Deportes Tolima

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Deportes Tolima
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Full nameClub Deportes Tolima S.A.
Nickname(s)El Vinotinto y Oro (The Burgundy and Gold),
Los Pijaos (The Pijaos)
Founded18 December 1954; 64 years ago (1954-12-18)
GroundEstadio Manuel Murillo Toro
Ibagué, Colombia
ChairmanGabriel Camargo Salamanca
ManagerAlberto Gamero
LeagueCategoría Primera A
2019–I3rd (First stage)
2nd, Group B (Semifinals)
WebsiteClub website

Club Deportes Tolima S.A., commonly known as Deportes Tolima, or simply as Tolima, is a Colombian professional football club based in Ibagué, Tolima Department that currently plays in the Categoría Primera A. The club was founded on 18 December 1954. They won the Colombian top tier twice, in the 2003–II and 2018–I tournaments. They play their home games at the Manuel Murillo Toro stadium.



Deportes Tolima was founded by Manuel Rubio Chávez in 1954, when he gave Juan Barbieri (an Argentinian living in Ibagué, Colombia) a sum of $5.000 Colombian pesos in order to hire soccer players from his native country. Barbieri came back to Colombia with a mix of Argentine and Colombian players like Jorge Gandulfo, José Jamardo and Enrique Laino. This team competed for the first time in the Colombian football league in 1955, using the uniform of Racing Club of Argentina. Tolima finished 7th in the league competing with 9 other teams.

1980s and 1990s[edit]

In the late 1970s and beginning of 1980s Deportes Tolima, according to many people, had its best team ever. Senator Gabriel Camargo Salamanca was given the opportunity to work for the team. He accepted, becoming the biggest stock holder of the team. He bought important players such as Víctor del Río, Francisco Maturana, Cristino Centurión, Óscar Héctor Quintabani, Gustavo "La Piña" Mendoza, Hugo Gallego, Osvaldo Redondo, Heberto Carrillo, Sapuca, Arnoldo Iguarán, Óscar López, Tito Ramon Correa, and Janio Cabezas. With this team Deportes Tolima finished second through years 1981 and 1982. In the year 1983 Tolima participated for the first time in an international tournament, the Copa Libertadores of 1982 reaching the semi-finals. The team proceeded to have its best international showing against tams like Estudiantes de Mérida and Deportivo Táchira; both from Venezuela; Cobreloa from Chile and Olimpia from Paraguay. At the beginning of the 1990s, Tolima left the professional league due to poor results. Tolima played for one year in the second division of the Colombian Football league before rejoining professional football again in year 1995.

2003 title[edit]

Deportes Tolima had a very interesting group of players for the second half of 2003. These players included Ricardo Ciciliano, Henry Zambrano, Rogeiro Pereira, Yulián Anchico, Oscar Briceño, Jhon Charría, Jorge Artigas, Hernando Patiño, Nelson Rivas, and Diego Gómez among others. Deportes Tolima played in semi-finals against Atlético Nacional, Atlético Junior, and Independiente Medellín. When everyone predicted Atlético Junior would finish first in the mini league and would go to the final, Deportes Tolima beat Atlético Nacional 2–0 in Ibagué and Atlético Junior lost 1–0 to Independiente Medellín in Medellín. Deportes Tolima played against Deportivo Cali in the final games winning the first game 2–0 in Ibagué with an exceptional performance of Rogeiro Pereira, scoring both goals. In the second game of the final Deportes Tolima lost 3–1 forcing penalty shots, with an aggregate score of 3–3. In the penalty shots Deportes Tolima won after only missing one shot and the goalkeeper Diego Gómez blocking two from Deportivo Cali, this way Deportes Tolima was crowned champion of Colombia for the first time in their 49-year history.

