Cortuluá

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Cortuluá
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Full name Corporación Club Deportivo Tuluá
Nickname(s) El Equipo Corazón (The Heart Team; from the city of Tuluá's own nickname El Corazón del Valle - or The Valley's Heart)
Founded 16 October 1967; 49 years ago (1967-10-16)
Ground Estadio Doce de Octubre
Tuluá, Colombia
Ground Capacity 16,000
Chairman Oscar Ignacio Martán
Manager Jaime de la Pava
League Categoría Primera A
2016 11th
Website Club home page

Corporación Club Deportivo Tuluá, commonly known as Cortuluá, is a professional Colombian football team based in Tuluá, that currently plays in the Categoría Primera A. The club was founded on October 16, 1967 and play their home games at the Doce de Octubre stadium.

History[edit]

Cortuluá was founded in 1967 by a group of people headed by Paraguayan former player and coach Hernando Acosta. In 1993, Cortuluá wins his first title in the Categoría Primera B, ascending to the next year to the Primera A. Its first game was in February 26, 1994 at the Estadio Hernando Martinez Azcárate of nearby Buga against Envigado.

In the Copa Mustang 2001 Cortuluá is proclaimed champion of the Torneo Apertura (at that time this didn't give title) and classifies for 2002 Copa Libertadores. However, in 2004 the team descends to the Categoría Primera B.

In 2006, the United States Treasury identified the football club as one of ten businesses allegedly operating on behalf of one of the most wanted Colombian drug barons, Carlos Alberto Renteria Mantilla.[1] The move by the United States authorities placed a freeze on any assets owned by the club within the United States, and prevented United States residents from having dealings with the club.[1]

After five years in the Categoría Primera B, the club was promoted back to the Categoría Primera A in 2009. Cortuluá qualified for the final of the "Torneo Apertura", surpassing in Group A of the semi-finals at Deportes Palmira, Deportivo Rionegro, and Atlético Bucaramanga. In the final instance vs. Itagüí Ditaires, the first leg ended 3–1 with a win for Cortuluá, but it lost 2–0 in the second leg. In the penalty shootout Cortuluá won 6–5, thus winning the "Torneo Apertura" and classifying to the Final of the year, where Cortuluá defeated Atlético Bucaramanga and returned to the top tier for the following season.

In the 2010 season, the team was relegated again and returned to the second division, where it played for four seasons until the 2015 season, when they were once again promoted in a special tournament to increase the size of the Categoría Primera A to 20 teams. They came on top of Group B, ahead of Unión Magdalena, pre-tournament favorites América de Cali, and Deportivo Pereira and thus earned promotion for the 2015 season. In 2016, its reserve team placed third in the U-20 Copa Libertadores.

Stadium[edit]

Further information: Estadio Doce de Octubre

Honours[edit]

Domestic honours[edit]

Winners (2): 1993, 2009

International honours[edit]

Third place (1): 2016

Performance in CONMEBOL competitions[edit]

2002: First Round
2016: Third place

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 4 February 2017

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

No. Position Player
1 Argentina GK Germán Caffa (on loan from Sportivo Luqueño)
3 Colombia DF Cristian Valencia
5 Colombia MF John Edinson Méndez
6 Colombia MF Duvan Ramírez
7 Colombia MF Diego Chica
8 Colombia MF Bryan Urueña
9 Colombia FW Joao Rodríguez (on loan from Chelsea)
10 Colombia MF Miguel Medina
11 Colombia FW Harrison Mojica
12 Colombia GK Jaiber Cardona
13 Colombia FW Feiver Mercado
14 Colombia FW Alejandro Peñaranda
15 Colombia MF Juan David Rodríguez
16 Colombia DF Jonis López
17 Colombia DF César Hinestroza
No. Position Player
18 Colombia MF Juan David Campo
21 Colombia DF Mauricio Duarte
22 Colombia GK Daniel Rodríguez Gil
23 Colombia DF Eduar Caicedo
24 Colombia MF Kelvin Osorio
25 Colombia DF Yair Arrechea
27 Colombia MF Luís Caicedo
28 Colombia MF Kevin Rojas
29 Colombia FW Aldair Guzmán
33 Colombia FW Oscar Camilo
Colombia MF Carlos Carbonero
Colombia FW Juan David Castañeda (on loan from Atlético Nacional)
Colombia FW David Cortés
Colombia FW Yairo Moreno
Colombia FW John Varela

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
Colombia DF Cristian Borja (at Santa Fe)

Notable players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ikeda, Nestor; Joshua Goodman (2006-11-01). "U.S. says Colombia's Cortulua soccer team linked to drug kingpin". USA Today Online. Gannett Corporation. Retrieved 2007-02-20. 

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