Atlético Huila

Atlético Huila is a professional Colombian football team based in Neiva, that currently plays in the Categoría Primera B. The club was founded on November 29, 1990, making it one of the youngest professional football clubs in Colombia. The club's best seasons came in the late 2000s; they finished runners-up in 2007 and again in 2009. They play their home games at the Guillermo Plazas Alcid stadium, which has a capacity of 27,000. Huila has a long-standing rivalry with Deportes Tolima, known as the Tolima Grande derby. The club has a futsal team named Ultrahuilca Coomotor.

Atlético Huila
Full nameClub Deportivo Atlético Huila S.A.
Nickname(s)Los Opitas (The Opitas, from the Opita Spanish language dialect of Tolima and Huila)
Bambuqueros (Bambuco Dancers)
El Barcino
Founded29 November 1990; 30 years ago (1990-11-29)
GroundEstadio Guillermo Plazas Alcid
Neiva, Colombia
ChairmanJorge Perdomo
CoachFlavio Robatto
LeagueCategoría Primera B
2019Primera A, 20th, aggregate table
(Relegated by average)
WebsiteClub website


The club was founded in November 1990 and was admitted into the Primera B tournament the following year. In 1992, Alberto Rujana was appointed as manager. That same season, the club purchased midfielder Guillermo Berrío from America de Cali; Rujana named him captain and made him the centerpiece of the squad. Immediate promotion followed. The club managed to last in the top flight until the end of the 1996–97 season, when they finished last in the relegation table and were sent back to Primera B.

Rafael Corrales took over the club in 1996–97, and led them to an immediate promotion back to the top flight. The club managed to consolidate itself in the league, although relegation was a constant danger. Huila escaped relegation only on goal differential in 2002 and had to win a relegation playoff against Valledupar in 2006. This was why the club's performance in 2007 was almost entirely unexpected.

Under the management of Néstor Otero, the club finished third in the Apertura and qualified for the semifinal phase. They further surprised by winning their playoff group (beating Millonarios on the final day of the round robin) to reach the Apertura finals, where they were beaten by Atlético Nacional 2–1 over two legs. A similarly unexpected result came in the second half of the 2009 season (Finalización tournament), when the club finished third in the first stage and topped its semifinal group. Once again they were beaten in the finals, this time by Independiente Medellín by a 3–2 aggregate score. The strong performance in the 2009 season allowed Atlético Huila to qualify for the following year's Copa Sudamericana for the first time in history, in which they beat Venezuelan team Trujillanos in the first stage, but were knocked out by San José from Bolivia in the second stage.

The club placed first in the first stage of the 2015 Torneo Apertura, however they were eliminated in the quarterfinals by Deportes Tolima.

After 22 years in the top flight, Atlético Huila were relegated back to the second tier at the end of the 2019 season, finishing in last place of both the relegation table and the year's aggregate table. Their relegation was confirmed on the last day of the season with a 1–0 defeat against Jaguares, who were also involved in the relegation struggle.[1]



Runners-up (2): 2007–I, 2009–II
Winners (3): 1992, 1997, 2020


Winners (1): 2018
Winners (1): 2018

Performance in CONMEBOL competitionsEdit

1999: First Round
2010: Second Round


Current squadEdit

As of 10 February 2020[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   COL Wilder Mosquera
2 DF   COL Johnny Mostasilla
5 DF   COL Elvis González
6 DF   COL Edisson Restrepo
7 MF   COL Harold Rivera
8 MF   COL Jean Carlos Becerra
9 FW   COL Omar Duarte
10 MF   COL Harrison Otálvaro
12 GK   COL Geovanni Banguera
16 MF   COL Harrison Henao
18 MF   COL Johan Bocanegra
22 MF   COL Diego Arias
23 FW   COL Yuber Asprilla
25 MF   COL Kevin Salazar
28 FW   COL Brayan Moreno
No. Pos. Nation Player
29 FW   COL Ethan González
33 MF   COL Andrés Dussan
GK   COL Marcelo Mesa
DF   COL Nicolás Carreño
DF   COL Fabio Castillo
DF   COL Yosimarc Torres
DF   COL Alejandro Vanegas
MF   PAN Luis Choy
MF   COL Jhon Sebastián García
MF   COL Jorge Lozano
MF   COL Carlos Moreno
MF   COL Brayan Orozco
FW   COL Jhon Córdoba
FW   COL Brayan Díaz
FW   COL Estiven Sarria

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   COL Aldair Quintana (at Atlético Nacional)
MF   COL Ronaldo Tavera (at Deportivo Pereira)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   COL Jorge Ramos (at Deportes Tolima)
FW   COL Cristian Cangá (at Valledupar)

Notable playersEdit


2018 Copa Libertadores Femenina ChampionsEdit



19 November Group A Atlético Huila   3–0   Peñarol Arena da Amazônia, Manaus
20:30 UTC-4
Report Referee: Yercinia Correa (Venezuela)
22 November Group A Audax   1–0   Atlético Huila Arena da Amazônia, Manaus
18:00 UTC-4
Report Referee: Zulma Quiñónez (Paraguay)
25 November Group A Unión Española   1–3   Atlético Huila Estádio Roberto Simonsen, Manaus
20:30 UTC-4
Referee: Adriana Farfán (Bolivia)
29 November Semi-finals Iranduba   1–1
(1–3 p)
  Atlético Huila Arena da Amazônia, Manaus
18:00 UTC-4
Referee: Estela Álvarez (Argentina)
2 December Final Santos   1–1
(3–5 p)
  Atlético Huila Arena da Amazônia, Manaus
19:30 UTC-4
Referee: Zulma Quiñónez (Paraguay)

Atlético Huila won the tournament. For being champions of the Copa Libertadores Femenina, Atlético Huila won $55,000. Every player received $2,000 and the rest of the money went to the team.[3]


  1. ^ "Huila, el peor del año, se fue a la B". El Tiempo. 29 October 2019. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Atlético Huila". Dimayor. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  3. ^ "The women who won the Libertadores protested and will have their prize". International Football News. 7 December 2018.

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