C.D. Luis Ángel Firpo
|Full name||Club Deportivo Luis Ángel Firpo|
|Founded||September 17, 1923|
|Ground||Estadio Sergio Torres,
Usulután, El Salvador
|Chairman||Carlos Mendez Flores|
|Clausura 2013||Primera División Champions|
Club Deportivo Luis Ángel Firpo (often abbreviated to Firpo) is an El Salvador professional association football club based in Usulután. The club was founded in 1923, and has played at its current home ground, Estadio Sergio Torres, since 1950.
They have won ten Primera Division Champions titles. Firpo has the fourth highest total of major honours won by an Salvadoran club. The club's most successful period was between 1988 and 2000, when they were runner up in both CONCACAF Cup Winners Cup and Copa Presidente and seven of their First Division titles.
They have a fierce local rivalry with FAS, and the two clubs have engaged in a fierce derby. The club's traditional kit colours are Red shirts, red shorts and white socks.
- 1 Overview
- 2 History
- 3 International representation
- 4 Achievements
- 5 Performance in CONCACAF competitions
- 6 Anthem
- 7 Stadium
- 8 Logo
- 9 Fans
- 10 Rivalries
- 11 Current squad
- 12 Youth League squad
- 13 Personnel
- 14 Managerial Information
- 15 References
- 16 External links
Club Deportivo Luis Ángel Firpo is the second oldest club in El Salvador. The club was founded on September 17, 1923 by a group of local citizens. Originally named Tecún Umán, the club was soon renamed in honor of Luis Ángel Firpo, a famous Argentine boxer, who almost became the first Latin American heavyweight champion by knocking Jack Dempsey out of the ring on September 24, 1923.
Some of the greatest Salvadoran football players, including Mauricio Cienfuegos and Raúl Díaz Arce, have played for L.A. Firpo at some point in their careers. The team has won a total of ten Primera División de Fútbol Profesional championships in 1988–1989, 1990–1991, 1991–1992, 1992–1993, 1997–1998, 1999 Clausura, 2000 Clausura, 2007 Apertura, 2008 Clausura and 2013 Clausura. Their most recent title came May, 2013 after defeating C.D. FAS 3–0. Firpo otuplayed FAS on rain effected game with goals coming from Panamanian Anel Canales, Medardo Max Guevara and Marlon Trejo García.
The team predominately plays its home games at Estadio Sergio Torres in Usulután. The team's mascot is the bull, a reference to the nickname of the team's namesake who was called "El Toro de las Pampas", which translates to "The Wild Bull of the Pampas" Furia Pampera was the first to have two different representative locations; Usulután (Furia Usulután) and San Salvador (Furia SS).
On September 17, 1923, a group of Usulután citizens, mostly of European descent decided to form a team which represent their community passion for football. The club first elected Gustavo Denys as their first club chairman. They decided to choose red and blue as their teams colours. Originally named Tecún Umán, the club was soon renamed in honor of Luis Ángel Firpo, a famous Argentine boxer, who almost became the first heavyweight champion of Latin descent and came close by knocking Jack Dempsey out of the ring on September 24, 1923. The members of C.D. Luis Ángel Firpo acquired land near Sergio Torres creek to develop and build a stadium. Slowly but surely the team gained prestige in 1941–1942, when it labeled the best team in the eastern zone of El Salvador. After defeating Chinameca Sporting Club and Corona F.C. they succeed in participating in the triangular series, but were no match to Quequeisque of Santa Ana.
Luis "el Loco" Regalado was the first Firpo player to earn selection to play for the El Salvador's national football team, he was followed by Zamora brothers (Ricardo and Miguel), Quinteros brothers (Leonidas and Lázaro), along with Ramón and Mario Águila. Their first football manager was Manuel "el Zancudo" Segurado.
In the early '40s, although Firpo were decently skilled football team, its leadership, was not economically stable and this was show in the next decade. In the '50s despite being bi-champions along with Atlético Marte they were relegated. However, due to the command of Narciso Romagoza, they returned to the first division the very next year. The team discovered some great talents such as Félix Quinteros and Roberto Aguila, however due to financial trouble they lost both players to other clubs and were once again relegated in 1962. In 1967, Firpo were promoted once again thanks to the efforts of Francisco Contreras, Daniel Martínez, Napoleón Regalado, Ramón Tenorio, Raúl Corcio Zavaleta and Miguel Deras. The acquisition of Chilean Andrés Paretti and Julio Escobar breathed fresh air into the team. Once again poor management and financial control lead to Firpo being demoted once again. In 1972 Firpo returned to first division and has stayed there ever since.
