Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional de Honduras

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Liga Nacional de Fútbol de Honduras
LNP Honduras logo.png
Country Honduras Honduras
Confederation CONCACAF
Founded 10 May 1964; 50 years ago (1964-05-10)
Number of teams 10
Levels on pyramid 1
Relegation to Liga de Ascenso
International cup(s) CONCACAF Champions League
Current champions Olimpia (28)
Most championships Olimpia (28)
TV partners TVC, Canal 11, Canal 30
Website Official Website
2013–14 Liga Nacional

Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional de Honduras (Honduran National Professional Football League) is the first and highest division of football in Honduras. The league season is divided into Opening (autumn) and Closing (spring). One team is relegated to the Liga de Ascenso (the team with fewest points in Opening and Closing) and one team is promoted from Liga de Ascenso. The first 4 clubs participate in play-offs to decide the champion.[1] The winners of the Opening and Closing competitions participate in the CONCACAF Champions League.[2]

History of the League[edit]

In the 1930s, soccer experienced a surge in popularity in the country. In 1948 with the birth of the Francisco Morazán Major Football League, the idea to organize football began to take shape.

C.D. Olimpia, C.D. Federal, C.D. Motagua, C.D. Argentina and Real C.D. España are the pioneers of the Liga Mayor.[3] In 1948 the first championship began in the recently inaugurated Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino[4] as C.D. Victoria were made champions by beating Motagua; and three years later, in 1951, they repeated the trick. Due to the high support the League received at this time, the Confederacy Sports School Extra of Honduras (F.N.D.E.H.) was founded.

The cancellation of the court of the Francisco Morazán Stadium of San Pedro Sula was the catalyst that caused the sport's leaders of the northern and central parts of Honduras to join forces and caused the disappearance of the F.N.D.E.H.

On 8 March 1951, Juan Manuel Galvez gave life to the F.N.D.E.H. when he signed the presidential decree I number 97 and he vouched for the execution of the first Sports Congress that was carried out in the installations of the abandoned "National Gymnasium Rubén Callejas Valentine".

Old logo
Old logo (2007–2012)

A decade after the creation of the F.N.D.E.H. and under the leadership of Hémerito F. Hernández, and also under Féderico Bunker Aguilar who had pioneered CONCACAF's creation at the same time, the idea to create the First National League of Soccer took shape between 1962 and 1963. Thanks in part to the aid of executives such as Alejandro Talbott that had studied in Mexico, the structure of that country's league was copied. On Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 April 1964 the 15th National Congress created the league. The 15th National Congress also started the National Non Amateur Football League of Honduras, LINAFUTH, that was founded 10 May, that year.

The president of the Sports Confederacy was Oscar Kafati and the secretary was journalist Andrés Torres Jr. Several teams sent delegates. These included Olimpia, Troya, España, Honduras de El Progreso, Vida, Marathón, Motagua, La Salle, and Atlético Español Glidden. Those delegates were chosen to be to the first Provisional board of directors that remained headed by: President Oscar Lara Mejía, Secretary: José T. Castañeda, Treasurer: Jesus J. Handal, Fiscal: Humberto Soriano Aguilar and vocal: Oscar Kirckonell, Alfredo Bueso, René Bendeck.

The first round of the first professional national championship was on 18 July 1965, with the following results: Olimpia 3–0 Marathón; España 1–0 Troya; Honduras 3–0 Atlético Español; Vida 4–1 Motagua; and Platense 6–2 La Salle. Jorge "Burro" Deras of C.D. Honduras was the first scorer of the league in the 5th minute against C.D. Atlético Español.[5] Platense was the first professional champion of Honduras winning the two rounds; and Atlético Español finished last, but there was no relegation. Enrique Fúnez was the first top-scorer with 14 goals.[6]

2013–14 teams[edit]

Relegation-Promotion[edit]

Relegation is decided by the addition of both apertura and clausura tournament tables. The last team of the aggregated table is relegated to Liga de Ascenso de Honduras. Promotion is decided in Liga de Ascenso de Honduras. Up to 2004 the champions were awarded automatic promotion. Since then, the season was divided into apertura and clausura, where champions face each other to decide promotion.

