Cortuluá

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Cortuluá
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Full name Corporación Club Deportivo Tuluá
Founded 16 October 1967; 47 years ago (1967-10-16)
Ground Doce de Octubre
Tuluá, Colombia
Ground Capacity 16,000
Chairman Colombia Manuel Londoño
Manager Colombia Jaime de la Pava
League Categoría Primera A
2014 Categoría Primera B, 13th (aggregate table) (promoted)
Website Club home page

Corporación Club Deportivo Tuluá, commonly known as Cortuluá, is a professional Colombian football team based in Tuluá, that currently plays in the Categoría Primera A. The club was founded on October 16, 1967 and play their home games at the Doce de Octubre stadium.

History[edit]

Cortuluá was founded in 1967 by a group of people headed by Paraguayan former player and coach Hernando Acosta. In 1993, Cortuluá wins his first title in the Categoría Primera B, ascending to the next year to the Primera A. Its first game was in February 26, 1994 at the Estadio Hernando Martinez Azcárate of nearby Buga against Envigado.

In the Copa Mustang 2001 Cortuluá is proclaimed champion of the Torneo Apertura (at that time this didn't give title) and classifies for 2002 Copa Libertadores. However, in 2004 the team descends to the Categoría Primera B.

In 2006, the United States Treasury identified the football club as one of ten businesses allegedly operating on behalf of one of the most wanted Colombian drug barons, Carlos Alberto Renteria Mantilla.[1] The move by the United States authorities placed a freeze on any assets owned by the club within the United States, and prevented United States residents from having dealings with the club.[1]

After five years in the Categoría Primera B, the club was promoted back to the Categoría Primera A in 2009. Cortuluá qualified for the final of the "Torneo Apertura", surpassing in Group A of the semi-finals at Deportes Palmira, Deportivo Rionegro, and Atlético Bucaramanga. In the final instance vs. Itagüí Ditaires, the first leg ended 3–1 with a win for Cortuluá, but it lost 2–0 in the second leg. In the penalty shootout Cortuluá won 6–5, thus winning the "Torneo Apertura" and classifying to the Final of the year, where Cortuluá defeated Atlético Bucaramanga and returned to the top tier for the following season.

In the 2010 season, the team was relegated again and returned to the second division, where it played for four seasons until the 2015 season, when they were once again promoted in a special tournament to increase the size of the Categoría Primera A to 20 teams. They came on top of Group B, ahead of Unión Magdalena, pre-tournament favorites América de Cali, and Deportivo Pereira and thus earned promotion for the 2015 season.

Stadium[edit]

Further information: Estadio Doce de Octubre

Honors[edit]

Performance in CONMEBOL competitions[edit]

2002: First Round

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 17 February 2015

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Colombia GK Camilo Acero
Colombia GK Pablo Mina
Uruguay GK Sebastián Britos
Colombia DF Andrés Quejada
Colombia DF Cristian Borja
Colombia DF Camilo del Castillo
Colombia DF Danner Polo
Colombia DF Edwin Velasco
Colombia DF Gustavo Rojas
Colombia DF Jhon Jairo Bermúdez
Colombia DF Juan Camilo Bolaños
Colombia DF Jonis López
Colombia DF Jhonathan Muñoz
Colombia DF Juan Carlos Mosquera
Colombia DF Martín Payares
Colombia DF Yonni Hinestroza
Colombia MF Arlenzon Ucrós
Colombia MF Cristian Ojeda
Colombia MF Cristian Pulido
Colombia MF Heisen Izquierdo
No. Position Player
Colombia MF Juan David Campo
Colombia MF Julio Chávez
Colombia MF Jaime Córdoba
Colombia MF Jerry Ortíz
Colombia MF Juan Camilo Roa
Colombia MF Neider Batalla
Colombia MF Óscar Méndez
Colombia MF Vladimir Delgado
Colombia FW Andrés Riascos
Colombia FW Carlos Ibargüen
Colombia FW Carlos Rodas
Colombia FW Daniel Buitrago
Colombia FW Henry Castillo
Colombia FW Harold Reina (on loan from Deportivo Cali)
Colombia FW Jorge Katime
Colombia FW John Varela
Colombia FW Miguel Medina
Colombia FW Óscar Tello
Colombia FW Ronal Rengifo

Notable players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ikeda, Nestor; Joshua Goodman (2006-11-01). "U.S. says Colombia's Cortulua soccer team linked to drug kingpin". USA Today Online (Gannett Corporation). Retrieved 2007-02-20. 

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