|Full name||Club Sport Herediano|
|Nickname(s)||El Team Florense
|Founded||12 June 1921|
|Ground||Eladio Rosabal Cordero, Heredia|
|Chairman||David J Patey|
|League||Costa Rican FPD|
|2014 Verano||Regular Season: 3rd
|Website||Club home page|
Club Sport Herediano is a football club based in Heredia, Costa Rica. The team plays in the Costa Rican Primera División and is one of the oldest in the country. They are the current runner-ups in the Primera División after losing the Invierno 2013 tournament against Liga Deportiva Alajuelense.
Herediano has won the Primera División tournament 23 times, making them the third most successful team in Costa Rican football, after Alajuelense and Saprissa.
In 1918 Heredians sought to form a football club that would represent their province. Three local Heredian football clubs, Club Sport Renacimiento, Club Sport Juan J. Flores and Club Sport Cristóbal Colón decided to incorporate themselves to form Club Sport Herediano. Native Heredian football players such as José Joaquín "Toquita" Gutiérrez, Eladio Rosabal Cordero, Víctor Manuel Ruiz, Gilberto & Claudio Arguedas, and Luis Valerio (who all played in various clubs such as La Libertad and Gimnástica Española) united to sign the official constitution of Club Sport Herediano in June 1921. On 1 July 1921 the first official action that CS Herediano took as an organization was to purchase land to create a football field. In the same year CS Herediano also began to pressure the Costa Rican government to form a local FA, thus in 1921 the Federación Costarricense de Fútbol was formed and the first national championship was scheduled—a National Championship that CS Herediano would win.
In 1925 CS Herediano embarked on its first international match when it had a six game tour in Jamaica in which they won four, tied and lost one. In 1928 CS Herediano travelled to El Salvador to play several international matches against local clubs. They beat Cuscatlán twice, once by a score of 11–0 and then again 11–1. They also beat FAS in Santa Ana 4–0, and beat Sonsonate 8–0. The club's most historic victory came in 1932 in Costa Rica's National Stadium in La Sabana, when CS Herediano beat the Argentinian National team 3–1. In its first decade of existence CS Herediano won 6 national titles, four of them consecutively. CS Herediano is considered the Costa Rican club team with the most international experience. They also won the 1988 "Copa Camel", beating in the process Mexican teams like Puebla and UAG Tecos on American soil. Recently, Club Sport Herediano, also known as "Los Florenses", have ended a championship drought of 19 years (going back to the 1992–93 season) by winning the Verano 2012 tournament, in a brilliant display of attacking and offensive play in the final part of the season. After that, thousands of Herediano's fans celebrated the victory in the streets, displaying what some people now estimate is the biggest football celebration in the country's history. In those years 19 previous years, Costa Rica saw only four teams win the championship, Deportivo Saprissa, Liga Deportiva Alajuelense, Liberia Mia and Brujas. To CS Herediano's credit they were consistently at the finals, but victory seemed to escape their grasp. In the 2005–06 season, CS Herediano unveiled a new official team logo of a tiger grasping the letters CSH. Although this was supposed become the new image for the team, the original logo remained as the official shield of the team's uniform.
On 19 May 2012, Herediano put an end to a drought of titles by winning the 22nd against Santos with an aggregate score of 6–3.
However despite this, Herediano were suffering severe financial trouble that was until an American business man David J. Patey who was working and residing in Costa Rica decided to form a cosortuim with his brothers (Mike and Mark) to purchase the club on October 30, 2012 .
Eladio Rosabal Cordero Stadium
The construction of a stadium in the city of Heredia began on 22 December 1945, under the direction of Rafael Herrera Feluco.
The Municipal Council of the Canton Central played a key role in donating two plots for this purpose to Club Sport Herediano, albeit with a number of conditions: the work must be completed within a five-year-period, providing the stage for other county’s sporting events, and above all, the club cannot sell the property within a period of 99 years from the execution of the deed of sale and can only be mortgaged to invest these funds in the construction or maintenance of the property.
The construction of the stadium was managed by a loan from the Banco Nacional de Costa Rica, as well as inputs from the community, local organizations and the government of the Republic of Costa Rica itself.
The inaugural date is 21 August 1949, in which Herediano played its first match against the Spanish Gymnastic Society, with a score of 3–1. However, it has been discussed the opening day due to lack of a paper record that references this inaugural match to be considered the official opening game.
In 1964 the former manager Vicente Montero made a motion for the stadium to be named Eladio Rosabal Cordero. Thus, by the end of the decade of the 60s the stadium was officially baptized under that name.
The stadium’s lighting was installed that same year, and in 1974 broadcasting booths were finished. In the late seventies the south-sector-grandstand was built.
In early 2010, the grass was replaced by latest generation of synthetic turf with dimensions of 105.80 meters long and 68 meters wide.
At present, the stadium has a capacity for 8,144 spectators, and it is owned by the Asociacion Deportiva Club Sport Herediano. Bleachers are divided into: Sol General, Sol Numerado, Sombra Numerada and Palcos.
The first uniform was bought at the Tomas Salazar´s Central Market stand, thanks to an economical contribution of Joaquín Gutierrez. The purchase was made for a dozen shirts, similar to the worn by the military in time of the Federico Tinoco government. Wearing a greyish jersey combined with white short pants; that is how Herediano showed to its first official championship match against Liga Deportiva Alajuelense – which was indeed, their first winning game-.
