Abel Enrique Aguilar Tapias is popular as a Abel Aguilar from Bogota. He is the second Colombian footballer who plays for Deportivo de La Coruña as a midfielder. Since he was a child, he showed great interst, skills and performance in football. He started his career playing for the regional team of Bogotá, Estrella Roja de Bogotá and quickly jumped to the team of Deportivo Cali, that is the one of the four biggest clubs. Serie A side Udinese Calcio bought Aguilar's rights in the summer of 2005, from local Deportivo Cali, and loaned him immediately to fellow league team Ascoli Calcio 1898. He returned to Udinese in January 2006 and was loaned off to Xerez CD for three years. In 2008–09 Aguilar represented Hércules CF before he was loaned off to Real Zaragoza. He signed with former club Hércules for a four year contract in 2010. Abel Aguilar became the captain of the Colombian national team at U17 and U20 levels. Aguilar is a multifunctional, multitalented player that can perform as a tough defensive pivote in more offensive functions and can double as a playmaker.