Cúcuta Deportivo

Cúcuta Deportivo Fútbol Club S. A. is a professional Colombian football club based in Cúcuta, which plays in the Categoria Primera B starting from 2022, after being disaffiliated from DIMAYOR at the end of the 2020 season.

Cúcuta Deportivo
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Full nameCúcuta Deportivo Fútbol Club S.A.
Nickname(s)Los Motilones (The Motilons),
La Furia Motilona (The Motilon Wrath),
El Doblemente Glorioso (The Twice Glorious),
Los Rojinegros (The Red and Black)
Founded10 September 1924; 98 years ago (1924-09-10)
GroundEstadio General Santander
Cúcuta, Colombia
ChairmanEduardo Silva Meluk
ManagerBernardo Redín
LeagueCategoría Primera B
2020Categoría Primera A, 20th (disaffiliated)
WebsiteClub website

The club was officially founded on 10 September 1924,[1] and its first appearance in a professional league was in the 1950 Campeonato Profesional season. They play their home games at the 42,000 capacity Estadio General Santander, although in 2017 they played some of their home games at Estadio Municipal Héctor "El Zipa" González in Zipaquirá, with capacity for 7,000 people.[2] The team plays the Clásico del Oriente Colombiano against its long-time rival Atlético Bucaramanga.

Cúcuta Deportivo has won seven titles between domestic and international levels; the club's greatest achievements are one Primera A title in 2006-II, three Primera B titles in 1995–96, 2005 and 2018, and reaching the semi-finals of the 2007 Copa Libertadores, where they were knocked out by eventual winners Boca Juniors in the semi-finals.

The IFFHS has ranked Cúcuta Deportivo 92nd in the list of best South American clubs of the 21st century.[3]


Early yearsEdit

There is some dispute regarding the founding year of Cúcuta Deportivo, but according to historian Alfredo Díaz,[4] the club was founded on 10 September 1924 as Cúcuta Sports Club. The club's first games outside of Colombia were against a team composed of players representing Caracas, Venezuela on 23 November 1926. Two days later, on 25 November, the team played in La Guaira, Venezuela. Cúcuta Sports Club became the base of the Norte de Santander football team that took part in the first Colombian National Games (Juegos Deportivos Nacionales de Colombia) in 1928 in the city of Cali.

On 15 May 1949, the president of the Colombian football league invited the directors of Club Colpet, Chinaquillo, Guasimales, and Unión Frontera to strengthen Cúcuta Deportivo in order to compete in the new Colombian professional football league. In order to facilitate the economic reforms required to join the league, Hernando Lara Hernández bought 1,700 shares in the club in September of the same year.

Between September and November 1949, before beginning its first campaign in the Colombian league, Cúcuta played Huracán de Medellín, Universidad de Bogotá, Boca Juniors de Cali, and Atlético Bucaramanga. The latter of these, Atlético Bucaramanga, is Cúcuta's arch rival, and their games are called the clásico of Eastern Colombia.

1950–1994: Economic crisis, league runner-upEdit

In 1950, Cúcuta played in the professional league with a team consisting of 12 Uruguayan players.

During its first professional season, Cúcuta won its first game against the now-defunct Sporting de Barranquilla (2–1), and also defeated Atlético Bucaramanga (0–1) at Atlético's ground in the first clásico of Eastern Colombia. Luis Albert "the Martian" Miloc scored the game's only goal. Cúcuta finished the year in fifth place out of 16 teams. More Uruguayan players were brought in for the 1951–52 season, including Schubert Gambetta and Eusebio Tejera. Cúcuta finished the following year in third place out of 18 teams.

Between 1952 and 1953, the club found itself in its first economic crisis. Resolved not to be disbanded, the team's directors organized an exhibition tour in Central America. The team played in Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Guatemala and earned enough money in order to maintain its league status, which it succeeded in doing for two seasons. By 1954 the crisis had grown and the club was forced to exit the Colombian league for two years, returning in 1956. Cúcuta finished fourth in the league that year. Rolando Serrano, the earliest of the great local heroes, began his career at Cúcuta. Serrano later helped the Colombian national team qualify for the 1962 World Cup.

