Blue and White Soccer Millionaires
The Blue Ballet,
June 18, 1946 (74 years)
Be Los Millonarios Sports Club
Amber Capital (82.58%)
Other 200 Members (17.42%)
|Pdte. honorary||Alfonso Senior Quevedo|
|Sports director||Ricardo 'Pitirri' Salazar|
|Stadium||Nemesio Camacho El Campin|
NQS Avenue with 57 Street (Galerías Neighborhood)
|Opening||August 10, 1938 (82 years)|
Alfonso Senior Sports Headquarters
(209 Street - Los Arrayanes Neighborhood)
|Official Web site|
El Azul y Blanco Millonarios Fútbol Club SA, Better known as Millionaires, Is a soccer club in the city of Bogotá, capital of Colombia. It is one of the most awarded and emblematic clubs in Colombia, hence it is considered one of the largest clubs in the country and one of the most important in South America. The team's origins date back to the 1920s, but began to be called as Los Millonarios in the year 1932 when his name was the Municipal Sports Club; was officially founded on June 18, 1946 under the name of Los Millonarios Sports Club and subsequently as Millionaires Soccer Club on April 20, 2011 when it was reconstituted as a Public Limited Company.
It participates in the highest category of the Major Division of Colombian Soccer, the First Category A, since its foundation in 1948, being one of the only three teams that has participated in all its tournaments, along with Independiente Santa Fe and Atlético Nacional.
It is the second most successful team in Colombian soccer with 20 official titles between national and international championships, its record includes 15 championships from the local Colombian League tournament, 2 titles from the Colombian Cup and 1 from the Colombian Super League. Likewise, he managed to be crowned continental champion in the Simón Bolívar Cup in 1972 and in the last edition of the Merconorte Cup in 2001.
He disputes the Capital Classic against Independiente Santa Fe and the Añejo Classic against Deportivo Cali, in addition to having strong rivalries with América de Cali, and Atlético Nacional.
From the beginning of the Colombian championship in 1948, he achieved the largest number of local titles that were contested and formed a team nicknamed the Blue Ballet, which was considered of great importance worldwide during the first part of the 1950s. , when he achieved many international triumphs, among which the Real Madrid Golden Jubilee Championship stands out, which he obtained at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and the 1953 Little Club World Cup, which gave him the qualifications of the team. "Ambassador". In 2014 it was distinguished by Germany's Kicker magazine as one of the 40 most legendary teams in football history. It is considered by FIFA, a classic club and named by the entity as "the first Colombian Soccer Ambassador."
Millonarios Fútbol Club footballers
Beginnings and early years
At the beginning of 1938 a group of students from the Colegio Mayor de San Bartolomé located in the Historic Center of Bogotá, decided to form a soccer team, with the aim of facing teams from other sectors of the city.
The first matches of the team were played on the grounds of the "La Merced" estate of the College at that time, where today is the Colegio San Bartolomé la Merced, and the La Merced neighborhood.
Some young people wanted to call him Youth Union and others wanted the name of Bogotana Union. Soon after the team, which did not have any official support, began to gain popular support and since they had not been able to decide on either of the two names, they played a game with one of the two names and the next with the other and later under the name of Bogotana Youth, a union of both denominations.
After a year of life, the team quickly continues to gain the support of the people thanks to its overwhelming triumphs, so in a surprising fact, all its players, led by their spokesman Ignacio «Nacho» Izquierdo (first important man in history of the institution) are summoned to form the first Colombian soccer team in history, which participated for the first time in February in the Central American and Caribbean Games held in Panama City, obtaining the Bronze Medal in an excellent debut.
After returning from Panama and with the team on the verge of disappearing, «Nacho» Izquierdo took advantage of the approaching of the first edition of the Bolivarian Games to be held in Bogotá and found in this initial group the enthusiasm to form a more structured team, so that the team once again represented the Colombian National Team. To lead the National Team, the Colombian government hired, in Mar del Plata - Argentina, Fernando Paternoster, former player of the Argentine National Team, runner-up in the 1930 Soccer World Cup.
But not only that, the team receives the support of the city and is acquired by the Municipality and the Bogotá Council and receives their financial aid. It was then named Municipal Sports Club, thus becoming the official team of the city of Bogotá and receiving the coat of arms (the current one) and the official colors (at that time, Black and White) of the city.
The team is joined by new managers, several of them linked to the city authorities, such as Álvaro Rozo (Secretary of the Government of Bogotá), who assumes as President, Hernando Beltrán who is appointed as Secretary, Antonio José Vargas and Manuel Briceño Pardo.
Despite his sporting triumphs, the Municipality suspended his aid due to the problems that arose between the founders of the Bogotana Youth and Álvaro Rozo, president of the Municipal Club; The team was then in charge of the directors Manuel Briceño Pardo, Antonio José Vargas and the merchant from Santander Alberto Lega, (who enters contributing $ 50.000 for the hiring of five Argentine players), who took command of the team and restored the situation to normal. . With no official financial aid and no colors on their uniform, the managers looked for a new name for the team: Municipal La Salle (when it passed into the hands of the La Salle Institute students), Municipal Sports (when it was in charge of Briceño Pardo, Vargas and Lega) and later Municipal Independent Sports, (the latter name as a clarification of his separation from the Municipality), although in reality for the press it was simply played as the team or selected from Bogotá.
On January 28, 1939 (with the addition of "Independiente" in the name to clarify their separation from the Municipality), the three Argentines made their debut against the Antioquia National Team, which they beat (5: 4) with goals from Lucifer in three times, Carvajal and "Nacho" Izquierdo, in what was quite a spectacle for soccer in the city as it was the first time that a team from Bogotá (and the country) formed with foreign players. It was the year that he played for the last time under the name "Deportivo Independiente."
Birth of the Millionaires name
During the aforementioned year the nickname of "The millionaires" Due to the fact that Vicente Lucifero met every Thursday with the team's board of directors to negotiate payments, since the Argentines did not have an annual contract, but in those days he demanded a high remuneration, not only for the Argentines, but for the entire team , so that the salary of Colombian players was equal to that of foreigners, which caused Luis Camacho Montoya, director of the sports pages of Diario El Tiempo, to start strong criticism of the team for its separation from the Municipality and gave the leaders the treatment of the new rich, of Los Millonarios, because they wanted to keep the whole team with all their foreign hires, which required a lot of money.
Thus Camacho Montoya affirmed: "The Argentines are very demanding, they are going to charge so much and so much, this is a club of millionaires, the Municipalistas are now millionaires." In this way, the nickname that would become their definitive name was born, as people began to know and call the team more by the nickname "Los Millonarios", than by their name. It should be noted that in 1932 (7 years ago), the Argentine club River Plate already had that nickname for making great hires at that time.
On August 13, 1939, in a meeting at the Café «El Gato Negro» (16th Street with 6th Street), they officially named the team as «Los Millonarios», as part of an addition in their name (as it appears on the license plates of commemoration of that day), in a kind of relaunch and re-founding of the club, which took place on that date, when they beat Deportivo Barranquilla 0-1, with goals from Luis Timón (0-XNUMX «frank offside«, And 5-0), Martínez, Ruiz Díaz, Zapata and López's own goal.
In that game they released a totally blue uniform with gray socks, copied from the one used by the Argentine team Tigre, which came from being the cover of the magazine El Gráfico and the team of which Fernando Paternoster was a fan. This uniform is the current one, only with the change to the next game suggested by the leader Manuel Briceño Pardo, to change the shorts to white and the socks to blue (due to his connection with the Colombian Conservative Party) and definitively establish it as his official uniform, which became even more established. years later with the colors used by Santa Fe (referring to the Colombian Liberal Party).
The first team called Millonarios consisted of: Carlos Álvarez, Antenor Rodríguez (Captain), Ignacio '' Nacho '' Izquierdo, Alfredo Cuezzo, Alfonso '' Che '' Piedrahíta, Óscar Sabransky, Vicente Lucifero, Antonio Ruiz Díaz, Luis Timón, José Antonio '' Mico '' Zapata and Antonio Martínez.
Since its creation, Millonarios became one of the most important teams in Colombia, by winning titles in amateur league tournaments and international matches that were played, in addition to making several tours throughout the country achieving important triumphs, and by becoming The great favorite for the title from the moment the first Colombian Professional Soccer Championship emerged, in 1948.
From 1940 and with the team already structured and putting aside his past as a city selected, he entered the ADB (Bogotá Sports Association) championship, which was the second category tournament of the Cundinamarca Soccer League, achieving in that same year the title and promotion to the first category, in which he participated from 1941 to 1945 in which he won four titles (1941, 1943, 1944 and 1945) and a third place (1942), making him the most winner of the amateur era, before the beginning of Colombian professionalism.
Alfonso Senior's management towards professionalism
In 1941, two key men were linked in the history of the institution, the Barranquilla Alfonso Senior Quevedo and the Ecuadorian Mauro Mortola. Alfonso Senior worked as director of Roldan Calle y Compañía Agent de Aduanas in Santiago de Cali and at that time he managed football in the capital of Valle del Cauca together with the Secretary of the Treasury, Pascual Guerrero, there he met Mortola who managed the show of "La Ciudad de Hierro" who came from Bogotá, and once commented to Senior that in Bogotá there was a team called Club Deportivo Municipal with unbeatable Argentine and Colombian figures who were also called "Los Millonarios" and suggested that he bring it from tour to Santiago de Cali because this team played soccer very well, Senior accepted because he had already heard about Millonarios.
By 1944 the money donated by the Municipality and the later contributed by Manuel Briceño Pardo and Alberto Lega had been exhausted, but fortunately it was decided to form a First Board with the name of Millonarios (eliminating for the first time the name of "Municipal"), under the presidency of Francisco Afanador and that thanks to the contributions of the leaders, he manages to return the financial situation of the team to normal, in addition, the objective was to manage and crystallize the project of an organized professional-level club and this idea continued to be consolidated in the following two years, having as main events, two meetings held at the Athens Theater in November 1945 and the second on May 22, 1946 where Act 001 was signed and the first general assembly of the new institution was held.
Finally, in a third meeting on June 18, 1946, its official legal constitution as a company with the name of Los Millonarios Sports Club, In the theater of the school where he was born, the Colegio Mayor de San Bartolomé (Carrera Séptima con Calle 9), in the Historic Center of Bogotá, which was attended by the most loyal fans that Deportivo Municipal already had (about 200 persons), under public deed number 2.047 of the third notary's office of the Bogotá circuit.
Alfonso Senior Quevedo was elected as first president, Mauro Mortola as vice president and Oliverio was appointed as treasurer Paco Polished. As at that time there was no legislation on sports companies, Dr. Abel Cruz Santos suggested creating a non-profit society, he was the one who drew up the statutes in which shares were subscribed at $ 10 each.
After the establishment of the club as a sports society, in 1946, the three main football clubs in the city (Millonarios, Santa Fe and Universidad) decided to withdraw from the departmental League tournaments (which in turn were in decline). considering that they were already at a higher level and that the professionalism of the sport should be sought, dedicating themselves almost exclusively to organizing their own events, with games between them, against teams from other regions of the country and international matches, this began to cause the annoyance of those who controlled soccer in the country at that time and did not want professionalization. The last departmental tournament (1946) did not end, Millonarios marched first with a 3-point advantage over Santa Fe, four dates from the end. Millionaires then went on a tour to Ecuador for 4 months until 1947.
