Once Caldas

Once Caldas
Once Caldas
Once caldas crest.svg
Full name Corporación Deportiva Once Caldas
Nickname(s) El blanco
Founded March 17, 1959
Ground Estadio Palogrande,
Manizales, Caldas
(Capacity: 42,553)
Chairman Juan Hernando Ramos
Manager Juan Carlos Osorio
League Primera A
2010 - II Champion
Home colours
Away colours

Corporación Deportiva Once Caldas is a Colombian association football team, based in Manizales. They were the surprise winners of Copa Libertadores de América in 2004, mainly due to the performances of Juan Carlos Henao and Jhon Viáfara. The club was founded in 1959 after the fusion of the old well known clubs from the 1930s.[1]



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 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 Asunción, 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 Atlético 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.


In early 2005, Once Caldas decided to leave behind the brand Bogota FSS and go to the German brand Adidas.[2] After completing her contract with Adidas, Once Caldas wears clothes of the Peruvian company Walon Sport, from the season 2008.[3]

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


  • Primera A (4): 1950, 2003-I, 2009-I, 2010-II

Current roster

As of Feb 9, 2011

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 Juan Carlos Henao
2 Colombia DF Felix Micolta
3 Colombia DF Alexis Henriquez
4 Colombia DF Elkin Calle
5 Colombia MF Diego Amaya
6 Colombia MF Harrison Henao
7 Colombia MF Carlos Carbonero
8 Colombia MF Arnulfo Valentierra
9 Colombia FW Yesinguer Jiménez
10 Colombia MF Víctor Córdoba
11 Uruguay MF Matías Mirabaje
12 Colombia GK Jorge Andrés Lenis
No. Position Player
13 Colombia MF Alexander Mejía
14 Colombia MF Diego Arango
15 Colombia DF Óliver Fula
16 Colombia DF Luis Nuñez
17 Peru MF Jean Tragodara
19 Colombia DF Carlos Ramírez
20 Colombia MF Mario González
21 Colombia FW Wilson Mena
22 Colombia FW John Pajoy
23 Colombia FW Jefferson Cuero
24 Colombia DF Yedinson Palacios
25 Colombia GK Neco Martínez

2004 Copa Libertadores campaign

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

Home Score Away
First stage
Colombia Once Caldas 3 - 0 Uruguay Fénix
Venezuela UA Maracaibo 1 - 2 Colombia Once Caldas
Colombia Once Caldas 2 - 0 Argentina Vélez Sársfield
Argentina Vélez Sársfield 2 - 0 Colombia Once Caldas
Colombia Once Caldas 2 - 1 Venezuela UA Maracaibo
Uruguay Fénix 2 - 2 Colombia Once Caldas
Second stage
Ecuador Barcelona 0 - 0 Colombia Once Caldas
Colombia Once Caldas 1 - 1
Ecuador Barcelona
Brazil Santos 1 - 1 Colombia Once Caldas
Colombia Once Caldas 1 - 0 Brazil Santos
Brazil São Paulo 0 - 0 Colombia Once Caldas
Colombia Once Caldas 2 - 1 Brazil São Paulo
Argentina Boca Juniors 0 - 0 Colombia Once Caldas
Colombia Once Caldas 1 - 1
Argentina Boca Juniors

Copa Libertadores 2004 team

Once Caldas Lineup Libertadores 2004

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Luis Montoya


Other notable players

Famous coaches


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 36,553[4] spectators in 1994.


External links

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