In 1964, Cúcuta turned in their second best season-long performance to date. Under the management of Marino Vargas Villalta, Cúcuta finished second in the Colombian league, a single point behind champions Millonarios.


In 1995, after finishing in 16th place in the league, Cúcuta was relegated to the second division, Categoría Primera B. One year later, however, the team won the second division title and returned to the top flight, only to be promptly relegated after finishing in last place. Despite finishing second in the Primera B in 1997 to Atlético Huila, Cúcuta failed to win promotion in the league's playoffs, and remained in the second division until 2005. That year they were finally crowned Primera B champions and returned to the top flight.

The first starEdit

On 20 December 2006, coach Jorge Luis Pinto led Cúcuta to its first ever top division championship, the 2006 Finalización. This meant the club qualified for the Copa Libertadores de América for the first time.

Cúcuta played the final against Deportes Tolima in a two-legged match. The first game was played at Cúcuta's stadium on 17 December. Rodrigo Saraz scored the only goal of the game, which Cúcuta won 1–0. In the return leg in Ibagué, the teams drew 1–1, with Macnelly Torres scoring for Cúcuta and Yulián Anchico scoring for Tolima. This result meant Cúcuta won 2–1 on aggregate and were crowned champions.

Some of the key players in this championship were Blas Pérez, Roberto Bobadilla, Charles Castro, Macnelly Torres, Nelson Florez, Lincarlo Henry, and Róbinson Zapata.

2007 Copa LibertadoresEdit

Cúcuta qualified for the 2007 Copa Libertadores by winning the Colombian league's 2006 Finalización championship. They were placed in Group 3 alongside Deportes Tolima, Grêmio from Brazil, and Cerro Porteño from Paraguay.

The team's first game was a home game against Tolima which ended 0–0. After that they traveled to Porto Alegre, Brazil to play Grêmio, another game which ended 0–0. For their third match they returned to Colombia to play Cerro Porteño in a match that ended 1–1. The match that followed was against Cerro Porteño at Estadio General Pablo Rojas in Asunción, which ended in a 2–1 loss for Cúcuta. The team rebounded, however, and defeated Grêmio 3–1 at home; for the final group stage match they visited Tolima in Ibagué and won 4–3 in a high-scoring match. This victory ensured their passage into the next round as the second-placed team in the group with 9 points, behind group winners Grêmio, who finished with 10 points.

Their second round matchup was against Mexican club Toluca. After going down 0–1 at home within two minutes, Cúcuta rebounded and won the first leg 5–1. Despite losing the second leg 2–0 in Toluca, Cúcuta advanced to the quarter-finals with a 5–3 victory on aggregate.

The quarter-finals pitted Cúcuta against Uruguayan side Nacional. The first leg was again played in Cúcuta, where the Colombian side won 2–0 through goals by Blas Pérez and Macnelly Torres. The second leg, played in Montevideo, ended in a 2–2 draw thanks to goals from Rubén Darío Bustos and Leonard Pajoy for Cúcuta. Qualification for the semi-finals was earned via this 4–2 aggregate victory.

In the semi-finals, Cúcuta played Argentine powerhouse Boca Juniors. The first leg, in Cúcuta, ended in a 3–1 victory for the Colombians, but in the second leg, at the famous La Bombonera stadium, Boca earned a 3–0 victory to defeat Cúcuta 4–3 on aggregate and advance to the finals, which they subsequently won against Grêmio.

On 22 November 2007, the club won several awards and recognitions from the Colombian branch of television network Fox Sports, due to its performance in the Copa Libertadores.

