Cúcuta Deportivo Fútbol Club[1] (Spanish pronounced [ˈkukuta ðepoɾˈtiβo fuðˈbol ˈkluβ]), is a professional Colombian football club from the city of Cúcuta. Founded on 10 September 1924, it is one of the oldest active football clubs in the country;[2][3][4] specifically the fourth oldest club.[5] Since the 1950 season, it takes part in the Colombian professional football league, year in which it joined professionalism after a long stint in amateur football and since that season it plays their home games at the Estadio General Santander, with a capacity for 42,000 spectators. It currently plays in Categoría Primera B, the second level of the Colombian football league system.[6]

Cúcuta Deportivo
Full nameCúcuta Deportivo Fútbol Club[1]
Nickname(s)El Doblemente Glorioso (The Doubly Glorious),
Los Motilones (The Motilones),
Los Rojinegros (The Red and Blacks),
El Equipo Fronterizo (The Border Team),
La Furia Motilona (The Motilon Wrath)
Founded10 September 1924; 99 years ago (1924-09-10)[2][3][4]
GroundEstadio General Santander
Cúcuta, Colombia
PresidentEduardo Silva Meluk
Head coachFederico Barrionuevo (caretaker)
LeagueCategoría Primera B
2023Primera B, 3rd of 16
WebsiteClub website

Identified by its red and black colors –by which they are known as the «rojinegros»–, Cúcuta Deportivo is one of Colombia's historical clubs.[7] It won the title of champion in the Colombian first division championship in the 2006–II season. It also has three Second Division titles, won in the 1995–96, 2005 and 2018 seasons.[8][9] It participated in the 2007 Copa Libertadores, achieving an outstanding continental performance by reaching the semi-finals, stage in which it faced Boca Juniors of Argentina, eventual champions of the tournament; and in the 2008 Copa Libertadores, achieving another good participation, in which it reached the round of 16, stage in which it lost to Brazilian side Santos. On 22 November 2007, it won several awards and recognitions from the television network Fox Sports Edition Colombia due to its participation in the 2007 Copa Libertadores.

In 2012, the IFFHS published a ranking of clubs in South America with statistical data from 2001 to 2012, in which Cúcuta was highlighted as one of the best Colombian teams, ranked 92nd at continental level in the 21st century.[10] It also ranks 146th in the all-time club world rankings according to the IFFHS, being the fifth best placed Colombian team on the list.[11]

Its classic rival is Atlético Bucaramanga, against which it plays in the Clásico del Oriente Colombiano in which it leads the all-time series of clashes. Cúcuta has one of the largest fanbases in the country.[12][13]

History edit

Early years edit

There is some dispute regarding the founding year of Cúcuta Deportivo, but according to historian Alfredo Díaz,[14] 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 to compete in the new Colombian professional football league. 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-up edit

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 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 Colombia 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.

Relegation edit

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 star edit

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 Libertadores edit

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 promotions edit

The club was relegated to the Categoría Primera B in 2013, after losing the relegation play-off against Fortaleza,[15] 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.[16]

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 Dimayor edit

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.[16] 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.[17]

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.[18] 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,[19] 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.[20]

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.[21] 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.[22] 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.[23]

Support edit

Fans of Cúcuta Deportivo at General Santander Stadium before a 2006 match.

Cúcuta Deportivo stands out for the passionate dedication of its followers, a cultural phenomenon prominently expressed through its organized fan groups, especially "La Banda del Indio" and "La Gloriosa Banda Rojinegra." These groups have woven a complex network of passion and loyalty that transcends the purely sporting realm.[24]

Organized Fan Groups edit

La Banda del Indio, as a tangible expression of Cúcuta's identity, incorporates indigenous cultural elements into its manifestation. From its name, a tribute to the rich local indigenous heritage, to the integration of visual symbols and traditions during football events, this fan group goes beyond mere support, becoming a vehicle for cultural roots and symbolic representation.[25]

On the other hand, La Gloriosa Banda Rojinegra stands out for its unconditional devotion to the club. Meticulous in its organization, this fan group has elevated the fan experience through elaborate choreography and chants that resound fervently in the stadium. More than followers, they are guardians of tradition and ambassadors of unwavering loyalty to the team.[25]

At the confluence of both organized fan groups, Cúcuta Deportivo not only benefits from unwavering support in stadiums but also witnesses the creation of a rich sociocultural narrative, where football becomes a catalyst for identity and community cohesion. The intersection between sports passion and cultural expression unmistakably manifests in each encounter, solidifying Cúcuta Deportivo not only as a football team but as a vibrant expression of the sociocultural richness of the region.[26]

Honours edit

The achievements of Cúcuta Deportivo include a Primera A title in the 2006 Torneo Finalización and three Primera B titles in the 1995–96, 2005, and 2018 seasons, including a first-place finish and promotion in the Promotion Quadrangulars of 2015. In addition to these, the club has won five friendly tournaments: the inaugural tournament of the Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa in 1951, the Copa Internacional Feria del Sol in 2009, the Copa Centenario de Norte de Santander in 2010, the Copa Alcaldía Municipio Pedro María Ureña in 2011, and the Noche Amarilla tournament in 2015. Their best performance in official international competitions was achieved in the 2007 Copa Libertadores, where the team reached the semifinals.

Cúcuta Deportivo honours
Type Competition Titles Seasons
Domestic Categoría Primera A 1 2006–II
Categoría Primera B 3 1995–96, 2005, 2018

Other honours edit

Champions (1): 1951
  • Copa Internacional Feria del Sol:
Champions (1): 2009
  • Copa Natalicio del General Santander:
Champions (1): 2009
Champions (1): 2010
  • Copa Alcaldía Municipio Pedro María Ureña:
Champions (1): 2011
  • Cuadrangulares de ascenso de Colombia:
Champions (1): 2015
  • Noche Amarilla:
Champions (1): 2015

Players edit

Current squad edit

As of 16 September 2023[27]

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   ARG Ezequiel Mastrolía
2 DF   COL Hernán Pertúz
5 MF   COL Cristian Mateo Díaz
6 MF   COL Juan Pablo Díaz
7 MF   COL Juan David Barrenechi
8 MF   COL Stalin Motta
9 FW   COL Jaime Peralta
10 MF   ARG Lucas Ríos
11 MF   COL Juan David Moreno
12 GK   COL Sergio Avellaneda
13 DF   COL Julián Anaya
14 FW   COL Jefry Zapata
15 DF   COL Santiago Guzmán
16 FW   COL Joider Micolta
17 DF   COL César Hinestroza
18 FW   COL Styven Monsalve
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 FW   COL José Estupiñán
21 DF   COL Darwin Carrero
22 DF   COL Bayron Suaza
23 DF   COL Cristián Mosquera
24 MF   COL Juan Ruíz
25 FW   COL Elian Londoño
26 MF   COL Jhonatan González
27 DF   COL Mauricio Duarte
29 MF   COL Juan Ramírez
30 MF   PAN Alexander González
31 FW   COL Brayan Moreno
32 FW   COL Jonathan Agudelo
33 FW   COL Cristian Andrés Díaz
34 GK   COL David Agudelo

Managers edit

Legal issues edit

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.[28]

References edit

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