Iván Ramiro Córdoba (born August 11, 1976 in Medellín) is a
Colombian international football player. He made his name
playing for San Lorenzo in Argentina but signed for Italian side
Inter Milan in the winter of 2000, rejecting the renowned Real
Madrid in doing so.
Naturally a central defender and world rated man-marker, he is
incredibly athletic and relies mostly on his pace and reliable
timing, being only 173cm tall and thus vulnerable in the air.
Cordoba is also a versatile defender. He sometimes plays as
right back and has even filled the left back position. Cordoba
is a proven defender, making twenty matches in his first season,
impressive when you consider he only joined the club in the
winter break of the season.
He captained the Colombia national football team to win the 2001
Copa América competition, scoring the only goal in the final.
Cordoba also played for his country in the 1998 World Cup. Ivan
now plays in Inter Milan side along side Marco Materazzi as the
backbone of defence.