Deportivo Táchira

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Deportivo Táchira
Deportivo Táchira logo.png
Full name Deportivo Táchira Fútbol Club
Nickname(s) Aurinegro (Gold-and-black)
Founded January 11, 1974
Stadium Estadio Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo,
San Cristóbal, Venezuela
Ground Capacity 38,755
President Juana Suárez
Head coach Daniel Farías
League Primera División
2012-13 9th

Deportivo Táchira Fútbol Club is a traditional[1] and a popular[2] 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.

Naming history[edit]

Year Name
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

Current squad[edit]

As March 7, 2013

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

No. Position Player
1 Venezuela GK Jose Contreras
4 Venezuela DF Wilker Ángel
5 Venezuela MF Francisco Flores
6 Venezuela MF Ágnel Flores
7 Venezuela FW José Miguel Reyes
8 Venezuela FW Ángel Osorio
9 Venezuela FW Gelmin Rivas
10 Venezuela FW Yohandry Orozco
11 Venezuela MF César González (captain)
15 Venezuela FW Aníbal Rosales
16 Venezuela FW Jorge Alberto Rojas
29 Venezuela DF Carlos Salazar
Venezuela GK Yerikson Murillo
Colombia DF Yuber Mosquera
No. Position Player
Venezuela DF Carlos Rivero
Venezuela DF Willi Guevara
Venezuela DF Diego Ostos
Venezuela DF Alexander Osorio
Venezuela DF Mikel Villanueva
Venezuela MF Romeri Villamizar
Venezuela MF Ebby Pérez
Venezuela MF Andrey González
Venezuela MF Albert Zambrano
Venezuela FW José Alí Meza
Venezuela FW Cristian Díaz


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.[3]


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.

Head coaches[edit]


1979, 1981, 1984, 1986, 2000, 2007–08, 2010–11, 2014–15
2002: Preliminary Round
2012: Preliminary Round
1993: First Round
1996: First Round
1997: First Round
  • 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.


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