Alfonso Senior continued to revolutionize soccer in the country, since together with the president of América de Cali, Humberto Salcedo Fernández Salcefer, they planned a national championship in 1947 and organized the only championship that could be called Interdepartmental (with teams from all the country's departments) that was played in Colombian soccer before professionalism, a National season played in Bogotá with the participation of the country's most outstanding semi-professional teams (practically most of those who started professionalism the following year), and in which Millonarios was crowned Champion of this only national tournament antecedent, beating by 1 point his rival, Santa Fe, who finished second.
After the completion of this National season, the teams were tired of paying taxes of 5 and 10% to allow interdepartmental games to the amateur soccer leagues, governed by the Colombian Soccer Association (Adef Fútbol), created in 1926, recognized by the FIFA in 1934, which controlled the departmental leagues and was based in Barranquilla.
Finally, on June 28, 1948, the Assembly of the Adef Fútbol Leagues and the representatives of the Clubs chaired by Alfonso Senior met simultaneously at the Barranquilla Public Improvement Society. Senior and "Salcefer" were appointed as the commission that would be in charge of proposing the creation of a professional championship for Adef Fútbol. The next day the president of Adef Fútbol, Carlos García, rejected the proposal, since the leagues refused to professionalize, there was no agreement and the clubs withdrew from the meeting.
Then it met for the first time and the first board of directors of the Major Division of Colombian Soccer (Dimayor) was appointed with Salcefer as President and Alfonso Senior as Prosecutor, Bogotá was established as the headquarters of the entity and it was decided to organize the first Colombian Professional Soccer Championship. A thousand pesos ($ 1000) m / cte were charged for the affiliation of each team and the first ten members were, for Bogotá: Millonarios, Santa Fe and University, for Cali: América and Deportivo Cali, for Medellín: Independiente Medellín and Atlético Municipal, for Manizales: Deportes Caldas and Once Deportivo and Atlético Junior for Barranquilla.
On August 15, 1948, Millonarios debuted at the beginning of their professionalism, in El Campín, at 4:00 in the afternoon, with a full of 25 spectators and a thrashing (000: 6) over Once Deportivo de Manizales, the referee It was Luis Rendón and the Albiazul painting he formed with: Rubén Rocha, Ángel Insagaray, Tomas Aves, Luis Mendoza, Alfonso Piedrahíta, Policarpo «Polo» Pérez, Alfonso «Pipiolo» Rodríguez, Víctor Manuel Fandiño, Alfredo Castillo, Pedro Cabillón and Alcides Aguilera. In that first Championship he finished in fourth place. Although in that year the star was not achieved, Millos obtained the highest scoring lead with 0 goals, of which 58 were from the Argentines Alfredo Castillo the first Gold Boot of Millionaires with (45) and Pedro Cabillón (31).
The following year, 1949, the "Dorado" era of Colombian football began, with the hiring of Adolfo Pedernera by Millonarios and the subsequent arrival of Alfredo Di Stéfano and Néstor Raúl Rossi. Thus was born the team known as the Blue Ballet and the Colombian league would be filled with stars. Thousands he got his first title in that season. In 1950 he was runner-up and then won a consecutive three-time championship (1951, 1952 and 1953). He also won the Colombia Cup in 1950-51.
The glorious years of El Dorado. The Blue Ballet
The first title of Colombian professional soccer of the Los Millonarios Sports Club, he obtained it in what is known as the beginning of the "Dorado", by beating Deportivo Cali in the final, after finishing tied with 44 points in the standings of the Colombian Championship 1949. The final was played roundtrip. In Cali, Los Millonarios won 1-0 (goal by Adolfo Pedernera). In Bogotá the blue triumph was 3-2 with goals from Alfredo Di Stéfano, Alcides Aguilera and Adolfo Pedernera; for Deportivo Cali they discounted Valeriano López and Barbadillo. Pedro Cabillon was the Golden Boot with 42 goals, a current record to date. The technician was Carlos "Cacho" Aldabe, who was the one who recommended the bringing of Pedernera. Los Millonarios managed to win 17 consecutive games (Record in Colombia) and added 20 dates of undefeated, falling on the last date, which forced the tiebreaker.
Millonarios reached the last date of the 1950 Colombian Championship with the possibility of being champion for the second time, but his dream was frustrated by Deportes Caldas, which, with a difference of 2 points, obtained its first star and left Millonarios in second place. On the last date of that championship, he faced Universidad de Bogotá, a match which he lost and left him in second place, since Deportes Caldas had drawn 0-0 in Manizales with América de Cali.
The following year he won his second title with superiority, adding 60 points, 11 more than the second, he won 28 games, tied four and lost two, scored 98 goals and had the least defeated goal by receiving only 29. This was the first team to win. It was called the "Blue Ballet" because of what the press described as its indescribable game in the River Plate style. It filled all the stadiums where he played and the blue team became very popular at the national level. Alfredo Di Stéfano was the top scorer with 31 goals. Already the coach -at the same time a player- was Adolfo Pedernera, before the departure of Aldabe.
For the blue team, the two-time championship came - the first Colombian team to achieve it - after winning the 1952 Colombian Championship. Once again, Millonarios was superior to the other 14 teams in the championship. He played 28 games of which he won 20, drew six and only lost two. 71 goals in favor -the best forward- and only 13 goals against for a total of 46. The runner-up was Boca Juniors de Cali again six points apart, Millos secured the title with a 1: 1 draw against Atlético Nacional in Medellin. Alfredo Di Stéfano was once again the top scorer with 19 goals, one more than Carlos Alberto Gambina from Junior.
It was the same year that Millonarios won their first Copa Colombia, defeating Boca Juniors de Cali, their great rival of the season, in both games, as they were also champion and runner-up respectively in the League. Win both games of the final, in the first leg in Cali 2-0 and then in Bogotá 3-2.
At this time, one of the events that marked the history of the club took place. In May 1952, the XNUMXth anniversary of the founding of Real Madrid Club de Fútbol was celebrated. By then, the directors of the Spanish team thought of holding a small triangular soccer friendly among other celebrations and in which some of the best teams in Europe and America were invited. On the new continent, after contacting the Club Atlético River Plate, the leaders of the Argentine club sent the Spaniards to invite the Club Deportivo Los Millonarios, referring to them as the best team of the moment in America.
In the two matches of the event, the Colombian club drew two goals with Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna Norrköping, champion of Sweden and whose country was one of the most powerful at the football level in Europe, and later defeated the hosts 4-2 in the New Chamartín Stadium, becoming champion of the friendly tournament.
Throughout history, these two clubs have met on seven occasions, with Millonarios being the one that maintains an advantage over the Spanish with three victories, one achieved at the home of «los merengues» and the other two achieved in Bogotá in the Nemesio Camacho Stadium The Campin; three draws and with only one victory for the Spaniards with a score of 8-0, thus breaking the undefeated seventy-four-year-old that they had against Madrid. The history of both clubs was linked from the first confrontation, since at that time he played in the ranks of the Colombian team Alfredo Di Stéfano, considered one of the best players of the moment and leader of the well-known "Blue Ballet." player went on to join the ranks of the Spanish team leading him to great successes that earned him to be considered the best team of the century XX by FIFA.
At the same time, a group of sports entrepreneurs created the Little Club World Cup, a friendly competition that brought together important teams from Europe and South America.
Millionaires was invited to participate in the 1952 and 1953 editions.
In its first participation, the team finished runner-up with seven points, behind Real Madrid (double draw 1-1), in a tournament played over two rounds, in which Botafogo from Brazil also participated (draw 4-4 and defeat 0 -2), and the host La Salle from Venezuela (double victory 4-1 and 5-1).
During their participation in 1953, the team was crowned undefeated champion of the trophy with 11 points, above River Plate of Argentina (victory 5-1 and draw 1-1), Rapid Vienna of Austria (double victory 2-1 and 4-0) and RCD Español de Barcelona from Spain (double victory 6-0 and 4-0). Many steps have been taken for FIFA to endorse this tournament as official, which is considered by many to be the predecessor to the Intercontinental Cup and the current FIFA Club World Cup.
The 1953 Colombian Championship was the end of the '' Dorado '', the foreign figures returned to their countries, but there was still a team much superior to the others, without Di Stéfano, but with Adolfo Pedernera, Nestor Rossi and Alfredo Castillo, Millonarios He won his third title online, and only lost one game: on the first date against Atlético Quindío in Armenia 0-1 and did not lose again in the remaining dates, he won 14 games and drew 7, scored 57 goals and was the best defense with 22 goals received, added 35 points, two more than Atlético Quindío, which was his closest pursuer. He started an undefeated 24-game match without losing, which was a record until 1988. This year he also won the Copa Colombia by beating the Boca Juniors de Cali, his bitter rival of "El Dorado" and also the Little Club World Cup held in Caracas.
The post-Ballet Azul stage and the second Golden period the Tetracampeónato
History seemed to repeat itself, Millonarios reached the last date of the 1956 championship with the possibility of being champion and thus obtain his fifth title occupying the second place with 34 points, 3 less than Deportes Quindio that would be the champion that year, again a Caldense team (at that time the department of Quindio did not exist, founded in 1966 therefore Deportes Quindio was a Caldense team) took away the title from The AmbassadorsTo be champions, the Bogota team needed Deportes Quindio to lose and win on the last date against Independiente Medellín, Millonarios defeated the Paisa team 3-1 but Deportes Quindio also beat Boca Juniors from Cali, which left Millonarios without the championship of that year.
A similar circumstance occurred on the last date of the 1958 championship with one point less than its rival from patio Santa Fe who would be champion that season, although he had won and drawn more games than the red team, he also had more lost games. But he was still reaching the last date with possibilities of obtaining the title, for that he had to wait for Santa Fe to lose or draw and win or draw with a greater goal difference against Atlético Bucaramanga, which the blue team achieved by scoring 5-0 but the Santa Fe did the same in Barranquilla against Junior and won 3-2 which took the title from Millonarios.
After five years and with the beginning of the cycle in the technical direction of his ex-goalkeeper at the time of the «Dorado», the doctor Gabriel Ochoa Uribe, he returned to be champion in the 1959 Colombian Championship, with the best defense (only 8 games lost ) and a total of 58 points, six more than Independiente Medellín and 8 more than Deportivo Cali, their toughest rivals during the season. Of 44 games, he won 22, drew 14 and lost only 8, scored 85 goals and only received 52. The forward was made up of Marino Klinger, Orlando Larraz and Hugo Contreras. He secured the title by beating Cúcuta Deportivo 3: 1 in the capital of the republic, making his difference incalculable.
The previous year the effort reaching the 1960 Copa Libertadores Semifinal affected the team, it returned to its best level in 1961 with an even better campaign, of the 44 games, it won 25, drew 12 and lost 7, the best forward with 95 goals, he received 56 and added 62 points, making a huge difference of 8 points against his only pursuer, Independiente Medellín. Julio Cozzi, the "Blue Ballet" goalkeeper, had been hired as a coach. Millionaires started winning the first 6 games, but then it did not take off, the managers recognized the error and the Ochoa who had resigned in October 1960, returned in May and requested the hiring of Delio "Maravilla" Gamboa, from the Guadalajara Atlas , the best Colombian player of the time, who arrived in July and was key in the recovery of the team, in an undefeated of sixteen rounds and obtaining the title. He made the Olympic return on December 5, beating Atlético Nacional 5: 3 in El Campín.
