobal, Venezuela, on Dec. 15, 1996. Former Colombian national soccer team captain Freddy Rincón has died. He was 55. Rincón played in three World Cups for Colombia and also played for Real Madrid, Parma and Napoli. He died after being injured in a car crash on Monday when his vehicle collided with a bus in Cali, Colombia.

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