Independiente Santa Fe

Club Independiente Santa Fe, known simply as Santa Fe, is a Colombian professional football team based in Bogotá, that currently plays in the Categoría Primera A. They play their home games at the El Campín stadium. Santa Fe is one of the three most successful teams in Colombia, winning eighteen titles, which include nine national championships (most recently in 2016), four Superliga Colombiana, two Copas Colombia, and international titles such as one Copa Sudamericana, one Suruga Bank Championship, and one Copa Simón Bolívar. Santa Fe is one of the three clubs that has played every championship in the Categoría Primera A.[2]

Santa Fe
Full nameClub Independiente Santa Fe
Nickname(s)Los Cardenales (The Cardinals)
El Expreso Rojo (The Red Express)
Los Leones (The Lions)
El Primer Campeón (The First Champion)
Founded28 February 1941; 83 years ago (1941-02-28)
GroundEstadio El Campín
OwnerPerlun S.A.S. (52%)
ChairmanEduardo Méndez
ManagerPablo Peirano
LeagueCategoría Primera A
2023Primera A, 13th of 20
WebsiteClub website

Santa Fe became the first Colombian team to win the Copa Sudamericana, and the first and only Colombian team to win an official tournament outside America. The club was recognized as one of the ten best clubs in the world in 2015 by the IFFHS,[3] occupying the seventh position and being the best ranked of South America.[4]

Santa Fe has a fierce rivalry with Millonarios who share the same stadium. The game is considered one of the most famous derbies in South America and is known as El Clásico Bogotano or El Clásico Capitalino.



Independiente Santa Fe was officially founded on February 28, 1941, as an amateur football team. The club's founders were mainly graduates from the Gimnasio Moderno and of a high social class. Santa Fe was at first going to be a team based on ex-students of Gimnasio Moderno, but later incorporated players from other schools. The primary objective of the club was to participate in a local tournament hosted by the Sports Association of Bogotá. Their first recorded game was against Universal, a match that ended in a goalless draw. The team ended the tournament as runner-up with 20 points, being beaten by Legión Militar Deportiva de los Taxis Rojos, a representative of a transportation company.[5][6]

In 1942, Santa Fe was coached by Jack Greenwell, former Barcelona player and coach, notable for having won three times the Copa del Rey and the 1939 South American Championship with Peru. That year Santa Fe played in the first division of the A.D.B., which was canceled in the middle of that year. That same year also reached the final of the Torneo de Cundinamarca, which lost against América de Cali. Jack Greenwell died on November 20 of that year.[7]

On 21 May 1948 was established in Colombia the DIMAYOR, which would serve to manage Colombian professional football. They agreed to hold the first professional championship for the second half of the year. On August 15, Santa Fe played its first game in the professional championship against Deportes Caldas, a match that ended 3–3. Santa Fe finished the league as the first champion of the Colombian first division, winning 12 of 18 games, drew 3 and also lost 3. The team was able to score 57 goals for and received 29 goals. The goalscorer of the team was the Spanish Argentine Jesús María Lires with 20 goals, second goalscorer of the tournament.[8]

Next year Santa Fe was third, five points behind the champion, local rivals Millonarios. Seeking for a new title, Santa Fe took advantage of the events of El Dorado signing Argentines Héctor Rial and René Pontoni (the former became a star of Real Madrid years later), as well the Englishmen Neil Franklin and George Mountford from Stoke City, and Charlie Mitten from Manchester United.[9] However, the signings did little, as Santa Fe was not into the top three for about ten years, being their worst the 1954 campaign where they finished last with just five points.

In 1958, Santa Fe got its second title after finishing first with 48 points. They got its third title just two after years with 61 points. Getting this title, Santa Fe became the second Colombian club appearing at the Copa Libertadores. In that tournament, Santa Fe was placed in the preliminary round with Ecuadorian club Barcelona. The first match was a 3–0 victory for Santa Fe and the second game was a 2–2 draw. In the next round, Santa Fe eliminated Bolivian club Jorge Wilstermann. Santa Fe drew 2–2 with Jorge Wilstermann on point aggregate and 3–3 on aggregate score, so the winner was decided by a draw of lots. In the semifinals, Santa Fe faced Brazilian club Palmeiras. The home leg was a 2–2 draw, but Santa Fe lost 4–1 in the away leg.