Millonarios obtained the title of the Colombia Cup and definitively owned after being consecutively crowned champion of the Leagues of 1961, 1962 and 1963, as stipulated by the Dimayor regulations, on December 19, 1963, just the day he was crowned champion of La Liga defeating Deportes Tolima 4-1. Millionaires repeated what they did when they won the 1951, 1952 and 1953 Leagues consecutively.
The blue team continued long, 44 games, won 25, drew 11 and lost 8 in 1962, a similar campaign to the previous one, scored 96 goals and was the best defense with 44, to add 62 points, 5 points more than Deportivo Cali, who was beaten 27-7 on May 0. He was crowned champion on November 25 in the absence of three dates in a double against Atlético Quindío, which he beat 4-1, and Olimpia of Paraguay, whom he beat by the same score and with his substitute team. Also does not lose in the last 16 dates
With the so-called '' Brazilian Line '' his second online three-time championship is achieved (next to America, the only Colombian team to do so), Millonarios brings José '' Pepe '' Romeiro Cardozo, the best player of the Colombian Championship 1963, achieves the biggest win in their history on July 7 when they beat Deportes Tolima 8-0. Santa Fe and Deportivo Cali harassed him until the last dates but it did not reach them. Out of 48 games, Millonarios won 27, drew 9 and lost 12, scored 102 goals and received 60 for a total of 63 points, two more than the albirrojos and three more than the Valle del Cauca. This new three-time championship would also make him worthy of the Colombia Cup, which would be awarded by DIMAYOR to the first team to win three consecutive league titles.
Millonarios reached the last date of the 1964 Colombian Championship with 57 points, two more than the second, Cúcuta Deportivo. But by calendar Millonarios had to rest on the final date, so if Cúcuta Deportivo won they could force a series for the title.After the difficulties in displacement, Cúcuta Deportivo starts beating Once Caldas, but in the second half they It collapsed and Once Caldas got the tie, escaping the possibility of forcing a final against Millonarios, who won the title with a point difference. Out of 48 games, he won 21, tied 15 and lost 12, scored 87 goals and received 72. In this way, "Miles" became the first team to win a four-time online championship, this time led first by Brazilian Joao Avelino (since Gabriel Ochoa left in February after the game against River Plate), who later withdrew mid-year due to health problems , being replaced by his assistant, Efraín Sánchez, who in turn acted in some games as a goalkeeper, sharing the position with Senen Mosquera.
Decade of 1970
The forward «BOM»
Eight years had passed after the last national championship obtained by Millonarios. With the return of Gabriel Ochoa Uribe to the technical bench, the club won its tenth title by winning the 1972 Colombian Championship. The Apertura Tournament ended with the capital team as the winner with 38 units. For the Completion, he finished second, with the same score as Deportivo Cali (first) and Atlético Nacional (third). For this reason, a tiebreaker was played between the three, which the Caleño team won.
The triangular final was played by Millonarios, Deportivo Cali and Atlético Junior. In the last game played on January 28, 1973, Millonarios and Deportivo Cali drew 0-0 in Bogotá, which gave the "Blues" the title with 5 points, followed by Deportivo Cali with 4. Atlético Junior was last with three points, the trident of Millonarios was made up of Alejandro Brand, Willington Ortiz and Jaime Morón, the "BOM" who would score more than 267 goals in this decade.
In that same year, Millonarios played the third edition of the 1972 Simón Bolívar Cup, this international tournament was played in 1973 due to problems between the Venezuelan Football Federation and the National Sports Institute, which caused the disaffiliation of Venezuela from FIFA. Millonarios defeated Deportivo Portugues (Venezuela) in a two-game series in which Millonarios lost 2-0 in Caracas, but came back with a resounding 3-0 in Bogotá. Ironically, the 1971 and 1972 finals were played in 1973, but the 1973 edition was not played.
Millonarios reached the last date of the 1973 Colombian Championship as first classified, but that year his classic rival Atlético Nacional tied him on points but with worse goal difference. On the last date, Millonarios faced Santa Fe and Atlético Nacional visited Junior, Millonarios was crowned champion until the minutes of replacement, but Santa Fe ended up tying the game while Atlético Nacional thrashed Junior 3-0 in Barranquilla, which literally took the title from the hands of the Los Millonarios team.The dispute for this title marked the beginning of a mythical rivalry between both clubs.
Once again, Millonarios reached the last date as virtual champion in the 1975 Colombian Championship, but his path was interrupted again by his rival from patio Santa Fe, who on the last date arrived tied in points but Millonarios had a better goal difference. The only thing that the Azul team had to do was win against América de Cali, which left the blues in second place that year after losing with the Valladolid team at the Pascual Guerrero stadium 2-0, meanwhile Santa Fe won by the smallest difference in El Campín against Once Caldas.
In previous years the club had stayed one step away from the title by being runner-up in 1973 and 1975 and third in 1974, 1976 and 1977. However, they managed to win in the 1978 Colombian Championship.
In the Finalization Tournament the Argentine Pedro Dellacha takes the technical direction of the team, obtaining second place with 26 points and thus qualifying for the semifinals. In this instance he was second in Group B with six points.
Without Alejandro Brand (injured), but with Willington Ortiz, Jaime Morón, scorer Juan José Irigoyen and Daniel Onega in the lead, he beat Atlético Nacional in Medellín by 2: 0, Santa Fe in the classic by 1: 0, tied with Atlético Nacional 1: 1 in Bogotá and in both games with Deportivo Cali 0: 0 and 1: 1, to get to define everything on December 20 on the last date of the tournament in the capital derby.
With El Campín bursting, 18 minutes into the first half, the blue team was already winning 3-0 with goals from Juan Jose Irigoyen, Jaime Morón and Willington Ortiz. In the second half Santa Fe would discount, signaling the final 3-1. it would not be enough to tie the game, let alone the championship. Millonarios with nine points won his 11th title against his rival in Bogotá.
Decade of 1980
Millonarios reached the final in second place of the 1984 Colombian Championship with 69,25 points 21 less than the first América de Cali. already without possibilities Millonarios paradoxically faced América de Cali in Bogotá that afternoon Millonarios won 3-1 but that result only reached him to maintain his place in the Copa Libertadores since Atlético Nacional, which occupied the third place, threatened the possibility of Millonarios to participate in the international contest.
The institution had to wait nine years to obtain a new title, produced in the 1987 Colombian Championship with Arnoldo Iguaran, Miguel Nano Price, Mario Vanemerack, Oscar "Pajaro" Juarez and Carlos Gambeta Estrada led by coach Luis Augusto "Chiqui" García.
In the local tournament he won all three tournaments and five tables of the year. The Apertura in the final against America with a 3-1 victory in Bogotá and a 0-0 draw in Cali; Ell Finalization with 40 points, four ahead of Atlético Nacional; The Re-classification with 62 points, nine more than National and the maximum bonus of 2 points.
He achieved an undefeated of 22 dates. On the last date the champion was crowned in the final octagonal with only a tie. On December 20, they beat Junior 1-0 with a goal from Óscar «Pájaro» Juárez in Bogotá and achieved his 12th star with 22 points, two more than América de Cali. It was the best campaign in his history in that tournament system, he scored 101 goals and only received 54, with the best defense, in total he accumulated 86 points.
He also won the two international tournaments in which he participated: the Marlboro Cup, beating Atlético Nacional, Tottenham Hotspur from England and America from Mexico; and the Miami Cup where he defeated Colo-Colo from Chile, São Paulo from Brazil and the National Team soccer of the United States.
His 13th star was hard to come by. Despite winning the pentagonal tournament with 11 points, and winning the Ending with 42 points, one more than Santa Fe, obtaining a bonus of 1.50.
He played on December 18 in Barranquilla against Junior, but at the same time Santa Fe and Atlético Nacional were playing. The Embajadores They came tied at 23.50 points with Nacional but with a better goal difference in favor.
After the first half, Millonarios lost 0-1 in Barranquilla and Nacional was the champion, winning 1-0 in Bogotá. At minute 13 of the second half, Mario Vanemerak equalized for Millonarios, then Santa Fe tied in Bogotá. Millionaires tried by all means to get the winning goal but it was not possible, he had to wait for the end in Bogotá. But finally he was crowned Champion, the second of "Chiqui" García, and he also totaled a record of 26 dates without losing, surpassing his own record of 1953–54. This would be the last title of the Los Millonarios Sports Club in the twentieth century.
Sports and economic crisis
The following two decades are the most difficult in the club's history economically and in sporting success despite having good seasons at the local level and international cups.
Decade of 1990
Millonarios reached the last date of the 1994 Colombian Championship in third place in the home run that América de Cali led with 7 points while Millonarios followed with only 2 points of difference, on the last date Millonarios mediated against América de Cali in El Campin. The team Embajador he needed the purslane team to lose in Medellín to Independiente Medellín. That afternoon, Millonarios thrashed the Caleños 3-0, but in Medellín, the Verdolagas scored a goal with 10 minutes remaining, which was enough for Atlético Nacional to take the title from Millonarios.
Millonarios reached the semifinals of the 1995/96 Colombian Championship (winner of the "Adecuation Tournament"). At the beginning of 1997, it ranked second in the world club ranking of the International Federation of Football History and Statistics IFFHS, with 261,5 points, surpassed only by Juventus of Italy, with 335 points. de Garcia was 76 games played, 41 won, 20 tied and 15 lost. He obtained 148 points, with 113 goals for and 69 against. The champion America 1996-97 won 14 games in a row. With 91 points in 4 place 31 points, he ranked first in the group B With 12 points, more than his closest rival Atlético Nacional, in the final home run he defeated Deportivo Cali in Bogotá and lost in Cali, he lost against América de Cali in Cali and beat it from home 3 to 0, that night he qualified for the Cup Libertadores the following year, against Atlético Nacional, they won in Bogotá and Medellín, completing 4 consecutive victories over the purslane team in between the semifinal and in the final quadrangular.The last date came to visit Atlético Nacional with the possibility of becoming champion. If in the Cali classic, América de Cali won and the ambassador team also won, the first thing did not happen, despite the blue victory in Antioquia territory and that it made more points in the final as part of the celebration of the team's 50 years blue, the star went to the sugar box, because with the bonus it tied in points and served as a tiebreaker.
Another outstanding campaign of the decade was that of the 1999 championship. Led by Luis Augusto Chiqui García, Millonarios had a 29-match undefeated, the largest in the club's history, and finished first in the all-against-all tournament finish. However, when it came to playing the semifinal home runs, and despite being the favorite, the team was defeated and finished third, below Deportivo Cali and Independiente Medellín, who ultimately qualified to play the final against Atlético Nacional. Nacional won that series and in December was crowned champion by defeating América de Cali in the annual final.
Decade of 2000
In the 2000 championship it is fourth both in the Apertura and in the Finalization and in the accumulated table of the year it is fifth with 69 points the same as Deportes Tolima, which is fourth, but is out of the final home run due to the difference in games won. In 2001, Millonarios won the Merconorte Cup by defeating Emelec on penalties 3-1 in Guayaquil after drawing 1-1 in the two games of the final, obtaining the first official title after 12 years of drought and their first title in an international tournament. organized by Conmebol
In the 2003 completion tournament Millonarios, directed by Norberto Peluffo, he almost qualified for the final of the championship. After finishing the free-for-all phase in seventh place, with 26 points, he managed to qualify for the semifinal home runs. There, surprisingly, he began to have good results, beating Deportivo Pasto twice, once against Unión Magdalena and tying with Deportivo Cali as a visitor. On the penultimate date, Millonarios only needed a home draw against Cali to advance to the final against Deportes Tolima. Although Cali started winning 2-0 in the first half, Millonarios managed to overcome the match in the second half and scored two goals. But when the fans were already celebrating their passage to the final, and there were only five minutes left to finish the game, Milton Rodríguez scored an agonizing goal for Cali that deprived Millos of qualification. On the last date, Millonarios lost against Unión Magdalena in Santa Marta, while Cali defeated Pasto and managed to go to the final.
