Aguilar being presented by Deportivo
|Full name||Abel Enrique Aguilar Tapias|
|Date of birth||6 January 1985|
|Place of birth||Bogotá, Colombia|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2005||→ Ascoli (loan)||0||(0)|
|2007–2008||→ Xerez (loan)||48||(3)|
|2008–2009||→ Hércules (loan)||34||(9)|
|2009–2010||→ Zaragoza (loan)||27||(4)|
|2012–2013||→ Deportivo La Coruña (loan)||28||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 March 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 January 2017
Aguilar was born in Bogotá. Serie A club Udinese Calcio bought his rights in the summer of 2005, from local Deportivo Cali, and loaned him immediately to fellow league team Ascoli Calcio 1898 due to the excess of foreign players in the roster; however, after some problems in the arrival of the transfer, the player missed pre-season training, only joining it a month into the season.
Aguilar returned to Udinese in January 2006, after having never played for Ascoli, but received few playing opportunities in the following months (two league matches and the UEFA Cup 0–1 loss at RC Lens, all incomplete).
For the following three years, Aguilar was also loaned, always in the Spanish second division. He started out in January 2007 at Xerez CD, where he remained until the end of the 2007–08 campaign, always as first-choice.
In 2008–09, Aguilar represented Hércules CF, being a permanent fixture as the Alicante side fell three points short of a return to La Liga. On 24 July 2009 he was again loaned, now to Real Zaragoza, which in turn promoted to the top flight; he made his debut in the competition on 29 August, starting and playing 71 minutes in a 1–0 home win against CD Tenerife, and scored all his four league goals during the first two months of competition.
Aguilar was released by Udinese in July 2010, immediately signing a four-year contract with former club Hércules, returned to the top division after an absence of 13 years. He appeared in 34 scoreless games during the season, which ended in relegation.
Aguilar returned to the Spanish top tier in the 2012–13 campaign, being loaned to Deportivo de La Coruña. He netted twice in just his second league appearance to help to a 3–3 draw at Valencia CF, but his team was again eventually relegated.
On 22 August 2013, Aguilar agreed to a three-year deal with Toulouse FC. His maiden appearance in Ligue 1 occurred nine days later, putting on an average performance and being booked in a 1–2 away loss to SC Bastia.
On 12 June 2016, after 11 years playing in Europe, Aguilar returned to his country and Deportivo Cali, signing a three-year contract. He scored his first goal for the team on 29 July, in the 2–1 victory against América de Cali for the Copa Colombia.
Subsequently, Aguilar returned to the under-20 (again as captain), helping them to a first-place finish at the 2005 South American Youth Cup with the consequent qualification for the World Championship of the category in the Netherlands. After helping the national team to three group stage wins, he could not prevent a round-of-16 1–2 ousting at the ends of Argentina.
Aguilar was selected by José Pekerman for his 2014 FIFA World Cup squad. He played his first-ever game in the tournament on 14 June, starting in a 3–0 group stage win against Greece which was also his 50th cap.
Scores and results lists Colombia's goal tally first.
|1.||12 July 2004||Estadio Mansiche, Trujillo, Peru||Peru||
||2004 Copa América|
|2.||17 July 2004||Costa Rica||
|3.||12 July 2005||Orange Bowl, Miami, United States||Trinidad and Tobago||
||2005 Gold Cup|
|4.||17 July 2005||Reliant Stadium, Houston, United States||Mexico||
|5.||6 February 2013||Sun Life, Miami Gardens, United States||Guatemala||
|6.||30 March 2015||Mohammed Bin Zayed, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||Kuwait||
|7.||11 October 2016||Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, Colombia||Uruguay||
||2018 World Cup qualification|
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- "L'Udinese richiama Aguilar" [Udinese recalls Aguilar] (in Italian). UEFA.com. 4 January 2006. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
- "L'Udinese cade contro il Lens ma si qualifica agli ottavi" [Udinese falls to Lens but qualifies to the last-16]. La Repubblica (in Italian). 23 February 2006. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
- "Contratación de Abel Aguilar" [Abel Aguilar's signing] (in Spanish). Xerez CD. 13 August 2007. Archived from the original on 27 July 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2009.
- "Carlos Vela y Abel Aguilar son los dos fichajes que pueden llegar" [Carlos Vela and Abel Aguilar are the two signings that may arrive]. Marca (in Spanish). 5 August 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
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- "El Zaragoza cierra las incorporaciones de Juan Pablo Carrizo y Abel Aguilar" [Zaragoza completes Juan Pablo Carrizo and Abel Aguilar deals]. Marca (in Spanish). 24 July 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
- "El Zaragoza regresa a Primera con victoria" [Zaragoza returns to Primera with win]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 29 August 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
- "Abel Aguilar, el alquiler más rentable del Zaragoza" [Abel Aguilar, Zaragoza's most lucrative rental]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 29 September 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
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- "El Hércules cede a Abel Aguilar al Deportivo" [Hércules loans Abel Aguilar to Deportivo]. Marca (in Spanish). 18 July 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
- "Crónica del Valencia-Deportivo, 3–3" [Valencia-Deportivo match report, 3–3] (in Spanish). Europa Press. 27 August 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
- ""Pocas veces he hecho dos goles en un partido": Abel Aguilar" ["Not very often have I scored two goals in a match": Abel Aguilar]. El Colombiano (in Spanish). 27 August 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
- "Toulouse FC: le colombien Abel Aguilar signe pour 3 ans (officiel)" [Toulouse FC: Colombian Abel Aguilar signs for 3 years (official)] (in French). France Bleu. 22 August 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
- "La solidarité bastiaise a payé face à Toulouse" [Bastiaise solidarity paid off against Toulouse] (in French). Football 365. 31 August 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
- "Aguilar prêt à sortir du "placard"" [Aguilar ready to leave the "stretcher"]. La Dépêche du Midi (in French). 26 October 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
- "El volante Abel Aguilar es nuevo jugador del Deportivo Cali" [Holding midfielder Abel Aguilar is new Deportivo Cali player] (in Spanish). ESPN. 12 June 2016. Retrieved 12 June 2016.
- "Deportivo Cali le ganó 2–1 a América y se llevó el clásico vallecaucano" [Deportivo Cali defeated América 2–1 and took vallecaucano classic] (in Spanish). RCN Televisión. 29 July 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
- Copa América 2004; at RSSSF
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- "Colombia back with a bang". FIFA.com. 14 June 2014. Archived from the original on 21 June 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
- "A. Aguilar – Matches". Soccerway. Retrieved 30 July 2014.