2013–2018: Relegations and promotionsEdit

The club was relegated to the Categoría Primera B in 2013, after losing the relegation play-off against Fortaleza,[5] and that same year the club entered a business reorganization process under the auspices of the Superintendency of Companies of Colombia to renegotiate its debts with the Cúcuta Municipality and the city's Sports Institute.[6]

For the 2015 season, Cúcuta (at the time playing in the second division) took part in a special tournament to promote two teams to Categoría Primera A, which was being expanded to 20 teams. They were placed in group A along with Atlético Bucaramanga, Deportes Quindío, and Real Cartagena, with the group winners earning promotion. The team beat Real Cartagena 3–0 and got another victory, this time 2–0 against Bucaramanga. These two victories allowed them to play against Quindío for a spot in the top tier. In that last match, Cúcuta only needed a draw to earn promotion because they had a better goal differential. The match ended in a 3–3 draw, allowing the Motilón team to return to Primera A. The team was only able to stay for that season, being relegated again at the end of the year after a poor campaign.

In the 2018 season, Cúcuta placed first in the aggregate table and reached the finals, where the club beat Unión Magdalena 3–0 on aggregate, thus achieving promotion to the Primera A for the 2019 season, where they managed to make it to the semi-finals of the Torneo Finalización, but ended in last place of their group.

Liquidation and disaffiliation from DimayorEdit

On 29 November 2019, the Superintendency of Companies of Colombia announced the scheduling of a hearing of breaches on 20 January 2020, since the club had stopped its payments to the local authorities in 2018. In the hearing, postponed to 24 February by mutual agreement, the involved parties reached a payment agreement with the intervention of DIMAYOR president Jorge Enrique Vélez, however, the club continued to default.[6] On 30 July 2020, the Colombian Ministry of Sports announced the suspension of Cúcuta Deportivo's sporting license (reconocimiento deportivo) on account of the club's repeated non-compliance in the payment of wages to its players. The suspension would be lifted once the club paid its debts, however, an appeal against the decision was lodged by the club. In September, with the return to activity of the Primera A tournament following the COVID-19 pandemic, Cúcuta moved its home games to the Estadio Centenario in Armenia.[7]

On 11 November 2020, the Superintendency of Companies announced the start of the process of liquidation of the club, since it had still failed to meet its commitments to its creditors.[8] The decision, as well as the suspension of the club's sporting license which had been upheld by the Ministry of Sports, forced the club to forfeit its final two matches of the season against América de Cali and Atlético Nacional,[9] as well as their Copa Colombia match against Deportes Tolima, ending the first stage of the season in last place. It also prompted DIMAYOR to exclude the club from the following stage of the competition. Eventually, on 25 November 2020 DIMAYOR's General Assembly voted to disaffiliate the club from the entity, despite the Superintendency of Companies had granted it a four-month license to continue performing its activities.[10]

Having been disaffiliated from DIMAYOR, Cúcuta Deportivo was unable to take part in professional competitions during the 2021 season and only played some friendlies against regional amateur teams.[11] On 23 February 2022 a new business reorganization agreement was reached after a meeting between the club's liquidator and creditors, which included the local authorities of Cúcuta.[12] After electing a new chairman and board, Cúcuta Deportivo was eventually reinstated as a DIMAYOR member on 20 April 2022 following a meeting of the entity's General Assembly, which also decided that the team would enter the Primera B tournament in spite of being in the top tier at the time of its exclusion.[13]


Cúcuta Deportivo's honours are a Primera A title in the 2006 Torneo Finalización and three Primera B titles in the 1995–96, 2005 and 2018 seasons. In addition to these, the club has won four friendly tournaments: the Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa Inauguration tournament in 1951, the Copa Internacional Feria del Sol in 2009, the Copa Centenario de Norte de Santander in 2010 and the Copa Alcaldía Municipio Pedro María Ureña in 2011. Its best performance in official international competitions was achieved at the 2007 Copa Libertadores, in which the team reached the semifinals.


