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Deportes Tolima

Deportes Tolima, is a Colombian football club based in the city of Ibague. The club was founded December 18, 1954 and play their home games at the Manuel Murillo Toro stadium, which has a capacity of 30,000.



Deportes Tolima was founded by Manuel Rubio Chavez in the year 1954 when he gave Juan Barbieri a sum of $5.000 Colombian pesos in order to hire soccer players from his native country, Argentina. Barbieri went back to Colombia with players such asJorge Ariel Gandulfo, Oscar Enrique Ferrari, Jose Oscar Jamardo, Enrique Laino and Carlos Robelle. With those players and some Colombians, Deportes Tolima competed for the first time in the Colombian football league in 1955 using a uniform similar to the one currently used by the Argentina National Team. Deportes Tolima finished 7th in the league competing with 9 other teams.

80's and 90's

In the late 1970s and beginning of 1980s Deportes Tolima, according to many people, Tolima had its best team, ever. Senator Gabriel Camargo Salamanca was given the opportunity to work for the team. He accepted making him the biggest stock holder of the team. He brought important players such as Victor Hugo del Rio, Francisco Maturana, Cristiano Centurion, Oscar Hector Quintabani, Gustavo Mendoza, Hugo Gallego, Osvaldo Redondo, Heberto Carrillo, Aparezido Dozinette de Oliveira aka "Sapuka", Arnoldo Iguaran, Oscar Lopez, Tito Ramon Correa, and Janio Cabezas. With this team Deportes Tolima ended second through years 1981 and 1982. In year 1983 Tolima participated in its first time in a international tournament, the Copa Libertadores in 1982 getting into semifinals. Playing against many important teams of deacade such as Estudiantes de Merida, Deportivo Tachira; both from Venezuela; Cobreloa from Chile and Olimpia from Paraguay; In consequence, that was the best international performance that Deportes Tolima has ever had in that kind of international tournament. At the beginning of the 90's, Tolima stopped playing in the professional leage at cause of its bad results. Tolima played for one year in the second division of the Colombian Football league. Deportes tolima played professional football again in year 1995.

2003 Title

Deportes Tolima had a very interesting group of players for the second half of 2003. These players included Ricardo Ciciliano, Henry Zambrano, Rogerio Pereira, Yulian Anchico, Oscar Briceno, John Charria, Jorge Artigas, Hernando Patino, Nelson Rivas, and Diego Gomez among others. Deportes Tolima played in semifinals against Atletico Nacional, Atletico Junior, and Independiente Medellin. When everyone predicted Atletico Junior would finish first in the mini league and would go to the final, Deportes Tolima beat Atletico Nacional 2-0 in Ibague and Atletico Junior lost 1-0 to Independiente Medellin in Medellin. Deportes Tolima played against Deportivo Cali in the final games winning the first game 2-0 in Ibague with an exceptional performance of Rogerio 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 golie Diego Gomez 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

2006 was a great year for Deportes Tolima, the team was second on the reclasificacion (overall points in the year), was the team with the most goals scored 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 players. The coach was Jorge Luis Bernal who had been the coach for the reserve team for many years. Deportes Tolima played amazing both home and away games which included victories against Envigado 7-3, Nacional 5-1, and Millonarios 3-0. They reached the semifinals of the Copa Mustang I and was placed in a Group with Deportivo Pereira, Deportivo Cali, and Once Caldas but did not made it into the finals. The Copa Mustang II was even better than the first one. Tolima ended first in the league, and played the semifinals against Nacional, Pasto, and Chico. Nacional were leaders of the Group for most of the time while Deportes Tolima remained a point behind. A dramatic 2-1 away win over Nacional made them leaders, they advanced the final against Cucuta Deportivo after a 2-0 win over Chico. The first game was away and Tolima lost 1-0 then in Ibague the game ended tied 1-1 with Yulian Anchico scoring Tolima's goal.

Apertura 2007 and Copa Libertadores

For the 2007 season Deportes Tolima signed very important players like Nicolas Ahyr, Diego Cochas, Gustavo Savoia, Gustavo Bolivar, Leiner Rolong, Jorge Perlaza, Hernando Patino, Roller Cambindo, Javier Arizala, Bramhan Sinisterra, Ricardo Alvarez, and Haider Arboleda. With new coach Jaime de la Pava started competing in the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Mustang. In the Copa Libertadores Tolima defeated Deportivo Tachira in 2 games, that way Tolima entered to the group of Gremio, Cerro Porteno and curiously Cucuta.


National Honours

Futbol Profesional Colombiano

* Winners (1): 2003-II

* Runners-Up (4): 1957, 1981, 1982, 2006-II

Primera B

* Winners (1): 1994

Performance in CONMEBOL competitions

Copa Libertadores: 4 appearance

Best: Semi-Final in 1982

Copa Sudamericana: 1 appearance

2006: Third Round

Copa CONMEBOL: 2 appearances

1996: First Round

1997: Quarter-Final

Club Records

Seasons 1: 52

seasons in 2: 1

better league place:

* FPC 1 (2003-II)

* Primera B 1 (1994)

worst league place:

* FPC 18 (2002-I y 2008-I)

Biggest win: 7-3 al Envigado FC el 26 de febrero de 2006

Biggest defeat: 8-1 contra Millonarios el 4 de julio de 1963 y con el Deportivo Cali el 27 de septiembre de 1987

Top goalscorers: Victor Hugo del Rio and John Charria (67)

Most capped players: German Castellanos (359)

International seasons:

*Copa Libertadores de America (4):

** Semifinals: 1982.

** first round: 1983, 2004, 2007.

*Copa Sudamericana (1):

** second round: 2006.

*Copa Conmebol (2):

** first round: 1996

** quarter finals: 1997

Current roster

As of Jan 30, 2010

External links

Guerreros Pijaos - La Web de los verdaderos hinchas

Deportes Tolima.com - Official Website

Revoluvion Vinotinto

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