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Abel Aguilar

Abel Aguilar
Aguilar being presented by Deportivo La Coruña
Personal information
Full name Abel Enrique Aguilar Tapias
Date of birth (1985-01-06) 6 January 1985
Place of birth Bogotá, Colombia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 21
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 Deportivo Cali 102 (3)
2005–2010 Udinese 2 (0)
2005 Ascoli (loan) 0 (0)
2007–2008 Xerez (loan) 48 (3)
2008–2009 Hércules (loan) 34 (9)
2009–2010 Zaragoza (loan) 27 (4)
2010–2013 Hércules 73 (4)
2012–2013 Deportivo La Coruña (loan) 28 (3)
2013– Toulouse 49 (1)
2015– Toulouse B 2 (0)
National team
2004– Colombia 56 (6)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 04:15, 14 October 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:14, 30 March 2015 (UTC)

Abel Enrique Aguilar Tapias (Spanish pronunciation: ; born 6 January 1985) is a Colombian professional footballer who plays for French club Toulouse FC as a central midfielder.


  • Club career 1
    • Italy 1.1
    • Spain 1.2
  • International career 2
    • International goals 2.1
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Club career


Aguilar was born in Bogotá. Serie A club Udinese Calcio bought his rights in the summer of 2005, from local Deportivo Cali, and loaned him immediately to fellow league team Ascoli Calcio 1898 due to the excess of foreign players in the roster; however, after some problems in the arrival of the transfer, the player missed pre-season training, only joining it a month into the season.

Aguilar returned to Udinese in January 2006, after having never played for Ascoli, but received few playing opportunities in the following months (one league match, and the UEFA Cup 0–1 loss at RC Lens, both incomplete).


For the following three years Aguilar was also loaned, always in the Spanish second division. He started out in January 2007 at Xerez CD,[1] where he remained until the end of the 2007–08 campaign, always as first-choice.

In 2008–09 Aguilar represented Hércules CF, being a permanent fixture as the Alicante side fell three points short of a return to La Liga. On 24 July 2009 he was again loaned, now to Real Zaragoza, which in turn promoted to the top flight;[2] he made his debut in the competition on 29 August, starting and playing 71 minutes in a 1–0 home win against CD Tenerife.[3]

Aguilar was released by Udinese in July 2010, immediately signing a four-year contract with former club Hércules, returned to the top division after an absence of 13 years.[4]

International career

Aguilar was the captain of the Colombian national team at under-17 and under-20 levels. He rose to stardom as leader of the latter side that finished third at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship.

Aguilar was then promoted to the senior squad for the 2004 Copa América held in Peru. There, he scored two goals, helping his country to the semifinals.[5]

Subsequently, Aguilar returned to the under-20 (again as captain), helping them to a first-place finish at the 2005 South American Youth Cup with the consequent qualification for the World Championship of the category in the Netherlands. After helping the national team to three group stage wins, he could not prevent a round-of-16 1–2 ousting at the ends of Argentina.

Aguilar was selected by José Pekerman for his 2014 FIFA World Cup squad.[6] He played his first-ever game in the tournament on 14 June, starting in a 3–0 group stage win against Greece which was also his 50th cap.[7]

International goals

Scores and results lists Colombia's goal tally first.[8]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 12 July 2004 Estadio Mansiche, Trujillo, Peru  Peru
2004 Copa América
2. 17 July 2004  Costa Rica
3. 12 July 2005 Orange Bowl, Miami, United States  Trinidad and Tobago
2005 Gold Cup
4. 17 July 2005 Reliant Stadium, Houston, United States  Mexico
5. 6 February 2013 Sun Life, Miami Gardens, United States  Guatemala
6. 30 March 2015 Mohammed Bin Zayed, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates  Kuwait


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  2. ^ Abel Aguilar es el cuarto (Abel Aguilar is the fourth); Diario Equipo, 24 July 2009 (Spanish)
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  5. ^ Copa América 2004; at RSSSF
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External links

  • Abel Aguilar profile at BDFutbol
  • Abel Aguilar at
  • Abel Aguilar – FIFA competition record
  • Abel Aguilar profile at Soccerway
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