The 2006 season Miguel «Nano» Prince arrives as coach, in the Apertura the team is sixth and classifies to the semifinals in the group of Cúcuta Deportivo, Deportvo Pasto and Atlético Nacional but when the dates close, he would finish last in the group. For the Finalization 2006, after losing 1-2 with Cúcuta Deportivo, Juan Carlos Osorio is appointed as coach, who wins 5 consecutive games, is eighth classified in the semifinals where he plays in the group of Atlético Huila, Independiente Medellín and Cúcuta Deportivo would finish third, losing the pass to the final on the last date against Medellín. In the reclassification of the year, Millonarios would be fifth, thus he would play the Copa Sudamericana 2007. Under the direction of Juan Carlos Osorio in the Apertura 2007, after a good campaign, Millonarios classified in fourth place and entered the semifinals. where he fights until the last game of the group where he falls against Atlético Huila who takes away his pass to the final.
Completion 2007 Juan Carlos Osorio leaves and Martin Lasarte arrives, who leaves the club in the last box of the Completion, assumes as Technician Mario Vanemerak, former player who finishes in box 11 in the league and directs the team that reaches the semifinals of the Copa Sudamericana 2007 After a good season in the series with Atlético Nacional, Colo Colo and Sao Paulo would be eliminated by Club America de México.
Return to the successes and consolidation of Millonarios FC
The following decade is characterized by the reconstitution of the Los Millonarios Sports Club as Millonarios Fútbol Club, a public limited company, with shares for sale that were acquired by various fans. Although most of the team belongs to the Amber Capital fund since 2015.
That transformation ultimately led the team to win several titles, including two new national league stars, after several years of drought.
Decade of 2010
In 2010, the ambassador team entered the tenth position of the relegation table with 95 points, the same as Atlético Nacional, not having good campaigns in the 2008 and 2009 seasons, and was nine points behind the The last team that was Cúcuta Deportivo and five points from the recently promoted from Primera B 2009, Cortuluá and Real Cartagena who were in a position to play the Promotion Series, the following teams Once Caldas and Envigado FC 91 points, Deportes Quindío, Atlético Huila , América de Cali 92 points and Deportivo Pereira had 101 points, which had a difference of six more, the team despite not qualifying for the final home runs in the Apertura y Finización Tournament, except for the category as in the 2006 Season. Blue team had had the issue of saving the Category by not doing good campaigns in 2004 and 2005.
Millonarios won their second official Colombia Cup in 2011 after several years of struggle, in the group stage, in Group D, they were first beating the teams of Santa Fe, Centauros Villavicencio, La Equidad, Academia and Bogotá FC, then In the round of 1 he eliminated Uniautónoma, Deportes Tolima in the quarterfinals, Junior in the semifinal and Boyacá Chicó in the grand final. They beat it in both games by a score of 0-2, in Tunja and Bogotá, for a 0-2012 aggregate, becoming the team with the most Colombian Cups at that time and the first team to qualify for the Copa Sudamericana 2011. That same year (XNUMX), and to avoid bankruptcy, the club had been reconstituted into a public limited company called Millonarios Fútbol Club, which took shares up for sale and was capitalized.
After almost 24 years without achieving the title of League champion (December 18, 1988 - December 16, 2012) and after a great campaign in the regular phase of the 2012 Finalization Tournament or phase all against all, the cast Embajador qualify 3 dates in advance of the semifinal home runs. The Blue They start this final phase of the tournament with difficulties: they lost consecutively with Junior and Deportivo Pasto, forcing the team led by Hernán Torres from Tolima to get at least three victories in the remaining four games. With the additional difficulty of simultaneously contesting the semifinal of the Copa Sudamericana 2012, Millonarios reached the first position in the group A home runs after defeating Deportes Tolima at home and away and Deportivo Pasto at home. In this way, it was consolidated by the last date of the home runs as the only team in the group that depends on its same results to qualify for the final. However, the ambassador team only managed to draw 0-0 with Junior in Bogotá and was dependent on the result of the match between Deportivo Pasto and Deportes Tolima, which was played at the same time. Moments after the end of the commitment in Bogotá, Pasto and Tolima would tie with a score of 1-1, a result that classifies Millonarios to the grand final. The rival that was waiting for him was Independiente Medellín.
The first leg was in Medellín ending in a hopeful 0-0. The return match was held in Bogotá in which The Ambassadors They went to halftime with a victory obtained in the minutes of replacement by a goal by Wilberto Cosme, but at the beginning of the second half, Independiente Medellín achieved the tie, which forced the definition from the penalty spot after a goal from Wason Renteria (Millionaires). The series of penalties was tied 4-4 which made the game defined by the call sudden death which gave the victory to Millonarios for a save by goalkeeper Luis Delgado.
After the conquest of its star number 14, Millonarios consolidates its participation in the final phases of the league, however, remaining at the gates of the grand final, this happening in the 2014 Apertura Tournament against Atlético Junior in the semifinals, 2015 Apertura Tournament against Deportivo Cali in the semifinals, 2016 Apertura Tournament against Atlético Junior in the quarterfinals, 2016 Finalization Tournament against Atlético Nacional in the quarterfinals, and 2017 Apertura Tournament against Atlético Nacional in the semifinals.
However, the bad luck of the club would change in the 2017 Completion Tournament, with a new title. From the hand of Argentine coach Miguel Ángel Russo Millonarios, the regular phase of the championship culminates with 36 points as a result of 10 victories and 6 draws in 20 games played, which placed the club in fourth position, being seeded as head of the series in the quarterfinals. final.
In this instance he faces the La Equidad team, with a result of 1-1 in the first leg, a goal by Ayron del Valle and 2-1 in the second leg, goals by Andrés Cadavid and David Macalister Silva, which allows the ambassador team the step to the semifinal where they face América de Cali, winning in Cali with a score of 2-1, with scores from Ayron del Valle and David Macalister Silva, and drawing 0-0 in Bogotá, thus achieving the long-awaited place in the grand final , which he played with his eternal rival Independiente Santa Fe. In the first leg he achieved a slight victory after a header from Matías De Los Santos, sentencing the score 1-0 in favor of Los Santos. Blue albia. The return match is disputed on December 17 where Independiente Santa Fe officiated as local. The first half ended with a 1-0 lead thanks to a penalty taken by Wilson Morelo. In the second half, captain Andrés Cadavid tied the commitment with a header after a center by Juan Guillermo Domínguez, who until that moment gave the title to Millonarios. However, at 82 minutes, Wilson Morelo scores 2-1 for Santa Fe, which forced the definition from the penalty spot, Millonarios persists and 3 minutes later the player Henry Rojas catches a rebound from the cardinal rear, takes a medium-distance shot that passes between the legs of Sebastián Salazar, over the head of Héctor Urrego and defeats Robinson Zapata, ties the commitment and gives the title to Millonarios thanks to the global result, stamping his star number 15 and reaffirming himself as one of the most successful teams in Colombian soccer.
On January 31, 2018, they faced Atlético Nacional at the El Campín Stadium in Bogotá to define the 2018 Colombian Super League champion. The team led by Hugo Gottardi would draw goalless against the 2017 Apertura champion, leaving the definition of the title in the city of Medellín
The return match is played on February 7 at the Atanasio Girardot Stadium in Medellín. The first goal of the match would be for the rival, at 21 minutes Andrés Renteria defeats Wuilker Faríñez and decrees the 1-0. However, at minute 34, Paraguayan striker Roberto Ovelar scores 1-1 after receiving an assist from Jair Palacios. The first half ends with 1-1 on the scoreboard. In the second half Atlético Nacional manages to approach the goal of Wuilker Faríñez several times with danger of goal without being able to specify, however, it would be Millonarios who would take the advantage despite the pressure of the rival. Roberto Ovelar intercepts an intention to pass from Carlos Cuesta on the way out, and when he saw that Fernando Monetti was ahead, he decided to throw a encompassed ball at him that ended up becoming the goal for the advantage and subsequent victory 2-1. Millonarios ends a 7-year slump without being able to beat Atlético Nacional at the Atanasio Girardot Stadium and would also win the Superliga trophy for the first time in its history.
The club reported on November 5, 2018 that after the poor results that triggered the elimination of the tournaments in which he competed during 2018, Argentine strategist Miguel Ángel Russo would not continue with the blue team. On November 13, 2018, Jorge Luis Pinto is confirmed as the new Millionaires coach.
In the 2019 Colombian football season, Pinto gets the best start in the club's history since semi-annual tournaments are played. In the 2019 Apertura Tournament, the team consolidates in the first place of the table, finishing the phase of all against all with 39 points. In the home runs, he is located in Group A, along with Deportivo Pasto, América de Cali and Unión Magdalena. Despite the good campaign, he finished second in home runs behind Deportivo Pasto.
In Copa Colombia, he finished the group stage with 16 points, 10 goals in favor and 3 against, classifying undefeated to the round of 2 of the tournament, in which he was eliminated by Deportivo Independiente Medellín, losing 1-2 in Medellín and draw 2-XNUMX in Bogotá.
In the 2019 Completion Tournament, Millonarios did not have the same performance and the reinforcements that arrived on the squad did not work as expected. However, he remained at the top of the table until the middle of the tournament when he began to decline and was eventually eliminated. On October 30, 2019, Pinto left office following the elimination of Millionaires from the semifinal home runs.
Decade of 2020
On December 3, 2019, Millonarios announced that Alberto Gamero would be its Technical Director, its technical body announced members with an albi-azul past, such as Cerveleón Cuesta and Orlando Rojas, technical assistants; and Arnoldo Iguarán, striker trainer.
The Millionaires crest is the official emblem of the club, which is used to identify the club 'ambassador'. In its beginnings, when the team was called the Municipal Sports Club, the one that belonged to the municipality was adopted as a shield, in addition to using the official colors, black and white. Since its foundation as Club Deportivo Los Millonarios, the shield has maintained the following elements: silhouette of bullskin or chasuble, which is maintained to this day; a chopping partition, showing the blue color at the top and the white color at the bottom; In the upper part there are two intertwined white rings, and in the lower part there is the letter 'M', for Millionaires. Previously there were the initials 'CM', referring to its old name, Municipal Club.
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The Millionaires shield has featured a few single-use variants per year. Most of these variations took place as a commemoration of important dates for the club.
The official flag brings together the two traditional colors of Millionaires, Blue and White; They are horizontally distributed in two bands of equal size, blue in the upper part and white in the lower part. The blue represents the sky and the sea, which symbolizes the greatness of the club's history and the large number of fans that the team has all over the world, as well as their loyalty and the love they have for the team. The white represents the peace, optimism, coldness, serenity and fair play that must be in every game that Millionaires plays.
The official anthem of the club was written by Manuel Briceño Pardo and composed by Óscar Sache. On July 11, 2016, in commemoration of the club's 70 years, the club's "Official Song" was presented, which is used before matches at the stadium and in official media.
