Once Caldas

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Once Caldas
Escudo de Once Caldas.svg
Full name Once 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)
Founded 16 April 1947 (1947-04-16) (Foundation of Deportes Caldas)
15 January 1961; 56 years ago (1961-01-15) (Fusion with Once Deportivo)[1]
Ground Estadio Palogrande,
Manizales, Colombia
Ground Capacity 28,678[2]
Chairman Tulio Mario Castrillón
Coach Francisco Maturana
League Categoría Primera A
2017–I 16th
Website Club 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 Mustang Cup (which was until 2009 the name of the Colombian first division).

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, however the idea of Eduardo Gómez Arrubla 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 club debuted in the Mustang Cup. 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. In 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 of 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 Calda's 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, 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 Calda's group. The club finished in the 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 in the 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 completing her contract with Adidas, Once Caldas wears clothes of the Peruvian company Walon Sport, from the season 2008.[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 honours[edit]

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

International honours[edit]

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


Current squad[edit]

As of 11 July 2016

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 Juan Carlos Henao
3 Colombia DF José Moreno
4 Colombia DF José Julián de la Cuesta
6 Colombia MF Jesús Marimón
9 Colombia FW Sergio Romero
12 Colombia GK José Fernando Cuadrado
14 Colombia DF David Gómez
15 Colombia DF Luis Carlos Murillo
16 Colombia MF Elkin Soto
17 Colombia MF Jhonier Viveros
19 Colombia FW Cesar Arias
21 Colombia MF Jelinson Mosquera
No. Position Player
22 Colombia MF César Quintero
23 Uruguay MF Joaquín Noy
24 Venezuela FW Dany Cure
25 Colombia GK Sergio Román
26 Colombia FW Oscar Estupiñán
27 Colombia DF Jonathan Lopera
28 Colombia FW David Lemos
29 Colombia GK Camilo Tunjano
31 Colombia DF Edwin Ramírez
32 Colombia MF Harold Isaza
34 Colombia DF Luis Eduardo Aranzazu
Colombia MF Michael Ortega

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
3 Uruguay DF Hernán Menosse (at Rosario Central)
10 Colombia MF Daniel Hernández (at Rionegro Águilas)
No. Position Player
Colombia DF Cristian Florez (at Alianza Petrolera)


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



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