Once Caldas

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Once Caldas
Once Caldas logo-svg.svg
Full nameOnce Caldas S.A.
Nickname(s)El Blanco (The White);
El Blanco Blanco de Manizales (The White White of Manizales);
Los Albos (the Albos);
El Equipo Albo (The Albo Team)
Founded16 April 1947 (1947-04-16) (Foundation of Deportes Caldas)
15 January 1961; 57 years ago (1961-01-15) (Fusion with Once Deportivo)[1]
GroundEstadio Palogrande,
Manizales, Colombia
ChairmanTulio Mario Castrillón
CoachHubert Bodhert
LeagueCategoría Primera A
2018–II2nd, Quarterfinals
WebsiteClub website

Once Caldas S.A., simply known as Once Caldas, is a professional Colombian football team based in Manizales, that currently plays in the Categoría Primera A. They play their home games at the Palogrande stadium.

They were the surprise winners of the Copa Libertadores in 2004, mainly due to the performances of Juan Carlos Henao and Jhon Viáfara. The club was founded in 1961[1] after the fusion of Deportes Caldas and Deportivo Manizales (also known as Once Deportivo).[3]


In 1950, Deportes Caldas won the Campeonato Profesional, as the Colombian profesional football league was named at the time.

Once Caldas was founded in 1959 after the fusion of Once Deportivo and Deportes Caldas. Once Deportivo was founded in 1930 while Deportes Caldas was founded at the end of the 1940s. However, both teams, for various reasons, went defunct. Carlos Gómez Escobar was in favor of reviving Deportes Caldas, but Eduardo Gómez Arrubla's idea was to bring back Once Deportivo. Thanks to the mediation of Dr. Hermán Bueno Ramirez, the three co-founders arrived at the compromise to fuse the existing teams into an entirely new entity, Once Caldas.

In 1961, the merged club debuted in the Campeonato Profesional. The club finished in the 7th position of the competition.

In 1998, Once Caldas was the first division's runner-up. Deportivo Cali defeated the club in the final. In the first leg, in Cali, the home team won 4–0. The second leg, in Manizales, ended in a 0–0 draw. That year the club also disputed its first international competition, the Copa CONMEBOL. Once Caldas was eliminated in the first round by Santos, of Brazil. In the first leg, in Santos, Santos won 2–1. In the second leg, in Manizales, Once Caldas won 2–1, but was defeated 3–2 in the penalty shootout.

In 1999, the club participated in the Copa Libertadores de América for the first time. Once Caldas was in the same group as Deportivo Cali and two Argentine clubs, Vélez Sársfield and River Plate. The side finished in the last position, but only two points behind Vélez Sársfield, which was the group's leader.

In 2002, Once Caldas played in the Copa Libertadores again. Olimpia, of Paraguay, Universidad Católica, of Chile, and Flamengo, of Brazil were in Once Caldas' group. After finishing in the third position, only ahead of Flamengo, the club was eliminated.

In 2003, the side won the first division's Apertura championship, after beating Junior in the final. In Barranquilla, the match ended in a 0–0 draw. In the second leg, Once Caldas won 1–0 in Manizales.

In 2004, the club again played in the Copa Libertadores. After beating Boca Juniors in the penalty shootout, the side, managed by Luis Fernando Montoya, won the competition for the first time. As the Copa Libertadores champions, the club played the Intercontinental Cup against UEFA Champions League champions Porto, of Portugal, in Yokohama, Japan. After a 0–0 draw, the club was defeated 8–7 in the penalty shootout.

In 2005, as the previous year's champion, Once Caldas tried to defend its title in the Copa Libertadores. Chivas de Guadalajara (Mexico), Cobreloa (Chile), and San Lorenzo (Argentina) were in Once Caldas' group. The club finished in second place, two points behind Chivas. In the second stage, the side was eliminated by Tigres UANL of Mexico. In that year, the club also participated in the Recopa Sudamericana, having played against Boca Juniors. In the first leg, in Buenos Aires, Boca Juniors won 3–1. In the second leg, in Manizales, Once Caldas won 2–1 but Boca won 4–3 on aggregate score.