The team first great joy came in the 1988–1989 season, after finishing third on the table (with 12 wins, 16 draws, 8 loses) despite this amazing effort, the team's leadership dismissed their Argentinian coach Juan Quarterone and replaced him with the former Luis Ángel Firpo player, Chilean Julio Escobar. The club won their first ever title in their 66 years of existence, when they beat Cojutepeque F.C. 4–3 on penalties in the final at the Estadio Cuscatlán, after a 2–2 draw in extra tie. Jose Maria Batres scored in the fifth minute to put Firpo ahead. One minute later Piggot equalized for Cojutepeque,The game went into overtime with Leonel Carcamo restoring Firpo lead in 91st min. However Hugo Ventura equalized for Cojutepeque with only 2 minutes remaining to the end of extra time. The championship was decided by a penalty shootout. Abraham Vásquez, Martín Duffo and De Moura while Edgar Henriquez and Miguel Seminario missed their penalties. the score remained 3-3 all on penalties, when Walter Ventura of Cojutepeque F.C. missed his penalty and Leonel Carcamo scored the winning penalty for Firpos maiden title.
The same team roster reached the 1990 final, however they were outplayed by Alianza F.C. and lost the final.
In the 1991 season Firpo under the direction of Uruguayan coach Juan Carlos Masnik went 30 games without losing a single game which enabled them to reach the 1991 cup final. In which Firpo went on to defeat Aguaila 1-0 thanks to the lone goal of Marlon Menjivar. giving Firpo their second title in just three years.
The very next year, Macedonian Kiril Dojcinovski took over the coaching reigns of Firpo and alongside several key players won back to back titles Raul Toro, Raul Diaz Arce, Mauricio Cienfuegos, Celio Rodriguez, Leonel Carcamo and Fernando de Moura (1991-1992, 1992-1993). His first and Firpo third title came on the 5th of July, 1992 thanks to a 3-0 victory over Alianza with the goals coming from a double by Nildeson and De Moura.
Firpo's fourth title (and the clubs first back to back title) came on the 27th of June 1993 and once again it came at the expense of Alianza this time it was a 2-1 scoreline, with goals coming from Raul Diaz Arce and Celio Rodriguez. Despite making the semis and finals between 1994-1997 season the club failed to win a title, however in the 1998 season under Chilean coach Julio Escobar and captaincy of Leonal Carcamo the club was able to defeat FAS 2-0 with the goals being scored by Firpo legendary players Raúl Toro and Abraham Monterrosa.
Firpo went on to win their sixth title (and their second back to back titles) in the 1999 season with 5-4 penalty victory over FAS after both team remained scoreless after 120 minutes. Misael Alfaro, Castro Borja, Celio Rodriguez, and Nildeson scored Firpo first four penalty kicks. Goalkeeper Misael Alafro saved FAS penalty kick before Raul Toro scoed his penalty kick to give Firpo the championship. On the 2nd of July, 2000 Firpo won their seventh title in the club history after defeating ADET, after a emotionally week leading up to the final (where the club president and owner Sergio Torres passed away) the players dedicated their victory to their recently departed boss and brought to end the club golden era COPA ES.
Eventually several members of the golden generation emoved abroad, moved to other clubs or retired. Along with the loss of Sergio Torres who was the club primary sponsor during the golden era the club became more finacially unstable with several owner changes during a five year peroid. On the pitch the team was in decline. Following the success on the 90s, Firpo failed to capture any primera division title for the next seven years and that's despite making the grand final on seven occasion. However, Firpo were able to break this hoodoo and win their eight title the 2007 Apertura under the direction of Argentinian coach Horacio Cordero. They defeated C.D. FAS 5-3 in a penalty shootout after the teams were locked up at one all after 120 minutes of football. Firpo lone goalscorer was Patricio Barroche. The very next season the club was able to win not only their ninth title but also their third back to back title in the club history and this is despite having a new coach Argentinian Gerardo Reinoso. The club was able to win Clausura 2008 thanks to a 1-0 victory over C.D. FAS with lone goal coming in extra time from Guillermo Moran.
The team won their tenth title thanks to the direction of Argentianian coach Roberto Gamarra. On May, 2013 Firpo defeated C.D. FAS 3–0. Firpo completely outplayed FAS on rain effected game with the goals coming from Panamanian Anel Canales, Medardo Max Guevara and Marlon Trejo García.
At the beginning of the nineties they participated in their first international tournament, the and surpassed expectation by defeating Pumas UNAM 1–0 in the first round however they lost in the second round by penalties against Alajuelense. For the 2008–09 CONCACAF Champions League, they were eliminated in the group stage, after having qualified directly into the round as El Salvador's champions. They once again participated in the 2009–10 CONCACAF Champions League, however they were eliminated in the preliminary round by D.C. United.
- Primera División
- (10) – :Winners (10): 1988–89, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1997–98, 1999 Clausura, 2000 Clausura, Apertura 2007, Clausura 2008, Clausura 2013
- (11) –:Runners-up (11): 1955–1956, 1989–1990, 1994–1995, 1995–1996, 1996–1997, Apertura 2001, Primera División de Fútbol Profesional Clausura 2003, Clausura 2005, Clausura 2007, Clausura 2009
- Copa Presidente
- (1) – :Runners-up (1): 2000
Performance in CONCACAF competitions
- Copa Interclubes UNCAF: 2 appearances
- CONCACAF Cup Winners Cup: 2 appearances
- Best: Runner up in 1995
- 1993 – 3rd place
- 1995 – Runner-up
- CONCACAF Champions' Cup: 8 appearance
- CONCACAF Champions League: 3 appearances
Record versus other clubs
- As of 2013-09-13
The Concacaf opponents below = Official tournament results: (Plus a sampling of other results)
|San Marcos Carazo||1995||2||2||0||0||10||1||6||-9|
|San Francisco F.C.||2008-2009||2||2||0||0||4||2||6||+2|
|Club Deportivo Estudiantes de la UAG||1995||1||0||0||1||1||2||0||-1|
- AHí VIENE EL FIRPO AHí VIENE EL Firpo.