Historic[edit]

All Time Scorers[edit]

[citation needed]

  • Bold players were still active
All-Time Scorers (as of 2009-05-10)
No. Player Goals
1st Honduras Wilmer Velásquez 196
2nd Brazil | Honduras Denilson Costa 155
3rd Honduras Juan Manuel Cárcamo 101
4th Honduras Francisco Ramírez 95
5th Brazil | Honduras Marcelo Ferreira 94
6th Brazil Luciano Emílio 89
7th Honduras Prudencio Norales 88
8th Argentina Danilo Tosello 86
9th Honduras Reynaldo Mejía 83
10th Honduras Angel Obando 78
11th Honduras Eduardo Bennet 82
12th Brazil Ney Costa 82
13th Honduras Pompilio Cacho 81
14th Argentina Luis Oswaldo Altamirano 80
15th Honduras Carlos Alvarado 79
16th Honduras Antonio Obando 76
17th Honduras Leonel Machado 78
18th Honduras Nelson "Hungaro" Larios 75

Statistics (1965–66 – present)[edit]

Champions by year[edit]

Season Champions Runner-up Third Fourth
1965–66 Platense Olimpia Vida Troya
No post season was held. Played in 18 rounds.
1966–67 Olimpia Marathón Vida España
No post season was held. Played in 18 rounds.
1967–68 Olimpia Marathón Honduras Vida
No post season was held. Played in 18 rounds.
1968–69 Motagua Olimpia Platense Atlético Indio
No post season was held. Played in 27 rounds.
1969–70 Olimpia Motagua Marathón Vida
No post season was held. Played in 27 rounds.
1970–71 Motagua Olimpia Marathón España
Championship playoff: Motagua 1–1 Olimpia. Motagua champions as better regular season record.
1971–72 Olimpia Vida Motagua España
No post season was held. Played in 27 rounds.
1972–73 none none none none
Canceled after nine rounds. No champion was declared.
1973–74 Motagua Marathón Olimpia España
No post season was held. Played in 27 rounds.
1974–75 España Motagua Olimpia Marathón
Final: Motagua 0–1 España.
1975–76 España Olimpia Motagua Universidad
Final: Olimpia 1–1 España; España 2–0 Olimpia.
1976–77 España Motagua Marathón Vida
Final: Motagua 0–0 España; España 4–1 Motagua.
1977–78 Olimpia Real España Motagua Vida
Final: Real España 0–0 Olimpia; Olimpia 2–0 Real España.
1978–79 Motagua Real España Olimpia Broncos
Final: Motagua 1–0 Real España; Real España 1–4 Motagua.
1979–80 Marathón Universidad Victoria Broncos
Final: Marathón 1–0 Universidad; Universidad 0–1 Marathón.
1980–81 Real España Marathón Olimpia Vida
Final: Real España 2–0 Marathón; Marathón 1–0 Real España; Real España 2–1 Marathón.
1981–82 Vida Atlético Morazán Motagua Marathón
Final: Atlético Morazán 1–3 Vida; Vida 1–0 Atlético Morazán.
1982–83 Olimpia Motagua Real España Victoria
Olimpia champions as winner of regular season and post season.
1983–84 Vida Universidad Marathón Olimpia
No post season was held. Played in 36 rounds.
1984–85 Olimpia Vida Victoria Marathón
Olimpia champions as winner of regular season and post season.
1985–86 Marathón Vida Motagua Olimpia
Marathón champions as winner of post season.
1986–87 Olimpia Real España Vida Platense
Olimpia champions as winner of post season.
1987–88 Olimpia Marathón Real España Sula
Final: Olimpia 0–0 Marathón; Marathón 0–1 Olimpia.
1988–89 Real España Olimpia Motagua Vida
Final: Olimpia 2–0 Real España; Real España 2–0 Olimpia. Real España champions as better regular season record.
1989–90 Olimpia Real España Motagua Platense
Final: Real España 1–0 Olimpia; Olimpia 1–0 Real España. Olimpia champions as better goal difference in regular season.
1990–91 Real España Motagua Olimpia Platense
Final: Motagua 0–0 Real España; Real España 2–1 Motagua.
1991–92 Motagua Real España Olimpia Platense
Final: Real España 0–0 Motagua; Motagua 1–0 Real España.
1992–93 Olimpia Petrotela Marathón Motagua
Olimpia champions as winner of regular season and post season.
1993–94 Real España Motagua Vida Victoria
Real España champions as winner of regular season and post season.