2004 Copa Libertadores campaign[edit]

In 2004, Once Caldas won the Copa Libertadores. The matches played by the club are listed below:



Position Player Notes
GK Colombia Juan Carlos Henao
GK Colombia Juan Carlos González
DF Colombia Miguel Rojas
DF Colombia Samuel Vanegas
DF Colombia Édgar Cataño
DF Colombia Edwin García
DF Colombia Jefrey Díaz
MF Argentina Jonathan Fabbro
MF Colombia Jhon Viáfara
MF Colombia Rubén Darío Velázquez
MF Colombia Diego Arango
MF Colombia Elkin Soto
MF Colombia Arnulfo Valentierra
MF Colombia Herly Alcázar
MF Colombia Raúl Marín
FW Colombia Jorge Agudelo
FW Colombia Javier Araujo
FW Colombia Wilmer Ortegón


In early 2005, Once Caldas decided to leave behind the brand Bogota FSS and go to the German brand Adidas.[4] After concluding its contract with Adidas, Once Caldas wears the clothes of the Peruvian company Walon Sport, since the 2008 season.[5]

  • Home: White shirt, white shorts and white socks.
  • Away: Black shirt, black shorts and black socks.


Once Caldas plays its home matches at Estadio Palogrande, located in Manizales. The stadium was inaugurated in 1936, and had its maximum capacity expanded to its current 43,553[6] spectators in 2010.


Domestic honors[edit]

Winners (4): 1950, 2003–I, 2009–I, 2010–II
Runners-up (2): 1998, 2011–II
Runners-up (1): 2008

International honors[edit]

Winners (1): 2004
Runners-up: 2005
Runners-up: 2004


Current squad[edit]

As of 2 July 2018

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

No. Position Player
2 Colombia DF Diego Peralta
3 Colombia DF José Moreno
4 Colombia MF Faber Cañaveral
5 Colombia DF Andrés Felipe Correa
6 Colombia MF Bismar Córdoba
7 Colombia FW Ray Vanegas
8 Colombia MF Diego Arias (on loan from Atlético Nacional)
10 Colombia MF Juan Pablo Nieto (on loan from Atlético Nacional)
11 Colombia FW César Amaya (on loan from Deportivo Cali)
12 Colombia GK José Cuadrado
13 Colombia MF Luis Sierra
14 Colombia DF Yonni Hinestroza
17 Colombia MF Juan David Rodríguez
No. Position Player
18 Colombia DF Kevin Londoño
19 Colombia DF David Gómez
20 Colombia MF Mauricio Restrepo
21 Colombia MF Sebastián Guzmán
22 Colombia DF Israel Alba
23 Colombia DF Edwin Velasco (on loan from Atlético Nacional)
24 Colombia MF Juan Palma
25 Colombia GK Sergio Román
26 Colombia DF Geisson Perea
28 Colombia FW David Lemos
32 Colombia MF Sebastián Guzmán
34 Colombia DF Miguel Nazarit

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 FW Jhon Salazar (at Deportivo Pereira until 30 June 2018)


Most appearances[edit]

# Name Matches
Colombia Juan Carlos Henao 605
Colombia Arnulfo Valentierra 481
Colombia Robeiro Fernando Moreno 451
Argentina Sergio Galván 377
Colombia Rodrigo Gómez 373

Top scorers[edit]

# Name Goals
Argentina Sergio Galván 185
Colombia Arnulfo Valentierra 138
Colombia Dayro Moreno 90
Argentina Roberto Mirabelli 66
Colombia Nicolás Lobatón 59



  1. ^ a b "Colombia - Foundation Dates of Clubs". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  2. ^ http://es.fifa.com/mm/document/footballdevelopment/technicalsupport/01/52/19/97/fu20wcreportv2.pdf
  3. ^ (in Spanish) History of Once Caldas
  4. ^ bestiariodelbalon.com. "Once Caldas FSS-Adidas". Retrieved 2 February 2011.
  5. ^ "Cambio de auspicio - En la Jugada". enlajugada.com. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Football stadiums of the world – Stadium List South America - Football stadiums of the world". www.fussballtempel.net. Retrieved 6 April 2018.

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