Champions (1): 2006–II
Runners-up (1): 1964
Champions (3): 1995–96, 2005, 2018


Champions (1): 1951
  • Copa Internacional Feria del Sol:
Champions (1): 2009
Champions (1): 2010
  • Copa Alcaldía Municipio Pedro María Ureña:
Champions (1): 2011


Current squadEdit

As of 13 October 2020[14]

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 Esteban Giraldo
2 DF   COL Diego Peralta
3 DF   COL José Pérez
6 DF   COL Hanyer Mosquera
7 MF   ARG Matías Rodríguez
8 MF   COL Juan Carlos Caicedo
9 FW   ARG Agustín Vuletich
10 MF   COL Hernán Burbano
11 MF   COL Auli Oliveros
12 GK   COL Juan Camilo Chaverra (captain)
13 FW   COL Jefferson Solano
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 DF   COL Cristian Valencia
16 MF   COL Jaen Pineda
17 FW   COL Michell Ramos
19 MF   COL Juan Pablo Marín
20 DF   COL Gilberto García
21 DF   COL Diego Sánchez
24 MF   COL Christian Mina
25 MF   COL Héctor Solano
28 MF   COL Ronaldo Ariza
31 FW   COL Winston Ramírez

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
MF   COL Harrinson Mancilla (on loan at Gimnasia y Esgrima (LP))


Legal issuesEdit

Ramiro Suárez Corzo as Mayor of Cúcuta was supposedly managing Cúcuta Deportivo, indirectly overriding the club's president Angel Uriel Garcia. According to El Tiempo newspaper Suárez was supposed to sell part of the team's stocks to the people of Cúcuta, 8.5% of the total 70%, but instead he sold that 70% to his friends. He also authorized Cúcuta to be exempt of taxes until the year 2010, when the Colombian law only allows 1 year to do so.[16]


  1. ^ History of Cúcuta Deportivo on Official Website (in Spanish)
  2. ^ "Cúcuta tendrá nueva sede en el 2017: jugará en Zipaquirá" [Cúcuta will have new home venue in 2017: they will play at Zipaquirá] (in Spanish). Futbolred.com. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  3. ^ IFFHS - South American club of the 21st Century
  4. ^ El Tiempo website (in Spanish) Archived 14 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Ocho años duró el sueño de Cúcuta en la A" (in Spanish). El Universal. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2020.
  6. ^ a b "El historial de la audiencia de incumplimiento del Cúcuta" (in Spanish). La Opinión. 10 November 2020. Retrieved 1 December 2020.
  7. ^ "Cronología de una muerte anunciada: el caso del Cúcuta Deportivo" (in Spanish). Marca Claro Colombia. 12 November 2020. Retrieved 1 December 2020.
  8. ^ "El Cúcuta Deportivo se acaba: Supersociedades ordena su liquidación" (in Spanish). Marca Claro Colombia. 11 November 2020. Retrieved 1 December 2020.
  9. ^ "¿Qué va a pasar con el Cúcuta? La explicación de Dimayor" (in Spanish). El Tiempo. 12 November 2020.
  10. ^ "¡Atención! Dimayor tomó la decisión de desafiliar al Cúcuta Deportivo" (in Spanish). Futbolred. 25 November 2020. Retrieved 1 December 2020.
  11. ^ "Cúcuta Deportivo jugará dos nuevos amistosos en Norte de Santander" [Cúcuta Deportivo will play two more friendly matches in Norte de Santander] (in Spanish). La Opinión. 24 July 2021. Retrieved 25 April 2022.
  12. ^ "Cúcuta Deportivo recibe gran noticia: aprueban acuerdo de reorganización" [Cúcuta Deportivo receives great news: reorganization agreement is approved] (in Spanish). El Tiempo. 23 February 2022. Retrieved 25 April 2022.
  13. ^ "Es un hecho: Cúcuta Deportivo vuelve al fútbol profesional después de dos años de 'castigo'" [It's a fact: Cúcuta Deportivo return to professional football after two years of 'punishment']. El País (in Spanish). 20 April 2022. Retrieved 25 April 2022.
  14. ^ Dimayor. "Cúcuta Deportivo". Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  15. ^ "Liga postobon website" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  16. ^ "Entre la adoración y los señalamientos está el alcalde de Cúcuta, Ramiro Suárez Corzo". El Tiempo (in Spanish). 21 May 2007. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2021.

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