Independiente Santa Fe
|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|
|Ground||Estadio El Campín
|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.
- 1 History
- 2 Colours and badge
- 3 Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors
- 4 Stadium
- 5 Supporters and rivalries
- 6 Honours
- 7 Players
- 8 Managers
- 9 References
- 10 External links
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.
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.
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.
Colours and badge
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.
Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors
|Period||Kit manufacturer||Shirt partner|
|1980–89||Saeta|| Arroz Futura
Caja Social de Ahorros
|1990–91||Torino|| Madame Colette
|2012|| Aguardiente Néctar
|2013–14|| Aguardiente Néctar
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. 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
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.
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.
- Primera A (8): 1948, 1958, 1960, 1966, 1971, 1975, 2012-I, 2014-II
- Copa Colombia (2) : 1989, 2009
- Superliga Colombiana (2): 2013, 2015
- As of 26 February 2015
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Top 10 most appearances of all time
Last updated on: 31 June 2013
Top 10 scorers of all time
|2||Léider Preciado||FW||1998, 2001, 2004,
|6||Omar Lorenzo Devanni||FW||82|
|7||Adolfo Valencia||FW||1988–93, 1995–96, 2002||78|
|10||José Pepillo Marín||67|
Last updated on: 17 December 2014
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- Bolavip.com - Las banderas más grandes de latinoamérica (Spanish)
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