1994–95 Victoria Olimpia Real España Motagua
Final: Victoria 0–0 Olimpia; Olimpia 1–1 Victoria. Victoria champions on away goals.
1995–96 Olimpia Real España Victoria Motagua
Final: Real España 0–3 Olimpia; Olimpia 0–0 Real España.
1996–97 Olimpia Platense Victoria Real España
Final: Platense 1–1 Olimpia; Olimpia 3–0 Platense.
1997–98 A Motagua Real España Olimpia Platense
Final: Real España 0–3 Motagua; Motagua 2–1 Real España.
1997–98 C Motagua Olimpia Victoria Platense
Final: Motagua 0–0 Olimpia; Olimpia 0–1 Motagua.
1998–99 Olimpia Real España Motagua Victoria
Final: Real España 1–1 Olimpia; Olimpia 1–0 Real España.
1999–00 A Motagua Olimpia Victoria Broncos
Final: Olimpia 0–0 Motagua; Motagua 0–0 Olimpia. Motagua 6–5 on penalties.
1999–00 C Motagua Olimpia Marathón Federal
Final: Motagua 1–1 Olimpia; Olimpia 1–1 Motagua. Motagua 3–2 on penalties.
2000–01 A Olimpia Platense Universidad Real España
Final: Platense 0–1 Olimpia; Olimpia 1–1 Platense.
2000–01 C Platense Olimpia Marathón Real España
Final: Platense 1–0 Olimpia; Olimpia 1–1 Platense.
2001–02 A Motagua Marathón Olimpia Platense
Final: Marathón 1–0 Motagua; Motagua 3–2 Marathón. Motagua 5–3 on penalties.
2001–02 C Marathón Olimpia Victoria Platense
Final: Marathón 4–1 Olimpia; Olimpia 1–0 Marathón.
2002–03 A Olimpia Platense Marathón Real España
Final: Olimpia 1–1 Platense; Platense 1–2 Olimpia.
2002–03 C Marathón Motagua Real España Olimpia
Final: Motagua 0–1 Marathón; Marathón 3–1 Motagua.
2003–04 A Real España Olimpia Vida Marathón
Final: Real España 2–2 Olimpia; Olimpia 0–2 Real España.
2003–04 C Olimpia Marathón Real España Victoria
Final: Marathón 1–1 Olimpia; Olimpia 1–0 Marathón.
2004–05 A Marathón Olimpia Real España Victoria
Final: Marathón 3–2 Olimpia; Olimpia 1–2 Marathón.
2004–05 C Olimpia Marathón Universidad Platense
Final: Marathón 1–1 Olimpia; Olimpia 2–1 Marathón.
2005–06 A Olimpia Marathón Platense Victoria
Final: Marathón 2–1 Olimpia; Olimpia 2–0 Marathón.
2005–06 C Olimpia Victoria Motagua Valencia
Final: Victoria 3–3 Olimpia; Olimpia 1–0 Victoria.
2006–07 A Motagua Olimpia Marathón Hispano
Final: Motagua 1–1 Olimpia; Olimpia 1–3 Motagua.
2006–07 C Real España Marathón Olimpia Motagua
Final: Marathón 2–1 Real España; Real España 3–1 Marathón.
2007–08 A Marathón Motagua Olimpia Victoria
Final: Motagua 0–0 Marathón; Marathón 2–0 Motagua.
2007–08 C Olimpia Marathón Real España Motagua
Final: Marathón 1–1 Olimpia; Olimpia 1–0 Marathón.
2008–09 A Marathón Real España Olimpia Motagua
Final: Marathón 1–0 Real España; Real España 1–1 Marathón.
2008–09 C Olimpia Real España Vida Marathón
Final: Real España 2–2 Olimpia; Olimpia 2–1 Real España.
2009–10 A Marathón Olimpia Real España Motagua
Final: Olimpia 1–0 Marathón; Marathón 2–0 Olimpia.
2009–10 C Olimpia Motagua Vida Platense
Final: Olimpia 3–1 Motagua; Motagua 1–0 Olimpia.
2010–11 A Real España Olimpia Marathón Victoria
Final: Olimpia 1–1 Real España; Real España 2–1 Olimpia.
2010–11 C Motagua Olimpia Vida Marathón
Final: Motagua 2–2 Olimpia; Olimpia 1–3 Motagua.
2011–12 A Olimpia Real España Marathón Vida
Final: Olimpia 1–0 Real España; Real España 0–2 Olimpia.
2011–12 C Olimpia Marathón Motagua Real España
Final: Marathón 0–0 Olimpia; Olimpia 1–0 Marathón.
2012–13 A Olimpia Victoria Motagua Atlético Choloma
Final: Victoria 0–0 Olimpia; Olimpia 4–0 Victoria.
2012–13 C Olimpia Real Sociedad Victoria Platense
Final: Real Sociedad 1–0 Olimpia; Olimpia 2–0 Real Sociedad.
2013–14 A Real España Real Sociedad Olimpia Deportes Savio
Final: Real España 3–1 Real Sociedad; Real Sociedad 2–0 Real España. Real España 1–3 on penalties.
2013–14 C Olimpia Marathón Real Sociedad Victoria
Final: Marathón 0–0 Olimpia; Olimpia 0–0 Marathón. Olimpia 4–2 on penalties.

