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 Decade of success
- 4 International representation
- 5 Achievements
- 6 Performance in CONCACAF competitions
- 7 Anthem
- 8 Stadium
- 9 Logo
- 10 Fans
- 11 Rivalries
- 12 Current squad
- 13 Personnel
- 14 Notable players
- 15 Managerial Information
- 16 References
- 17 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 Latin heavyweight champion 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 El Salvador's national football team, he was followed by Ricardo and Miguel Zamora, Leonidas and Lázaro Quinteros, 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. 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 poor economic stability they lost both players and were 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.
Decade of success
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 title after 66 years, They beat Cojutepeque F.C. 4–3 on penalties in the final at the Estadio Cuscatlán, after a 1–1 draw in normal time. The same team roster reached the 1990 final, however they were outplayed by Alianza F.C. and were defeated. In the 1991 final, Firpo defeated C.D. Águila under the direction of Juan Carlos Masnick, winning 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). Despite making the semis and finals between 1994-1997 season the club failed to win a title, however in the 1998 season under coach Julio Escobar and captaincy of Leonal Carcamo won the title making it four titles in the club history.
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 ! (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
- Dennis Alas – Banned from football for life due to match fixing
- Christian Castillo – Banned from football for life due to match fixing
- Carlos Monteagudo – Banned from football for six months
- Dagoberto Portillo – Banned from football for life due to match fixing
- Jeremie Lynch – Transferred to TBD
- Carlos Abidal – Transferred to TBD
- Allan Alfaro – Transferred to
|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|
This list of former players includes those who received international caps while playing for the team, made significant contributions to the team in terms of appearances or goals while playing for the team, or who made significant contributions to the sport either before they played for the team, or after they left. It is clearly not yet complete and all inclusive, and additions and refinements will continue to be made over time.
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)