Club Atlético Colón

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Colón
Escudo del Club Colón de Santa Fe.svg
Full name Club Atlético Colón
Nickname(s) Los Sabaleros[1]
Founded 5 May 1905; 109 years ago (1905-05-05)[2]
Ground Estadio B.G. Estanislao López,
(Cementerio de los Elefantes),[3]
Santa Fe
Ground Capacity 33,548
Chairman Eduardo Vega
Manager Diego Osella
League Primera B Nacional
2014 Final 7º (Relegated)
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 B Nacional, the second division of Argentine football league system. Other activities hosted by the club are basketball, boxing and field hockey.

History[edit]

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.[4] 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.[4] 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.[5]

The 1965 team that won the Primera B title promoting to Primera División.

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,[6] 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.[7] In December 1997 Colón defeated Independiente 1–0 to qualify for the Copa Libertadores 1998.[7]

South American Tournament Qualification[edit]

Colon made their South American debut in the Copa CONMEBOL 1997 against Universidad de Chile. They susbsequently reached the semi-finals where they lost to fellow Argentine side Lanús.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

In 2003 they qualified for their 3rd different continental competition (Copa Sudamericana), and they defeated Vélez Sársfield before losing to Boca Juniors.[citation needed]

Stadium[edit]

The club's current stadium is the Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López, which holds 33,500 spectators. The ground was inaugurated in 1946, and received a renovation in 2002.[3]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

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 February 11, 2014 (edit)
Sources: Official website and Argentine Soccer

No. Position Player
1  ARG GK Jorge Broun
2  ARG DF Danilo Sandrigo
3  ARG DF Franco Lazzaroni
4  ARG DF Luis Leandro Castillo
6  ARG DF Cristian Sain
7  ARG FW Facundo Curuchet
9  ARG FW Darío Gandín
11  ARG MF Jacobo Mansilla
12  ARG GK Andrés Bailo
13  ARG DF Lucas Landa
14  ARG DF Mariano Bíttolo
15  COL MF José David Leudo
16  ARG MF Marcos Fernández
17  ARG MF Gerónimo Poblete
18  ARG DF Agustín Bellone
21  ARG MF Matías Ballini
No. Position Player
22  ARG FW Martín Comachi
24  ARG MF Cristian Llama
25  ARG MF David Ramírez
26  ARG FW Marcelo Argüello
27  ARG FW Lucas Alario
28  ARG MF Matías Sosa
29  ARG MF Federico Jourdan
30  ARG DF Germán Conti
31  ARG FW Gustavo Villarruel
32  ARG MF Franco Leys
33  ARG GK Ignacio Lovera
35  ARG GK Andrés Mehring
 ARG DF Carlos Soto
 ARG FW Juan Imbert
 ARG FW Cristian Pavón

Manager: Diego Osella

Managers[edit]

Honours[edit]

National[edit]

  • Primera B: 1965
  • Copa de Honor de Primera B - "Juan Domingo Perón"[a]: 1950 [17]

Regional[edit]

  • Liga Santafesina de Fútbol (15): 1913, 1914, 1916, 1918, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1929, 1930, 1937, 1943, 1945, 1946, 1947 [4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Tournament organized by the Association in 1950, after the Primera B regular season finished. The tournament was contested by all the teams taking part of the division by then.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Club Atletico Colon Squad 2011". Eurorivals.net. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Colon". Teams. Football Argentina. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "ESTADIO BRIGADIER GENERAL ESTANISLAO LÓPEZ". Soccerway: COLÓN DE SANTA FE. Global Sports Media. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Historial del club" at Colón official website[dead link]
  5. ^ Argentina second level 1965 on RSSSF
  6. ^ Argentina 1966 on RSSSF
  7. ^ a b Ian King (21 January 2011). "Argentina 1996/97". RSSSF. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  8. ^ Rex Gowar (21 September 2010). "Soccer-Huracan, Colon follow Independiente by changing coach". Reuters. Thomson Reuters. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  9. ^ Dan Edwards (29 September 2010). "Fecha Eight – Move Along, Nothing to See Here Folks". The Argentina Independent. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  10. ^ Rupert Fryer (21 February 2012). "Argentina Clausura 2012 Week 2: Defeat To All Boys Leaves Colón Searching For New Man". southamericanfootball.co.uk. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "R. Sensini". Soccerway. Global Sports Media. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Pablo Morant será interino en Colón a la espera del nuevo DT". Canchallena (in Spanish). March 17, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Tras dejar San Martín (SJ), Rubén Forestello es el nuevo técnico de Colón". Canchallena (in Spanish). June 29, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Mario Sciaqcua asume otra vez como técnico interino en Colón". Canchallena (in Spanish). October 8, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Diego Osella, nuevo DT de Colón: "Cada partido será una final"". Canchallena (in Spanish). January 3, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Argentina: Torneo de Honor 1ra. "B" AFA 1950" by Jose Carluccio at Historia y Futbol website, 17 May 2009
  17. ^ Argentina - Second level cups at RSSSF

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