Deportes La Serena
|Full name||Club de Deportes La Serena S.A.D.P.|
|Nickname(s)||Papayeros, Granates, Club Deportes|
|Founded||9 December 1955|
|Ground||Estadio La Portada
La Serena, Chile
|2012 Clausura||18th (Relegated)|
Club de Deportes La Serena S.A.D.P., is a Chilean football club based in the city of La Serena, Coquimbo Region. The club was founded 9 December 1955 and plays in the second division of the Chilean football league. Their home games are played at the La Portada stadium, which has a capacity of approximately 18,000 seats. Their biggest rival is Coquimbo Unido. They are nicknamed "Los Papayeros", because of the papayas that are grown near La Serena in the Elqui Valley.
The history of the club are in the amateur football team in the city of La Serena, which was crowned national amateur champion three times in the years 1949, 1951 and 1954. This was the basis for that in 1955 the Football Association of the city invited to participate in professional football. Thus the 9 December 1955, was founded the Club de Deportes La Serena to participate in the 1956 Ascent. To give life regulatory to the club was Deportivo Sindempart the local team had to change its name.
Their first match in second division was against Union La Calera in the Estadio La Portada, a match that ended in a draw 0-0. In his first season Deportes La Serena was ranked first in the table with the same score that the Universidad Católica, so it was due to play a play that won Universidad Católica by 3-2, so were the who promoted to the First Division.
In 1958 Deportes La Serena for the first time participated in first division and finished third, tying in Colo-Colo score and one point behind champion that year Santiago Wanderers. During this season, club striker Carlos Verdejo was the scorer of the championship with 23 points, next to the player, Green Cross, Gustavo Albella.
In 1959 began with La Serena reaching the final of the Copa Chile, where he lost 5-1 against Santiago Wanderers. In that same championship striker José Sulantay was crowned top scorer of the tournament. However, in the official tournament in La Serena, ranked last, relegated to the next season.
The 1960s began with the club again reached the final of the Copa Chile, where defeated by 4-1 to Santiago Wanderers and were crowned champions of the tournament. For the official tournament La Serena ranked second in the Tournament of Ascent to 5 points behind champions Green Cross. The following year, La Serena, ranked fourth, but rose to first in this year were four teams that rose.
In 1962 with the first team again, Deportes La Serena made a good campaign that finally placed him fourth, tying score with Colo-Colo, and the following year, under the coaching staff of the argentin Miguel Mocciola returned to make a good season finishing in third place.
Thereafter Deportes La Serena began to settle in the mid-table, getting seventh in 1964, the ninth in 1965 and again the seventh in 1966 and 1967.
For the year 1968 the tournament was played in several stages and Serena failed to qualify for the final stages, so it had to fight for their stay in the division of honor, which eventually succeeded. In 1969 also failed to reach the final stages of the championship.
In 1993 was founded a bar called "Anarko revolucion", which is dedicated to encouraging this club football.
It promoted again to First Division of the year 2003, being runner-up after Everton of Primera B. For the Play-Offs (qualified in 2002), only ranked in the Torneo Clausura 2005 where he progressed to the semifinals Colo-Colo, after a draw in matches Round-trip 1-1 and 3-3, by definition a criminal, which fell to Universidad Católica (3-3 and 1-0). In 2009, La Serena qualifying to the play-offs to this year and was eliminated by Colo-Colo in the global by 4-0.
Deportes La Serena plays at home at Estadio La Portada, premises owned by the Municipality of La Serena. It is located close to downtown, at the intersection with Avenida Avenida Amunátegui Balmaceda and his name is because between 1770 and 1903, at the same intersection where it is currently the stadium, there was a monument that served as main entrance to the city, which was called La Portada de La Serena.
The stadium was opened on 26 August 1952 and at first it was a dirt field, filling in until November 1955, coinciding with the arrival of professionalism Deportes La Serena. He currently has a capacity of 18,500 spectators.
- Copa Chile: 1
- Primera B: 3
- 1957, 1987, 1996
Current squad of Deportes La Serena as of 15 October 2013 (
Manager: Luis Pérez
- "Luis Pérez es el nuevo DT de La Serena". El Pingüino (in Spanish). 12 November 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
- (Spanish) Official Club web site