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Once Caldas

Corporacion Deportiva Once Caldas, usually known simply as Once Caldas, is a Colombian football (soccer) team, based in Manizales. They were the surprise winners of Copa Libertadores in 2004, mainly due to the performances of Juan Carlos Henao and Jhon Viafara. The club was founded in 1959 after the fusion of the old well known clubs from the 30's. .


In 1950, Deportes Caldas won the Mustang Cup (which is 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 40's, however both teams, for various reasons, went defunct. Carlos Gomez Escobar was in favor of reviving Deportes Caldas, however the idea of Eduardo Gomez Arrubla was to bring back Once Deportivo. Thanks to the mediation of Dr. Herman 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 America for the first time. Once Caldas was in the same group of Deportivo Cali, and two Argentine clubs, Velez Sarsfield and River Plate. The side finished in the last position, but only two points behind Velez Sarsfield, which was the group's leader.

In 2002, Once Caldas played in the Copa Libertadores again. Olimpia Asuncion, of Paraguay, Universidad Catolica, 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 Atletico 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 UANL Tigres 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.


National honours

Futbol Profesional Colombiano

*Winners (2): 1950, 2003 (Apertura)

International honours

Copa Libertadores de America

*Winners (1): 2004

Squad Changes


Rodrigo Millar transfered from Colo-Colo


Dario Gigena out to Everton

2004 Copa Libertadores campaign

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

(1''') The 2004 Copa Libertadores was the last in which the away goals rule was not used. If it had been used, and the same scorelines had occurred under these different circumstances, Once Caldas would have been eliminated here.

Copa Libertadores 2004 team

Coach: Luis Fernando Montoya

Other Notable players

Sergio Galvan Rey

Antonio de Nigris

Dayro Moreno

Famous coaches

Luis Fernando Montoya


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 42,000 spectators in 1994.



Copa Libertadores 1999 at RSSSF

Copa Libertadores 2002 at RSSSF

Copa Libertadores 2004 at RSSSF

Copa Libertadores 2005 at RSSSF

External links

Official website

Holocausto Norte

Fidelidad Blanca

Palogrande Stadium - World Stadiums

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