Independiente Santa Fe

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Santa Fe
Full nameIndependiente 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)
Founded28 February 1941; 79 years ago (1941-02-28)
GroundEstadio El Campín
Bogotá, Colombia
ChairmanEduardo Méndez
ManagerHarold Rivera
LeagueCategoría Primera A
201912th, aggregate table
WebsiteClub website

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. Santa Fe is one of the three most successful teams in Colombia, winning seventeen titles, which includes 9 national championships (most recently in 2016), three Superliga Colombiana, two Copas Colombia, and international titles such as one Copa Sudamericana, one Suruga Bank Championship, and one Copa Simón Bolívar. Santa Fe is one of the three clubs that has played every championship in the Categoría Primera A.[2]

Santa Fe became the first Colombian team to win the Copa Sudamericana, and the first Colombian team to win an official tournament outside America. The club was recognized as one of the ten best clubs in the world in 2015 by the IFFHS, occupying the seventh position and being the best ranked of South America.[3]

Santa Fe has a fierce rivalry with Millonarios who share the same stadium. The game is considered as one of the most famous derbies in South America and is known as El Clásico Bogotano or El Clásico Capitalino.


Independiente Santa Fe was officially founded on February 28, 1941 as an amateur football team. The club's founders were mainly graduates from the Gimnasio Moderno and of a high social class. Santa Fe was at first going to a team based on ex-students of Gimnasio Moderno, but later incorporated players from other schools. The primary objective of the club was to participate in a local tournament hosted by the Sports Association of Bogotá. Their first recorded game was against Universal, a match that ended in a goalless draw. The team ended the tournament as runner-up with 20 points, being beaten by Legión Militar Deportiva de los Taxis Rojos, a representative of a transportation company.[4][5]

In 1942, Santa Fe was coached by Jack Greenwell, former Barcelona player and coach, notable for having won three 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.[6]

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, a 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 also lost 3. The team was able to score 57 goals for and received 29 goals. The goalscorer of the team was the Spanish Argentine Jesús María Lires with 20 goals, second goalscorer of the tournament.[7]

Next year Santa Fe was third, five points behind the champion, local rivals Millonarios. Seeking for a new title, Santa Fe took advantage of the events of El Dorado signing Argentines Héctor Rial and René Pontoni (the former became a star of Real Madrid years later), as well the Englishmen Neil Franklin and George Mountford from Stoke City, and Charlie Mitten from Manchester United.[8] However, the signings did little, as Santa Fe was not into the top three for about ten years, being their worst the 1954 campaign where they finished last with just five points.

In 1958, Santa Fe got its second title after finishing first with 48 points. They got its third title just two after years with 61 points. Getting this title, Santa Fe became the second Colombian club appearing at the Copa Libertadores. In that tournament, Santa Fe was placed in the Preliminary Round with Ecuadorian club Barcelona. The first match was a 3–0 victory for Santa Fe and the second game was a 2–2 draw. In the next round, Santa Fe eliminated Bolivian club Jorge Wilstermann. Santa Fe drew 2–2 with Jorge Wilstermann on point aggregate and 3–3 on aggregate score, so the winner was decided by a draw of lots. In the Semifinals, Santa Fe faced Brazilian club Palmeiras. The home leg was a 2–2 draw, but Santa Fe lost 4–1 in the away leg.

Santa Fe's first success in the 2000s came late, when the team won the Copa Colombia, beating Deportivo Pasto in the Finals. Since then, Santa Fe has had a successful period. Santa Fe got its seventh league title in the 2012 Torneo Apertura, 37 years after its last league title. Santa Fe was second in the First Stage of the tournament with 29 points. In the Semifinals, they were grouped with Boyacá Chicó, Itagüí and La Equidad. Santa Fe advanced to the Finals with 14 points. Santa Fe faced Deportivo Pasto in the Finals. The first match ended in a 1–1 draw and the second was a 1–0 victory for Santa Fe. They got its first Superliga Colombiana title the next year and were runners-up in the 2013 Torneo Apertura, won by Atlético Nacional. In its Copa Libertadores appearance, they got into Semifinals. They began the tournament in the Second Stage, facing Cerro Porteño, Deportes Tolima and Real Garcilaso, where they finished first with 14 points and unbeaten. They eliminated Grêmio in the Round of 16 and Real Garcilaso in the Quarterfinals. In the Semifinals, they were eliminated by Olimpia, with an aggregate score of 2–1.