The distinctive usage of red and yellow as the club´s colors began in 1926, when the Club Fortuna of Cuba visited Costa Rican soil for the second time in history. The manager of the Cuban team was interested in setting up a match with Herediano, but had the drawback that Herediano did not have a proper uniform for that kind of international events. The solution was found in the New Century Warehouse owned by Ramon Herrero, who had imported red-and-yellow-striped uniforms to be used by the Spanish Gymnastic Society team. At the end, the Hispanic team did not purchase them and once again Joaquín Gutiérrez made a deal to get the uniforms, which eventually became the emblematic jersey for the club.
The red and yellow colors were added in the statutes by a reform in 1929, which stated that official uniform is a vertical red/yellow striped shirt combined with black shorts and stockings. This provision remained for seventy years, until this was excluded from the current statutes. Herediano wore a sponsorship in its shirt for the first time in 1978, when the brand Toshiba was stamped on his chest.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Historical list of foreign players
Foreign most-games played: Nilton Nobrega (227 games).
Foreign top three scorers: Nilton Nobrega (47 goals), Nicolás Suazo (43 goals), José Carlos Cancela (29 goals).
Foreigners by country of origin: Uruguay (23), Brazil (18), Argentina (13), Honduras (6), Colombia (6), Chile (3), Panama (3), Peru (2), Kenya (2), Mexico (1), Sierra Leone (1), Slovakia (1), United States (1), Trinidad & Tobago (1).
Historical list of coaches
- Seasons in First Division: 97 (since 1921).
- Best position in the league: 1
- Best position in the IFFHS ranking:
- Latest: 151 (November 2012)
- First official match: Liga Deportiva Alajuelense 1 – Herediano 3 (10 July 1921, in Plaza Yglesias, Alajuela. Guillermo Pérez, Chavarría and Joaquín Gutiérrez scored for Herediano).
- Biggest score difference:
- League matches: 8–0 against Liga Deportiva Alajuelense (1921), 12–1 against Juventud Mata Redonda (1928), 9–0 against Corsarios (1930), 9–0 against Club Sport México (1932), 8–0 against Gimnástica Española (1960).
- International matches: 8–0 against Alpha United (2011), 8–0 against Vida SC (1980), 8–0 a Fortuna (1926), 11–0 against Hércules (1929), 11–1 against España FC (1929).
- All-time scorer: Claudio Jara (99 goals).
- Most games played player: Germán Chavarría (493 games), Marvin Obando (480 games), Geovanny Jara (422 games).
- Most seasons played player: Anibal Varela (1932–57).
- Most championship winning player: Eladio Rosabal and Braulio Morales (8 titles each one).
- Most championship winning coach: Odir Jacques and Ismael Quesada (4 titles each one).
- Retired numbers: 6 (Retired in honor of Edgar Quesada).
Club Sport Herediano is the third most winning club of the Costa Rican Primera División
- Costa Rican Primera División Championship (23): 1921, 1922, 1924, 1927, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1937, 1947, 1948, 1951, 1955, 1961, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1985, 1987, 1992–93, Summer 2012, Summer 2013.
- Costa Rican Primera División Runner-up (14): 1925, 1939, 1944, 1946, 1953, 1960, 1974, 1980, 1988, 2000–01, 2003–04, Winter 2007, Summer 2009, Winter 2010, Winter 2011
- González Cup (1): 1931
- Estadio Nacional del Fútbol Tico Cup (1): 1935
- Chevrolet de Costa Rica Cup (1) 1939
- Guatemala Cup (1): 1945
- Gran Bretaña Cup (2): 1945 y 1947
- Torneo Relámpago (1): 1946
- Costa Rica Cup (2): 1954 (undefeated) y 1959
- Reina de Canadá Cup (1): 1955 (undefeated)
- Presidente (1): 1960
- Camel Cup (1): 1988
Performance in international competitions
- Fraternidad Tournament: 4 appearances
- CONCACAF Champions' Cup: 6 appearances
- 1962 – First Round vs. Guadalajara – 2:0 (Guadalajara advances 2:0 on aggregate)
- 1975 – Second Round vs. Deportivo Saprissa – 0:2, 2:1 (Deportivo Saprissa advances 3:2 on aggregate)
- 1980 – First Round vs. Club Deportivo Marathón – 0:3, 3:1 (Marathón advances 4:3 on aggregate)
- 1987 – Third Round (finished third in Group 2)
- 1989 – Fourth Round vs. Pumas UNAM – 1:1, 1:5 (Pumas UNAM advances 6:2 on aggregate)
- 1994 – Second Round vs. Atlante – 3:3, 1:3 (Atlante advances 6:4 on aggregate)
- Copa Interclubes UNCAF: 1 appearance
- CONCACAF Champions League: 4 appearances
- 2009–10 – Preliminary Round vs. Cruz Azul – 2:6, 0:0 (Cruz Azul advances 6:2 on aggregate)
- 2011–12 – Group Stage (finished fourth in Group D)
- 2012–13 – Quarter-finals vs. Los Angeles Galaxy - 0:0, 1:4 (Galaxy advances 1:4 on aggregate)
- 2013–14 – Group Stage (finished second in Group D)
- 2014–15 – Currently playing in Group 3 vs. Club Leon and Isidro Metapan