Titles by club[edit]

Club Champion Runner-up Winning years
Olimpia 28 17 1966–67, 1967–68, 1969–70, 1971–72, 1977–78, 1982–83, 1984–85, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1992–93, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 2000–01 A, 2002–03 A, 2003–04 C, 2004–05 C, 2005–06 A, 2005–06 C, 2007–08 C, 2008–09 C, 2009–10 C, 2011–12 A, 2011–12 C, 2012–13 A, 2012–13 C, 2013–14 C
Motagua 12 9 1968–69, 1970–71, 1973–74, 1978–79, 1991–92, 1997–98 A, 1997–98 C, 1999–2000 A, 1999–2000 C, 2001–02 A, 2006–07 A, 2010–11 C
Real España 11 11 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1980–81, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1993–94, 2003–04 A, 2006–07 C, 2010–11 A, 2013–14 A
Marathón 8 13 1979–80, 1985–86, 2001–02 C, 2002–03 C, 2004–05 A, 2007–08 A, 2008–09 A, 2009–10 A
Vida 2 3 1981–82, 1983–84
Platense 2 3 1965–66, 2000–01 C
Victoria 1 2 1994–95
Universidad 0 2
Real Sociedad 0 2
Atlético Morazán 0 1
Petrotela 0 1
Totals 64 64

In International competitions[edit]

Olimpia: 31 times (1962, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972 Champions, 1973, 1976, 1983, 1985 Runner up, 1987, 1988 Champions, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 Runner up, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15)
Real España: 16 times (1975, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2014–15)
Motagua: 14 times (1969, 1971, 1974, 1977, 1983, 1986, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 2003, 2008, 2010–11, 2011–12)
Marathón: 9 times (1974, 1980, 1981, 1986, 1988, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2012–13)
Vida: 6 times (1963, 1972, 1973, 1982, 1984, 1985)
Universidad: 2 times (1980 Runner up, 1984)
Victoria: 2 times (1996, 2013–14)
Platense: 1 times (1975, 1998)
Petrotela: 1 time (1994)
Olimpia: 13 times (1979, 1981 Champions, 1996 withdrew, 1997, 1998, 1999 Champions, 2000 Champions, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005 Runner up, 2006 Runner up, 2007)
Motagua: 8 times (1979, 1996 withdrew, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2007 Champions)
Marathón: 7 times (1980, 1981, 1982, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006)
Real España: 6 times (1981, 1982 Champions, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2007)
Vida: 2 time (1981, 1982)
Broncos: 1 time (1980 Champions)
Victoria: 1 time (2006)
Olimpia: 2 times (1996 abandoned), (1997 abandoned)
Platense: 2 times (1997 abandoned), (1998 abandoned)
Real España: 1 time (1993 Runner up)
Real Maya: 1 time (1994)
Marathón: 1 time (1995)
Motagua: 1 time (2001)
Olimpia: 2 times (1972 Runner up), (1988 Runner up)
Motagua: 1 time (2008)
Olimpia: 1 time (2001 canceled)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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