Santa Fe's first success in the 2000s came late, when the team won the Copa Colombia, beating Deportivo Pasto in the finals. Since then, Santa Fe has had a successful period. Santa Fe got its seventh league title in the 2012 Torneo Apertura, 37 years after its last league title. Santa Fe was second in the First Stage of the tournament with 29 points. In the semifinals, they were grouped with Boyacá Chicó, Itagüí and La Equidad. Santa Fe advanced to the finals with 14 points. Santa Fe faced Deportivo Pasto in the finals. The first match ended in a 1–1 draw and the second was a 1–0 victory for Santa Fe. They got its first Superliga Colombiana title the next year and were runners-up in the 2013 Torneo Apertura, won by Atlético Nacional. In its Copa Libertadores appearance, they got into Semifinals. They began the tournament in the Second Stage, facing Cerro Porteño, Deportes Tolima and Real Garcilaso, where they finished first with 14 points and unbeaten. They eliminated Grêmio in the Round of 16 and Real Garcilaso in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, they were eliminated by Olimpia, with an aggregate score of 2–1.

In the 2014 Torneo Apertura, Santa Fe was fourth on the First Stage, advancing to Quarterfinals. There Santa Fe eliminated Once Caldas with an aggregate score of 5–3. In the semifinals, the team faced Atlético Nacional. The first match ended in a 1–0 win for Santa Fe. However, Nacional got a comeback with a 2–0 win, thus eliminating Santa Fe. In the Torneo Finalización, Santa Fe was first with 31 points. In the semifinals, the team was placed in a group with Atlético Huila, Atlético Nacional and Once Caldas. Santa Fe placed first in the group, advancing to the finals where they faced Independiente Medellín. Santa Fe won the first match and drew in the second, with an aggregate score of 3–2, winning its 8th title. That year, Santa Fe was runner-up in the Copa Colombia, losing the finals against Deportes Tolima with an aggregate score of 3–2.

In the 2014 Copa Libertadores, Santa Fe played against Monarcas Morelia in the First Stage, drawing 2–2 on aggregate score and advancing to the next round due to away goals rule. In the Second Stage, the team was last of its group, in which they faced Atlético Mineiro, Club Nacional and Zamora, winning only one match of six.

The 2015 season had a great start for the team, as they qualified for the 2015 Copa Sudamericana after winning 2015 Superliga Colombiana in which they faced 2014 Torneo Apertura winners Atlético Nacional. However, in the 2015 Torneo Apertura, the team can not advance to the knockout phase after placing ninth with 31 points. In the Torneo Finalización, the team was 8th with the same number of points as the last tournament, however this time it was enough to advance to the next round. There the team was eliminated by Junior, whom also defeated them months later in the Copa Colombia Finals.

The international season of the team began with its Copa Libertadores participation. The team started in the Second Stage, where they faced Atlético Mineiro, Colo-Colo and Club Atlas. Santa Fe placed 1st with 12 points. In the Round of 16, they played against Argentine team Estudiantes de La Plata. They lost the away match 2–1, but with a 2–0 victory in home the team advanced to the quarterfinals. There the team faced Brazilian club Internacional. The team got a 1–0 victory in the home game, but lost 2–0 in the away match.

Santa Fe got its first international title in the 2015 Copa Sudamericana. They eliminated Ecuadorian LDU Loja in the First Stage and Uruguayan Nacional in the Second Stage. In the Round of 16 they eliminated Ecuadorian Emelec on away goals after drawing 2–2 on aggregate score. In the quarterfinals they won 2–1 on aggregate to Argentine Independiente and in the semifinals they also advanced on away goals after drawing 1–1 with Paraguayan Sportivo Luqueño. In the finals they faced Argentine Huracán. After drawing 0–0 in both matches, the winner had to be decided on penalties. There Santa Fe won 3–1, thus getting the first international title of the club and qualifying for the 2016 Copa Libertadores, 2016 Recopa Sudamericana and 2016 Suruga Bank Championship. Santa Fe's Wilson Morelo tied with three footballers as top goalscorers of the tournament with five goals.

In the 2016 Torneo Apertura, Santa Fe placed fourth, advancing to the next round. There, Santa Fe was eliminated by Cortuluá with an aggregate score of 2–3. In the 2016 Copa Libertadores, the team advanced to the Second Stage after eliminate Oriente Petrolero with an aggregate of 1–6. However, they were eliminated in the Second Stage after placing third in a group consisting of Cerro Porteño, Cobresal (who were last) and Corinthians.

