Atlético Bucaramanga: confirmed departures and possible incorporations for the second semester

So far, the Santander team has two casualties.

Bucaramanga players celebrate their title.

Under the command of Venezuelan coach Rafael Dudamel, Atlético Bucaramanga had the best campaign in its history in the first division tournament of Colombian professional soccer.

Fabián Sambueza celebrating the BetPlay League title with Atlético Bucaramanga. (Marco Valencia / VANGUARDIA).

In this competition, a total of 27 matches were played, of which 14 were won, seven were tied and six ended in defeat.

The good numbers, to which are also added the figure of 35 goals for, 29 against and a performance of 60.4%, were supported by the championship title that remained in the hands of the Santander team, for the first time, after 75 years of history.

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With the aim of maintaining the base of the successful squad and strengthening it for the second half of the year, the club’s directors, headed by president Jaime Elías Quintero, indicated that various modifications will be made.

Jaime Elías Quintero, president of Atlético Bucaramanga.
Jaime Elías Quintero, president of Atlético Bucaramanga.

“For days we have been thinking about the second tournament. The tweaks will be few but they will be very important, equal to or better than what we have; We also have to think about the Copa Libertadores, do different things and continue dreaming,” said Quintero in the middle of a dialogue with Tribuna Deportiva de Vanguardia.

Confirmed departures

So far, two players confirmed their departure from the Bucara institution.

The first to do so was Emanuel Zagert, who came to the ‘auriverde’ team with the aim of contributing offensively, but who failed to play a leading role, after a serious injury that kept him off the field.

“Simply thanks to all the people at Atlético Bucaramanga for the love and support. Today I have to say goodbye to this great institution and city, I am going to miss them,” the Argentine wrote on his social networks.

According to the Transfermarkt portal, Zagert trained at Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata, later he wore the shirt of Club Sportivo Estudiantes (San Luis).

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“I experienced many beautiful and unforgettable things, others not so good and difficult. I take with me the best memories of everyone, I leave with my head held high for having given 100% for this club,” he concluded.

Subsequently, the attacker Misael Martínez, who had greater continuity, announced his non-continuity with Atlético Bucaramanga.

“Today I say goodbye to the beloved ‘Leopard’, I thank God and life for being part of the winning team of the dreamed first star, I am lucky to be in the history of this beautiful club,” he said through his account. Instagram.

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Over the course of the season, Martínez played a total of 246 minutes, scoring two goals and providing one assist.

“I leave happy and calm to give every last drop of sweat, thanks to all the fans for always showing me their love, they will always be in my heart. With love, vallenato”, concluded the forward.

For the moment, as stated by the president of the institution, two other athletes are expected to stop wearing the ‘auriverde’ shirt.

Those who could arrive

Although no addition of players to the current champion of the BetPlay League has yet been officially defined, the managers would be close to finalizing the transfer of two players, one who comes from América de Cali and the other from Deportivo Independiente Medellín.

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These are Esneyder Mena, a 26-year-old right back, and Daniel Londoño, a 29-year-old left back.

“They are options,” said Jaime Elías Quintero to Fabián Blanco, journalist from Extratiempo and Corazón Leopardo.

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