Millonarios Fútbol Club

Millonarios Fútbol Club
Millonarios crest.svg
Full name Millonarios Fútbol Club
Nickname(s) Los Embajadores (The Ambassadors),
El Ballet Azul (The Blue Ballet),
Los Albiazules (The White Blues),
Founded June 18, 1946
Ground Estadio El Campín
Bogotá, Colombia
(Capacity: 36,343[1])
Chairman José Roberto Arango
Manager Richard Páez
League Fútbol Profesional Colombiano
2011-I 6th
Home colours
Away colours

Millonarios Fútbol Club is a Colombian football club based in Bogotá. As of 2011, Millonarios shares with rival América de Cali being the team with the most Fútbol Profesional Colombiano championships, 13 in total, although Millonarios haven't won this tournament since 1988. They are also the third Colombian team to achieve a major international title, the Copa Merconorte in 2001. The team was initially created in 1937 by students from two schools in the city of Bogotá: "Colegio San Bartolomé" and "Instituto La Salle". Millonarios, as the team it is now, was officially founded on June 18, 1946, thanks to the efforts of Alfonso Senior Quevedo, Millonarios first chairman. From the beginning of the Colombian Soccer Tournament, Millos won many domestic tournaments, the last one in 1988.



Alfredo di Stéfano's uniforms exhibited in Real Madrid Museum

Throughout its history, Millonarios has had famous players, including: Alfredo di Stéfano, Adolfo Pedernera, Juan Gilberto Funes, "El Búfalo", Willington Ortiz, Arnoldo Iguarán, Daniel "Tito" Onega, Fernando Areán, Carlos Valderrama, Carlos Ángel López, Alfredo Castillo, Sergio Goycochea, Delio "Maravilla" Gamboa, Miguel Angel Converti, Jaime Morón, Amadeo Carrizo, Alejandro Brand, René Higuita, Mario Vanemerak, John Mario Ramírez and Pedro Alberto Vivalda. Carlos "El Pibe" Valderrama was actually expelled from Millonarios as the Coach and Board of Directors thought he was not good enough for football.

The Ballet Azul

The most successful period for the club had place during the early 1950s due the notable Argentinean players incoming. Alfredo di Stéfano, Adolfo Pedernera and Nestor Rossi made the legendary team that built the renamed 'Ballet Azul'. These notable player abandoned Millonarios in 1954, some of them returned to their original teams while others that remained continued their careers in Europe, this was the case for Alfredo di Stéfano who transferred to Real Madrid; He is still considered one of the best player of all time [1]

2000s crisis and recovering

During the 2000s, Millonarios has endured a financial crisis. The club had two of their worst crises in 2 seasons: In 2002 the club had their worst financial situation, to the point that many people feared the possibility of Millos coming to an end. After a decent 2003 performance, chaos reappeared in later 2004 (while playing the Copa Mustang II), when Millos had their worst league campaign, finishing second from bottom. Millos also played in the Copa Sudamericana 2004, where they were knocked out by Atlético Junior in the preliminary phase.

From this point, Millonarios began a slow process to recover their former glory, managing to get again into the cup's group stage in 2006, something they didn't do at the previous tournament. Millos had further improvement when former Manchester City F.C. assistant manager Juan Carlos Osorio was appointed as the new Millonarios' Manager, which led the club to 3rd position in the League Stage of the Mustang Cup, and 5th in the addition of all the year's performance, taking Millos again into the Copa Sudamericana, while the financial situation of the team also had a notable recovery. In July 2007, Osorio left Millonarios to manage Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire, and he was replaced with Martín Lasarte; after a brief, but very unsuccessful period with Lasarte, Millonarios then hired Argentinian Mario Vanemerak as their new manager. Under Vanemerak, Millonarios began to shine again, most notably in the Copa Sudamericana 2007, where they eliminated several powerful teams, most notably Brazilian champions São Paulo FC in the quarter-finals, thanks to two goals from Ricardo Ciciliano. As of October 25, 2007, Millonarios has qualified for the Copa Sudamericana semi-finals, although they had a less impressive performance in the Colombian Copa Mustang II 2007 so far. The club currently is involved in a bankruptucy process that promises to cancel the team's debts.


  • Home: Blue shirt, white shorts and blue socks.
  • Away: White shirt, blue shorts and white socks.

Kit manufacturer

Period Kit manufacturer
1984–1986 Adidas
1988 Torino
1996 Adidas/Saeta
1997 Wala/Saeta/Torino
1998–1999 Patrick
2000–2002 Saeta
2003–2004 Runic
2005–2008 Saeta
2009-Today Adidas


The Club Trophies
Torneo Bodas de Oro Real Madrid Trophy, won in 1952 in the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.

