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 most successful club in Guatemala, his arch-rival Municipal is the second most successful. The club is considered the most popular football club in Guatemala.[1]

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

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 Jalapa and the last two going to Municipal. Comunicaciones won the title again on December 19, 2010 against archrival Municipal on a penalty shootout. On January of 2011, Comunicaciones fans received great news when a group of investors decided to invest on "Los Cremas", with the investment, came new world class players such as the goalkeeper Guillen, defenders Carrillo and Montepeque, midfielders Cardenas and Zavala, and the forwards Cardenas, Reyna, and Ochoa who were signed to the club with one mission in mind: To win the CONCACAF Champions League.

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 Guatemala GK David Guerra
2 Guatemala DF Dagoberto Arriola
3 Guatemala DF Wilson Lalín
4 Guatemala DF Carlos Eduardo Gallardo
5 Guatemala DF Erwin Morales
6 Guatemala MF Carlos Mejía
7 El Salvador FW Paolo Suárez
9 Mexico FW Agustín Herrera
10 Guatemala MF José Manuel Contreras (2nd Vice-Captain)
11 Panama FW Rolando Blackburn
12 Guatemala MF Jonathan Márquez
13 Guatemala DF Carlos Castrillo
14 Guatemala DF Rubén Darío Morales
No. Position Player
15 Guatemala DF José Hidalgo
17 Guatemala MF Nelson Enrique Miranda
19 Guatemala FW Bryan Ordóñez
22 Honduras MF Rigoberto Gómez (Vice-captain)
23 Guatemala GK Mynor Padilla
24 Guatemala MF Kendell Herrarte
25 Guatemala MF Jorge Aparicio
27 Guatemala MF Marvin Ceballos
28 Paraguay DF Joel Francisco Benítez
29 Guatemala MF Carlos Fernando Figueroa
30 Guatemala GK Juan José Paredes (Captain)
31 Spain FW Rafael Fernández
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 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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