Colours and badge

First badge of the club

The first badge of Santa Fe was designed by Ernesto Gamboa and Gonzalo Rueda with a clear British influence. Highlighting the Bogotá flag colors, red and yellow, combined to form the Holy Cross, a symbol of faith and respect, referring to the name of the club.

There are many versions about the origin of the colors of the uniform. The most commonly accepted version is that Luis Robledo, one of the founders of the Independiente Santa Fe who was educated in England, was a fan of Arsenal, thus gives the team the red and white, which from 1941 became the symbol of the club.

Although historically the uniform of Santa Fe has been red and white, the club has used other colors in its uniform.

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
1980–89   Saeta   Arroz Futura
  Caja Social de Ahorros
  Hotel Cosmos
1990–91   Torino   Madame Colette
  Snacks Colpal
1992–95   Saeta   Águila
  Club Colombia
1996   Adidas   Avianca
1997–99   Topper   Águila
2000   FSS
2001–03   Patrick
2004   Runic
2005   Lotto   Samsung
2006   Puma
2007   SSW   Águila
2008   Puma
2009–10   Umbro   Águila
2011   Croydon
2012   Aguardiente Néctar
2013   Aguardiente Néctar
  Canal Capital
  Pierre D'Agostiny
2014   Aguardiente Néctar
  Bogotá Humana
  Canal Capital
  Loteria de Bogotá
2015   Bodytech
  Bogotá Humana
2016   Aguardiente Néctar
2017   Huawei
  Aguardiente Néctar
2018   Huawei
  Aguardiente Néctar
2019   Kappa   Honor
  Aguardiente Néctar
  HV Multiplay
2020   Hyundai
  Aguardiente Néctar
  Ron Santa Fe
  Cerveza Águila


Estadio El Campín on 13 September 2011

The stadium Nemesio Camacho, also known as El Campín, located in Bogotá, is the venue where Independiente Santa Fe plays their home games. Its capacity is 36,343.[10] Santa Fe's supporters traditionally tend to sit in the southernmost half of the stadium.

El Campín was inaugurated on August 10, 1938, at 57th Street with 30, having started its construction in 1935 on the initiative of the mayor of Bogotá, Jorge Eliecer Gaitán. The structure was handled by the German engineer Frederick Leder Müller. The stadium was designed to hold 10,000 spectators. The opening match was held in the 1938 Bolivarian Games, facing the Colombia national football team and the Ecuador national football team, with a 2–1 defeat for the local team.

In 1951, the year that Santa Fe begins to use it to its home games, the stadium expanded its capacity to 39,000 spectators. The second extension of El Campín occurred in 1952 with a dramatic transformation. The total capacity changed to 62,500 spectators, but was limited to 48,000 for security. The last major modification was made for the qualifying matches for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Other grounds that have been used by Independiente Santa Fe for their home games have been: the Estadio Alfonso López Pumarejo, its first ground, the Estadio Municipal Los Zipas and the Estadio Luis Carlos Galán Sarmiento.

Supporters and rivalries

Santa Fe fans in the Estadio El Campín, holding the seventh largest soccer flag of South America.[11]

In the late 1990s, the most notorious Barra brava of Santa Fe, La Guardia Albi-Roja Sur (White-Red South Guard) was created. It was one of the first fan-led organizations in Colombia that was fully formalized. In 2005, La Guardia Albirroja Sur made one of the largest soccer team's flag in the world. The flag, named the Lienzo de Fe was 350 meters long and 38 meters high, covering the southern end of the Estadio El Campín, the half of the stadium, where the team's fans locate in home games.

Clásico Capitalino


Santa Fe has a fierce rivalry with intercity team Millonarios, who also play in the same stadium as them. During this match Millonarios fans ubicate themselves in the northern part of the stadium much like Santa Fe's in the south.


Santa Fe honours
Type Competition Titles Seasons
Domestic Categoría Primera A 9 1948, 1958, 1960, 1966, 1971, 1975, 2012–I, 2014–II, 2016–II
Copa Colombia 2 1989, 2009
Superliga Colombiana 4 2013, 2015, 2017, 2021
Continental Copa Sudamericana 1 2015
Suruga Bank Championship 1 2016
Copa Simón Bolívar 1s 1970
  •   record
  • s shared record

Performance in CONMEBOL competitions

1961: Semifinals
1967: Group stage
1972: Group stage
1976: Group stage
1980: Group stage
2006: Round of 16
2013: Semifinals
2014: Group stage
2015: Quarterfinals
2016: Group stage
2017: Group stage
2018: Group stage
2021: Group stage
2010: Round of 16
2011: Quarterfinals
2015: Winners
2016: Round of 16
2017: Round of 16
2018: Semifinals
2023: Group stage
2016: Runners-up
1996: Runners-up


