Club Atlético Colón
|Full name||Club Atlético Colón|
|Founded||5 May 1905 |
|Ground||Estadio B.G. Estanislao López,
(Cementerio de los Elefantes),
|Website||Club home page|
Club Atlético Colón (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkluβ aˈtletiko koˈlon]), commonly referred to as Colón de Santa Fe [koˈlon de santa ˈfe], is a sports club from Santa Fe, Argentina. The football team plays in the Primera División, the highest division of Argentine football league system. Other activities hosted by the club are basketball, boxing and field hockey.
The club was founded on May 5, 1905, as "Colón Football Club" by a group of friends that were enthusiastic about football. The name of the club was inspired in Genoese conqueror Christopher Columbus ("Cristóbal Colón" in Spanish), whose biography was being studied by one of the boys at the time. Colón started playing in the local league of Santa Fe ("Liga Santafesina") in 1910, winning the first tournament contested in 1913. The team also finished undeafeated at the end of the season. Colón would win the tournaments of 1914, 1916, 1918, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1929, 1930, 1937, 1943, 1945, 1946, 1947.
On July 9, 1946, the club inaugurated the Estadio Estanislao López, named "Eva Perón" by then. In 1955 this would be renamed to its current name. Colón affiliated to the Argentine Football Association in 1947. In 1959 the team was relegated to Primera C, where it lasted until 1964. That year Colón achieved a victory over Pelé's famous team Santos by 3-2. One year later, Colón won the Primera B championship, thus promoting to the Primera División for the 1966 season. Colón proclaimed champion after defeating Nueva Chicago by 2-1 in Santa Fe. Medina and Oberti scored the goals. The line-up was: Tremonti, Néstor Cardozo, Raúl Cardozo, Gisleno Medina, Sebastián García, Jorge Sanitá, Luis Tremonti, Orlando Medina, Néstor Canevari, Alfredo Oberti, Alejo Medina.
The first game played by Colón in Primera was v Chacarita Juniors on May 6, 1966. After the first season in the top level Colón finished 16th, but the following year the structure of Argentine football was changed so as there were two championships each season, the Metropolitano and the Nacional, with entrance to the latter originally only available to the higher placed Metropolitano teams. Colon did not qualify for the Nacional until 1968, although the squad did then managed a 6th place finish.
After a few seasons of struggle Colón finished 2nd in its group in the 1972 Nacional, although not close enough to the group winner to qualify for the knockout stages. In 1975 the team made a good campaign in the Metropolitano, finishing in 6th place. This got better two years later, when Colón finished 5th in the Metropolitano, although the team then struggled in the Nacional. In 1978 Colón reached the knockout stages of the Nacional but was beaten in the quarter-finals by Independiente.
Colon was relegated from the Metropolitana in 1981 having won only 6 games that season, although prior to this year the team had generally been in at least a mid table position. It was to take 14 years for Colón to return to the top division (for the 1995–96 season). During the intervening period the team came close to promotion on a number of occasions, and lost Promotion Play-off games in 1988–89 to arch-rivals Union 3–0 on aggregate, and in 1992–93 Colón lost the championship play-off, being defeated by Banfield and then failed to qualify through the secondary play-offs.
After a few mid-table finishes Colón was placed 2nd in the 1997 Clausura tournament, which is team's highest placed finish to date. As River Plate won both titles that season, a play-off was required between the two runners-up. In December 1997 Colón defeated Independiente 1–0 to qualify for the Copa Libertadores 1998.
Following this great season, 1997–98 was a disappointment but it was followed by a 5th place finish in the 1998–99 Apertura and 3rd place in the 1999–2000 Clausura. Over the next few seasons further high placings meant that at the end of season 2001–02 Colón was ranked 6th highest overall in the 3-year average tables. They maintained this position at the end of the following season, and indeed also therefore qualified for the Copa Sudamericana for the first time. Over the next few seasons its finishing position was often mid-table at best, and their position in the relegation averages fell such that by the end of the 2007–08 season Colón was placed 16th in the averages, just one position away from having to play in the relegation play-off.
South American Tournament Qualification
They made their debut in South America's most prestigious club tournament (Copa Libertadores) the following season. Their first game in the group stage was a 1–2 home defeat to River Plate, although they were still to qualify for the knockout stages. After beating Olimpia on penalties they were again drawn to play River Plate, but were defeated 5–2 on aggregate in the quarter-final.
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Current squad of Club Atlético Colón as of August 31, 2012 ( )
Sources: Official website and Argentine Soccer
Manager: Mario Sciacqua
- Jorge Fossati (1 July 2001–30 June 02)
- Gerardo Martino (1 July 2004–30 June 05)
- José del Solar (11 Jan 2005–28 Feb 05)
- Juan Antonio Pizzi (13 Feb 2005–26 Feb 05)
- Julio César Toresani (1 July 2006–28 Aug 06)
- Julio César Falcioni (1 July 2006–30 June 07)
- Leonardo Astrada (1 July 2007–16 March 08)
- Antonio Mohamed (24 March 2008–21 Sept 10)
- Fernando Gamboa (23 Sept 2010–10 April 11)
- Mario Sciaqua (16 April 2011–20 Feb 12)
- Roberto Sensini (21 Feb 2012–16 March 13)
- Pablo Morant (18 March 2013–20 June 13)
- Rubén Forestello (1 July 2013–)
- Liga Santafesina de Fútbol (15): 1913, 1914, 1916, 1918, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1929, 1930, 1937, 1943, 1945, 1946, 1947 
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