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Hernán Gaviria

Hermán Gaviria
Personal information
Full name Hermán Gaviria Carvajal
Date of birth (1969-11-27)27 November 1969
Place of birth Carepa, Colombia
Date of death 24 October 2002(2002-10-24) (aged 32)
Place of death Cali, Colombia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1997 Atlético Nacional
1995 Deportes Tolima (loan)
1998–2001 Deportivo Cali
2001 Shonan Bellmare 23 (4)
2002 Atlético Bucaramanga
2002 Deportivo Cali
National team
1993–1999 Colombia 27 (3)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Hermán Gaviria Carvajal (27 November 1969 – 24 October 2002) was a Colombian footballer, who played as a central midfielder.


  • Football career 1
  • Death 2
  • Club career statistics 3
  • International career statistics 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Football career

During his career, Gaviria played for Atlético Nacional, Deportes Tolima, Deportivo Cali, Atlético Bucaramanga and Shonan Bellmare of the J. League Division 2.

He earned a total of 27 caps for his national team, scoring 3 goals and being selected for the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States; in the last group stage match, as Colombia was already ousted, he netted in a 2–0 win against Switzerland.[1]

Previously, Gaviria participated in the football tournament at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, scoring twice,[2] and appeared at three Copa América, earning two third-place finishes in the 1993 and 1995 editions.


Gaviria died on 24 October 2002, when he and teammate Giovanni Córdoba were hit by lightning during a practice session with Deportivo Cali.[3] Gaviria was killed instantly, though he was not pronounced dead until arriving at Valle de Lilli Hospital; Teammate Córdoba died three days later.[4]

Nicknamed "Carepa", Gaviria left a wife and two children, and was only 32 years old.[5]

Club career statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Total
2001 Shonan Bellmare J. League 2 23 4 0 0 1 0 24 4
Country Japan 23 4 0 0 1 0 24 4
Total 23 4 0 0 1 0 24 4

International career statistics

Colombia national team
Year Apps Goals
1993 6 0
1994 3 2
1995 10 0
1996 0 0
1997 7 1
1998 0 0
1999 1 0
Total 27 3


  1. ^ Herman Gaviria – FIFA competition record
  2. ^ "Hernán Gaviria Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2 June 2009. 
  3. ^ Constable, Burt (20 September 2007). "Lightning's nightmare can't stop American dreams".  
  4. ^ "Murió Herman "Carepa" Gavíria tras ser alcanzado por un rayo" [Herman "Carepa" Gaviria died after being hit by lightning] (in Spanish). 24 October 2002. Retrieved 28 February 2008. 
  5. ^ Herman "Carepa" Gaviria – Homenaje póstumo (Herman "Carepa" Gaviria – Posthumous homage); Lo Paisa (Spanish)
  6. ^ Hernán Gaviria at

External links

  • Hernán Gaviria at
  • Olympics player profile
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