David Ospina is a Colombian goalkeeper who plays professionally in the English Premier League for both Arsenal F.C. and the Colombian national team. He has been playing for many years and has become a very important player for both the country and the club. Here is everything you need to know about him.
He was born on 31 August 1988 as David Ospina Ramírez in the Colombian community of Medellin. There is little information about how he was brought up, except that he grew up at the side of his younger sister Daniela Ospina.
The goalkeeper, whose father is Hernan Ospina and mother Lucía Ramírez, began playing football at a very young age and this was to become his lifelong career path.
Club Football Career
He started his club career first at Atlético Nacional. He played in the club’s youth team until 2005 when he received a well-deserved promotion that he was to keep for the senior club. He had the opportunity to play 97 matches for the club before leaving for Nice in 2008. Previously, he had helped the club win two titles in the Categoria Primera Apertura.
From then on, he played for the French team until 2014, when the English club Arsenal asked for his signature. Although the actual value of his contract with Arsenal was not disclosed, it was estimated to be almost $4 million (£3 million).
By the end of the 2017/2018 season, Ospina had already recorded 70 games in all competitions. He played the most in the 2014/2015 season, in which he played 23 games, and in the 2017/2018 season with 21 games. Nevertheless, he has won several trophies, including the FA Community Shield and 2 FA Cup titles.
International Football Career
The first opportunity for the Arsenal goalkeeper to appear in Colombia’s national colors came in 2005 when he played for the country’s U-20 national team. Although his first appearance was at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, he did not appear at the 2007 South American U-20 Championship. That year also saw the end of his career in the youth team after 12 games.
David Ospina was promoted to the position of national jersey wearer that same year. Although the country has yet to win a trophy since he took office, he has set himself a good mark by becoming the country’s second-youngest goalkeeper at the national level in 2010.
What’s more, he would score the fewest goals in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, for which he played as a head goalkeeper. At the World Cup itself, he helped the country reach the quarter-finals, which would be the best performance in the competition. Thanks to his performance, he made it to the 2015 Ballon d’Or long list.
When he was invited to play at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the goalkeeper had already played 85 matches for the country.
Given his contract with Arsenal in 2014, he is expected to leave the club in 2019 or sign a new contract. Nevertheless, he will receive a salary of over $40,000 per week based on the signed contract.
David Ospina’s Wife and Sister
As already mentioned, David Ospina has a sister, Daniela Ospina. She was born on 22 September 1992 and like her older brother, she is also a sports enthusiast. Daniela Ospina plays volleyball for Colombia.
On 24 December 2010, Daniela Ospina married another Colombian soccer player, James Rodriguez. However, the marriage ended with a divorce in 2017, although the couple has a daughter.
The older Ospina in turn married Jessica Sterling in 2012 and they have two children together: a daughter named Dulce María and a son named Maximiliano.
Height, Weight, and Measurements
The Colombian goalkeeper has very good size and weight for any goalkeeper, and that is one of the things that has helped him succeed. He is 182.88 cm (6 feet) tall and has a body weight of 76 kg (168 lbs).
For his general body measurements, there is nothing about the Arsenal shotgun stopper, which is intended for use in public areas. Ospina, who is expected to become the number one goalkeeper in his club after the 2018 World Cup, is very fit and well-built.