Club Deportivo El Nacional

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El Nacional
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Full name Club Social, Cultural y Deportivo "El Nacional"
Nickname(s) Puros Criollos (Pure Criollos)
Equipo Militar (Military team)
La Maquina Gris (The Gray Machine)
El Rojo (The Red)
Founded June 1, 1964; 50 years ago (1964-06-01)
Ground Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa
Ground Capacity 35,742
Chairman Calmte. Angel Sarzosa Aguirre
Manager Octavio Zambrano
League Serie A
2013 7th
Website Club home page
Principal colours

Club Deportivo "El Nacional" is an Ecuadorian sports club from Quito, known best for their professional football team. The team currently plays in the Serie A, the top-flight football league in the country.

El Nacional has thirteen national championships (one less than Barcelona). They are the only team to have won the national championship three times in a row, having done so twice from 1976–1978 and 1982-1984. The club has participated in more Copa Libertadores than any other club in Ecuador with 22 appearances. Their best performance in the continental tournament was as a semifinalist in 1985.

El Nacional was founded on June 1, 1964, and was administered by the Ecuadorian Military since the fundation until 2013, when the club celebrates his first ever democratic elections. The club has maintained a tradition of only playing Ecuadorian footballers, which has given them the nickname of Puros Criollos ("Pure Natives"). Rival clubs included crosstown clubs Liga, Deportivo Quito and the guayaquileans Barcelona and Emelec. Their home stadium is Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa.

Other sports the organization participates in are gymnastics, table tennis, Ecuavolley, chess, and shooting.

History[edit]

The Bi-Tri Campeon[edit]

In the 70's El Nacional was able to achieve what no Ecuadorian team had done in the history of the league. In 1976, 1977, 1978 they were unbeatable champions. Fabian Paz y Mino stepped up as the leading goal scorer in the league in 1977 to help El Nacional during those three years of glory. In 1982, 1983, 1984 El Nacional repeated this feat to become double three time championship winners. Their title count became eight. This was gained by help from two legendary players Jose Villafuerte and Ermen Benitez. In 1985 they accomplished their most important feat in international competition reaching semifinals in the Copa Libertadores de America. One year later they added to their titles by being crowned for the ninth time in their history.

The 90's[edit]

El Nacional produced some of the greatest players in Ecuador and won two more championships in 1992 and 1996 with the help of Cléber Chalá, Agustín Delgado, and Oswaldo Ibarra. They also disputed the semifinals of the Copa Conmebol 1992 and the 1994 edition.

Present[edit]

The current success of the team has added two more championships in 2005 and 2006 bringing their total to 13 titles. They have equaled rivals Barcelona to become one of the best teams in Ecuador. El Nacional has brought up talented players such as Antonio Valencia, Segundo Alejandro Castillo, Christian Benítez and Felix Borja. There have been plans to build a new stadium but no official decision has been taken yet. Former coach Juan Carlos Burbano resigned after an unsuccessful first stage in the league. Julio Asad was appointed head coach on July 16, 2009.

Stadium[edit]

El Nacional play their home matches in the Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa. Plans have been enabled to build a new stadium, however no official decision has been taken. The management even showed the model of what the 42,000 seat stadium would look like.

Supporters[edit]

On May 13, 1998, a group of friends met and decided to form a highly dedicated fanbase called La Marea Roja (English: The Red Tide). Over the years, they aimed to integrate more people, and becoming a better organized to be the largest fan group of El Nacional. It is made up of over 250 members, with members owning proper identification cards. La Marea Roja stands at the south part of the stadium for 90 minutes every game, which attracts adults, women and large numbers of children.

Players[edit]

For a list of all former and current El Nacional players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:El Nacional footballers.

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 Ecuador GK Darwin Cuero
3 Ecuador DF Isaac Mina
4 Ecuador MF Lenín Poroso
6 Ecuador MF Luis Lastra
7 Ecuador FW Tito Valencia
8 Ecuador MF Darío Bone
9 Ecuador FW Pablo Palacios
10 Ecuador MF Daniel Samaniego
11 Ecuador FW Carlos Tenorio
12 Ecuador GK Adrián Bone
No. Position Player
14 Ecuador MF Marwin Pita (captain)
15 Ecuador MF Franklin Guerra
16 Ecuador MF Vinicio Angulo
17 Ecuador MF Rody Zambrano
18 Colombia MF Jairo Castillo
19 Ecuador DF Jorge Valencia
20 Ecuador MF Alejandro Villalva
21 Ecuador DF Javier Quiñónez
50 Ecuador MF Anibal Chalá
51 Ecuador DF Nea Padilla

Managers[edit]

For a list of all former and current El Nacional managers with a Wikipedia article, see Category:El Nacional managers.

Noted managers[edit]

The following managers won at least one trophy while in charge of El Nacional:

Honors[edit]

National
  • Serie A (13): 1967, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1992, 1996, 2005 Clausura, 2006.
  • Serie B (1): 1979 E2.


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