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Teófilo Gutiérrez
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Teo at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Full name Teófilo Antonio Gutiérrez Roncancio
Date of birth 17 May 1985 (1985-05-17) (age 36)
Place of birth Barranquilla, Colombia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Atlético Junior
Number 29
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006 Barranquilla 40 (16)
2007–2009 Atlético Junior 75 (42)
2010–2011 Trabzonspor 16 (8)
2011–2012 Racing Club 40 (22)
2012 → Lanús (loan) 2 (1)
2012 Atlético Junior (loan) 18 (5)
2012–2013 Cruz Azul 21 (6)
2013–2015 River Plate 47 (22)
2015–2017 Sporting CP 23 (11)
2016–2017 Rosario Central (loan) 21 (5)
2017– Atlético Junior 106 (27)
National team
2009– Colombia 51 (15)
2016 Colombia Olympic 6 (4)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 December 2020.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 October 2017

Teófilo Antonio Gutiérrez Roncancio ( born 17 May 1985), commonly known as Teo, is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Categoría Primera A club Atlético Junior and the Colombia national team.

Club career

Barranquilla FC

He began his career with Barranquilla F.C., Atlético Junior's second division team, in 2006. After scoring 16 goals in 28 appearances, he was called up to Junior's senior team.

Atlético Junior

In his first years with the main squad, Gutiérrez found it difficult to break into the starting eleven. He managed to score his first goal on 2 September 2007 in a match against Malaga. During Copa Mustang in 2008, he earned a spot in the starting lineup and managed to score 11 goals, finishing third place in the scoring charts, just behind Freddy Montero and Carlos Quintero and tying Adrián Ramos and Milton Rodríguez.

During Copa Mustang I 2009, Gutiérrez was in outstanding form, scoring a total of 16 goals and winning the Golden Boot of the tournament. During the playoffs, he scored six goals with hat-tricks against Cúcuta Deportivo and Envigado FC. During Copa Mustang Teo ended 2009 with 14 goals, finishing second to Jackson Martínez's 18 goals.

He was named by the IFFHS as the fourth world First Division top scorer of 2009, having scored 30 goals during the year.

Trabzonspor

On 13 January 2010, Junior sold Gutierrez to Turkish club Trabzonspor for $3 million. During his first season in Turkey, he found it difficult to adapt to the new country and style of play, which prevented him from being a regular on the starting eleven. He played 11 league games and didn't score any goals.

Gutierrez began to show progress with the start of his second season (2010–2011) in Turkey, scoring a hat trick against Bursaspor during his team's 3–0 in the 2010 Turkish Super Cup victory and earning the man of the match award. He scored two goals during his Süper Lig debut against Ankaragücü and added two more in a 6–1 demolishing of Sivasspor on 13 September. He also scored his first UEFA Europa League goal against Liverpool on 26 August.

Racing Club

Gutiérrez moved to his country without permission of Trabzonspor or his manager claiming to have some health problems. After check-ups, doctors did not find any health problems, and on 3 February 2011, Trabzonspor accepted a bid from Racing Club of Argentina.

Although he was performing at the top of his game for La Academia, while linking up with selección teammate Giovanni Moreno, Gutierrez had a tendency to be sent off, and the fans wanted him to leave the club. After a match against Independiente, where he was sent off, his teammate Sebastián Saja confronted him over his sending off, and Gutierrez allegedly got into a fight with him and after that threatened Saja and other teammates with a paintball gun. This incident, along with a previous incident in which he got into a fight with goalkeeper Mauro Dobler in training, contributed to his departure from the club.

Lanús and Junior loans

After his untimely departure from Racing Club, Gutierrez signed a short-term contract with Lanús for whom he would play in the Copa Libertadores. His time at Lanús was cut-short after he left Argentina for his native Colombia without permission from the club, claiming that he was on international duty. When it was found out that he was not selected for the Colombia squad, Lanús cancelled his contract. A six-month loan to Junior was then arranged, but Los Tiburones, who had made a considerable effort in the transfer market to reclaim the Liga Postobón title, failed to reach the finals.

Cruz Azul

In December 2012, Gutiérrez was sold to Mexican side Cruz Azul by US$3 million and a salary of US$1.5 Million per year. Despite being used as a substitute of Argentine striker Mariano Pavone for most of the season, he managed to score important goals for Cruz Azul in the Liguilla while Pavone was injured, including one in the final against América, although his team lost. After a six-month spell at Cruz Azul, Gutierrez said he wanted to leave to Argentinian side River Plate, even though he initially expressed his will to stay at the Mexican club.

River Plate

After the relationship between Cruz Azul and the player worsened due to the persistent interest of River Plate's coach Ramón Díaz to bring the Colombian to his squad, Cruz Azul and River Plate reached an agreement thought to be around US$3 million. Gutierrez has said that it was his dream to play for the Buenos Aires-based club. However, River Plate did not have sufficient funds for the player, and eventually he made a return to Cruz Azul. A week later, the issues were thought to be resolved thanks to FIFA's involvement, and the transfer was made official in late July 2013.

He made his debut in a 2–1 loss against Club Atlético Colón. where he scored his very first goal. He would later be part of the team that crowned itself champion in the following tournament, scoring 6 goals. Under the management of Marcelo Gallardo, Teo scored 10 goals in 10 appearances in the 2014 Torneo de Transición.