In the 2014 Torneo Apertura, Santa Fe was fourth on the First Stage, advancing to Quarterfinals. There Santa Fe eliminated Once Caldas with an aggregate score of 5–3. In the Semifinals, the team faced Atlético Nacional. The first match ended in a 1–0 win for Santa Fe. However, Nacional got a comeback with a 2–0 win, thus eliminating Santa Fe. In the Torneo Finalización, Santa Fe was first with 31 points. In the Semifinals, the team was placed in a group with Atlético Huila, Atlético Nacional and Once Caldas. Santa Fe placed first in the group, advancing to the Finals where they faced Independiente Medellín. Santa Fe won the first match and drew in the second, with an aggregate score of 3–2, winning its 8th title. That year, Santa Fe was runner-up in the Copa Colombia, losing the Finals against Deportes Tolima with an aggregate score of 3–2.

In the 2014 Copa Libertadores, Santa Fe played against Monarcas Morelia in the First Stage, drawing 2–2 on aggregate score and advancing to the next round due to away goals rule. In the Second Stage, the team was last of its group, in which they faced Atlético Mineiro, Club Nacional and Zamora, winning only one match of six.

The 2015 season had a great start for the team, as they qualified for the 2015 Copa Sudamericana after winning 2015 Superliga Colombiana in which they faced 2014 Torneo Apertura winners Atlético Nacional. However, in the 2015 Torneo Apertura, the team can not advance to the knockout phase after placing ninth with 31 points. In the Torneo Finalización, the team was 8th with the same number of points as the last tournament, however this time it was enough to advance to the next round. There the team was eliminated by Junior, whom also defeated them months later in the Copa Colombia Finals.

The international season of the team began with its Copa Libertadores participation. The team started in the Second Stage, where they faced Atlético Mineiro, Colo-Colo and Club Atlas. Santa Fe placed 1st with 12 points. In the Round of 16, they played against Argentine team Estudiantes de La Plata. They lost the away match 2–1, but with a 2–0 victory in home the team advanced to the Quarterfinals. There the team faced Brazilian club Internacional. The team got a 1–0 victory in the home game, but lost 2–0 in the away match.

Santa Fe got its first international title in the 2015 Copa Sudamericana. They eliminated Ecuadorian LDU Loja in the First Stage and Uruguayan Nacional in the Second Stage. In the Round of 16 they eliminated Ecuadorian Emelec on away goals after drawing 2–2 on aggregate score. In the Quarterfinals they won 2–1 on aggregate to Argentine Independiente and in the Semifinals they also advanced on away goals after drawing 1–1 with Paraguayan Sportivo Luqueño. In the Finals they faced Argentine Huracán. After drawing 0–0 in both matches, the winner had to be decided on penalties. There Santa Fe won 3–1, thus getting the first international title of the club and qualifying for the 2016 Copa Libertadores, 2016 Recopa Sudamericana and 2016 Suruga Bank Championship. Santa Fe's Wilson Morelo tied with three footballers as top goalscorers of the tournament with five goals.

In the 2016 Torneo Apertura, Santa Fe placed fourth, advancing to the next round. There, Santa Fe was eliminated by Cortuluá with an aggregate score of 2–3. In the 2016 Copa Libertadores, the team advanced to the Second Stage after eliminate Oriente Petrolero with an aggregate of 1–6. However they were eliminated in the Second Stage after placing third in a group consisting of Cerro Porteño, Cobresal (who were last) and Corinthians.

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, a symbol of faith and respect, referring to the name of the club.

There are many versions about the origin of the colors 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 the 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 China Runic
2005 Italy Lotto South Korea Samsung
2006 Germany Puma
2007 Colombia SSW Colombia Águila
2008 Germany Puma
2009–10 England Umbro Colombia Águila
Colombia ETB
2011 Colombia Croydon
2012 Colombia Aguardiente Néctar
Colombia AKT
Colombia ASISTA
2013 Colombia Aguardiente Néctar
Colombia ASISTA
Colombia Bodytech
Colombia Canal Capital
Japan Honda
Italy Pierre D'Agostiny
2014 Colombia Aguardiente Néctar
Colombia ASISTA
Colombia Bodytech
Colombia Bogotá Humana
Colombia Canal Capital
Japan Honda
Colombia Loteria de Bogotá
2015 Colombia Bodytech
Colombia Bogotá Humana
China Huawei
Japan Honda
Colombia Postobón
2016 Colombia Aguardiente Néctar
China Huawei
Colombia Postobón
2017 China Huawei
Colombia Aguardiente Néctar
Colombia Postobón
Colombia INCAP
2018 China Huawei
Colombia Aguardiente Néctar
Colombia SMART


Estadio El Campín on 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.[9] 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 qualifying 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.[10]

In the late 1990s, 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, who also play in the same stadium as them. During this match Millonarios fans ubicate themselves in the northern part of the stadium much like Santa Fe's in the south.




