Juventud Independiente

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Juventud Independiente
Juventud Independiete logo.png
Full name Club Deportivo Juventud Independiente
Nickname(s) La Marea Roja
Founded 7 September 1943
Ground Complejo Municipal, San Juan Opico, La Libertad
Ground Capacity 5,000
Chairman El Salvador Romeo Barillas
Manager El Salvador Juan Ramón Sánchez
League Primera División
Apetura 2013 3rd

Club Deportivo Juventud Independiente, also commonly known as Juventud Independiente, is a professional Salvadoran football club, based in San Juan Opico, La Libertad, El Salvador. Founded on 7 September 1943, it currently plays in Primera División, holding home matches at Complejo Municipal.

History[edit]

The beginning[edit]

In 1940, Vicente Rocha a community leader, decided to begin an elaborate health project for the young people in his community of opico and realised quite quickly that forming a football club would help his cause. He shared his vision with a group of people which included Vicente Trujillo and Benjamín Hernández.

After raising the necessary funds, they baptized the club as a Unión. The club recruited their players from the local schools and due to the age of their players being under the set limit, they were registered in the Liga burocrática (the Lowest Level in the footballing system). The team officially was born on 7 September 1943 and, because they signed the document in the Ministerio del Interior, the team leaders decided to name the club Juventud Independiente in representation of both the young players and the historic building where the club was formed. Vicente Rocha become the team's first president and the team played their first games in the San Juan Opico region; and despite the already etsbaslished club Fuerte Cuscatleco team being based there for several years, the community supported Juventud Independiente in large numbers.

The team's primary player during this period was Casto de Jesús Flores, who was one of the first players to sign for the club. The club battled hard and by the early 1970s they had reached both the third and then the second division.

During the war[edit]

The civil war that occurred in El Salvador during the 1980s affected Juventud Independiente, as players fled the country and the sheer danger of watching the games kept fans away. In 1989 just before a promotion playoff against San Rafael Cedros, a major offensive was launched and many players fled the country causing Juventud Independiente to lose the match. The team's fortunes improved in the early '90s as the team recruited better players and were able to starve off relegation and remain in the Segunda division for a few years before finally succumbing to their demise by being relegating in 1991.

Rebuilding[edit]

During the nineties, the team expanded and reached second division for the first time in several years after defeating C.D. Juventud Olímpica Metalio 5-1 on aggregate.

The team directive decided to form a football school in 1994. The desire and aim was to provide a strong basis for the senior team and improve the standards of their young players. However during this period the team descended back to the third division.

After community election in 1997, Romeo Barillas was elected and began programs and projects to support the team. Barillas first move was to sign Ramon Sanchez, who had just finished coaching Arcense. Ramon Sanchez worked hard with the young players of Juventud Independiente and eventually reached the playoff. The team won on their second attempt and were promoted to second division, beginning the emergence of young stars Henry López and Carlos Asprilla.

After securing a spot in the second division, they were able to sign foreign players such as Rodrigo Lagos, Fainor Viáfara and Carlos Escalante. In the 2004/2005 season they reached the semi-finals but were eliminated by Coca Cola. In 2006/2007 season they made the finals, but lost to Nejapa F.C. and lost the playoff against Once Municipal.

Ramon Sanchez left the club for the first division club, C.D. Chalatenango. Ramon Sanchez's ten year reign had come to an end. The board selected Jorge Ábrego to coach the team and despite losing automatic qualification to the first division, They won promotion from Segunda División de Fútbol Salvadoreño to Primera División de Fútbol Profesional after beating San Salvador F.C. 4-2 in the playoff series which allowed Juventud to qualify to the first division for the first time in the club history.