In December 2014 River Plate won the 2014 Copa Sudamericana after a 3–1 aggregate victory over Atlético Nacional. This was Gutierrez's second title with the club. As a result of his great performances throughout the year, he was named as the 2014 South American Footballer of the Year, becoming only the second Colombian to win the award, after Carlos Valderrama. In February 2015, River Plate won the 2015 Recopa Sudamericana against San Lorenzo, with Gutierrez participating in both legs.

On 27 May 2015, he scored and assisted in a 3–0 victory in the 2015 Copa Libertadores quarter-finals against Cruzeiro.

Sporting CP

On 19 July 2015, Sporting CP announced the signing of the Colombian player on a three-year contract and a €40 million release clause. In August 2015, he scored in the first and second legs during the 2015–16 Champions League play-off matches against CSKA Moscow, which contributed to Sporting's aggregate 4–3 victory and helped them advance to the Group Stages. Sporting ended placing third in their group, and were transferred to the Europa League.

On 31 October, Gutierrez scored Sporting's only goal in the victory against Estoril Praia. On 10 December 2015, he scored the last goal in a 3–1 victory over Beşiktaş. He scored two goals in Sporting's 5–1 one-sided victory over FC Arouca on 18 March 2016. Two weeks later, he added another brace in a 2–5 away victory at Belenenses. His last goal for the club was scored on 15 May in a victory over Sporting Braga.

Rosario Central (loan)

On 6 August 2016, Gutierrez was announced as a Rosario Central player, on loan from Sporting. On 20 November 2016, he scored a goal against Boca Juniors in La Bombonera and was sent off shortly afterwards because of his controversial celebration, where he made a gesture across his chest signifying the diagonal slash of River Plate's uniform. This was a big deal because River Plate is Boca Junior's biggest rival.

Atlético Junior

On 26 June 2017, Gutierrez was signed by his hometown team Atlético Junior on a three-year deal. He made his debut in a 3–0 victory against La Equidad, scoring the third goal from the penalty spot. He led his team to a Copa Colombia win in 2017, scoring in the final against Independiente Medellín.

International career

Gutiérrez scored in his international debut for Colombia on 7 August 2009 in a 2–1 victory against El Salvador. In his third call up to the Colombian national team, he made his first competitive appearance in a qualifying game for the 2010 FIFA World Cup against Ecuador, scoring the second goal in a 2–0 victory.

During the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Gutiérrez scored six goals in 11 matches, including a brace in a 4–0 victory against Uruguay on 7 September 2012, and Colombia's first goal in a 3–3 draw against Chile, after having trailed 0–3 on 11 October 2013. This result ensured Colombia's qualification to the 2014 World Cup. In June 2014, he was named in Colombia's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals and, after the withdrawal of Radamel Falcao through injury, took the number 9 shirt for Los Cafeteros.

In the team's opening match of the tournament, Gutiérrez scored Colombia's second goal in a 3–0 win against Greece.

In May 2018 he was named in Colombia's preliminary 35 man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. However, he did not make the final 23.

International goals

Scores and results lists Colombia's goal tally first.

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 August 2009 Robertson Stadium, Houston, United States  El Salvador
1–1
2–1
Friendly
2. 5 September 2009 Estadio Atanasio Girardot, Medellín, Colombia  Ecuador
2–0
2–0
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 3 September 2011 Red Bull Arena, Harrison, United States  Honduras
1–0
2–0 Friendly
4.
2–0
5. 6 September 2011 Lockhart Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, United States  Jamaica
1–0
2–0
6. 7 September 2012 Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, Colombia  Uruguay
2–0
4–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
7.
3–0
8. 11 September 2012 Estadio Monumental David Arellano, Santiago, Chile  Chile
3–1
3–1
9. 22 March 2013 Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, Colombia  Bolivia
3–0
5–0
10. 11 June 2013  Peru
2–0
2–0
11. 11 October 2013  Chile
1–3
3–3
12. 31 May 2014 Estadio Pedro Bidegain, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Senegal
1–0
2–2
Friendly
13. 14 June 2014 Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, Brazil  Greece
2–0
3–0
2014 FIFA World Cup
14. 14 November 2014 Craven Cottage, London, England  United States
2–1
2–1
Friendly
15. 8 October 2015 Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, Colombia  Peru
1–0
2–0
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Player profile

Style of play

Teo is a prolific forward, as he scores and he gets into finishing position easily, but he can also create plays and make through passes. He is said to be the most technical striker in Colombia, since he started his youth career playing as a playmaker, and has the ability to provide assists to his teammates using his superior vision. He is often the connecting link between the midfielders and the forwards.

Honours

Club

Trabzonspor

  • Turkish Cup (1): 2009–10
  • Turkish Super Cup (1): 2010

Cruz Azul

  • Copa MX (1): Clausura 2013

River Plate

Sporting

  • Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira (1): 2015

Junior

  • Categoría Primera A (2): 2018–II, 2019–I
  • Copa Colombia (1): 2017
  • Superliga Colombiana (2): 2019, 2020

Individual

  • 2009 Categoría Primera A Apertura top scorer (16 goals)
  • 2010 Turkish Super Cup Most Valuable Player
  • Argentine Primera Division Clausura 2011 Top Scorer
  • 2014 South American Footballer of the Year
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