L.D. Alajuelense

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L.D. Alajuelense
LD Alajuelense.svg
Full name Liga Deportiva Alajuelense
Nickname(s) Rojinegros (Black and Reds)
Erizos (Hedgehogs)
Manudos (Big-Handed Ones)
Founded 18 June 1919; 95 years ago (1919-06-18)
Ground Alejandro Morera Soto, Alajuela
Ground Capacity 17,895
Chairman Raúl Pinto
Manager Óscar Ramírez
League Costa Rican FPD
2013 Invierno Regular Season: 2nd
Playoffs: Runners-up
Website Club home page
Current season

Liga Deportiva Alajuelense (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈliɣa ðeporˈtiβa alaxweˈlense]), often known as La Liga or just Liga is a professional football club, based in Alajuela, Costa Rica.

Founded on June 18, 1919 by a group of seven members of the former team Once de Abril, and currently playing at the Primera División de Costa Rica, their headquarters are located at the Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium in El Llano neighborhood of Alajuela.[1] Alajuelense is a founder member and one of most successful teams of the Costa Rican football history, having won the Primera División title 29 times. It is also the only Costa Rican club with least one title gained in each decade. They are one of the two teams alongside Herediano that has played in every season in the Primera Division and never have been relegated.[2]

They have won 3 UNCAF Club Championships and 2 CONCACAF Champions' Cup,[3] being the first Costa Rican team who won that title, led them to become the first Costa Rican team to play the Interamerican Cup in 1987 against the mighty River Plate.[4] Alajuelense is the only Central American football team who took part in CONMEBOL competitions such as Copa Merconorte in 2000[5] and the Copa Sudamericana in 2006.[6]

Alajuelense is the Central American team that has reached the highest position in the IFFHS Club's World Ranking, placing 27th in 2000. They were invited to the 2006 Copa Sudamericana but lost 2-11 on aggregate to Colo Colo from Chile. [7]


The team was created in 1919 when a group of friends that used to play in a team called the "Electra" at first and then "Once de Abril" (April the 11th) met at "Salon París". They wanted to give the city a team that could represent them at a national level. They played their first official game on August 2 of that same year against CS Cartaginés getting their first victory, 3 – 1.

Alajuelense was part of the 7 teams that built and formed the National League in Costa Rica, back in 1921, along with La Libertad, Sociedad Gimnástica Española, CS Herediano, CS Cartaginés, CS La Unión de Tres Ríos, and Sociedad Gimnástica Limonense. They won their first championship in 1928. They are the only team to win the championship with a perfect record; in 1941 they won all 6 games.[8] In 1960, the team made a tour around the world, leaving Costa Rica on September 17. In 78 days the team played 24 games, winning 12, losing 7 and the other 5 ended up tied. They scored 71 goals and received 47, with a remarkable performance from Juan Ulloa Ramírez, being the best player and top scorer of this tour.

Throughout their history, Liga Deportiva Alajuelense has generated a lot of great players and stunning performances. They are known as one of the best teams in the Central America area. Their best decade was the 1990s, during which they won 4 Championships and 4 sub-championships (runner up) as well. In addition to that, by the end of the 90's and the middle of the 2000s, they won a total of 5 local championships (4 of them in a row), 2 Copa Interclubes UNCAF Throphies and a CONCACAF Club Champions, being the base for the Costa Rican football team in the Korea and Japan 2002 FIFA World Cup, with 9 players.

By November 11, 2000[9] and after participating in the Copa Merconorte, Alajuelense was ranked in the 27th spot, based on IFFHS's Club World Ranking. It has been the best rank by the team and the best any other Central American club have reached.

The club struggled with some financial and administrative problems in the second part on the 2000s decade, so they decided to end contract with a lot of their regular and known players and started to build a team based on their younger divisions and make some structural changes. Nowadays the club is free of debts and with a team averaging 25 year-old players is still one of the best teams in the area and one of the teams with most fans in Costa Rica. They have won the last 3 championships in its country and participated in the last CONCACAF Champions League being eliminated in the group stage for just one away goal.


It is the home of Alajuelense, is owned and operated by La Liga Deportiva Alajuelense, and is located in El Llano neighborhood of Alajuela.

