Independiente Santa Fe

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Santa Fe
Logo Independiente Santa Fe.svg
Full name Independiente Santa Fe S.A.
Nickname(s) Los Cardenales (The Cardinals)
El Expreso Rojo (The Red Express)
Los Leones (The Lions)
El Primer Campeón (The First Champion)
Founded 28 February 1941; 74 years ago (1941-02-28)
Ground Estadio El Campín
Bogotá, Colombia
Ground Capacity 48,600[1]
Ground Coordinates 4°38′45″N 74°04′39″W / 4.6458552°N 74.0773771°W / 4.6458552; -74.0773771
Chairman César Pastrana
Manager Gerardo Pelusso
League Categoría Primera A
2015–I 9th (aggregate table)
Website Club home page

Independiente Santa Fe, known simply as Santa Fe, is a professional Colombian football team based in Bogotá, that currently plays in the Categoría Primera A. They play their home games at the El Campín stadium.

Considered one of the most important and historic teams in Colombia, Santa Fe has won 8 national championships (most recently in 2014), won the first Colombian national championship in 1948, and is one of the three teams that has played every championship in the Categoría Primera A, the top league in Colombia.[2]


Independiente Santa Fe was officially founded on February 28, 1941, after several alumni of the Gimnasio Moderno decided to create a serious football team to compete against other amateur teams in the city. The original founders of the team were: Gonzalo Rueda Caro, Luis Robledo, Ernesto Gamboa, Luis Carlos Reyes, Guillermo Escobar, Tulio Gutiérrez, Roberto Haim, Eduardo Lleras, Alfonso Martín, Álvaro Martín, Eusebio de Mendoza, Julián Mendoza, Hernán Mora, Cesar Payan, Rafael Urdaneta y Pablo Valenzuela. Gonzalo Rueda Caro, also founder of the radio station HJCK, was the first president of the club.[3]

The first championship in which the team joined went to the A.D.B. (Asociación Deportiva de Bogotá) tournament. The team was placed in the second category of the tournament, and played his first match against the Legión Militar de los Taxis Rojos, match that ended in a 3–3 draw. The team finished the tournament as runners-up of the second category.[3]

In 1942, Santa Fe was coached by Jack Greenwell, former Barcelona player and coach, notable for having won 3 times the Copa del Rey and the 1939 South American Championship with Peru. That year Santa Fe played in the first division of the A.D.B., which was canceled in the middle of that year. That same year also reached the final of the Torneo de Cundinamarca, which lost against América de Cali. Jack Greenwell died on November 20 of that year.

On 21 May 1948 was established in Colombia the DIMAYOR, which would serve to manage Colombian professional football. They agreed to hold the first professional championship for the second half of the year. On August 15, Santa Fe played its first game in the professional championship against Deportes Caldas, match that ended 3–3. Santa Fe finished the league as the first champion of the Colombian first division, winning 12 of 18 games, drew 3 and lost also 3. The team was able to score 57 goals for, and received 29 against. The goalscorer of the team was the Spanish Argentine Jesús María Lires with 20 goals, second goalscorer of the tournament.[4]

Colours and badge[edit]

First badge of the club

The first badge of Santa Fe was designed by Ernesto Gamboa and Gonzalo Rueda with a clear British influence. Highlighting the Bogotá flag colors, red and yellow, combined to form the Holy Cross, symbol of faith and respect, referring to the name of the club.

There are many versions about the origin of the colours of the uniform. The most commonly accepted version is that Luis Robledo, one of the founders of the Independiente Santa Fe who was educated in England, was a fan of Arsenal, thus gives the team the red and white, which from 1941 became symbol of the club.

Although historically the uniform of Santa Fe has been red and white, the club has used other colors in its uniform.

Home kit[edit]

Away kit[edit]

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
1980–89 Colombia Saeta Colombia Arroz Futura
Colombia Caja Social de Ahorros
Colombia Hotel Cosmos
Switzerland Milo
1990–91 Colombia Torino Colombia Madame Colette
Colombia Snacks Colpal
Colombia Postobón
1992–95 Colombia Saeta Colombia Águila
Colombia Club Colombia
Spain Konga
1996 Germany Adidas Colombia Avianca
Colombia Costeña
1997–99 Brazil Topper Colombia Águila
2000 Colombia FSS
2001–03 France Patrick
2004 United States Runic
2005 Italy Lotto South Korea Samsung
2006 Germany Puma
2007 Colombia SSW Colombia Águila
2008 Germany Puma
2009–10 England Umbro Colombia Águila
England Umbro
2011 Colombia Croydon
2012 Colombia Aguardiente Néctar
Colombia AKT
Colombia ASISTA
2013–14 Colombia Aguardiente Néctar
Colombia ASISTA
Colombia Bodytech
Colombia Canal Capital
Japan Honda
Italy Pierre D'Agostiny
2015– China Huawei
Japan Honda
Colombia Postobón


Main article: Estadio El Campín
Estadio El Campín in 13 September 2011

The stadium Nemesio Camacho, also known as El Campín, located in Bogotá, is the venue where Independiente Santa Fe plays their home games. Its capacity is 36,343.[5] Santa Fe's supporters traditionally tend to sit in the southernmost half of the stadium.

