Alianza Petrolera F.C.

Alianza Petrolera is a Colombian professional football team based in Barrancabermeja, that currently plays in the Categoría Primera A. The club was founded in 1991 and played in the Categoría Primera B until 2012. They play their home games at the Daniel Villa Zapata stadium. They have also played home matches in the town of Guarne, Antioquia and in Floridablanca.

Alianza Petrolera
Full nameAlianza Petrolera Fútbol Club S.A.[1]
Nickname(s)Los Petroleros (The Oil Dealers)
Founded24 October 1991; 30 years ago (1991-10-24)
GroundEstadio Daniel Villa Zapata
Barrancabermeja, Colombia
ChairmanCarlos Ferreira
ManagerHubert Bodhert
LeagueCategoría Primera A
WebsiteClub website


Alianza Petrolera was a founding member of Categoría Primera B and played in that league from 1992 to 2012. They enjoyed a significant run of success between 1998 and 2004, finishing as runners-up in 2002. However, their fortunes changed after that and by 2009 the club was on the verge of folding.

In the 2009 Apertura, they performed dismally, earning just five points and not winning a single game. The club was short on sponsors, coaches, and players, and their participation in the Finalizacion seemed doubtful. They managed to compete, but finished dead last. In early 2011, Alianza Petrolera signed a partnership deal with Atlético Nacional that would net them players and coaching staff on loan, with much of the wages covered by the latter team.[2]

This new arrangement revitalized the club, which qualified for the finals of the "Torneo Finalización" in 2012. This earned them a berth in the final against Deportivo Rionegro. Alianza prevailed, winning the first leg 1–0 and the second leg 3–1. That earned them a spot in the season final against América de Cali, with promotion on the line. The first leg ended 2–1 in favor of Alianza, but the second leg ended 1–0 in favor of América de Cali. The series went to penalty kicks, where Alianza Petrolera prevailed and earned promotion to the top flight for the very first time.

Alianza has not been relegated back since. Their best campaign in the top flight was in the 2015 Finalización tournament. During the first stage, the club enjoyed a consistent performance, leading the table for some rounds of the tournament and ending in sixth place with 33 points, which allowed them to qualify for the knockout stages for the first time, losing to Independiente Medellín in the quarterfinals.


Winners (1): 2012
Runners-up (1): 2002



First-team squadEdit

As of 6 August 2021[3][4]

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   COL Juan Gabriel Vásquez
3 DF   COL Santiago Aguilar
4 MF   COL Juan Mancilla
5 DF   COL Julián Guevara
6 DF   COL Yhorman Hurtado
7 FW   COL Estefano Arango
8 MF   COL Freddy Flórez
9 FW   ARG Pablo Bueno
10 MF   COL Jhon Freddy Pérez
11 FW   COL Bayron Garcés
12 GK   COL José Luis Chunga
13 GK   COL Jaime Mora
14 MF   COL Jair Castillo
15 FW   COL Brayan Gil
16 DF   COL Leonardo Saldaña
17 FW   COL Andrés Morales
18 DF   COL Jáider Riquett
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 FW   COL Jairo Molina
21 MF   COL Cléider Alzate
22 DF   COL Luciano Ospina
23 DF   COL Carlos Anderson Pérez
24 DF   COL David Cuperman
27 MF   COL Juan Portilla
28 DF   COL Juan David Vélez
29 FW   COL Edwin Torres
30 GK   COL Pier Grazziani
31 FW   COL Luis Angulo
34 DF   COL Ezequiel Palomeque
DF   COL Deiver Botero
DF   COL Samuel Rivera
MF   COL Juan Daniel Roa
MF   COL James Sánchez
FW   COL Sebastián Acosta
FW   COL Julián Zea

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   GUA Ricardo Jérez (at Municipal)
GK   COL Juan Serrano (at Real Santander)
MF   COL Samuel Rivera (at Real Santander)

Former playersEdit


Most capped playersEdit

Source: BDFA

R Player P Career App.
1   David Valencia DF 2011–15 131
2   Rafael Carrascal MF 2012–15 130
3   Ricardo Jerez, Jr. GK 2013– 107
4   Juan Guillermo Arboleda MF 2012, 2013– 105
5   Ricardo Peñaloza MF 2007–11 88
6   Jorge "La Araña" Henríquez GK 2009–11, 2012–14 82
7   Víctor Castillo MF 2013– 77
8   Dairon Asprilla FW 2012–14 72
9   Deivy Balanta MF 2012–15 71
10   Leonardo Torres DF 2006, 2009–11 69

Last updated on: 20 May 2016

Top scorersEdit

Source: BDFA

R Player P Career G.
1   Sergio "Barranca" Herrera FW 1999, 2003 25
2   Dairon Asprilla FW 2012–14 22
3   Ayron del Valle FW 2014 15
4   Michael Rangel FW 2012–13 14
  Andrés Rentería FW 2012 14
6   Yeison Devoz FW 2006, 2011–12 13
7   César Arias FW 2006–08 12
8   Cristian Palomeque MF 2012–13 11
9   Jorge Romaña FW 2006 10
  Edinson Palomino FW 2007–08 10

Last updated on: 20 May 2016

Notable playersEdit

List of call-ups to national teams:


Country Name Dates
  Colombia Alexis Mendoza 2003
  Colombia Héctor Estrada Jan 3, 2007 – Aug 2, 2008
  Colombia Óscar Upegui 2008
  Colombia Carlos Estrada 2009
  Colombia Héctor Estrada Jan 1, 2011 – Feb 21, 2013
  Colombia Guillermo "El Teacher" Berrío Feb 22, 2013 – Feb 20, 2014
  Colombia Adolfo León Holguín Feb 21, 2014 – March 12, 2015
  Colombia Óscar Upegui March 13, 2015–16
  Colombia Jorge Luis Bernal 2016–Present



  1. ^ "Alianza Petrolera". División Mayor del Fútbol Colombiano. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Alianza Petrolera tendrá acento paisa en la temporada 2011" (in Spanish). 19 January 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Alianza Petrolera". Dimayor. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Plantel de Alianza Petrolera". ESPN. Retrieved 12 February 2021.

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