Teófilo Gutiérrez

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Gutiérrez and the second or maternal family name is Roncancio.
Teófilo Gutiérrez
Gutierrez in 2008
Personal information
Full name Teófilo Antonio Gutiérrez Roncancio
Date of birth (1985-05-17) 17 May 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Barranquilla, Colombia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
River Plate
Number 19
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006 Barranquilla 28 (16)
2007–2009 Atlético Junior 93 (47)
2010–2011 Trabzonspor 23 (8)
2011–2012 Racing Club 41 (22)
2012 Lanús (loan) 2 (1)
2012 Atlético Junior (loan) 18 (5)
2012–2013 Cruz Azul 28 (9)
2013– River Plate 33 (13)
National team
2009– Colombia 34 (13)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 September 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 June 2014

Teófilo Antonio Gutiérrez Roncancio (Spanish pronunciation: [teˈofilo ɣuˈtjeres]; born 17 May 1985), known more commonly as Teo, is a Colombian footballer who plays as a striker for Argentine club River Plate.

Club careers[edit]

Barranquilla FC[edit]

He began his career with Barranquilla F.C., Atlético Junior's second division team in 2006. After scoring 16 goals in 28 appearances, he was called up to Atlético Junior senior team.

Atlético Junior[edit]

In his first years with the main squad, Teó found it difficult to break into the starting eleven. He managed to score his first goal on 2 September 2007 in a match against Malaga. During Copa Mustang in 2008 he earned a spot in the starting lineup and managed to score 11 goals, finishing third place in the scoring charts, just behind Freddy Montero and Carlos Quintero and tying Adrian Ramos and Milton Rodriguez.

During Copa Mustang I 2009 he was in outstanding form, scoring a total of 16 goals, winning the Golden Boot of the tournament. During the playoffs, he scored six goals with hat tricks against Cúcuta Deportivo and Envigado FC). During Copa Mustang Teó ended 2009 with 14 goals, finishing second to Jackson Martinez's 18 goals. He was named by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics as the fourth world First Division top scorer of 2009, having scored 30 goals during 2009.

Teó ended his career with Atletico Junior totalling 79 games and 42 goals.


On 13 January 2010, Junior sold Teó to Turkish club Trabzonspor, for $3 million. During his first season in Turkey, he found it difficult to adapt to a new country and style of play, which led him not being a regular on the starting eleven.

Teó began to show progress with the start of his second season(2010–2011) in Turkey, scoring a hat trick against Bursaspor during his team's 3–0 in the Turkish Super Cup victory and earning the man of the match award. He scored two goals during his Trabzonspor debut on the Süper Lig against Ankaragücü and added two more against Sivasspor.

Racing Club[edit]

Teó moved to his country without permission of Trabzonspor or his manager claiming to have some health problems. After check-ups, doctors did not find any health problems, and on 3 February 2011, Trabzonspor accepted a bid from Racing Club of Argentina. Teó was forced to leave Racing under a cloud following an incident in which he was alleged to have threatened his team-mates with a paintball gun in the changing-room after a match against Independiente.


After his untimely departure from Racing Club, Teó signed a short-term contract with Lanús for whom he would play in the Copa Libertadores. His time at Lanús was cut-short after he left Argentina for Colombia, claiming to the club that he was on international duty. When it was found that he was not on international duty, he was released from his contract with Lanús.

Cruz Azul[edit]

Teó was sold to Mexican side Cruz Azul by 3 million USD and a salary of 1.5 Million USD per year. Despite being used as a substitute of Argentine striker Mariano Pavone for most of the season, he managed to score important goals for Cruz Azul in the Liguilla while Pavone was injured, including one in the final against América which they lost. After a six-month spell at Cruz Azul, Teó said we wanted to leave to Argentinian side River Plate, even though he initially expressed his will to stay at the Mexican club. After being separated from the first squad he was finally sold to River Plate on July 2013.

River Plate[edit]

After the relationship between Cruz Azul and Teo worsened due to the persistent interest of River Plate's coach Ramón Díaz to bring the Colombian to his squad, Cruz Azul and River Plate reached an agreement thought to be around 3 Million USD which was around what Cruz Azul asked for. Teo has said that it was his all time dream to play for the Argentine squad. However, River Plate did not have sufficient funds for the player, eventually Teo made a return to Cruz Azul. A week later, the issues were thought to be resolved thanks to FIFA's involvement.[1]

He made his debut in a 2–1 loss against Club Atlético Colón. where he scored his very first goal.[2] He would later be part of the team that crowned itself champion in the following tournament, scoring 6 goals. Under the management of Marcelo Gallardo, Teo has scored 8 goals in 9 fixtures of the 2014 Torneo de Transición.

International career[edit]

Gutiérrez scored in his international debut in 2–1 on his debut Colombia victory against El Salvador in August 2009. In his third call up to the Colombian national team, he made his first competitive appearance in a qualifying game for the FIFA 2010 World Cup against Ecuador, scoring the second goal in a 2–0 victory.

During the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Gutiérrez scored six goals in 11 matches.[3] In June 2014, he was named in Colombia's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals[4] and, after the withdrawal of Radamel Falcao through injury, took the number 9 shirt for Los Cafeteros.[5]

In the team's opening match of the tournament, Gutiérrez scored Colombia's second goal in a 3–0 win against Greece.[6]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results lists Colombia's goal tally first.[7]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 12 August 2009 Robertson Stadium, Houston, United States  El Salvador 1–1 2–1 Friendly
2. 5 September 2009 Estadio Atanasio Girardot, Medellín, Colombia  Ecuador 2–0 2–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 3 September 2011 Red Bull Arena, Harrison, United States  Honduras 1–0 2–0 Friendly
4. 2–0
5. 6 September 2011 Lockhart Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, United States  Jamaica 1–0 2–0
6. 7 September 2012 Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, Colombia  Uruguay 2–0 4–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
7. 3–0
8. 11 September 2012 Estadio Monumental David Arellano, Santiago, Chile  Chile 3–1 3–1
9. 22 March 2013 Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, Colombia  Bolivia 3–0 5–0
10. 11 June 2013  Peru 2–0 2–0
11. 11 October 2013  Chile 1–3 3–3
12. 31 May 2014 Estadio Pedro Bidegain, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Senegal 1–0 2–2 Friendly
13. 14 June 2014 Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, Brazil  Greece 2–0 3–0 2014 FIFA World Cup




Cruz Azul

River Plate


# Honor Year
1 Golden Boot of Copa Mustang I 2009 (16 goals) 2009
2 Most Valuable Player Turkish Super Cup 2010
3 Top Scorer Torneo Clausura 2011(ARG) 2011


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