As of 21 July 2024[12]

First-team squad


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 Andrés Mosquera
2 DF   ARG Facundo Agüero
3 DF   ARG Marcelo Ortiz
4 DF   COL David Ramírez
7 FW   COL Jersson González
8 DF   COL Juan Pablo Zuluaga
9 FW   URU Agustín Rodríguez
10 FW   COL Frank Castañeda
11 FW   COL Hugo Rodallega (captain)
12 GK   COL Juan Espitia
13 MF   COL Francisco Chaverra
14 MF   COL Jhojan Torres
15 DF   COL Iván Scarpeta
16 MF   COL Daniel Torres
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 DF   ARM Jordy Monroy
18 FW   COL Jhon Meléndez
20 MF   COL Yilmar Velásquez
22 DF   COL Elvis Perlaza
24 MF   COL Juan Aristizábal
25 DF   COL Santiago Cuero (on loan from Fortaleza Club)
26 MF   COL William Ovalle
27 FW   COL José Erick Correa
29 DF   COL Julián Millán (on loan from Internacional Palmira)
30 DF   COL Dairon Mosquera
31 MF   COL Tomás Molina
33 GK   COL Ángel Álvarez

Out on loan


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 Omar Rodríguez (at Tigres until 31 December 2024)
GK   COL José Silva (at Orsomarso until 30 June 2024)
DF   COL Jonathan Herrera (at Fortaleza C.E.I.F. until 30 June 2024)
DF   COL Alejandro Moralez (at Fortaleza C.E.I.F. until 30 June 2024)
DF   COL Santiago Tamayo (at Tigres until 31 December 2024)
MF   COL Davinson Ibarra (at Tigres until 31 December 2024)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   COL Kevin Londoño (at Deportivo Pasto until 31 December 2024)
MF   COL Sebastián Pedroza (at Al-Okhdood until 30 June 2024)
MF   COL Dylan Prieto (at Tigres until 31 December 2024)
MF   COL Jhon Velásquez (at Farense until 31 December 2023)
FW   COL Wilfrido de La Rosa (at Águilas Doradas until 30 June 2024)
FW   COL Jorge Luis Ramos (at Águilas Doradas until 31 December 2024)

World Cup players


The following players were chosen to represent their country at the FIFA World Cup while contracted to Independiente Santa Fe.

Former players




Top 10 most appearances of all time


Source: BDFA

R Player P Career App.
1   Alfonso Cañón MF 1964–1976, 1981 504
2   Omar Pérez MF 2009–2017 367
3   Carlos Rodríguez DF 1956–1966 359
4   Agustín Julio GK 1997–2004 353
5   James Mina GK 1973–1984 346
6   William Morales DF 1981–1994 322
7   Hernando Cuero DF 1981–1990, 1992 313
8   Manuel Córdoba FW 1987–1993, 1997 296
9   Rafael Pacheco DF 1973–1980 296
10   Ernesto Díaz MF 1971–1975, 1977–1979, 1984–1986 287

Last updated on: 21 January 2018

Top 10 scorers of all time

R Player P Career Gls.
1   Alfonso Cañón MF 1964–1976, 1981 146
2   Léider Preciado FW 1998, 2001, 2004,
3   Alberto Perazzo FW 1959–1963 98
4   Osvaldo Panzutto FW 1959–1963 93
5   Germán Antón FW 1948–1952, 1957, 1959 91
6   Omar Devani FW 1965–1968 82
7   Adolfo Valencia FW 1988–1993, 1995–1996, 2002 78
8   Omar Pérez MF 2009–2017 77
9   Héctor Céspedes FW 1975–1980, 1982, 1984 73
10   Ernesto Díaz MF 1971–1975, 1977–1979, 1984–1986 72

Last updated on: 21 January 2018





Independiente Santa Fe Femenino is the women's football section of Independiente Santa Fe and they currently play in the Colombian Women's Football League, the top level women's football league in Colombia. The club is the most successful team in the Colombian women's football league with two titles, won in 2017 and 2019.[13]

Like the institution's male counterpart, who were the first Colombian professional football champions in 1948, the women's team obtained the honor of being the first club to win the Colombian Women's Football League with their title in 2017.

Affiliated clubs



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