On July 20, 1966, due to a motion by the Municipality of Alajuela, the stadium was renamed to honor under Alejandro Morera Soto, nicknamed as El Mago del Balon, that means The magician of the ball; notable former player of Alajuelense, FC Barcelona and Hércules CF, and for a commercial purpose in an agreement with the financial institution in 2011 it was added the name Scotiabank.[10]

The project to find a proper site for a permanent home started in 1938, when the director of the club, Carlos Bolaños, proposed that the club should purchase its own land. The land was purchased on October 7, 1940, but the terrain would not be football-ready until when the first game was played on January 18, 1942, when Alajuelense played against Club Sport Cartagines; the stadium only had a simple wooden stand that was previously used in the Estadio Nacional.

On September 27, 1949, a professor from a local high school named Armando Morux Sancho started what was called La marcha del ladrillo, meaning The Brick's March in which every student would donate a brick to help building the concrete walls of the stadium and start building the concrete stands. The first stands that were built were the ones located in north, west an east around the pitch.

On March 19, 1970, the stadium saw its first night game when Alajuelense faced Honduran club Motagua, beating them 4–1.

In 1979, the enlargement of the stadium was initiated with the project of building a second stand on top of the first already built and add an additional stand over the dressing and conference room (south) and also, add roof to the stand located on east and the one located on south after was finished. The project was fully completed in 1984. The stadium was re-inaugurated that year along with the new illumination, which was at the moment, in the top illuminations systems.


The team is now represented by a Lion dressed with the team uniform and wearing cleats as if he was going to play.

In every home game, the mascot comes out at the pitch before the game starts and plays on the field with fans, jokes with rival's fans, walk through the pitch with models giving away gifts from their sponsors and cheers the team with a huge team's flag. Before the game starts and during the half-time break, the Lion walks among the crowd and stands for pictures with the children.

The original mascot used to be a Mango, this because the team is located in Alajuela that is known as "La Ciudad de los Mangos" ("The Mangoes' City") because of the high amount of Mango Trees that could be located in the province due its weather, but later on in the early 80's, the mascot was changed into a Lion.

The Lion was chosen years ago because it represents four main attributes of the major king of the jungle, that are reflected on the team's vision and mission: Courage, Strength, Dynamism and Fidelity.


Shirt supplier

PUMA (for all divisions)

Shirt sponsors

MovistarTuasa - Repretel - Mobil - Colchones Luxor - Banco General - Ibérico

Stadium sponsor


Youth Division sponsors

Banco Nacional de Costa Rica - Coca Cola


National competitions[edit]

Winners (29): 1928, 1939, 1941, 1945, 1949, 1950, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1970, 1971, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1991, 1992,1995–96, 1996–97, 1999–00,2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05, Invierno 2010-11, Verano 2010-11, Invierno 2011-12, Invierno 2012-13. Invierno 2013–14.
Runners-up (20): 1930, 1928, 1944, 1952, 1957,1962, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1972, 1985, 1986], 1989, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2006–07, 2007–08, Invierno 2008-09
  • Costa Rican Short Championship
Apertura (6): 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2010, 2011.
Clausura (8): 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013 (Invierno)
  • Copa de Costa Rica
Winners (8): 1926,[12] 1928,[13] 1937,[14] 1941,[15] 1944,[16] 1948,[17] 1949,[18] 1977.[19]
  • Supercopa de Costa Rica
Winners (1): 2012
  • Copa Iberico
Winners (2): 2012, 2013
  • Super Clasico Copa LG
Winners (1): 2014
  • Copa de Campeones del Futbol Nacional
Winners (1): 1967


Winners (3): 1996, 2002, 2005
Runners-up (2): 1999, 2000
Winners (2): 1986, 2004
Runners-up (3): 1971, 1992, 1999
Winners (0):
Runners-up (1): 1986

Other Internacional Championships

1961: (Central American & Caribbean Champions)
1992: (Central American Champions)
2000: (Copa LG Uncaf (Panama) Champions)

Friendly Tournaments:

2004: Copa Taca de Campeon de Campeones de America, against Once Caldas (former Copa Libertadores Champion)

