Club Atlético Colón

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Full nameClub Atlético Colón
Nickname(s)Los Sabaleros[1]
FoundedMay 5, 1905; 114 years ago (1905-05-05) [2]
GroundEstadio B.G. Estanislao López,
(Cementerio de los Elefantes),[3]
Santa Fe
ChairmanJosé Nestor Viganatti
ManagerPablo Lavallén
LeaguePrimera División
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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 first division of the Argentine football league system, the Argentine Primera División.


The club was founded on 5 May 1905, as "Colón Foot-ball Club" by a group of friends that were enthusiastic about football. It was named after Cristóbal Colón (Christopher Columbus), whose biography was being studied by one of the boys at the time.[4]

In 1965 Colon won the Primera B title.[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 6 May 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.

Colón finished 2nd in their group in the 1972 Nacional.[7]

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.[citation needed]

Colon was relegated from the Metropolitana in 1981 having won only 6 games that season 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.[citation needed]

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.[8] In December 1997 Colón defeated Independiente 1–0 to qualify for the Copa Libertadores 1998.[8] In the 2016-17 season, Colón drew an average home league attendance of 25,000.

South American Tournament Qualification[edit]

Colon made their South American debut in the Copa CONMEBOL 1997 against Universidad de Chile. They subsequently 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.[9]


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]


Current squad[edit]

As of 17 July 2019[10]

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

No. Position Player
1 Uruguay GK Leonardo Burián
4 Argentina MF Tomás Moschión
5 Argentina MF Matías Fritzler
6 Argentina DF Emanuel Olivera
8 Argentina MF Fernando Zuqui
9 Argentina FW Nicolás Leguizamón
10 Argentina FW Luis Miguel Rodríguez
11 Colombia MF Guillermo Celis (on loan from Vitória)
12 Argentina FW Tomás Chancalay
15 Argentina MF Damián Schmidt
16 Argentina DF Franco Quiroz
17 Argentina GK Ignacio Chicco
19 Argentina DF Alex Vigo
22 Argentina GK Joaquín Hass
23 Argentina MF Christian Bernardi
No. Position Player
24 Argentina DF Guillermo Ortiz
26 Argentina FW Juan Cruz Zurbriggen
27 Colombia FW Wilson Morelo
28 Paraguay MF Marcelo Estigarribia (on loan from Deportivo Maldonado)
29 Argentina MF Braian Galván
30 Argentina DF Gabriel Esparza
31 Argentina DF Gonzalo Escobar
32 Argentina FW Tomás Sandoval
34 Argentina MF Mateo Hernández
37 Argentina FW Santiago Pierotti
Argentina MF Juan Bauza
Argentina MF Rodrigo Aliendro
Argentina DF Lucas Acevedo
Argentina DF Gastón Díaz

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player





  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. The trophy was named "Juan Domingo Perón"[19]


  1. ^ "Club Atletico Colon Squad 2011". Retrieved 22 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Colón de Santa Fe". Soccerway. Perform. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  3. ^ a b "ESTADIO BRIGADIER GENERAL ESTANISLAO LÓPEZ". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Historia". Club Atlético Colon. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  5. ^ Argentina second level 1965 on RSSSF
  6. ^ Argentina 1966 on RSSSF
  7. ^ Osvaldo José Gorgazzi (21 June 2006). "Argentina – First Level 1972". RSSSF. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  8. ^ a b Ian King (21 January 2011). "Argentina 1996/97". RSSSF. Retrieved 31 July 2011.
  9. ^ Boca Juniors – Colon : 2–1 Match report from
  10. ^ "Colón squad". Soccerway. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  11. ^ Rex Gowar (21 September 2010). "Soccer-Huracan, Colon follow Independiente by changing coach". Reuters. Thomson Reuters. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  12. ^ Dan Edwards (29 September 2010). "Fecha Eight – Move Along, Nothing to See Here Folks". The Argentina Independent. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  13. ^ Rupert Fryer (21 February 2012). "Argentina Clausura 2012 Week 2: Defeat To All Boys Leaves Colón Searching For New Man". Archived from the original on 25 February 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  14. ^ "R. Sensini". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  15. ^ "Tras dejar San Martín (SJ), Rubén Forestello es el nuevo técnico de Colón". Canchallena (in Spanish). 29 June 2013.
  16. ^ "Mario Sciaqcua asume otra vez como técnico interino en Colón". Canchallena (in Spanish). 8 October 2013.
  17. ^ "Diego Osella, nuevo DT de Colón: "Cada partido será una final"". Canchallena (in Spanish). 3 January 2014.
  18. ^ "Renunció Diego Osella en Colón". El Litoral (in Spanish). 11 November 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  19. ^ "Argentina: Torneo de Honor 1ra. "B" AFA 1950" by Jose Carluccio at Historia y Futbol website, 17 May 2009
  20. ^ Argentina – Second level cups at RSSSF

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