Although Millionaires do not currently have an official mascot, in the past they have adopted some ideas. The first was born in 1984 by the president of the club at that time, Edmer Tamayo. A blue-nosed white polar bear is featured with the cheerleaders on June 13, 1984. The mascot would later be discarded, due to its unpopularity. In the year 2000, thanks to the Citytv program, 'Without yellow, blue and red' the new winning mascot of a contest was chosen among about 300 people. The mascot is baptized “Millo.” Millo has his first appearance on August 20, 2000. However, he would not be well received either, so with the passage of time he would end up disappearing.
For 2016, the idea of implementing a mascot for the team was taken up again, so a contest was launched aimed at the fans in search of proposals. Four finalists are chosen from among the contest speakers and left to the fan vote to choose the winning proposal, but due to the discontent of the followers, and non-compliance with terms and conditions, the contest is considered canceled. March 4 there is a contest open to the fans to choose the team's mascot.
Historically, the Millionaires uniform uses the colors blue and white. However, in its beginnings in 1938, when the club was the Municipal Sports Club, it wore a white shirt and black shorts, since it used what at that time were the colors of the flag of the city of Bogotá, later it came in 1939, the change to the blue color promoted by the Club Atlético Tigre of Argentina, which finally in 1941 became the current one. As of the 2009 season, and until today, the Millionaires clothing is made by the German multinational Adidas, which had already dressed the club between 1984 and 1987 and then in 1996.
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Millonarios and Santa Fe star in the only regional classic that has been played without interruptions during all the seasons of first division football in Colombia, the Bogotá classic.
The antecedents of this derby has its origin during the decade before the emergence of professional football in Colombia, both teams were highly recognized in the Bogota and national football field. The first official classic in professionalism was played on September 19, 1948 with a victory for Santa Fe by 5: 3. Millonarios' first victory in professionalism was on October 16, 1949, by a score of 6: 3, with three scores by Alfredo Di Stéfano, while Adolfo Pedernera, Alcides Aguilera and Ismael Soria scored the other three goals.
On September 16, 2007, Millonarios completed 100 victories in their clashes in the Bogotá classic against Santa Fe in the 248 classic. Currently, the number of wins for Millonarios is 113 against 71 for Santa Fe, so the difference in victories of the blues, it is still more than 30. A trend that has been maintained in recent years.
As of 2015, Millonarios maintained a streak without losing to their patio rival Santa Fe with three draws and six victories. The most outstanding in the Apertura Tournament, when Millonarios eliminated Santa Fe from the 8 classified in the last day of the regular phase with a score of 1-3. The goals were converted by Román Torres, Fernando Uribe and Rafael Robayo.
On March 19, 2017 Millonarios cut an undefeated of 22 dates from the cardinal box. Millonarios would win with a score of 3-0 with goals from Andrés Cadavid, Ayron del Valle and Deiver Machado. On December 13 of the same year, the ambassador team and the cardinal meet in the final of the Finalization Tournament 2017. In the first leg, where Millonarios officiated at home, they won after a goal from Matías De Los Santos. . In the second leg, played on December 17, Millonarios came back from an adverse result twice, first with a goal by Andrés Cadavid, and finally with one by Henry Rojas, for a 3-2 aggregate, with which he obtained his star number 15. .
The greatest victories of Millonarios in the capital classic were two wins by a score of 6: 0, the first achieved on June 29, 1952 with goals from Alfredo Castillo, Alfredo Di Stéfano, two from Antonio Báez, one from Reinaldo Mourin and a goal. Adolfo Pedernera's Olympian, defeating Santa Fe 6: 0 again on August 29, 1954, with goals from Rubén Deibe, Liborio "Leticiano" Guzmán, Oscar Contreras Rossi and three entries by Julio "Stuka" Ávila. Likewise, he achieved several wins by 6: 1 and 5: 0. Meanwhile, he suffered his most bulky defeat on February 23, 1992, with a score of 3: 7 (Goals for Santa Fe by Daniel Tilger x 3, Adolfo Valencia x 2, Francisco Wittingham and Félix Hurtado. Goals for Millonarios by José Manuel Díaz , Peter Méndez and Ariel Cuffaro Russo).
The greatest scorers in the history of the Bogota classic are the Argentines Miguel Ángel Converti (14 goals with Millonarios and 1 with Santa Fe) and Alfredo Castillo (15 goals with Millonarios), and the Colombian Leider Preciado, a player from Santa Fe (15 goals with Santa Fe) .The only Millonarios player who made 2 triples in the capital classic is Alfredo Di Stéfano in 1949 and 1951 respectively, while Leider Preciado got 1 triplet on August 22, 2004 minutes 37, 62 and 80. On March 24, 2012 Humberto Osorio, Millonarios player, scored a hat trick against Santa Fe in the ambassador defeat by 4-3.
With Atlético Nacional
It is one of the classics of Colombian professional soccer that gathers more stars with 31 in total, 15 stars for Millonarios and 16 stars for Nacional. It also faces the two teams with the most official titles in Colombia with 49 titles in total.To date Millonarios and Nacional have met 260 times: Millonarios won 102 times, Nacional won 74 times and tied 84 times.
On June 12, 1949 Millonarios thrashed 6-0 at Atlético Nacional in Bogotá. Pedro Cabillón scored three goals and the count was completed by Alfredo Castillo, Alcides Aguilera and Carlos Mosquera.
The rivalry had its first wisps in the 1970s when both teams fought inch by inch the championships of 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976 and 1978, with two titles for each squad (Millonarios was champion in 1972 and 1978, The triumphs over Atlético Nacional in the final were key in both titles).
But the game only finally became a great classic after disputes over the hiring of several players in 1986 and 1987 and the Championship that Millonarios won from Atlético Nacional in 1988 that allowed it to reach its 13th star (in 1987 it won almost all the tournaments that he played in and consecutively won the Completion tournament three times, in 1986, 1987, and 1988).
In 1989 they shared a new group in the Copa Libertadores de América. Millonarios reached the Quarter-finals undefeated, where they faced Atlético Nacional, falling 1: 0 in Medellín and the return, played at the Nemesio Camacho El Campín Stadium in Bogotá, ended tied 1: 1, with arbitration by Chilean Hernán Silva .
In 1994, during the final home run of the Colombian tournament, Atlético Nacional with a goal with 10 minutes remaining to finish the classic Paisa, snatched the title from the ambassadors, who had won their match against América, in the city of Bogotá by 3 goals to 0.
In 1995, history seemed to repeat itself for the Copa Libertadores: Millonarios won their group again in the first round, with a draw against Atlético Nacional in Medellín and a victory in Bogotá; He continued advancing rounds and in the final instance, the two teams relived their 1989 confrontation. In that instance the purslane won. In both campaigns he reached the Quarterfinals of the Copa Libertadores.
In 1996 for the Colombian Tournament, Millonarios beat him 5 times in a row, in the regular phase and both Home and Away in the semifinal home runs and in the final home run (made without antecedents between two big teams in the country), but his dream from being champion he was frustrated again because in the city of Cali, América drew with Deportivo Cali and thus by difference of Bonus, the sugar team remains with the Colombian title. In 1997 he thrashed it 4: 0 with three goals from Ricardo Pérez.
In 2000 Atlético Nacional and Millonarios played the final of the 2000 Merconorte Cup where they drew 0-0 in Bogotá and in Medellín the Paisa team won 2-1 on November 9 to become Atlético Nacional champion.
Later, since May 14, 2000 when he beats him 4: 3, six years of drought passed for Millonarios in which he did not see any victory against Atlético Nacional. On October 14, 2006, the Bogota team broke this streak with a 2: 0 victory at home, to fall in the subsequent confrontation, again at their stadium, by a score of 1: 0.
It took nine years (since their 1: 2 victory in the 1998 Merconorte Cup) for the blue team to defeat Atlético Nacional in Medellín. It was on September 5, 2007 with a score of 2-3, in a game valid for the South American Cup. The goals of the capital team were scored by Jonathan Estrada and Ricardo Ciciliano (on two occasions). At that time Atlético Nacional was the Colombian soccer champion and Millonarios was last of the 2007 Finalization. That night marked Mario Vanemerak's debut as Millonarios coach. The second leg in Bogotá ended with a goalless draw, allowing Millonarios to qualify for the Eighth Finals of the competition, eliminating the Antioqueño team.
The losing streak of 15 years without defeating Atlético Nacional in Medellín in a local tournament ended on the afternoon of November 2, 2011 with a 2-0 victory, with goals from Luis Mosquera and Edison Toloza.
In 2013, the ambassador and purslane would meet again in a final, this time for the Colombia cup, in which they would tie in the first leg in the city of Bogotá, with a score of 2-2, to later finish the Second leg in the city of Medellín with a 1-0 result in favor of the Antioquia team.
Millonarios was beaten 5-0 by Atlético Nacional on August 10, 2014, in which it is the biggest win for the blue team against the green team so far.
In 2016 the ambassador and purslane would meet in the quarterfinals, this time for the Colombian tournament, in which the blue won in the first leg in the city of Bogotá, with a score of 2-1, in the return match in Medellín fell 3-0.
They would meet again in the semifinal of the 2017 Colombian opening tournament, this time, in the semifinals. The first match was played at the Nemesio Camacho El Campín Stadium in the city of Bogotá, on June 7 with a balance of 0 to 0. The rematch would take place 4 days later, on June 11, this time at the Atanasio Girardot Stadium of the city of Medellín with a balance in favor for the Verdolagas of 1 to 0.
In 2018 they faced each other in the 2018 Colombian Super League, facing the Apertura Tournament champion, Atlético Nacional, and the Finalization Tournament champion, Millonarios. The first leg played in Bogotá ended with a score of 0-0. In the second leg, played on February 7 in the city of Medellín, the Embajadores They came back from 1-0 with a double from Paraguayan striker Roberto Ovelar, thus winning the Super League for the first time, and breaking a 7-year negative streak without winning at the Atanasio Girardot Stadium.
The so-called "Classic Añejo" is a very old rivalry in Colombian soccer, starring between Millonarios and Deportivo Cali. This meeting was by far the most important game in the country, considered the "Super Classic of Colombia" during the decades of the 60s and 70s. In 1980, the economic crisis of Millionaires, the drought of titles of the sugar producers, the consolidation of Atlético Nacional and the appearance of América de Cali as a rival of both teams, were the causes of the decline of this classic.
It is the most even match in Colombia, being one of the most important in the history of Colombian Professional Soccer, due to its great sporting disputes in the fight for titles and the brilliant players who have passed through its payrolls. Between these teams the titles of 1949, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1967, 1969, 1972, 1978 and 1995/96 have been disputed, plus the Colombia Cup of 1962/63.
With America from Cali
Millonarios and América de Cali star in one of the great classics of the country, because between both teams there are a total of 30 titles from Dimayor, 15 from Millonarios and 15 from América de Cali. In addition, it also brings together the two pioneering clubs in the founding of the Dimayor on June 26, 1948, which was achieved thanks to the management of its presidents, Alfonso Senior Quevedo, de Millonarios and Humberto Salcedo Fernández. Salcefer, from America, in the building of the Society for Public Improvements in Barranquilla. This rivalry gains strength during the 80s and 90s.
In the 2007 Finalization Tournament on the 13th date on October 20, America was victorious in Bogotá with a 2-1 result.