National honours

  • Fútbol Profesional Colombiano: (13)
1949, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1972, 1978, 1987, 1988
Runners-up (9): 1950, 1956, 1958, 1967, 1973, 1975, 1984, 1994, 1995-96
1952-1953, 1962-1963, 2011
Runners-up (1): 1951-52

International honours

Runners-up (1): 1952
Runners-up (1): 2000
  • Copa Omnilife

Performance in CONMEBOL competitions

Best: Semi-Finals in 1960, 1973, 1974 - Quarter-Finals in 1962, 1963, 1964, 1989, 1995
1960: Semi-Finals
1962: Quarter-Finals
1963: Quarter-Finals
1964: Quarter-Finals
1968: First Round
1973: Semi-Finals
1974: Semi-Finals
1976: First Round
1979: First Round
1985: First Round
1989: Quarter-Finals
1995: Quarter-Finals
1997: Round of 16
2004: Preliminary Round
2007: Semi-Finals
1998: Semi-Finals
1999: Group Stage
2000: Finalist
2001: Champion


EstadioTruji 006.jpg

El Campin, opened in 1938, has been Millonarios' main field since the club former creation. The stadium has an actual capacity of 48,600[citation needed] seated spectators.


Current Squad 2011

As of April 13, 2011.

First team players

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

No. Position Player
1 Colombia GK Nelson Ramos
2 Colombia DF Carlos Saa
3 Colombia DF Oswaldo Henríquez
4 Colombia DF José Mera
5 Venezuela DF Alejandro Cichero
6 Colombia MF Luis Hernán Mosquera
7 Colombia FW Wilson Carpintero
8 Colombia MF Rafael Robayo
9 Paraguay FW Jaison Ibarrola
10 Colombia MF Mayer Candelo
11 Colombia MF Omar Andrés Rodriguez
12 Colombia MF Jefferson Herrera
13 Colombia FW Norman Cabrera
14 Colombia FW Edison Toloza
15 Colombia DF Leonard Vásquez
16 Colombia DF Alex Díaz
17 Colombia MF Omar Vásquez
18 Colombia FW Carlos Preciado
No. Position Player
19 Colombia DF Pedro Franco
21 Colombia MF Juan Esteban Ortiz
22 Uruguay MF José Luis Tancredi
23 Colombia DF Lewis Ochoa
24 Colombia FW Erik Moreno
25 Colombia MF Elkin Blanco
29 Colombia MF Ervin González
30 Colombia FW Jorge Iván Bocanegra
33 Colombia MF Cristhian Subero
70 Colombia DF Jefferson Angulo
89 Colombia GK Luis Enrique Delgado
-- Colombia DF Flavio Córdoba
-- Colombia MF Frey Ramos
-- Colombia MF Jefferson Herrera
-- Colombia MF Yohanny Fary Mancilla
-- Colombia FW Víctor Salazar
-- Colombia FW Yuber Asprilla

Youth team players

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

No. Position Player
-- Colombia GK Juan Sebastián Villate
-- Colombia GK Jaime Enrique Lemos
-- Colombia DF Luis Malagón
-- Colombia DF Daniel Torres
-- Colombia DF Nicolás Ortega
-- Colombia DF Alejandro Díaz
-- Colombia DF Carlos Padilla
No. Position Player
-- Colombia DF Johan Sáenz
-- Colombia MF Alejandro Gaitán
-- Colombia MF Santiago Paz
-- Colombia MF Sergio Guerrero
-- Colombia FW Cristhian Alarcón
-- Colombia FW José Leonardo Rapalino
-- Colombia FW Carlos Alberto Valencia

Coaching and medical staff

Name Role
Venezuela Richard Páez Manager
Colombia Neys Nieto Assistant Manager
Venezuela Jorge Durán Fitness Coach
Colombia Yohanni Velásquez Goalkeeping Coach
Colombia Haroldo Yepes Club Doctor
Colombia James Barrero Kinesiologist
Colombia Alirio Ramírez Utilitarian
Colombia Wilson Barrero Utilitarian

Colombian Ligue historical goal scorers

  • As of November 14, 2010
Number Player Country Seasons Matches Goals
1 Alfredo Castillo Argentina 1948–1957 180 134
2 Arnoldo Iguarán Colombia 1983-1991 y 1993-1995 341 121
3 Marino Klinger Colombia 1957–1966 245 94
4 Alejandro Brand Colombia 1969–1982 381 91
5 Alfredo Di Stéfano Argentina 1949–1952 101 90
6 Willington Ortiz Colombia 1972–1979 306 88
7 José María Ferrero Argentina 1967–1969 117 85
8 Miguel Ángel Converti Argentina 1975–1977 154 85
9 Jaime Morón Colombia 1971-1974 y 1977-1982 253 82
10 Juan José Irigoyen Argentina 1977–1979 129 80
11 Oscar Eduardo Juárez Argentina 1986–1991 211 75
12 Delio Gamboa Colombia 1961-1965 y 1973 178 67
13 Carlos Rendón Colombia 1988–1995 187 64
14 Ruben Antonio Pizarro Argentina 1960–1965 137 57
15 Pedro Cabillón Argentina 1948–1950 63 55
16 Freddy León Colombia 1990–1995 201 55
17 Carlos Castro Colombia 2000–2001 80 53
18 Carlos Enrique Estrada Colombia 1987–1989 113 49
19 Ricardo Pérez Colombia 1992–1993,1996,2003,2004,2005–2006 142 47
20 Juan Gilberto Funes Argentina 1984–1986 85 45


Millonarios has forged many rivalries with several teams from the Mustang Cup, most notably with local rivals Santa Fe, in fact, the match between both teams is called El Clásico Capitalino; there are also strong rivalries with other teams like América de Cali, El Clásico con más estrellas, Atlético Nacional, El Clásico de la rivalidad regional, and Deportivo Cali, El Clásico con historia.


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