Antigua GFC

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Antigua GFC
Escudo Antigua GFC.jpg
Full name Antigua Guatemala Fútbol Club
Nickname(s) Coloniales (Colonials)
Panzas Verdes (Green Bellies)
Aguacateros (Avocado Eaters)
Founded 1958
Ground Estadio Pensativo
Antigua, Guatemala
Ground Capacity 9,000
Chairman Mario Porras Gonzales
Manager Mauricio Tapia
League Liga Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala
2014 Apertura 11th
Website Club home page

Antigua Guatemala Fútbol Club is a Guatemalan professional football team based in Antigua Guatemala, and current champions of the Liga Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala. They play their home games at the Estadio Pensativo. They are nicknamed Los Panzas Verdes ("Green bellies") in reference to the local avocados and as represented by the green stripes on the team uniform.

History[edit]

Estadio Antigua GFC.jpg

The club was founded in 1958 by Dr. Miguel Ángel Soto Bustamante and Mr. Antonio Martínez Barrios with the colonial city as its home. The club's first president was Rogelio Toldeo Estrada and the club's first manager was César Rodríguez Gudiel.

After earning promotion to the maximum division (Liga Mayor "A") in the 1957–58 season,[1] Antigua finished third in the 1959–60 league table.[2] However, they could not retain their level in the following years, suffering relegation after the 1964 season.[3] After more than a decade in the Liga Mayor B, the club's administration was inherited by the Antigua Guatemala Municipality, and in December 1976, earned promotion back to the Liga Mayor "A",[4][5] but were relegated two years later as the number of teams in the league was reduced from 18 to 12.[4][6] Administration changed hands again and the team earned another promotion in 1979 after winning a tie-breaking third playoff match against Juca at the Estadio Mateo Flores, remaining in the top category until 1983, when a last-place finish on the standings relegated them once again.[7]

Relegation in 1983 marked the beginning of a 16-year-long period in which the club went through financial strain and was unable to return to the top flight. In 1998 the team's administration was again given to the Municipality, and on 22 May 1999 they earned a spot in the now called Liga Nacional.[4] In 2006 they were relegated after seven years in the top flight, in what had been their longest period of participation at the top level.[8] As of 2011, they have competed in the Primera División de Ascenso.

Return to Liga Nacional in 2014[edit]

Antigua GFC will compete in Guatemala's highest-level league having purchased the position offered by the Heredia Jaguares from Izabal. For the 2015 season, the club kit will be supplied by Italian sports company Diadora.

Honours[edit]

2015 Apertura, 2016 Apertura

Performance in international competitions[edit]

2016–17 - TBD

Current squad[edit]

Antigua forward Juan Chang in action at the Estadio Pensativo

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

No. Position Player
1 Guatemala GK Victor Ayala
2 Guatemala DF Pablo Solórzano
3 Guatemala DF Manuel Moreno
4 Guatemala DF Juan Carlos González
5 Guatemala DF Angelito Elver
6 Guatemala MF Fredy Thompson
7 Colombia MF Roberto Peña Capitán.
8 Argentina MF Matias Donnet
9 Guatemala FW Óscar Isaula
10 Brazil FW Luis David Messi
11 Mexico FW Agustín Herrera
12 Guatemala FW Mario Navas
13 Guatemala DF Edwin Chacón
No. Position Player
14 United States FW Brian Ramirez
15 Guatemala DF Luis Aguilar
16 Guatemala MF Jhonatan López
17 Uruguay MF Mario Piñeyro
18 Guatemala DF Edwin González
19 Guatemala FW Israel Silva
20 Jamaica MF Akeem Priestley
21 Guatemala FW Mario Rodríguez
22 Guatemala MF Alexis Mata
23 Guatemala MF Alejandro Galindo
24 Guatemala FW José Carlos Castillo
25 Guatemala GK Rodrigo Reznik

list of coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Guatemala 1957/58". Rsssf.com. 2006-01-15. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  2. ^ "Guatemala 1959/60". Rsssf.com. 2006-01-15. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  3. ^ "Guatemala 1964". Rsssf.com. 2006-01-08. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  4. ^ a b c "Equipo Antigua GFC". Equipoantiguagfc.com. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  5. ^ "Guatemala 1976". Rsssf.com. 2005-12-17. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  6. ^ "Guatemala 1978". Rsssf.com. 2005-12-17. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  7. ^ "Guatemala 1983". Rsssf.com. 2005-12-17. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  8. ^ Guatemala 2005/06 – RSSSF

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