The classics played in 2008, resulted in a victory for each one at home, first on April 2, playing on the 11th date of the Apertura Tournament, despite losing from 20 seconds into the commitment, Millionaires tied at 5 minutes through Ricardo Ciciliano, who scored again at 16. Roberto Carlos Cortés was later sent off, but Millonarios reached 3-1 again with a goal from Ciciliano. Later, on September 28, on the same date in the Finalization Tournament, América de Cali won 1-0 with a goal from Adrián Ramos. In this (2010), they faced each other in the opening tournament where América de Cali won 3-2 in an exciting match, saving two penalties to the rival team and on the last date of the tournament Finalización y Millonarios again won 2-0.
On November 19, 2011, on the 16th date of the 2011 Completion Tournament, a very special classic was played, in which Millonarios defeated América de Cali 2-0, thus condemning him to play the promotion series against Patriotas, which would eventually end. with the descent of the scarlet team to the First Category B.
After 6 years without meetings between these two teams, on March 11, 2017 the teams met in El Campín; a match that would end with a score of 3-0 in favor of Millonarios. At 9 minutes Duvier Riascos would open the account with a dribble where he left the scarlet defense on the way and beat goalkeeper Carlos Bejarano, before the end of the first half, after a cross from Henry Rojas Harold Santiago Mosquera would score the 2-0 of head. The final goal would be scored by Eliser Quiñones after a powerful left foot, leaving goalkeeper Carlos Bejarano without a chance. The same year, in the semifinals, he met América de Cali, which he defeated in the first leg played at the Estadio Pascual Guerrero 2 goals against one. Millonarios would go ahead on the scoreboard with a goal from Ayron Del Valle, who evades Carlos Bejarano and scores his 11th goal in the league. A short time later, after a penalty in favor of América, saved by Nicolás Vikonis, the scarlet box would tie for a second penalty by Cristian Martínez Borja. Shortly after, David Macalister Silva would decree the final 2-1. After a good pass from Christian Camilo Huérfano, Silva shoots to the right hand of the American goalkeeper and sentences the game. In the second leg, Millonarios and América de Cali tied without goals, giving way to the final to the ambassador team led by Miguel Ángel Russo.
With Junior from Barranquilla
One of the matches that has gained importance in recent years and is a classic, due to the frequent encounters that occur between these two teams, either in the regular phase or in the knockout phase, the regional difference and also because Barranquilla is the place more difficult for Millonarios in its history, especially since the return of Atlético Junior in the 60s after several years without participating after his exit from the tournament due to differences with Dimayor and an economic crisis.
The rivalry between Millonarios and Junior began almost from their return to the league in 1966 and in 1968 the skirmishes would begin after losing a third place against the ambassador, but since then the sandy one would show a fierce resistance to blue especially in the Metropolitan, in Atlético Junior's counterpart would have a hard time winning in Bogotá. They would dispute the titles of 1972 and 1976 having controversy at the end of the game when defining the opening champion. They would fight again in 1982, 1987 and 1988 that although Junior would no longer have a chance, Millionaires in these two tournaments would beat Junior even turning around in the Metropolitan winning the stars 12 and 13, also this match in the 80's would be very tight and balanced until the short tournaments of 2011, 2014 and 2016 where the Junior has eliminated the ambassador team 3 times in their favor.
In the 1990s and 2000s it would maintain the difficulty and gain strength especially due to the low blue, but it was in 2011 where it began to have a classic tinge when Millonarios lost the opportunity to qualify for the grand final of the tournament, after arriving with a score of 3-0 in favor of Barranquilla, where the rojiblanco team drew and eliminated Millonarios via penalties where later the sharks would border their seventh star on their shield.
In the 2003 Apertura Tournament sharks and ambassadors faced each other in Group B of the semifinal home runs where they also faced Centauros Villavicencio and Deportivo Pereira.
In 2012 they would find themselves in the semifinals of Group A, in the first game Junior won 2-1 in Barranquilla and in the second game they tied 0-0 in Bogotá, thus qualifying Millonarios for the grand final for having made the highest number of points in the group.
The two teams would meet again in 2014, in both games they would draw 0-0 and the pass to the final would be defined at the El Campín stadium, where Junior defeated Millonarios and advanced to the final again against Atlético Nacional 10 years after having won it, in which this time he was runner-up.
In 2016 the pass to the semifinals would be played, Junior would win the first leg in Barranquilla by a score of 2-0, in the second leg Millonarios would go at half time with a score of 1-0 down (3-0 accumulated), in the second time Andrés Escobar and Carlos Henao surprisingly achieved the 4-1 with which they achieved the qualification to the semifinals, but a goal in extra time by Vladimir Hernández led to the definition via penalties that would ultimately end with the elimination of Millonarios and Junior's passage to the semifinal of the 2016 Opening Tournament.
In 2017 they met in the quarterfinals of the Colombia Cup, the first leg ended with a 0-0 draw, and the return match was 1-0 in favor of Junior after a maximum penalty that Jarlan Barrera converted, giving the classification to the semifinals.
To date they have met 10 times in round-trip series, the popular kill kills with a balance in favor for the Barranquilla with 6 series won by 4 of the blue team.
Likewise, Millonarios maintains rivalries of lesser repercussion with some international clubs, such as Real Madrid and River Plate. You meringues they met for the first time in 1952 when the Spanish team organized their Golden Jubilee, and Millionaires attended the match thanks to the resignation of River Plate in the soccer event. The Colombian team was crowned champion, drawing 2-2 with IFK Norrköping of Sweden and defeating the host team 4-2, marking the history of the Spanish club after the event resulted in the arrival of Alfredo Di Stefano to Spain where he would leave a great history. and legacy as a player, just as he did in Argentina and Colombia.
After the first confrontation between the two teams, that same year in July the rematch would be played in Bogotá. Millionaires would receive Real Madrid at the El Campín Stadium for the celebration of the Bogotá City Cup. The whites They would be surpassed for the second time by the Bogota cast, this time by a score of 2-1. The annotations of that meeting would be the work of Adolfo Pedernera and Alfredo Di Stéfano.
Three days later the team Meringue would have a new opportunity to face Millionaires, this time on the occasion of the Trophy of the Chancellery of Spain where again the team ambassador He would prevail by a score of 2-0, both goals being scored by Antonio Báez. Later they would meet twice in Venezuela, this on the occasion of the edition of the Small Club World Cup. There in the two games, both teams would end up tied at one goal, keeping the Bogota team unbeaten against Madrid.
Seven years later they met again, this time with Alfredo Di Stéfano playing in the ranks of Real Madrid, and with the motivation of having won three European cups, in 1959. The result would end with equality to one goal, with annotations from Di Stéfano himself for the Casa Blanca and Hugo Contreras for the Blue.
In tribute to Di Stéfano, Real Madrid decided to invite the capital club to celebrate the Santiago Bernabéu Trophy for the 2012 edition. The match took place on September 26 of that year, and the result was 8-0 in favor of the Real Madrid, this being the first and only time that the Spanish club defeated the ambassador team and at the same time being the biggest win for Real Madrid against Millonarios.
As for River Plate, the confrontation between the ambassador and the club millionaire It arises from several factors: the Argentine team is nicknamed "Millonario", similar to the name of the blue club. Likewise, historical players have passed through both clubs, such as Di Stéfano and Amadeo Carrizo, among others, and to this is also added the brotherhood that has been formed between the fans of the Argentine club and the Colombian. In total they have met 10 times; however, all the meetings between River Plate and Millonarios have been friendly. The first of these was in 1953 for the Republic of Colombia Cup, a match that would end 1-3 in favor of River Plate. Millionaires would win their first match the same year, this time for the Little Club World Cup, by a score of 5-1.
In its beginnings, the first courts used by the then Bogotana Youth were the field of the “La Merced” farm that had the Colegio de San Bartolomé (now called Colegio Mayor de San Bartolomé) in the area where the Park is currently located. national Enrique Olaya Herrera and the Colegio San Bartolomé la Merced (between the current Calle 34 and Avenida 39 with Carrera Séptima and Avenida Circunvalar).
Later he played several of his matches in the tournaments that were organized at that time on the La Salle grounds (between the current Calle Segunda and Carrera 10). But it should be clarified that despite the error that appears in some information, the La Salle Institute has nothing to do with Deportivo Municipal, it was an independent team of this educational institution, which was a rival of Deportivo Municipal in the tournaments of the time and Matches were played in its field, as it was the one with the largest audience capacity in the city at that time, until the construction of the El Campín stadium.
When the team in 1938 was temporarily acquired by the Municipality of Bogotá and became the Municipal Sports Club, it began to play in the newly opened Nemesio Camacho El Campín Stadium, currently located in the El Campín neighborhood on Avenida Norte-Quito- South (NQS) with Avenida Calle 57 (Teusaquillo town), the official address is Carrera 30 No. 57-60, and is owned by the Capital District of Bogotá and administered by the IDRD (District Institute for Recreation and Sports) . After the reform so that the stadium can host the 20 U-2011 Soccer World Cup, the stadium had a capacity for 36.343 spectators.
This stadium from then until now has always been his home, with the exception of the year 1950 and until July 1951, at the height of El Dorado, when due to the reconstruction of the "Coloso de la 57", it must have been local in the Alfonso López Pumarejo Stadium of the University City of Bogotá, which was able to witness the Ballet Azul team for the first time. Subsequently, he has only left the El Campín Stadium due to some other renovations or suspensions that the stage has suffered, although of very short duration.
Own stadium project
In 1989 it was considered to build its own stadium to become the first Colombian team with its own stadium, but the project did not go very far because they could not find land near the capital large enough to house a construction of such magnitude. Later, in 1999, plans were drawn and land purchased, but the project failed again because there were insufficient resources to build the stadium. More recently, in 2004, new plans were made and land was purchased under the jurisdiction of the municipality of Cota (northwest of Bogotá), to start the construction of the stadium. Blue But in 2005, again the project failed due to the economic crisis that led the team to bankruptcy, leaving the project behind.
By May 2018, the club president Enrique Camacho declared that the club can now financially build its own stadium without any problem and land has already been seen, but due to the POT (land use plan) it cannot be built within Bogotá. He also gave the RCDE Stadium as an example as an idea of what to do.
By November 2018, the president of the club Enrique Camacho together with Gustavo Serpa (shareholder of the club) ratified the intention to build the stadium and affirmed that a piece of land north of Bogotá had already been acquired. Subsequently, in March 2019, the desire of the board of directors to build a club's own stadium is reaffirmed, giving the green light to the project in an assembly of partners. The stadium, projected for 2025, would cost between $ 174 million and $ 200 million. This would include hotel and shopping center, as well as advice in the area from various experts.
Since last Thursday, Millonarios made a campaign of expectation with several of the figures of the starting team to ensure that from this Friday a new member of the "Great Blue Family" was going to be added and many stories began to be woven around this announcement .
After the officialization in the Twitter account, the fans of Millonarios began to write in the publication making a rather ambitious request: a new stadium for the club. Why? It should be remembered that Allianz has recognized venues in the world such as Bayern Munich, Juventus and in cities such as Vienna, London, etc.
The first clubhouse when it was founded in 1946, was located on Carrera Séptima con Calle 25 (before Avenida El Dorado or Calle 26 was built), near the District Planetarium and Independence Park. In those days the team received the nickname of 25th Street Club. In that venue, he also had a concentration where he hosted several of his players from the El Dorado era, and a restaurant called The Embassador, which ended up naming that passage and the Ambassador Cinema, on Veinticuatro Street in the town of Santa Fe.