Recent Events[edit]

However the club failed to achieve any real progress in the first division having the worst record in the apertura and clausura seasons, the club failed to remain in the first division and this was despite the purchase of players such as Honduran Nestor Steve Reyes, Argentinian Lucas Abraham and Colombian Luis Jose Perez, coupled with the hiring of their longtime coach Juan Ramon Sanchez the club were still relegated. The club spent the next few seasons trying to regain promotion to the first division, they made several second division semi finals and grand finals but always falling short, however the club finally succeeded when they won the Clausura 2011 title defeating Once Lobos 4-0, then winning the grand champion final defeating Titan of Santa Ana 3-2 in extra time with the club were promoted back to the primera division. For the following three season(between 2011 Apertura to 2012 Apertura)Juventud remained a mid table team with their highest finish being sixth. However, this changed in the 2013 Clausura when the club were able to qualify to the semi finals as the fourth placed team after winning a dramatic playoff with Santa Tecla FC 1-0. In the semi final Juventud lost to FAS despite drawing the series 2-2 because of FAS scorng an away they were able to progress on the away goal rule. Following their successful campaign Juventud backed it up the very next season finishing 2nd on the league table with 30 points and scoring 40 goals breaking the club previous best record in the primera division. This was largely due to the new addition of Nigerian Agustin Jibirin, David Antonio Rugamas, top goalscorer for the season Uruguayan Jesus Toscanini, and Jose Luis Gonzales. Meanwhile Oscar Ceren, Irvin Valdez, Juan Carlos Portillo and Wilber ramirez had breakout season. In the semi final, they were forced to play FAS again and once again they were defeated by FAS, 4-3 on aggregate.

Honours[edit]

Domestic honours[edit]

National titles

Current squad[edit]

As of Clausura 2014 season:

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

No. Position Player
1 El Salvador GK Dennis Salinas
3 Nigeria DF Augustine Jibrin
4 El Salvador DF Israel Landaverde
5 El Salvador DF Eber Ávila
6 El Salvador MF Ronald Pimentel
7 El Salvador MF Juan Carlos Orellana
8 El Salvador MF Irvin Valdez
10 El Salvador FW Óscar Céren
11 El Salvador FW David Antonio Rugamas
12 El Salvador FW Josué Sánchez
13 El Salvador MF Marcos Alemán
No. Position Player
14 El Salvador FW Rodrigo Rivera
16 El Salvador MF Yubini Salamanca
18 El Salvador DF Ever Antonio Lobo
19 El Salvador MF Carlos Portillo
20 El Salvador MF Manfredi Portillo
21 El Salvador FW Carlos Menjívar (vice-captain)
22 El Salvador MF Miguel Menjívar
24 El Salvador MF Óscar Jiménez
25 El Salvador GK Juilo Martinez
El Salvador DF Ramiro Carballo

Squad Changes For Apertura 2014[edit]

In

Out

Current Technical Staff[edit]

Head Coach El Salvador Juan Ramón Sanchez
Assistant Coach El Salvador René García Santamaría
Fitness Coach El Salvador Rafael Arnulfo Mariona
Goalkeeper Coach El Salvador Belsain Antonio Lobos
Utility El Salvador Camilo de Jesús Ramírez
Medical Trainer El Salvador Dr. Orsi Miguel Mejía

List of Coaches[edit]

Name From To
El Salvador Juan Ramón Sánchez 1997 December 2007
El Salvador Jorge Abrego January 2008 Nov 14, 2008
El Salvador Juan Ramón Sánchez December 2008- Present

League Season Performance[edit]

(Apertura 2007 – Apertura 2013)

Season League Position GP W D L GF GA PTS Playoffs Pl. W D L GS GA PTS
Apertura 2008 Primera División 8th
18
4
7
7
21
35
19
Did Not Qualify
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Clausura 2009 Primera División 10th
18
3
3
12
11
31
12
Did Not Qualify
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Apertura 2011 Primera División 8th
18
5
2
11
18
30
17
Did Not Qualify
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Clausura 2012 Primera División 6th
18
6
7
5
31
24
25
Did Not Qualify
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Apertura 2012 Primera División 9th
18
4
7
7
27
34
19
Did Not Qualify
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Clausura 2013 Primera División 4th
18
8
5
5
31
20
29
Semi Finalist
2
1
0
1
2
2
3
Apertura 2013 Primera División 2nd
18
8
6
4
40
23
30
Semi Finalist
2
0
1
1
3
4
1
Clausura 2014 Primera División 3rd
18
8
5
5
28
24
29
Semi Finalist
2
0
1
1
2
4
1

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