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Defensor Sporting
Full name Defensor Sporting Club
Nickname(s) El Violeta, La Viola, Tuertos, El Defe, La Farola y La Cometa
Founded 15 March 1913; 101 years ago (1913-03-15)
Ground Estadio Luis Franzini,
Montevideo, Uruguay
Ground Capacity 18,000
Chairman Uruguay Dante Prato
Coach Uruguay Fernando Curutchet
League Primera División Uruguaya
2012–13 2nd
Current season

Defensor Sporting Club is a sports club based in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Defensor plays several sports, football and basketball being the most important and the ones in which the club has achieved significant victories in Uruguay and internationally.


Founded on March 15, 1913 as Club Atlético Defensor, the name of the club was changed in 1989 to Defensor Sporting Club after a merger with Sporting Club Uruguay. They are a four-time national champion in Uruguay (1976, 1987, 1991, 2007–2008).

Defensor has won many qualifying tournaments (Pre-Liguilla) to the Copa Libertadores and has represented Uruguay on numerous occasions internationally. Regarded as one of the teams that creates and develops many players in Uruguay and are then transferred worldwide. It is the place of birth of numerous players like Jorge da Silva, Sergio "Manteca" Martínez, Sebastián Abreu, Andrés Fleurquin, Marcelo Tejera, Darío Silva, Gonzalo Vargas, Diego Pérez, Nicolás Olivera, Martín Cáceres, Maximiliano Pereira, Álvaro González, Tabaré Viudez.

Legendary coach Prof. Ricardo de León brought Defensor to the national championship in 1976 and originated a football (fútbol) school of thought, consistently criticized as ultra defensive, that is still present nowadays in several teams and coaches.

On September 2007, the club was considered the World's Club Team of the Month by the IFFHS.

Defensor's most famous supporter is singer/composer Jaime Roos.


Main article: Estadio Luis Franzini

Defensor plays its home games at its own stadium called Estadio Luis Franzini which has a capacity for 18,000 spectators. The stadium was opened on 31 December 1963.

It is located in Parque Rodó, Montevideo.



1976, 1987, 1991, 2008
1950, 1965

Other Official Domestic Honours

  • Apertura: 3
1994, 2007, 2010
  • Clausura: 3
1997, 2009, 2012
  • Liguilla Pre Libertadores: 8
1976, 1979, 1981, 1989, 1991, 1995, 2000, 2006
  • Primero Invicto Uruguayo Especial: 1
  • Copa Montevideana: 8
1976, 1979, 1982, 1987, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997
  • Campeón Nacional Copa Artigas: 1
  • Liga Mayor: 1
  • Cuadrangular: 1
  • Torneo Honor: 1


  • Copa de la Paz: 1
  • Copa Suat: 1

Performance in CONMEBOL competitions[edit]

1977: First Round
2007: Quarter-Finals
2009: Quarter-Finals
2014†: Semi-Finals
2012: Runner-up
2005: First Round
2007: Quarter-Finals
2008: Round of 16
2010: Round of 16
1995: First Round
1997: First Round

†Currently in competition. See 2014 Copa Libertadores

Kit Evolution[edit]

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 Uruguay GK Yonathan Irrazabal
2 Uruguay DF Ramón Arias
3 Uruguay DF Gastón Silva
4 Uruguay DF Matías Malvino
5 Uruguay MF
6 Uruguay DF Emilio Zeballos
7 Uruguay MF
8 Uruguay FW Mario Regueiro
9 Uruguay FW Matías Alonso
10 Uruguay MF Giorgian De Arrascaeta
11 Uruguay MF Nicolás Olivera
12 Uruguay GK Martín Campaña
13 Uruguay FW Adrián Luna
14 Uruguay MF Federico Gino
15 Uruguay MF Leonardo Pais
No. Position Player
16 Uruguay FW Ignacio Risso
17 Uruguay GK Gastón Rodríguez
18 Uruguay MF Mauro Arambarri
19 Brazil MF
20 Uruguay MF Mathías Cardaccio
21 Uruguay DF Pablo Pintos
22 Uruguay DF Robert Herrera
23 Uruguay DF Lucas Morales
24 Uruguay FW Matías Jones
25 Uruguay MF Bruno Foliados
26 Uruguay DF Nicolás Correa (on loan from Unión de Santa Fe)
27 Uruguay DF Mathías Suárez
28 Uruguay DF Jose Enrique Etcheverry
29 Uruguay DF Mauricio Lemos
30 Uruguay FW Santiago Charamoni

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Uruguay DF Fernando Arismendi (on loan to Rocha)
Uruguay DF Diego Ferreira (on loan to Argentina Atlético de Rafaela)
Uruguay DF Matías Lazo (on loan to Miramar Misiones)
No. Position Player
Uruguay DF Diego Martín Rodríguez (on loan to Argentina Godoy Cruz)
Colombia FW Yonatan Jordan (on loan to Miramar Misiones)
Uruguay FW Álvaro Navarro (on loan to Chile Cobresal)

Notable players[edit]

Notable coaches[edit]

External links[edit]