At the same time, it had another sports venue in the Minuto de Dios neighborhood in the town of Engativá, land that it bought in 1952 and which was its property until 1971, when it sold, to buy its next venue.
His next sports venue was in a lot located in the Fontanar sector, in the town of Usaquén, on the northern outskirts of Bogotá, on the Autopista Norte with Calle 220. This property popularly known as La Finca, settled from the end of the 1980s to the beginning of 2010, it had been involved in multiple disputes in the last 20 years, but finally in 2005 it was determined that its ownership is 70% of the club and 30% of the DNE (National Narcotics Directorate). This was owned by the club until 2011.
In the 1980s the club had a modern country and social club located 3 km from Facatativá, with indoor swimming pools, multiple courts and fields, a property that it also lost, as it was owned by shareholders, who later suffered the extinction of ownership by part of the national government. In addition, in the 1990s, it also acquired land in the municipality of Sopo (on the outskirts of Bogotá), which it later delivered as part of payment to creditors when it accepted Law 550 (there it planned to build a new sports venue, something that did not materialize).
Currently Millonarios presented their new sports venue called Alfonso Senior Quevedo. An area of 40.000 square meters, located in the area known as Arrayanes, in the north of the capital. Three soccer fields with identical dimensions to that of Campín, and a house, also with one floor, around which the new ambassadors' house begins to rotate.
Alfonso Senior Headquarters
The team's headquarters is located in the Guaymaral sector in the area known as Arrayanes. It was inaugurated in January 2017, in an area of 40.000 square meters, it has three courts, two with the dimensions of the el Campin stadium, and a larger one to carry out tactical work.
The headquarters has dressing rooms, video room, wet area and medical offices.
His future project includes the construction of a concentration hotel, gym and expansion of the facilities.
Its construction began at the end of 2014 and ended in 2016. It was named in honor of the founder and first president of the club, Alfonso Senior Quevedo.
Millonarios has its own museum, inaugurated on February 14, 2015. It is located on the western side of the Nemesio Camacho El Campín Stadium.
It is made up of four main rooms, where there are trophies such as the 15 stars, the Merconorte Cup and others won by the club; T-shirts used by three Club idols: Alfredo Di Stéfano, Pedro Franco and Arnoldo Iguarán; sample of videos of historical matches and photographs of the 70-year history of the team.
Visitors will find a room entirely dedicated to Alfonso Senior Quevedo, founder and first president of the club, who is considered the best manager in the history of the club. In this room, you will be able to find historical documents of Senior, as well as his membership card number 1 of Millionaires in 1946, the FIFA card that he used in the 1986 Soccer World Cup, the identity document that accredited him as a member. from the FIFA committee and the founder's season tickets for the 1986 season, among others. There is also the document that Alfonso receives as an honorary member of Real Madrid.
The museum ends with an area dedicated to the uniforms used by the team throughout its history. Here, you can see the t-shirts that Millionaires have used from 1977 to the present. Here you will also be able to see “Las Clásicas” such as those of the 1987 and 1988 titles, or the commemorative of the golden anniversary in 1996 when he was runner-up in the 1995-96 season. Inside this wing there is a special space reserved for the two shirts of the star 14.
Note: Only official competitions are taken into account.
- Historic position: 1st
- Seasons in 1st: 91 (1948-Present).
- Greatest goals in favor:
- In national tournaments:
- 8-1 at Deportes Tolima, on July 7, 1963
- 7-0 at Atlético Nacional, on April 29, 1951
- 7-0 at Deportivo Cali, on May 27, 1962
- 6-0 at Santa Fe, on June 29, 1952
- 6-0 at Santa Fe, on August 29, 1954
- 6-0 at Real Cartagena, on October 21, 1992
- 6-1 at Deportes Quindío, on April 10, 1994
- 6-1 at Real Cartagena, on October 13, 2013
- 6-1 to Alianza Petrolera, on November 15, 2020
- 5-0 at Deportes Quindío, on April 9, 2011
- 5-1 to Independiente Medellín, on March 21, 2007
- 5-1 at Deportivo Pasto, on March 25, 2015
- 5-1 at Deportivo Cali, on November 18, 2017
- 5-2 at América de Cali, on October 25, 1959
- In national tournaments:
- In international tournaments:
- 6-2 at Deportivo Cali, on March 15, 1973
- 6-1 to Nacional, on July 29, 1988
- 6-0 at the University of Chile, on April 19, 1960
- 5-0 at Deportivo Italchacao, on August 23, 2001
- With classic rivals:
- 7-0 at Atlético Nacional, Colombian Championship 1951
- 7-0 at Deportivo Cali, Colombian Championship 1962
- 6-0 to Santa Fe, Colombian Championship 1952
- 6-0 to Santa Fe, Colombian Championship 1954
- 5-2 at América de Cali, Colombian Championship 1959
- In international tournaments:
- Biggest goals against:
- In national tournaments:
- 6-1 with Deportes Quindío, 2007-II.
- 5-0 with Atlético Nacional, 2014-II.
- 5-0 with Junior, Colombian Championship 2000.
- 5-0 with América de Cali, Colombian Championship 1992.
- 0-4 with Boyacá Chicó, Opening Tournament 2008.
- 2-4 with Deportes Quindío, Colombian Championship 1999.
- In international tournaments:
- 1-5 with Olympia, on (June 5, 1960).
- 0-4 with São Paulo, on (September 27, 1974).
- With classic rivals
- 6-1 with Deportivo Cali, (Colombian Championship 1950).
- 5-0 with Atlético Nacional, (2014-II).
- 5-0 with Junior, (Colombian Championship 2000).
- 3-7 with Santa Fe, (Colombian Championship 1992).
- In international friendly
- 8-0 with Real Madrid, on (September 26, 2012).
- In national tournaments:
- Peak goals in the league:
- Goal 1: Alfred Castillo.
- Goal 1.000: Marine Klinger.
- Goal 2.000: Oscar Villain.
- Goal 3.000: Juan Gilberto Funes.
- Goal 4.000: Nestor Villarreal.
- Goal 5.000: Federico Insua.
- Fastest goal:
- Ayron del Valle at 10 seconds marked América de Cali for the 2018 Completion Tournament.
- Youngest player to debut:
- John Jairo Mosquera at 14 years 8 months and 18 days in 2002.
- Best place in the league: 1st (15 times, in 1949, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1972, 1978, 1987, 1988, 2012-II and 2017-II).
- Worst place in league: 12th (last), once, in 1957. 17th (penultimate), once, in 2004-II. 16th (penultimate), once in 2002-II.
- Top scorer: Alfredo Castillo 133 goals (for the Colombian Championship).
- Most successful in its history: Gabriel Ochoa Uribe 13 titles (7 as DT: Ligas 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963 and 1972, Copa Colombia 1963 and Copa Simón Bolívar 1972) and (6 as player: Ligas 1949, 1952, 1953 and 1959, Copa Colombia 52/53 and Little World Cup 1953).
- Player who won the most titles: Francisco Zuluaga with 6 First A Championships (1949, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1959 and 1961), 1 Colombia Cup (1952-53) and 1 Small World Cup 1953.
- Best season: 1949, in 28 games, he won 22, tied 4 and only lost 2, scored 107 goals and only scored 37, to add 48 points (70 points today).
- Goalkeeper with the most undefeated: Otoniel Quintana, 1.024 minutes without conceding a goal (Record in Colombian professional football). Between September 12 and November 14, 1971.
- Longest unbeaten streak: 29 games in 1999 (Record in Colombian professional soccer).
- Greater number of dates as leader: 17, Clausura 2012, absolute leader from the second date to the 18, and ultimately champion, thus obtaining his star 14. (Record in short tournaments of Colombian professional soccer).
- History of Los Millonarios Sports Club
Trajectory and international participation
|For more details, consult the Career of the Millonarios Fútbol Club|
Millonarios occupies the first place in the historical table of points of Colombian professional soccer, published at the end of 2008, with 3.797 points. In this table 2 points are assigned for victory until 1994 and 3 points for victory as of 1995, and includes all the championships played from its first edition in 1948. In the attached table (see Annex: Historical table of the Category First A) the data is constantly updated, adding the points obtained by each team since its publication by the Major Division of Colombian Soccer.
Below are the most relevant professional titles of Millionaires in their history. It stands out that it is the second team that has won the Colombian League the most times (15), that it has won in two editions of the Colombia Cup, being one of the teams with the highest number of tournaments of this denomination; and at the international level he was the champion of the last edition of the Simón Bolívar Cup in 1972 and of the Merconorte Cup in 2001.
In addition, some relevant friendly internationals won by the club are mentioned, such as the Golden Jubilee of Real Madrid in 1952, the competition organized by the Venezuelan Football Federation and the Small Club World Cup in 1953, the latter considered as a precedent of the Intercontinental Club Cup.
It is one of the winning Colombian clubs in an international competition and also at the South American level.
The most recent official international title of the club was the 2001 Merconorte Cup, a tournament where some teams from North America participated and those considered the most important teams from the northern countries of South America, which was played for four years and Colombia with its teams had the total dominance of the competition. Millionaires participated in the four tournaments, and was one of the teams with the best results, had great performances such as the semifinal in 1998, the subtitle in the 2000 edition and the 2001 title.
They won Group B of the first phase with 12 points above Guadalajara from Mexico, MetroStars from New York and Italchacao from Venezuela. Qualification for the semifinal was on October 31 at Giants Stadium with a 1-0 victory in the 93rd minute, both achieved by Johan Viáfara.
The semifinal was against Necaxa in Mexico, where they lost the first leg 3: 2 at the Victoria Stadium in Aguascalientes. The rematch in Bogotá ended with the same score, but in favor of the Blues (3: 2), for which the definition was reached from the penalty spot where Millonarios won 3: 1.
The final of the tournament was against Emelec from Ecuador. The first match in Bogotá was on December 13, and it ended 1: 1. On December 20, the second leg was played in Guayaquil, which ended with the same score despite the fact that Millonarios began winning with a goal from Juan Carlos Jaramillo ('29m). Emelec's equality was scored by Otilino Tenorio ('50m). In the definition by the lottery of penalties, the set ambassador He won 3: 1 thanks in part to Venezuelan Rafael Dudamel who saved two charges.
This was the last international title won by Millionaires; Millonarios finally won the Merconorte Cup in addition to finishing as leader of the historical table of this competition with 54 points.
Among its participations in tournaments Conmebol Millonarios is one of the Colombian teams with the most participation in the Copa Libertadores de América and had an outstanding performance during the 1960th century; being his best participation in international tournaments reaching the semifinals of the 1973, 1974 and 2007 editions. In the South American Cup he reached the semifinals of the 2012 and XNUMX editions.
|Copa Libertadores de América (17)||1960, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1968, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1979, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1995, 1997, 2013, 2017, 2018.|
|South American Cup (6)||2004, 2007, 2012, 2014, 2018, 2020.|
|Merconorte Cup (4)||1998, 1999, 2000, 2001.|
|Simon Bolivar Cup (1)||1972.|
Note: in bold champion of the season.
En bold font competitions currently in force.