Winners (9): 1948, 1958, 1960, 1966, 1971, 1975, 2012–I, 2014–II, 2016–II
Runners-up (5): 1963, 1979, 2005–I, 2013–I, 2017–II
Winners (2): 1989, 2009
Runners-up (3): 1950–51, 2014, 2015
Winners (3): 2013, 2015, 2017


Winners (1): 2017


Semifinals (2): 1961, 2013
Winners (1): 1970
Winners (1): 2015
Runners-up (1): 1996
Runners-up (1): 1999
Winners (1): 2016
Runners-up (1): 2016


As of 27 January 2020[11]

First-team squad[edit]

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 Omar Rodríguez
2 Colombia DF Fainer Torijano
3 Colombia DF Nicolás Hernández (on loan from Atlético Nacional)
4 Colombia DF Carlos Arboleda
5 Colombia MF Andrés Pérez
8 Colombia MF Sebastián Pedroza
10 Colombia MF Jhon Velásquez
11 Colombia MF Mauricio Gómez
13 Colombia MF Kelvin Osorio
14 Colombia FW Duván Sánchez (on loan from Cortuluá)
16 Argentina MF Matías Ballini
17 Colombia DF Dixon Rentería
No. Position Player
18 Colombia MF Daniel Giraldo
19 Colombia FW Diego Valdés
20 Venezuela MF Luis Manuel Seijas (captain)
21 Colombia MF José Hugo Palacios (on loan from Cortuluá)
22 Colombia GK Leandro Castellanos
23 Argentina MF Fabián Sambueza
24 Colombia DF Jeison Palacios (on loan from Alianza Petrolera)
26 Colombia DF Alexander Porras
28 Colombia DF Edwin Herrera
29 Argentina FW Patricio Cucchi (on loan from Atlético Nacional)
30 Colombia DF Dairon Mosquera (on loan from Pachuca)
Venezuela MF Yohandry Orozco (on loan from Puebla)

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
12 Colombia DF Carlos Henao (at Rionegro Águilas)
Colombia DF José Moya (at Deportes Tolima)
Colombia MF Yulián Anchico (at Jaguares de Córdoba)
Colombia MF Mateo Cardona (at Cúcuta Deportivo)
Colombia MF Jonathan Herrera (at Alianza Petrolera)
No. Position Player
Colombia MF Almir Soto (at Patriotas)
Colombia MF Daniel Valdelamar (at XV de Jaú)
Colombia MF Armando Vargas (at Unión Magdalena)
Colombia FW Matteo Frigerio (at Llaneros)

Former players[edit]


Top 10 most appearances of all time[edit]

Source: BDFA

R Player P Career App.
1 Colombia Alfonso Cañón MF 1964–1976, 1981 504
2 Argentina Omar Pérez MF 2009–2017 367
3 Colombia Carlos Rodríguez DF 1956–1966 359
4 Colombia Agustín Julio GK 1997–2004 353
5 Colombia James Mina GK 1973–1984 346
6 Colombia William Morales DF 1981–1994 322
7 Colombia Hernando Cuero DF 1981–1990, 1992 313
8 Colombia Manuel Córdoba FW 1987–1993, 1997 296
9 Colombia Rafael Pacheco DF 1973–1980 296
10 Colombia Ernesto Díaz MF 1971–1975, 1977–1979, 1984–1986 287

Last updated on: 21 January 2018

Top 10 scorers of all time[edit]

R Player P Career Gls.
1 Colombia Alfonso Cañón MF 1964–1976, 1981 146
2 Colombia Léider Preciado FW 1998, 2001, 2004,
3 Argentina Alberto Perazzo FW 1959–1963 98
4 Argentina Osvaldo Panzutto FW 1959–1963 93
5 Argentina Germán Antón FW 1948–1952, 1957, 1959 91
6 Argentina Omar Devani FW 1965–1968 82
7 Colombia Adolfo Valencia FW 1988–1993, 1995–1996, 2002 78
8 Argentina Omar Pérez MF 2009–2017 77
9 Colombia Héctor Céspedes FW 1975–1980, 1982, 1984 73
10 Colombia Ernesto Díaz MF 1971–1975, 1977–1979, 1984–1986 72

Last updated on: 21 January 2018


Affiliated clubs[edit]


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  7. ^ Colombia 1948
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-01-06. Retrieved 2011-12-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ FIFA, Web. "Stadiums of 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup". FIFA. Retrieved 20 July 2012.
  10. ^ - Las banderas más grandes de latinoamérica (in Spanish)
  11. ^ "Santa Fe". Dimayor. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
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