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Leones F.C., also known as Itagüí Leones, is a professional Colombian football team based in Itagüí playing in the Categoría Primera B starting from 2019. They play their home games at the Estadio Metropolitano Ciudad de Itagüí.

Leones F.C.
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Full nameItagüí Leones Fútbol Club
Founded15 February 1957; 62 years ago (1957-02-15)
GroundEstadio Metropolitano Ciudad de Itagüí
Itagüí, Colombia
Capacity12,000
ChairmanCarlos Murillo
ManagerLuis Amaranto Perea
LeagueCategoría Primera A
2018–II20th (relegated)

HistoryEdit

Founded as Deportivo Rionegro in 1957, Leones Fútbol Club participated in all seasons of the Categoría Primera B from 1991 to 2017, when the team was runner-up of the tournament and was promoted to Categoría Primera A for the first time.

The team played for almost forty years in the amateur league. The team's first president was Libardo Sanchez and his first manager was Alfonso Piedrahita. Thanks to its performances and achievements in the 80s the club was admitted in the first edition of the Categoría Primera B, the second-tier of the professional Colombian league, played in 1991. In 1993, with the direction of manager Carlos Augusto Navarrete, Rionegro managed to be among the five best of the tournament. The team got its best performance in 2001, when they were runners-up under the direction of manager Orlando Restrepo.

In 2008 Deportivo Rionegro, with René Higuita as their captain and star and with Óscar Aristizábal as manager, managed to win the first tournament of the year, defeating Unión Magdalena in the final, but in the second half failed to reach the final, so they had to fight for the title of the Primera B against Real Cartagena, losing on aggregate by 2-4. They played the promotion matches against Envigado F.C., but lost by a score of 3-1 on aggregate. In 2014 Deportivo Rionegro moved to Bello and changed its name to Leones Fútbol Club. The following year they moved to Turbo where they stayed for another year before moving to Itagüí in 2016.

Leones ended as runners-up in the 2017 Primera B, winning the Torneo Finalización and then going on to lose the final to Boyacá Chicó on penalty kicks. However, since they ended the season as the best team in the aggregate table, they earned promotion to the Categoría Primera A for the 2018 season, the first time the team will play in the first division.

StadiumEdit

HonoursEdit

Runners-up (1): 2017

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 8 July 2018

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Arled Cadavid
2   DF Jonathan Marulanda
3   DF Anderson Angulo
4   DF Daniel Osorio
5   MF Luis Vélez
6   MF Dayro Mosquera
7   FW Wilmar Cruz
8   MF Roger Lemus
10   MF Mateo Muñoz
11   MF John Henry Sánchez
14   DF Felipe Jaramillo
15   DF Edisson Restrepo
No. Position Player
16   FW Antony Otero (on loan from Santa Fe)
17   FW Brayan Bermúdez
18   MF Yeison Zabaleta
19   MF Sebastián Gómez
20   MF Mateo Serna
21   DF Diego Sánchez
22   GK Cristian Arroyave
24   FW Duván González
25   MF Julián Jiménez
26   DF David Montoya
29   DF Juan Felipe Aguirre

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
  FW Eliécer Espinosa (on loan to Municipal Limeño)
No. Position Player
  FW Jeison Medina (on loan to Zaragoza)

Notable playersEdit

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