El Campín was inaugurated on August 10, 1938 at 57th Street with 30, having started its construction in 1935 on the initiative of the mayor of Bogotá, Jorge Eliecer Gaitán. The structure was handled by the German engineer Frederick Leder Müller. The stadium was designed to hold 10,000 spectators. The opening match was held in the 1938 Bolivarian Games, facing the Colombia national football team and the Ecuador national football team, with a 2–1 defeat for the local team.

In 1951, the year that Santa Fe begins to use it to its home games, the stadium expanded its capacity to 39,000 spectators. The second extension of El Campín occurred in 1952 with a dramatic transformation. The total capacity changed to 62,500 spectators, but was limited to 48,000 for security. The last major modification was made for the qualifiers matches for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Other grounds that have been used by Independiente Santa Fe for their home games have been: the Estadio Alfonso López Pumarejo, its first ground, the Estadio Municipal Los Zipas and the Estadio Luis Carlos Galán Sarmiento.

Supporters and rivalries[edit]

Santa Fe fans in the Estadio El Campín, holding the seventh largest soccer flag of South America.[6]

In the late 90's, the most notorious Barra brava of Santa Fe, La Guardia Albi-Roja Sur (White-Red South Guard) was created. It was one of the first fan-led organizations in Colombia that was fully formalized. In 2005, La Guardia Albirroja Sur made one of the largest soccer team's flag in the world. The flag, named the Lienzo de Fe was 350 meters long and 38 meters high, covering the southern end of the Estadio El Campín, the half of the stadium, where the team's fans locate in home games.

Clásico Capitalino[edit]

Santa Fe have a fierce rivalry with intercity team Millonarios FC, who also play in the same stadium as them. During this match Millonarios fans ubicate themselves in the notheren part of the stadium much like Sante Fe's in the south.


As of 21 December 2014, Santa Fe have won 8 Primera A titles and 2 Copa Colombia trophies.



First-team squad[edit]

As of 30 July 2015

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

No. Position Player
1 Colombia GK Róbinson Zapata
2 Colombia DF Carlos Valdés
3 Panama MF Harold Cummings
4 Colombia DF Sergio Otálvaro
5 Colombia MF Yulián Anchico
6 Colombia DF Dairon Mosquera
7 Colombia MF Armando Vargas Morales
8 Colombia FW Dario Rodriguez Parra
9 Colombia FW Miguel Borja (on loan from Livorno)
10 Argentina MF Omar Pérez (Captain)
11 Colombia FW Luis Alfonso Páez (on loan from Águilas Doradas)
12 Colombia GK Juan Manuel Leyton
13 Colombia MF Sebastian Salazar
14 Colombia MF Baldomero Perlaza
No. Position Player
15 Colombia DF Héctor Urrego
17 Colombia MF Juan Daniel Roa
18 Colombia MF Almir Soto
19 Colombia FW Wilson Morelo (on loan from Monterrey)
20 Venezuela MF Luis Manuel Seijas
21 Colombia DF Francisco Meza
22 Colombia GK Leandro Castellanos
23 Colombia FW Luis Quiñones
26 Colombia DF Yerry Mina
27 Colombia DF Ricardo Villarraga
28 Ecuador FW Daniel Angulo
31 Colombia GK Libis Arenas
32 Colombia MF Héctor Salgado
Colombia DF José Julián de la Cuesta

Former players[edit]


Top 10 most appearances of all time[edit]

R Player P Career App.
1 Colombia Alfonso Cañón 505
2 Colombia Carlos Rodríguez 359
3 Colombia James Mina GK 346
4 Colombia Agustín Julio GK 1997–04 315
5 Colombia Hernando Cuero 313
6 Colombia Manuel Córdoba FW 306
7 Colombia William Morales 302
8 Colombia Rafael Pacheco 296
9 Colombia Ernesto Díaz MF 297
10 Brazil Waltinho 283

Last updated on: 31 June 2013

Top 10 scorers of all time[edit]

R Player P Career Gls.
1 Colombia Alfonso Cañon 149
2 Colombia Léider Preciado FW 1998, 2001, 2004,
3 Argentina Alberto Perazzo 98
4 Argentina Osvaldo Panzutto FW 1959–63 93
5 Argentina Germán Antón 91
6 Argentina Omar Lorenzo Devanni FW 82
7 Colombia Adolfo Valencia FW 1988–93, 1995–96, 2002 78
8 Colombia Héctor Céspedes 73
9 Argentina Omar Pérez MF 69
10 Brazil José Pepillo Marín 67

Last updated on: 17 December 2014



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