2006 runners-up[edit]

Official 2006 Home Jersey

2006 was a great year for Tolima. The team was second on the reclasificacion (overall points in the year), scored the most goals in the year (over 80), and were runners up in the Copa Mustang II. At the beginning of 2006, Deportes Tolima did not seem like a very strong team for the season as it did not sign any new players. The coach was Jorge Luis Bernal, who had been the coach for the reserve team for many years. Deportes Tolima scored well in both home and away games, with victories against Envigado 7–3, Atlético Nacional 5–1, and Millonarios 3–0. They reached the semi-finals of the Copa Mustang I and were placed in a group with Deportivo Pereira, Deportivo Cali, and Once Caldas, but did not make it into the finals.

The Copa Mustang II was even better than the first one. Tolima ended first in the league, and played the semi-finals against Atlético Nacional, Deportivo Pasto, and Boyacá Chicó. Atlético Nacional were leaders of the group most of the time, while Deportes Tolima remained a point behind. A dramatic 2–1 away win over Atlético Nacional made them leaders, and they advanced to the final against Cúcuta Deportivo after a 2–0 win over Boyacá Chicó. The first game was away and Tolima lost 1–0; later in Ibagué the game ended tied 1–1, with Yulián Anchico scoring Tolima's goal.

Apertura 2007 and Copa Libertadores[edit]

For the 2007 season Deportes Tolima signed important players like Nicolás Ayr, Diego Cochas, Gustavo Savoia, Gustavo Bolívar, Leiner Rolong, Jorge Perlaza, Hernando Patiño, Roller Cambindo, Javier Arizala, Jésus Sinisterra, Ricardo Álvarez and Haider Arboleda. With new coach Jaime de la Pava, Tolima started competing in the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Mustang. In the Copa Libertadores Tolima defeated Deportivo Táchira in 2 games, that way Tolima entered to the group of Grêmio, Cerro Porteño and curiously Cúcuta Deportivo.


In 2010, the team qualified for the third Colombian place at the first stage of the 2011 Copa Libertadores.[1]



Winners (2): 2003–II, 2018–I
Runners-up (6): 1957, 1981, 1982, 2006–II, 2010–II, 2016–II
Winners (1): 2014
Runners-up (1): 2019
Winners (1): 1994

Performance in CONMEBOL competitions[edit]

1982: Semi-finals
1983: Group Stage
2004: Group Stage
2007: Second Stage
2011: Second Stage
2013: Second Stage
2006: Third Round
2010: Quarter-finals
2012: Second Stage
2015: Round of 16
1996: First Round
1997: Quarter-finals


Current squad[edit]

As of 20 July 2019[2]

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 William Cuesta (on loan from La Equidad)
2 Colombia DF Johnny Mostacilla
3 Colombia DF Julián Quiñones
4 Costa Rica DF Juan Pablo Vargas (on loan from Herediano)
5 Colombia MF Larry Vásquez (on loan from Tigres UANL)
6 Venezuela MF Bernaldo Manzano (on loan from Deportivo Lara)
7 Colombia MF Gustavo Culma (on loan from Necaxa)
8 Colombia MF Jaminton Campaz
9 Colombia FW Jorge Ramos (on loan from Atlético Huila)
10 Colombia MF Daniel Cataño
11 Colombia FW Anderson Plata (on loan from Santa Fe)
13 Colombia DF Nilson Castrillón
16 Colombia DF Sergio Mosquera
17 Colombia DF José Moya (on loan from Santa Fe)
No. Position Player
18 Colombia FW Marco Pérez
19 Colombia FW Diego Valdés
20 Colombia MF Danovis Banguero
21 Colombia DF Juan Guillermo Arboleda
22 Colombia DF Leyvin Balanta
23 Colombia MF Alex Castro (on loan from Deportivo Cali)
24 Colombia MF Carlos Robles
27 Colombia GK Víctor Hugo Soto
29 Colombia FW Omar Albornoz
30 Colombia MF Yeison Gordillo (on loan from Santa Fe)
31 Colombia GK Álvaro Montero
35 Colombia MF Hayen Palacios (on loan from Atlético Nacional)
Venezuela MF David Centeno
Colombia MF Juan Pablo Nieto

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 MF Delman Cajiao (at Valledupar)
Colombia FW Darwin López (at Jaguares)

Notable players[edit]



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  2. ^ "Deportes Tolima". Dimayor. Retrieved 20 July 2019.

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