Gabriel Ochoa Uribe

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Gabriel Ochoa Uribe
Personal information
Date of birth (1929-11-20) November 20, 1929 (age 89)
Place of birth Sopetrán, Colombia
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1946–1948 América de Cali
1949–1955 Millonarios (1)
1955–1956 America FC (RJ)
1955–1958 Millonarios
Teams managed
1958–1960 Millonarios
1961–1964 Millonarios
1963 Colombia
1966 Santa Fe
1970–1977 Millonarios
1979–1991 América de Cali
1985 Colombia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Gabriel Ochoa Uribe (born November 20, 1929 in Sopetrán) is a former Colombian football player and manager. He won four league titles and the Copa Colombia with Millonarios as a player and fourteen league titles as a manager, making him the most successful Colombian coach of all time.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Ochoa Uribe started his playing career at the age of 17 in 1946, his first club was América de Cali. In 1959 he joined Millonarios where he won four league titles playing alongside the great Alfredo di Stéfano. In April 1955 he moved for one year to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil not only to play for America FC but also to further his studies in sports medicine.[2] With America FC he became under coach Martim Francisco runner up in the Championship of Rio de Janeiro. Thereafter he returned to Bogotá where he played again for Los Millonarios until 1958 when he took over as coach of the club.

Managerial career[edit]

In his first two spells as manager of Millonarios Ochoa Uribe led them to four league titles. He also had a short spell coaching the Colombia national team.

In 1966 he coached Santa Fe, leading them to the Colombian championship and making them the first Colombian team ever to reach the semi-finals of Copa Libertadores.

He returned to Millonarios between 1970 and 1977, he won his tenth league title with the club as player and coach with the 1972 league championship.

In 1979, he became manager of América de Cali, he led them to 7 league championships, they were runners-up in the Copa Libertadores three times consecutively (1985, 1986, 1987). He retired in 1991.

Titles as a player[edit]


Titles as a manager[edit]


Santa Fe

América de Cali


  1. ^ Colombia - Most successful coach at rsssf
  2. ^ Embarcou o Goleiro Uchoa (sic), Imprensa Popular, Rio de Janeiro, 17 April 1955, p. 7.

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