Deportes Tolima
Full nameClub Deportes Tolima S.A.
Nickname(s)El Vinotinto y Oro (The Burgundy and Gold),
Los Pijaos (The Pijaos)
Founded18 December 1954; 66 years ago (1954-12-18)
GroundEstadio Manuel Murillo Toro
Ibagué, Colombia
ChairmanGabriel Camargo Salamanca
ManagerHernán Torres
LeagueCategoría Primera A
2021–I5th, champions
WebsiteClub website

Club Deportes Tolima S.A., commonly known as Deportes Tolima, or simply as Tolima, is a Colombian professional football club based in Ibagué, Tolima Department that currently plays in the Categoría Primera A. The club was founded on 18 December 1954. They won the Colombian top tier thrice, in the 2003–II, and in the 2018–I and 2021–I tournaments. They play their home games at the Manuel Murillo Toro stadium.



Deportes Tolima was founded by Manuel Rubio Chávez in 1954, when he gave Juan Barbieri (an Argentinian living in Ibagué, Colombia) a sum of $5.000 Colombian pesos in order to hire soccer players from his native country. Barbieri came back to Colombia with a mix of Argentine and Colombian players like Jorge Gandulfo, José Jamardo and Enrique Laino. This team competed for the first time in the Colombian football league in 1955, using the uniform of Racing Club of Argentina. Tolima finished 7th in the league competing with 9 other teams.

1980s and 1990s

In the late 1970s and beginning of 1980s Deportes Tolima, according to many people, had its best team ever. Senator Gabriel Camargo Salamanca was given the opportunity to work for the team. He accepted, becoming the biggest stock holder of the team. He bought important players such as Víctor del Río, Francisco Maturana, Cristino Centurión, Óscar Héctor Quintabani, Gustavo "La Piña" Mendoza, Hugo Gallego, Osvaldo Redondo, Heberto Carrillo, Sapuca, Arnoldo Iguarán, Óscar López, Tito Ramon Correa, and Janio Cabezas. With this team Deportes Tolima finished second through years 1981 and 1982. In the year 1983 Tolima participated for the first time in an international tournament, the Copa Libertadores of 1982 reaching the semi-finals. The team proceeded to have its best international showing against tams like Estudiantes de Mérida and Deportivo Táchira; both from Venezuela; Cobreloa from Chile and Olimpia from Paraguay. At the beginning of the 1990s, Tolima left the professional league due to poor results. Tolima played for one year in the second division of the Colombian Football league before rejoining 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, Rogeiro Pereira, Yulián Anchico, Oscar Briceño, Jhon Charría, Jorge Artigas, Hernando Patiño, Nelson Rivas, and Diego Gómez among others. Deportes Tolima played in semi-finals against Atlético Nacional, Atlético Junior, and Independiente Medellín. When everyone predicted Atlético Junior would finish first in the mini league and would go to the final, Deportes Tolima beat Atlético Nacional 2–0 in Ibagué and Atlético Junior lost 1–0 to Independiente Medellín in Medellín. Deportes Tolima played against Deportivo Cali in the final games winning the first game 2–0 in Ibagué with an exceptional performance of Rogeiro 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 goalkeeper Diego Gómez 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

Official 2006 Home Jersey
Official 2006 Home Jersey

2006 was a great year for Tolima. The team was second on the reclasificacion (overall points in the year), scored the most goals 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 new players. The coach was Jorge Luis Bernal, who had been the coach for the reserve team for many years. Deportes Tolima scored well in both home and away games, with victories against Envigado 7–3, Atlético Nacional 5–1, and Millonarios 3–0. They reached the semi-finals of the Copa Mustang I and were placed in a group with Deportivo Pereira, Deportivo Cali, and Once Caldas, but did not make it into the finals.

The Copa Mustang II was even better than the first one. Tolima ended first in the league, and played the semi-finals against Atlético Nacional, Deportivo Pasto, and Boyacá Chicó. Atlético Nacional were leaders of the group most of the time, while Deportes Tolima remained a point behind. A dramatic 2–1 away win over Atlético Nacional made them leaders, and they advanced to the final against Cúcuta Deportivo after a 2–0 win over Boyacá Chicó. The first game was away and Tolima lost 1–0; later in Ibagué the game ended tied 1–1, with Yulián Anchico scoring Tolima's goal.

Apertura 2007 and Copa Libertadores

For the 2007 season Deportes Tolima signed important players like Nicolás Ayr, Diego Cochas, Gustavo Savoia, Gustavo Bolívar, Leiner Rolong, Jorge Perlaza, Hernando Patiño, Roller Cambindo, Javier Arizala, Jésus Sinisterra, Ricardo Álvarez and Haider Arboleda. With new coach Jaime de la Pava, Tolima started competing in the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Mustang. In the Copa Libertadores Tolima defeated Deportivo Táchira in 2 games, that way Tolima entered to the group of Grêmio, Cerro Porteño and curiously Cúcuta Deportivo.


In 2010, the team qualified for the third Colombian place at the first stage of the 2011 Copa Libertadores.[1]


Further information: Estadio Manuel Murillo Toro


Winners (3): 2003–II, 2018–I, 2021–I
Runners-up (6): 1957, 1981, 1982, 2006–II, 2010–II, 2016–II
Winners (1): 2014
Runners-up (1): 2020
Runners-up (1): 2019
Winners (1): 1994

Performance in CONMEBOL competitions

1982: Semi-finals
1983: Group Stage
2004: Group Stage
2007: Second Stage
2011: Second Stage
2013: Second Stage
2006: Third Round
2010: Quarter-finals
2012: Second Stage
2015: Round of 16
1996: First Round
1997: Quarter-finals


Current squad

As of 6 August 2021[2]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Colombia COL William Cuesta
2 DF Colombia COL Anderson Angulo
3 DF Colombia COL Julián Quiñones (captain)
4 DF Colombia COL Léider Riascos
5 DF Colombia COL Eduar Caicedo (on loan from Deportivo Cali)
6 MF Colombia COL Guillermo Celis
7 MF Colombia COL Andrey Estupiñán
8 MF Colombia COL Jaminton Campaz
9 FW Colombia COL Juan Fernando Caicedo
10 MF Colombia COL Daniel Cataño
11 FW Colombia COL Anderson Plata
13 DF Colombia COL Nilson Castrillón
14 MF Colombia COL Juan David Ríos
15 MF Colombia COL Juan Pablo Nieto
16 DF Colombia COL Sergio Mosquera
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 MF Colombia COL Junior Hernández
18 FW Colombia COL Daniel Moreno
20 MF Colombia COL William Parra
21 FW Costa Rica CRC José Guillermo Ortiz (on loan from Herediano)
22 DF Colombia COL Leyvin Balanta
23 DF Ecuador ECU John Narváez
24 DF Colombia COL Jeison Angulo (on loan from Deportivo Cali)
25 GK Colombia COL Jefersson Martínez
26 MF Colombia COL Cristian Trujillo
27 FW Paraguay PAR Gustavo Adrián Ramírez
28 FW Colombia COL Luis Miranda
29 MF Colombia COL Omar Albornoz
30 MF Venezuela VEN Yohandry Orozco
31 GK Colombia COL Álvaro Montero
DF Colombia COL Harold Gómez

Out on loan

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Colombia COL Kevin Pérez (at Leones)

Notable players



  1. ^ "Corinthians perde do Tolima e tem queda histórica na Pré-Libertadores".
  2. ^ "Deportes Tolima". Dimayor. Retrieved 20 July 2019.