Belén F.C.

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Belén F.C.
Belén FC logo.png
Full name Belén Fútbol Club
Founded 13 June 1979
Ground Estadio Polideportivo de Belén
Belén, Costa Rica
Ground Capacity 3,000
Owner Grupo Somnus
Chairman Olman Vega
Manager Fernando Palomeque
League Costa Rican Primera División
2015 Invierno Regular Season: 9th
Playoffs: DNQ

Belén F.C. is a professional football club that currently plays in the Primera División de Costa Rica.

History[edit]

  • 1979 (13 June): Asociación Deportiva Belén is founded. A.D. Belen will go on to become the second team in the province of Heredia to participate in Primera División the First Division of Costa Rica.
  • 1987: Using the name "Belén-Calle Flores" (Bethlehem, Street of Flowers), Belén wins the title of the National Association of Soccer as well as the title of the National Association of Amateur Soccer (ANAFA), and is placed in Segunda División de Costa Rica, the Second Division of Costa Rica, under the leadership of head coach Enrique "Quique" Vasquez.
  • 1993: Belén, led by coach Armando Rodríguez, is proclaimed Division II National Champion defeating Sagrada Familia 4–2 in the final round.
  • 1993–94: A.D. Belén officially debuts in Primera División, Division I, and plays in the old national stadium but loses to Deportivo Saprissa 4–1.[1] Belén talent Eusebio Montero wins the World Youth Cup in Saudi Arabia.
  • 1995–96: Head coach Alexander Guimaraes guides Belén to a fifth-place finish in the championships[1] as the team wins 50% of its games. This is Belén´s best finish in Division I. 1996–97 head coach Carlos Santana will match this feat.
  • 1996 (2 June): Under head coach Alexandre Guimarães, former player in the FIFA World Cup A.D. Belén wins the last game of the Torneo de Copa en Costa Rica, beating Club Sport Cartaginés, 1–0.
  • 1997–98: The team returns to the second division.
  • 1998: The entire community of Belén receives honor when A.D. Belén participates for the first time in an international competition, the CONCACAF Winners Cup. In the first phase, under coach "Quique" Vasquez, Belén eliminates Diriangen Nicaragua (2–1 and 3–2).[2] But in the second stage the team stumbles to rival Olympia Honduras (3–0).
  • 2003: Under strategist Mario Solis, A.D. Belén ascends to Division I again following the team´s triumph over Cartagena in the final.
  • 2004–05: Belén drops back down to the second division. The last head coach in the premier division is Benjamin Mayorga.[3]
  • 2010–11: Led by Vinicio Alvarado and playing at Polideportivo de Belén, Belén Siglo XXI wins "El Campeonato de la Liga de Ascenso," the National Championship of the League of Ascension, defeating Cartagena, 3–0. And the team is promoted back to Division I.[4]
  • 2011 (31 July): A.D. Belén begins competing in Torneo de Invierno Campeonato Nacional de Invierno, the Winter National Championship Tournament, now under the name Belén Bridgestone F.C.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 19 March, 2017.

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 Luis Torres
2 Mexico MF Alejandro Abasolo
4 Costa Rica DF Juan Pablo Vargas
5 Mexico MF Diego Franco (on loan from Atl. San Luis)
6 Costa Rica DF Víctor Murillo (on loan from Herediano)
7 Costa Rica MF Jordan Medina (on loan from Deportivo Saprissa)
8 Mexico MF César de la Peña (on loan from Monterrey)
9 Mexico FW Julio Cruz (on loan from Monterrey)
10 Costa Rica MF Ronny Mora
11 Costa Rica MF Bryan López
12 Costa Rica DF Josué Rodríguez
13 Costa Rica MF Rafael Rodríguez
No. Position Player
14 Colombia DF Sebastián González
15 Costa Rica DF Kijell Medina (on loan from Deportivo Saprissa)
16 Argentina DF Lautaro Ayala
17 Costa Rica FW Iván Ramírez
19 Costa Rica FW Reinaldo Brenes
20 Costa Rica MF Esteban Espinoza
21 Costa Rica DF Brandón Bonilla
22 Costa Rica GK Jorge Jara
25 Costa Rica DF Jason Prendas
26 Costa Rica DF Andrey Mora
27 Costa Rica DF Víctor González
31 Costa Rica DF Kevin Espinoza

Notable Players[edit]

Player Records[edit]

Coaching Staff[edit]

  • Head coach: Briance Camacho
  • Assistant coach: Milton Morales
  • Physical therapist: Marcelo Betancourt
  • Goalkeeper coach: William "Papo" Brenes
  • Masseur: Geovanni Cornejo
  • Equipment manager: Juan Carlos Zarate

Historical list of coaches[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]