Teófilo Antonio Gutiérrez Roncancio, known more commonly as Teó or Teófilo Gutiérrez, is a force to be reckoned with on the football pitch. Learn everything you need to know about this important member of the Columbian team before the World Cup match between Columbia and Brazil on July 4.
1. Teó Plays for Columbia at World Cup, Argentina’s River Plate Otherwise
Check out the video above to get a quick rundown of the Columbian World Cup team. This video features interviews with Teófilo Gutiérrez, Radamel Falcao and coach José Pékerman.
Teófilo Gutiérrez was born in Columbia, but now plays for the Argentine club River Plate. Over the course of his career, he has also played in Turkey’s Trabzonspor club, as well as Mexico’s Cruz Azul.
2. Teófilo Gutiérrez Has Done Well in the World Cup
Check out some highlights from the recent World Cup match between Columbia and Greece.
Teófilo Gutiérrez made headlines after scoring the second goal in the Columbia/Greece match. Still, despite doing well personally at the World Cup, Columbia won’t necessarily have an easy time going forward. The Columbian team needs to cooperate in order to dominate, but the rest of the team is very strong. The Guardian notes:
“Goals are unlikely to be a problem for Colombia, even though they are without the injured Radamel Falcao. He’s their best player but Colombia, who are admittedly carrying a couple of injuries elsewhere, are not a one-man show. They were mightily impressive in qualifying and are hardly down to the bare bones in attack when they can call upon the likes of Carlos Bacca, James Martinez, Adrian Ramos and Teofilo Gutierrez.”
3. Teófilo Gutiérrez Is Highly Valued
Teó’s current team affiliation is with Club Atlético River Plate, where he plays as center forward. According to Transfer Markt, a UK footie site that values players, Teófilo Gutiérrez has a market value of £1.58 million, or about $2,706,895 in US currency.
4. Teó Was Involved in a Paintball Locker Room Scandal
Back in 2012, the Guardian reported that Teófilo Gutiérrez was involved in a locker room scandal that involved a paintball gun. At the time, Gutiérrez was playing for Argentina’s Racing Club. He was fired after the paintball incident, which Reuters notes took place “after the team lost the Avellaneda derby 4-1 to arch-rivals Independiente.”
5. Teófilo Gutiérrez Is Wearing Radamel Falcao’s Number
At this year’s World Cup, Teófilo Gutiérrez is wearing Radamel Falcao’s “number 9″ shirt. Falcao is out due to injury. In a report on FIFA, it was noted that Gutiérrez got a warm reception from the crowd after he left the pitch during the match with Greece. He appears to be doing Falcao’s number proud. Gutiérrez told FIFA.com:
“The coaches and my team-mates gave me the confidence to wear the jersey. It was important for me to repay that faith with a goal, a goal that’s also reinforced my self-belief. We all need to work for the good of the team here, because the team is each and every one of us.”
During the World Cup qualifiers, Gutiérrez wore the number 19 jersey.