Recent seasons[edit]

Further information: List of L.D.Alajuelense seasons
Season Rank Pld W D L GS GA Pts Top scorer(s) in league Goals TP TL ST UCL UEL Other competitions
2004–05 1st 11 R32 Not held W R16 UEFA Super Cup RU
Intercontinental Cup W
2005–06 1st 34 24 7 3 54 16 79 10 W GS
2006–07 1st 30 22 3 5 65 20 69 11 R64 W R16
2007–08 1st 30 24 3 3 60 13 69 24 RU R16 RU R16
2007–08 1st 30 24 3 3 60 13 69 24 RU R16 RU R16
2008–09 1st 30 21 7 2 61 18 70 Ernesto Farías
Lisandro López
2009–10 3rd 30 21 5 4 70 26 68 Radamel Falcao 25 W RU W R16
2010–11 1st 30 27 3 0 73 16 84 Hulk 23 W R16 W W
2011–12 1st 30 23 6 1 69 19 75 Hulk 16 R32 SF W GS R32 UEFA Super Cup RU
2012–13 1st 30 24 6 0 70 14 78 Jackson Martínez 28 R16 RU W R16
2013–14 3rd 30 19 4 7 57 25 61 Jackson Martínez 20 SF SF W GS QF
  • Last updated: 28 April 2014

Player Records[edit]


Current technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Flag of Costa Rica.svg Oscar Ramírez "El Machillo"
Assistant manager Flag of Costa Rica.svg Mauricio Montero
Flag of Costa Rica.svg Harold López
Flag of Costa Rica.svg Gerardo Chavarría "Lalo"
Medical Doctor Flag of Cuba.svgFlag of Costa Rica.svg Alfredo Gomez
Physical Trainer Flag of Costa Rica.svg Pier Luigi Morera
Physical Therapist Flag of Costa Rica.svg Fabián Calvo Redondo
Props Flag of Costa Rica.svg Walter Alonso Rodríguez Vega
Flag of Costa Rica.svg Mario José Chávez González

Last updated: 2 August 2013
Source: LD Alajuelense

Notable coaches[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 Costa Rica GK Patrick Pemberton (captain)
2 Costa Rica DF Elías Palma
3 Costa Rica DF Porfirio López
4 Costa Rica MF Kenner Gutiérrez
6 Costa Rica MF José Salvatierra
8 Costa Rica FW Armando Alonso
9 Honduras FW Jerry Palacios
10 Costa Rica MF Álvaro Sánchez
11 Costa Rica FW Alejandro Aguilar
12 Costa Rica DF Johnny Acosta
13 Costa Rica MF Luis Miguel Valle
14 Costa Rica DF Jean Carlo Agüero
15 Costa Rica DF Steve Garita
No. Position Player
16 Costa Rica MF Allen Guevara
17 Costa Rica DF Kevin Sancho
18 Costa Rica GK Alfonso Quesada
19 Costa Rica FW Jonathan McDonald
21 Costa Rica FW José Guillermo Ortiz
22 Costa Rica MF Ronald Matarrita
23 Costa Rica GK Dexter Lewis
24 Costa Rica DF Ariel Soto
26 Costa Rica MF Ariel Rodríguez
27 Costa Rica FW Johan Venegas
28 Costa Rica MF Juan Gabriel Guzmán
30 Honduras MF Ramon Nuñez
31 Costa Rica MF Osvaldo Rodríguez

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
Costa Rica MF Guillermo Arias (at AD Carmelita)
Costa Rica MF Wilmer López (at AD Carmelita)
No. Position Player
Honduras FW Víctor Ortíz (at CD Motagua)

Notable players[edit]



Retired numbers[edit]

20Costa Rica Mauricio Montero, defender (1987–98)


Office Name
President Raul Pinto
Vice president Jose Aquiles Mata Porras
General Management Federico Rojas A.
Commercial Management Casildo Camareno A.
Financial Management Santiago Aguilar
Sports Area Management Luis R. Sibaja
Treasury Rolando Cordero Vega

Last updated: 2 August 2013
Source: LD Alajuense

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