|Full name||Deportivo Táchira Fútbol Club|
|Founded||January 11, 1974|
|Stadium||Estadio Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo,
San Cristóbal, Venezuela
|Head coach||Daniel Farías|
Deportivo Táchira Fútbol Club is a traditional and a popular Venezuelan football club. It was founded in 1974 by the initiative of Gaetano Greco. In its first national championship, the club finished in first place, originating the nickname El equipo que nació grande (meaning the club which was born Big).
In 1970, Italian-born Gaetano Greco founded in San Cristóbal an amateur club called Juventus, named after the famous Italian club. In 1974, Greco noticed that there was no professional football club in Táchira, so he decided to start a club based on the amateur Juventus club. He and twelve other people founded the club on January 11 of that year, which was named Deportivo San Cristóbal. Most of the club's players came from the Juventus club. Initially, the club's colors were blue and white, like the Italy ones.
In January 1975, the club changed its colors to yellow and black, because those colors better represented the Táchira state and were the preferred colors of the Uruguayan manager José "Pocho" Gil, due to their likeness to Peñarol ones in Uruguay.
|1974||San Cristóbal Fútbol Club|
|1975||Deportivo San Cristóbal Fútbol Club|
|1978||Deportivo Táchira Fútbol Club|
|1986||Unión Atlético Táchira|
|1999||Deportivo Táchira Fútbol Club|
As March 7, 2013
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
The club's home stadium is Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo, located in San Cristóbal. It has a maximum capacity of 42,500 people.
The supporters are known as aurinegros ("gold-and-blacks")
There are three main organized groups of supporters, La Torcida Aurinegra , "La 12" now known as "La Avalancha Sur."
The aurinegros had already committed acts of violence at the stadium. One of the most tragic events took place on December 17, 2000, when the club and Caracas drew 2-2, which gave the Copa República Bolivariana de Venezuela's title to the other side, and a mob of angry supporters burned a bus inside the soccer field.
The match between Deportivo Táchira and Estudiantes de Mérida is known as the Clásico de Los Andes (meaning Andes' Derby), but in recent years the match between Deportivo Táchira and Caracas FC has been known as the modern derby, because of the successful performance of both teams. Other classic rival was Marítimo de Venezuela (Caracas'club) in the 1980s and earlier 1990s.
Deportivo Táchira's shirt has black and yellow vertical stripes, with black shorts and socks.
- Marcos Calderón (1983)
- Carlos Horacio Moreno (1987–89)
- Richard Páez (1991)
- Walter Roque (1999–01)
- César Farías (2003–05)
- Manuel Plasencia (2005–07)
- Carlos Maldonado (July 1, 2007–June 30, 2010)
- Jorge Luis Pinto (Jan 1, 2010–May 30, 2011)
- Jesús Vera (2011)
- Jaime de la Pava (Jan 16, 2012–April 24, 2012)
- Manuel Contreras (April 26, 2012–12)
- Daniel Farías (Jan 1, 2013–)
- Copa Libertadores: 18 appearances
- Copa Sudamericana: 2 appearances
- Copa CONMEBOL: 3 appearances
- Deportivo Táchira is the Venezuelan club with the most appearances in Copa Libertadores, and is also the club which has finished as Venezuela's league runner-up the most times. It has won seven national championships.
- The club's best Copa Libertadores participation was in 2004, when the club became the second team to qualify for the quarterfinal of the competition without losing a match, playing against strong teams like River Plate (Argentina), Libertad (Paraguay), Deportes Tolima (Colombia) and Nacional de Montevideo (Uruguay), before facing São Paulo (Brazil) in the quarterfinals.
- Llegué con la idea y el sueño de ser campeón - Deportivo Táchira's official website (December 28, 2006)
- Táchira traspasa la frontera - El Universal (July 26, 2004)
- Los Gochigans - El Universal (November 1, 2003)
- Much of the content of this article comes from the equivalent Spanish-language Wikipedia article (retrieved January 15, 2004).
- Deportivo Táchira's official website
- Deportivo Táchira's unofficial website
- Deportivo Táchira's blog
- Deportivo Táchira's fan site