Antigua GFC

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Antigua GFC
Full name Antigua Guatemala Fútbol Club
Nickname(s) Antigueños, Panzas Verdes, Aguacateros
Founded 1958
Ground Estadio Pensativo
Antigua, Guatemala
Ground Capacity 9,000
Chairman Flag of Guatemala.svg Mario Porras Gonzales
Manager Flag of the United States.svg Jeff Korytoski
League Liga Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala
2014 Apertura 11th
Website Club home page

Antigua Guatemala Fútbol Club is a Guatemalan professional football team based in Antigua Guatemala, and competing in the Liga Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala. They play their home games at the Estadio Pensativo. They are nicknamed Los Panzas Verdes ("Green bellies") in reference to

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1958 by Dr. Miguel Ángel Soto Bustamante and Mr. Antonio Martínez Barrios with the colonial city as its home. The club's first president was Rogelio Toldeo Estrada and the club's first manager was César Rodríguez Gudiel.

After earning promotion to the maximum division (Liga Mayor "A") in the 1957–58 season,[1] Antigua finished third in the 1959–60 league table.[2] However, they could not retain their level in the following years, suffering relegation after the 1964 season.[3] After more than a decade in the Liga Mayor B, the club's administration was inherited by the Antigua Guatemala Municipality, and in December 1976, earned promotion back to the Liga Mayor "A",[4][5] but were relegated two years later as the number of teams in the league was reduced from 18 to 12.[4][6] Administration changed hands again and the team earned another promotion in 1979 after winning a tie-breaking third playoff match against Juca at the Estadio Mateo Flores, remaining in the top category until 1983, when a last-place finish on the standings relegated them once again.[7]

Relegation in 1983 marked the beginning of a 16-year-long period in which the club went through financial strain and was unable to return to the top flight. In 1998 the team's administration was again given to the Municipality, and on 22 May 1999 they earned a spot in the now called Liga Nacional.[4] In 2006 they were relegated after seven years in the top flight, in what had been their longest period of participation at the top level.[8] As of 2011, they have competed in the Primera División de Ascenso.

Return to Liga Nacional in 2014[edit]

Antigua GFC will compete in Guatemala's highest-level league having purchased the position offered by the Heredia Jaguares from Izabal. For the 2015 season, the club kit will be supplied by Italian sports company Diadora.

Current squad[edit]

Antigua forward Juan Chang in action at the Estadio Pensativo

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Guatemala GK Victor Ayala
Costa Rica GK Minor Álvarez
Guatemala DF Pablo Solórzano
Guatemala DF Manuel Moreno
Guatemala DF Juan Carlos González
Guatemala DF Javier Melgar
Guatemala DF Edwin González
Guatemala DF Edwin Chacón
Guatemala DF Luis Aguilar
Guatemala MF Fredy Thompson
Uruguay MF Mario Piñeyro
Argentina MF Matias Donnet
No. Position Player
Colombia MF Roberto Peña
Guatemala MF Alexis Mata
Guatemala MF Alejandro Galindo
Guatemala MF Jhonatan López
Brazil MF Tomaz Donizete
Guatemala MF José Carlos Castillo
Guatemala FW Juan Valenzuela
Guatemala FW Israel Silva
Guatemala FW Óscar Isaula
Guatemala FW Mario Navas
Guatemala FW Mario Rodríguez

Notable players[edit]

Former coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Guatemala 1957/58". Rsssf.com. 2006-01-15. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  2. ^ "Guatemala 1959/60". Rsssf.com. 2006-01-15. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  3. ^ "Guatemala 1964". Rsssf.com. 2006-01-08. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  4. ^ a b c "Equipo Antigua GFC". Equipoantiguagfc.com. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  5. ^ "Guatemala 1976". Rsssf.com. 2005-12-17. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  6. ^ "Guatemala 1978". Rsssf.com. 2005-12-17. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  7. ^ "Guatemala 1983". Rsssf.com. 2005-12-17. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  8. ^ Guatemala 2005/06 - RSSSF

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