David Ospina is a Colombian professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper in the Colombia junior national team for long period and is currently a part of their senior team. He has played for the popular clubs like Atletico Nacional and Nice during the course of his career. He is currently associated to the popular Premier League club, Arsenal.
Born on 31 August 1988 in medellin in Antioquia, Ospina was born in a typical Colombian family with no sports background. He worked hard on his football skills and started his youth career by playing for the famous local club - Atletico Nacional.
Ospina made his professional debut for Atletico in Categoria Primera League in 2005. With the club, his game kept on improving with every match and proved his worth at times. He played overall 97 matches for the club in his 3 year tenure.
In 2008, he was transferred to the France based club, Nice. However he was served as a substitute for few starting months. He broke into the team under the coach, Frederic Antonetti. He made around 190 appearances for the till 2014.
In 2014, Ospina was signed by the English side - Arsenal, for a 4 year deal. He made his debut in the against Southampton in a 2-1 home defeat in League Cup. He went on to claim clean sheet against Manchester City and Aston Villa. Ospina's performances earned him a place on the FIFA Ballon d’Or longlist for the 2015 campaign.
He had made 26 appearances for Arsenal and maintained 11 clean sheets for Arsenal in the Premier League.
Rise to glory
With the inception of 2016-17 season for Arsenal n the UEFA Champions League group stage against French champions - Paris Saint Germain, Ospina gave a man-of-the-match performance as Arsenal drew 1–1. Ospina himself drew praise for many saves made during the game, mainly against striker Edinson Cavani.
He first came into the international arena in 2005 for U-20 FIFA World Youth Championship 2005. He also played 2007 South American U20 Championship.
Ospina made his debut for the senior team as a substitute in the 1–3 defeat against Uruguay. He played his first match in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Bolivia, becoming the second-youngest goalkeeper to play for the Colombian national team. He had made 26 appearances for the senior team since 2007.