C.S.D. Comunicaciones

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This article is about the Guatemalan club. For the Argentine club, see Club Comunicaciones.
Comunicaciones
CSD Comunicaciones.svg
Full name Club Social y Deportivo Comunicaciones
Nickname(s) Los Cremas (The Creams),
Los Merengues
Founded August 16, 1949; 65 years ago (1949-08-16)
Ground Estadio Cementos Progreso,
Guatemala City
Ground Capacity 16,000.
Chairman Pedro Portilla
Manager Iván Franco Sopegno
League Liga Nacional de Fútbol
Apertura 2012 Champion
Website Club home page
Current season

Club Social y Deportivo Comunicaciones is a Guatemalan football club located in Guatemala City.

The club is currently playing in the highest Guatemalan league, the Liga Nacional. Their home venue is the Estadio La Pedrera in the nation's capital. Nicknamed Cremas (or Creams), they are the second-most successful club in Guatemala, behind arch-rival Municipal. The club is considered the second most popular in Guatemala.[1]

Comunicaciones is the only Guatemalan team who has played against Real Madrid (with Gento, Ferenc Puskás, Alfredo Di Stéfano), Santos FC (with Pelé), and Boca Juniors (with Diego Armando Maradona).

History[edit]

Founded in 1949, they were adopted by the Ministry of Communications.[2] They have boasted many great local players as well as some impressive foreign imports. They have won 28 league titles, only 1 short of Municipal's record of 29.[3] Also, they have won 5 domestic cup titles as well as 3 major CONCACAF club titles.

The team's ownership was associated with the Garcia-Granados family (that of former Guatemalan President Miguel García Granados) and the Arzu family (that of another former president, Alvaro Arzu).

1990s: Success[edit]

The team was successful during the 90s, luring renowned foreign players like Costa Ricans Mauricio Wright and Rolando Fonseca as well as Honduras's Milton Núñez.

The team also bought highly-esteemed local players from Aurora FC (such as Martín Machón, Edgar Estrada, and Edwin Westphal) and Municipal (such as Juan Manuel Funes, Jorge Rodas, and Julio Rodas).

This investment paid off by winning several titles, including 4 in a row starting with the 1996–97 league title.

2000s: Struggles[edit]

During the 2000s, the team spent money buying pricey foreign players like Carlos Pavon, Mauricio Solís, Ricardo Gonzalez, Fabián Pumar, and Julio Medina III. They also brought back Rolando Fonseca and Milton Núñez. However, they failed to stop arch-rival Municipal from racking up five straight national titles.

Eventually the team was acquired by a Mexican businessman Pedro Portilla, who also owns of the Mexican side Club América.

Ending the Drought[edit]

The team went 9 championships without a single title, but it finally ended the drought by winning Apertura 2008. Since, Comunicaciones has failed to win the last three championships, one going to C.D. Jalapa and the last two going to Municipal. Comunicaciones won the title again on December 19, 2010 against archrival Municipal on a penalty shootout.

Current squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 India GK Francisco Guillen
2 Italy DF Josue Carrillo
3 Guatemala DF Elias Enoc Vasquez
4 United States DF Jean Carlos Montepeque
5 Guatemala DF Erwin Morales
6 Guatemala DF Carlos Mejia
7 Italy MF Juan Zavala
9 Italy FW Rafael Cardenas
10 Italy MF Javier Cardenas Dali
11 Mexico FW Emmanuel "Manny" Ochoa
13 Guatemala DF Carlos Castrillo
14 Guatemala DF Rafael Morales
No. Position Player
17 Guatemala FW Tránsito Montepeque
18 Paraguay DF Rubén Limenza
19 Guatemala MF Bryan Ordóñez
22 Guatemala MF Rigoberto Gómez
24 Guatemala MF Kendel Herrate
26 Guatemala MF Wilfred Velásquez
27 Guatemala FW Dwight Pezzarossi
28 Paraguay DF Francisco Joel Benítez
29 Guatemala MF Carlos Figueroa
30 Guatemala GK Juan Paredes
77 Guatemala MF Jairo Arreola

Notable players[edit]

Former coaches[edit]

Honours[edit]

1956, 1957–58, 1959–60, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1971, 1972, 1977, 1979–80, 1981, 1982, 1985–86, 1990–91, 1994–95, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999 Apertura, 2001 Clausura, 2002 Apertura, 2003 Clausura, 2008 Apertura, 2010 Apertura, 2011 Clausura, 2012 Apertura, 2013 Clausura, 2013 Apertura
Runners-up (22): 1950–51, 1952–53, 1954–55, 1961–62, 1965–66, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1983, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1995–96, 2000 Clausura, 2000 Apertura, 2002 Clausura, 2003 Apertura, 2004 Apertura, 2005 Apertura, 2006 Apertura, 2008 Clausura, 2009 Apertura, 2011 Apertura
1951–52, 1955, 1970, 1972, 1983, 1986, 1991–92, 2009
1978 (shared with Defence Force F.C. and Leones Negros U de G)
Runners-up (2): 1962, 1969
1971, 1983
Runners-up (3): 1976, 1977, 2003
Runners-up (1): 1991

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