- HOY VIBRAN LOS ESTADIOS EN TODO EL SALVADOR.
- ORIENTE HACE AL FIRPO EL EQUIPO GANADOR,
- ¡VIVA EL FIRPO, VIVA EL FIRPO!
- LA GARRA Y EL CORAJE DEL BUEN USULUTECO,
- SE SIENTE CUANDO EL FIRPO COMIENZA A GOLEAR.
- ¡VIVA El FIRPO VIVA El FIRPO
- FIRPO ES EL EQUIPO GANADOR,
- ORGULLO DE MI PATRIA EL SALVADOR
- ¡VIVA EL FIRPO!
C.D. Luis Ángel Firpo plays most of its home games at Estadio Sergio Torres in Usulután, better known throughout Central America as the Devil's Cauldron because it is close to impossible to defeat Firpo there. Located in the Barrio La Parroquia, the stadium is an exception in El Salvador's professional football: As Firpo is the only team in the First Division that plays in its own stadium. Firpo's first president, Mr. Gustavo Demis, bought two thirds of the stadium and, in 1950, the then president, Mr. Juan Boillat, bought the other third. In 1987, the stadium was renamed after the legendary former owner and president of the team. The stadium known as Usulután Stadium became known as Sergio Torres Rivera Stadium. However the club has moved games to Estadio Cuscatlán for big clashes.
Their first logo contained a figure of a bull in honor of the "toro de las pampas" of the boxer Luis Ángel Firpo. However, later the board of Luis Ángel Firpo decided to replace the bull with the official coat of arms of Luis Ángel Firpo which consisted of a triangle with two half circles which contained the blue and white letters of the club. On top of the coat of arms contains stars which indicate the amount of titles the team has won, which currently is at ten.
Despite having a growing fan base across the country, there were no official fan groups until 1990 when Manuel Viagra founded the Furia Pampera in Usulután. They are currently the second largest fan base in San Salvador and the fourth largest nationwide.
- Luis Ángel Firpo v. Alianza. The match is known as (Clásico Joven) (Young classic) Although Alianza has one more title than Firpo.
- Luis Ángel Firpo v. Águila. The match is known as (Clásico de Oriente) (Eastern Classic). They are from the same Zone.
- One smallest but stronger and old rivalry could be Luis Ángel Firpo v. FAS.
Luis Ángel Firpo has had numerous presidents over the course of their history, some of which have been the owners of the club while others have been honorary presidents. Here is a complete list of them.
Elmer Antonio Landaverde
Squad Changes for Clausura 2014
- Roberto Carboni – Transferred from Nacional de Bolivia
- Guillermo Pfund – Transferred from Deportivo Merlo
- Fabricio Alfaro – Transferred from Santa Tecla
- Christian Javier Bautista – Loaned from Mictlán de Guatemala
- Léster Blanco – Transferred from Real España
- Ramiro Carballo – Transferred from UES
- Óscar Rodríguez – Transferred from San José Sacare
- Emerson Véliz – Transferred from Santa Tecla
- José Villavicencio – Transferred from Turin FESA
- Dennis Alas – Banned from football for life due to match fixing
- Allan Alfaro – Transferred to C.D. Aguila
- Christian Castillo – Banned from football for life due to match fixing
- Josué Galdámez – Transferred to TBD
- Tomás Granitto – Released Free Agent
- Edwin Guardado – Transferred to TBD
- Marlon Martínez – Transferred to Santa Tecla F.C.
- Carlos Monteagudo – Banned from football for six months
- Dagoberto Portillo – Banned from football for life due to match fixing
- Héctor Salazar – Transferred to Santa Tecla F.C.
- Jeremie Lynch – Transferred to Harbour View
- Carlos Abidal – Transferred to TBD
Youth League squad
C.D Luis Angel Firpo's youth squad plays in the ten-team Primera División Reserves (El Salvador). Current members of the squad are:
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Assistant Manager||Luis Roberto Hernández|
|Reserve team Manager||Miguel Aguilar Obando|
|Fitness Coach||Roberto Hernández|
|Goalkeeper Coach||Shafick Chávez|
|Club Doctor||Luis Enrique Quintanilla|
|knesliogiocal||Luis Alberto Fornos Gómez|
|Utility||Julio Ernesto Méndez|
The following managers have all won at least one major trophy when in charge.
- John Ashdown (12 September 2012). "Which club were shipwrecked on their way to a game?". The Guardian.
- http://elsalvadorlomejor.com/luis_angel_firpo.htm. Missing or empty
- Official website (Spanish)
- Official supporters website (Spanish)