|Full name||Aragua Fútbol Club|
Aurirrojos (Yellow and Red)|
|Founded||20 August 2002|
Estadio Olímpico Hermanos Ghersi Páez|
|League||Primera División Venezolana|
|2017||13th, aggregate table|
Aragua Fútbol Club (Spanish pronunciation: [aˈɾaɣwa ˈfuðβol kluβ]) is a Venezuelan football team based in the city of Maracay, in the state of Aragua. The club began its professional career playing in the Venezuelan Segunda División a year after the club was founded. Since 2005, Aragua plays in the Primera División Venezolana.
The club's colors are yellow and red, although they were blue and white in the club's beginnings. Home games are played at the Olímpico Hermanos Ghersi in Maracay, with a 16,000 spectator capacity.
Founded in Caracas, the club moved, in 2002, to Maracay, in the state of Aragua, when its name changed to Galicia de Aragua, playing their home games at the Giuseppe Antonelli stadium in Maracay. Coached by the Uruguayan national Carlos Maria Ravel, the team switched from their traditional blue and white colours to the state's yellow and red and changed their name to Galicia de Aragua.
At the end of the 2001–02 season, Galicia de Aragua was relegated to the Venezuelan Segunda Division. In January 2002 they became a separate entity Aragua F.C. when they moved to Estadio Olímpico Hermanos Ghersi Páez.
For the 2002–03 season, Deportivo Galicia moves to the Estadio Olímpico Hermanos Ghersi and changes name to Aragua Fútbol Club. The team continues to play in the Venezuelan Segunda División until the 2004–05 season, when they achieve promotion to the Venezuelan Primera División.
Aragua FC make their debut in the Venezuelan Primera División with a goalless tie against Trujillanos on 5 August 2005, and remaining unbeaten during the first five games of the season. Rafael Mea Vitali scored Aragua's first goal in the top flight. Aragua FC end up finishing the 2005–06 season in 7th place.
At the start of the 2006–07 season, goalkeeper Renny Vega is called up by national team coach Richard Páez to represent the Venezuela National Football Team in a match against Colombia, making Vega the first player to receive an international call-up while playing for Aragua FC.
In 2008, led by manager Manolo Contreras, Aragua won the Copa Venezuela and automatically qualified to participate in the 2008 edition of the Copa Sudamericana, where they were eliminated in the first round by Guadalajara. At the end of the 2007–08 season, José Salomón Rondón was awarded as Youth of the Year, marking the first time that an Aragua FC player received the distinction.
Performance in CONMEBOL competitions
- Copa Sudamericana: 1 appearance
- 2008: First Round
The Aragua FC fans are known as Los Vikingos (The Vikings), and they traditionally occupy the western stand of the stadium, known as La Popular (The Popular). They are made up of several factions that represent different cities across the state: Artillería Aurirroja (Yellow and Red Artillery), Cagua Aurirroja, Caña de Azúcar, El Limón, Turmero Aurirrojo, Santa Rita, and Santa Rosa Aurirroja. As is the case with supporter groups of other Venezuelan teams, the factions only exist in theory, and in practice all the supporters act as a unified body.
The club's main rival is Carabobo FC, from the neighboring state of Carabobo. The fixture is popularly known as El Clásico de la Autopista (The Highway Classic). Due to the proximity of both states' capitals, Aragua-Carabobo rivalries exist in virtually every professional sport practiced in Venezuela. In 18 encounters, Aragua has achieved 6 victories against Carabobo's 4. The classic is currently "on hold" since Carabobo was relegated to the Venezuelan Segunda División after the 2011–12 season.
- Carlos Maria Ravel (2002–04)
- Rafael Santana Fontes (2004–06)
- Rafael Santana Segovia (2006–07)
- Eduardo Contreras (2007)
- Manolo Contreras (2008–10)
- Ángel Raúl Cavalleri (2010–13)
- Carlos Maldonado (2013)
- Ángel Raúl Cavalleri (2013–14)
- César Modesto González (2014)
- Manuel Plascencia (2014–)
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- (in Spanish) Official site