- National Tournaments (18)
|Category First A .||1949, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1972, 1978, 1987, 1988, 2012-II, 2017-II.||1950, 1956, 1958, 1967, 1973, 1975, 1984, 1994, 1995/96.|
|Colombia Cup (2/1)||1952-53, 2011.||2013|
|Colombian Super League (1/1)||2018||2013|
- International Tournaments (2)
|Merconorte Cup .||2001||2000|
|Simon Bolivar Cup * (1)||1972. (Shared record)|
|Little World Cup ** (1)||1953|
* Tournament organized by the Venezuelan Football Federation.
** Some clubs count it in their own personal record; however, without being official by any continental or world class.
- Regional tournaments (9)
|Cundinamarca Soccer League (7)||1941, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948.|
|Bogotá sports association (1)||1940.|
|Interdepartmental Championship of Colombia (1)||1947.|
Sports organization chart
- Colombian teams are limited to having a maximum of four foreign players in the squad. The list includes only the main nationality of each player.
- Since the 2019 season, Dimayor has only authorized the registration of (30) players, of which (5) must be under-23 category.
- Under-20 players are not taken into account in the count of the 30 registered against Dimayor.
- Player who belongs to the team, but is not registered on Dimayor's official roster.
Note: in bold font Players part of the last call in the corresponding category.
|Sub-20||7||Breiner Peace, Elvis Perlaza, Kliver Moreno, Daniel ruiz, Harrison Mojica, Christian Arango, Ricardo Márquez, Jader Valencia|
|Sub-17||2||Stiven vega and Juan Camilo García|
|Costa Rica||Absoluta||1||John Paul Vargas|
Registrations and registrations 2021-I
|Andres Murillo||Defense||At Equidad||Free|
|Fredy Guarín||Midfielder||Vasco da Gama||Free|
|Jader valencia||Forward||Lens||End of assignment|
|Christian Bonilla||Goalie||At Equidad||End of contract|
|Luciano Ospina||Defense||Alianza Petrol||End of contract|
|Matthias de los Santos||Defense||Vélez Sarsfield||Handover|
|Jhon duque||Midfielder||Atlético San Luis||Handover|
|Cesar Carrillo||Midfielder||To define||End of contract|
|Santiago Montoya||Midfielder||Athletic Bucaramanga||End of contract|
|Diego godoy||Midfielder||River Plate Club||End of contract|
|Nicolas Murcia||Midfielder||Deportivo Coopsol||Assignment|
|Ayron of the Valley||Forward||FC Juarez||End of contract|
|Eliser Quinones||Forward||Golden Eagles||End of contract|
- Players who are owned by the team and are loaned to perform with another team, some with an option to buy.
|Wuilker Farinez||Goalie||Lens||2021 June|
|Sebastian Navarro||Midfielder||Fortaleza||December 2021|
|Nicolas Murcia||Midfielder||Deportivo Coopsol||December 2021|
Players on loan at the club
- Players owned by another team and on loan from the club, some with an option to buy.
|Daniel ruiz||Midfielder||Fortaleza||December 2021|
|Ricardo Márquez||Forward||Union Magdalena||2021 June|
|1.||Alfredo Castillo||131 Goals||1.||Bonner mosquera||550 Games|
|2.||Arnold Iguaran||121 Goals||2.||Francisco Zuluaga||494 Games|
|3.||Marine Klinger||99 Goals||3.||Raphael Robayo||426 Games|
|4.||Alfredo Di Stefano||96 Goals||4.||Alexander Brand||385 Games|
|5.||Willington ortiz||96 Goals||5.||Julio Edgar Gaviria||382 Games|
|See full list||See full list|
Scorers by position
Players with the most titles
National team contributions
- The club has made several contributions to world-class competitions, such as:
- World Cup Qualifiers (unknown)
- The Senior Soccer World Cup (11)
- South American Championships (unknown)
- The Junior Soccer World Cup (6)
- Confederations Cup (1)
- America's Cup (39)
- Gold Cup (6)
- Olympic Games (3)
- The club's scorers have achieved a total of 21 golden boots.
- First Division (15)
- South American Cup (2)
- Libertadores Cup (1)
- Simon Bolivar Cup (1)
- Colombia Cup (1)
- Colombian Super League (1)
In total they are 220 foreign soccer players of 20 different nationalities who have played for the club.
Outstanding youth players
Current coaching staff
Since its founding, and up to the present, Millonarios Fútbol Club has had a total of sixty-eight coaches. The first on this list was the Chilean Fernando Constancio between 1946 and 1947. Initially, and until 1957, the club resorted to foreign coaches, notably the Argentine Adolfo Pedernera. The first Colombian national coach would be the former goalkeeper 'Albi-Azul' Gabriel Ochoa Uribe, winner of five league tournaments, a Colombia Cup, and the Simón Bolívar Cup in his time as coach, thus being the most winning coach in the history of the club with 7 official titles. They are followed by Adolfo Pedernera with five titles, Luis Augusto García with three and Miguel Ángel Russo with two titles. Also noteworthy are Hernán Torres, Colombian tournament champion after 24 years of the last tournament, and Richard Páez, Colombian Cup champion after 10 years without official titles.
The coach with the most games played is Colombian Gabriel Ochoa Uribe, who directed 546 games, followed by Luis Augusto García with 285 and Jorge Luis Pinto with 192 games.
In total, the coaches are divided into: 29 Colombians and 40 foreigners; 20 of Argentine nationality, 7 Uruguayans, 4 Yugoslavs, 4 Brazilians, 2 Spaniards, 1 Chilean, 1 Paraguayan and 1 Venezuelan.
At present the technical body is headed by: Alberto Gamero, technical director; Salvaje Rojas and Cerveleón Cuesta, technical assistants; Arnoldo Iguarán, strikers coach; and Felipe Palmezano and Julio Charales physical trainers.
Presidency and Board of Directors
Sports teams associated with Millonarios Fútbol Club:
The lower categories or minor divisions of the club refer to the reserve and youth teams that represent Millionaires in national tournaments in lower categories, it was created in the mid-60s and has served as a platform for the Bogota team to subtract several players for your professional staff. These categories are divided into: U-20 (A and B), U-17 (A and B), U-15, U-14, U-12, U-11 and U-10.
The team has sports training schools in Bogotá (6 locations), Cundinamarca, Tunja and Villavicencio.
- Millionaires U-20A.
- FCF Youth Super Cup (2/1):
- Champion: 2010, 2019
- Runner-up: 2009
- FCF Youth Super Cup (2/1):
Founded on May 9, 2018, it is in charge of representing Millionaires in the Professional Women's Soccer League of Colombia. It was created in agreement with the Sergio Arboleda University to promote women's sports. The team plays its first tournament in 2019, reaching the semifinals of this.
He is in charge of representing the club in video game competitions, more specifically FIFA. It opened its calls in August 2018 in the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One modality. The selection process began with the registration of about 1500 people, a face-to-face tournament at the Titán Plaza Shopping Center, Bogotá between 16 players and the final phase contested at the Millionaires Museum located in the Nemesio Camacho El Campín Stadium on September 1. Those chosen in 2019 contest the passage to the eClub World Cup On October 13, 2018, Nicolas Rojas win the Colombian Virtual Cup PlayStation 4 mode after beating Santa Fe eSports
In January 2020, Spanish streamer AuronPlay praised the club during a live broadcast. It is known that there is a relationship between the parties and it is not ruled out that a future represents the institution in eSports competitions.
- ESports millionaires Virtual soccer team, FIFA for PlayStation.
- Colombian Virtual Cup (1/0):
- Champion: 2018
- Colombian Virtual Cup (1/0):
The club has several animation groups, among which three stand out: Blue Commands, Blue Rain, and La Barra del Búfalo.
Previously Blue Commands # 13 or CA # 13 for its initials, and currently Blue Commands Capital District or by its initials CADC, one of the most popular bars of Millonarios. It was founded in 1992.
It was located in the north stand of the Nemesio Camacho El Campín stadium, however, in 2019, after the 'family stand' was formed, the Commandos they are forced to move to the south grandstand of the stage. The bar is characterized by its loyalty to the club, especially during the institutional crisis experienced between 2003 and 2006. The bar was in charge of giving life to the famous "Anaconda", a flag woven for 3 years, measuring 750 x 40 meters thus becoming the first flag in the world to cover an entire stadium.
The Blue Rain (Blue rain) is one of the largest and most well-established bars in Colombian soccer. Founded in 1992, it is one of the most representative bars of the Bogota club. Located in the south tribune of the Nemesio Camacho El Campín stadium, throughout its history, the Blue Rain has been characterized as the most representative barra brava in terms of musical accompaniment.
La Barra del Búfalo owes its name to the player of Millonarios in the 1980s Juan Gilberto Funes, nicknamed "El Búfalo", who was the protagonist in the 1984, 1985 and 1986 tournaments. The bar was organized in 1994, and his way of encouraging with jumps and chants he was an inspiration for other animation groups. In the beginning, the bar called itself "Los Sinvergüenzas de Siempre" but was renamed "La Barra del Búfalo" in commemoration of Juan Gilberto Funes. This bar is known in San Luis, Argentina, homeland of the «Buffalo» Funes. It is located in the lower and upper general Oriental tribune of the Nemesio Camacho El Campín Stadium.
- The clubs are owned by Joseph Oughourlian, through his investment groups, as well as Millionaires.
Influence in other clubs
- Millonario del Rímac: The club was founded in December 1957 after a tour of Millionaires in Inca lands. At present he competes in the third district division of Rímac, (fourth division of Peru) at the hierarchical level. The last official rapprochement between the two institutions occurred in 1976.
- FC El Campin Bragado: The club was founded in 2017 by the former player of Millionaires Gabi Fernández, in honor of his time at the institution, currently this team competes in the (Bragadense League), the fifth Argentine division for affiliates indirectly in AFA.
- River Plate: In the amateur era of Colombian soccer, he was then known as Municipal Sports Club, began to bring Argentine players so they were nicknamed as a mockery ("Los Millonarios"). Soon after, the directives decided to take that blunt as part of their official name, which agreed with the beginning of the professional league and the now called Millionaires To a great extent, players from River Plate continued to contract, so the relationship between the clubs became recurrent. Some of the notable player transfers are: Néstor Raúl Rossi (from River to Millonarios) and Juan Gilberto Funes (from Millonarios to River).
- Real Madrid: The history between the two clubs is reflected in terms of the 7 friendly matches in which they have faced each other since Millionaires He has won 3, there have been 3 draws and only one merengue victory has been seen. Millionaires became recognized as the only foreign club to beat the first golden generation of Real Madrid. In addition, between these two institutions, the transfer of Alfredo Di Stefano, one of the best players in the history of world football, was presented.
- Municipal Sports Club CM
- History of Los Millonarios Sports Club
- Minor divisions of Millionaires
- Millionaires Soccer Women's Club
- Annex: Statistics of Millonarios Fútbol Club
- Annex: Millionaires Soccer Club seasons
- Annex: Coaches of Millonarios Fútbol Club
- Annex: Presidents of Millonarios Fútbol Club
- Annex: Millionaires Soccer Club honors list
- Armando Neira (August 9, 2007). "The blue way of the cross". Weekly magazine. Archived from the original on January 8, 2008.
- Wikimedia Commons hosts a multimedia category on Millionaires Soccer Club.
- Official Web site
- Millionaires page in Dimayor
- Team overview in FIFA
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|Champion of the Little Club World Cup
Little Club World Cup 1953
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|Simón Bolívar Cup Champion
Simon Bolivar Cup 1972
|Merconorte Cup Champion
Merconorte Cup 2001
South American Cup