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This article is about the club from Maracay, Aragua, formed under this name in 2002. For its origins, see Deportivo Galicia.
Aragua FC
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Full name Aragua Fútbol Club
Nickname(s) Aurirrojos (Yellow and Red)
Chocolateros (Chocolatiers)
Founded 20 August 2002 (14 years ago) (2002-08-20)
Ground Estadio Olímpico Hermanos Ghersi Páez
Maracay, Venezuela
Ground Capacity 16,000
Chairman Ricardo Villaroel
Manager Antonio Franco
League Primera División Venezolana
2016 11th

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.[1]

Aragua won the 2005–06 Venezuelan Segunda División and the 2007 Copa Venezuela.


Deportivo Galicia[edit]

Main article: Deportivo Galicia

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.

Aragua FC[edit]

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[edit]

2008: First Round

Club Culture[edit]


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).[2] 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.[3]


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.[4] The classic is currently "on hold" since Carabobo was relegated to the Venezuelan Segunda División after the 2011–12 season.[5]


As of 28 June 2014.[6]

First 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 Puerto Rico GK Bill Gaudette
2 Venezuela DF Francisco Fajardo
3 Venezuela DF José Yégüez
5 Venezuela MF Francisco La Mantía
6 Venezuela DF Jaime Bustamante
7 Venezuela MF Jesús Lugo
8 Venezuela MF Mauricio Parra
9 Paraguay FW Néstor Bareiro
10 Venezuela MF Gustavo Rojas
11 Venezuela FW Ronaldo Pérez
12 Venezuela GK Jean Carlos Issa
13 Venezuela MF Luis Felipe Chará
14 Venezuela DF Loren Walcott
No. Position Player
15 Venezuela MF Jackson López
16 Venezuela DF José Manríquez
17 Colombia FW Jarlín Quintero
18 Venezuela MF Orlando Peraza
19 Venezuela DF Rohel Briceño
20 Venezuela MF Kenny Romero
22 Venezuela GK Geancarlos Martínez
23 Venezuela DF Jean Neto
24 Venezuela MF Mauricio Montezuma
25 Venezuela FW Sergio Ortíz
30 Venezuela GK Brian Montes
78 Venezuela FW Tarek El Aissami

U20 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
-- Venezuela GK Miguel Piedra
-- Venezuela GK Miguel Cedeño
-- Venezuela GK Rafael Bolívar
-- Venezuela GK Marfren Paracare
-- Venezuela DF Jorge Rodríguez
-- Venezuela DF Ricardo Blanco
-- Venezuela DF Luis Peña
-- Venezuela DF Whilkei Acuña
-- Venezuela DF Julio Gords
-- Venezuela DF Luis Matute
-- Venezuela MF Miguel Bello
-- Venezuela MF Carlos Carrasquel
No. Position Player
-- Venezuela MF Álvaro Castellanos
-- Venezuela MF Fracisco Toledo
-- Venezuela MF Luís Fernández
-- Venezuela MF Carlos Ochoa
-- Venezuela MF Mauricio Montezuma
-- Venezuela MF Kevin Medina
-- Venezuela MF José Pepe Stella
-- Venezuela FW Carlos Borges
-- Venezuela FW Francisco Zais
-- Venezuela FW Ronny Martínez
-- Venezuela FW Alessandro Maceta

U18 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
-- Venezuela GK Edgar García
-- Venezuela GK Jhose Alvarado
-- Venezuela DF John Hernández
-- Venezuela DF José Manduca
-- Venezuela DF Julio González
-- Venezuela MF Armando Ron
-- Venezuela MF Diego Ibarra
-- Venezuela MF Jonás Cárdenas
-- Venezuela MF José Castillo
-- Venezuela MF José Labrador
-- Venezuela MF Leonardo Corredor
No. Position Player
-- Venezuela MF Luis Correa
-- Venezuela MF Paolo Giona
-- Venezuela MF Gustavo Armada
-- Venezuela MF Pedro Valdés
-- Venezuela MF Manuel Goncalvez
-- Venezuela MF José Mur
-- Venezuela MF Williams Rodríguez
-- Venezuela FW Bryhan Vera
-- Venezuela FW Fernando Luna
-- Venezuela FW Heinderberg Carrasquel
-- Venezuela FW Orlando Nieves


  • Uruguay Carlos Maria Ravel (2002–04)
  • Venezuela Rafael Santana Fontes (2004–06)
  • Venezuela Rafael Santana Segovia (2006–07)
  • Colombia Eduardo Contreras (2007)
  • Venezuela Manolo Contreras (2008–10)
  • Argentina Ángel Raúl Cavalleri (2010–13)
  • UruguayVenezuela Carlos Maldonado (2013)
  • Argentina Ángel Raúl Cavalleri (2013–14)
  • Venezuela César Modesto González (2014)
  • Venezuela Manuel Plascencia (2014–)


  1. ^ "Estadio Olímpico Hermanos Ghersi Páez". Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Vikingos y Demonios dieron un espectáculo". 23 October 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Moros, Ricardo (1 November 2010). "Un Corazón Aurirrojo Que Late Con Fuerza". Prensa Aragua FC. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "H2H Comparison – Aragua vs. Carabobo – Teams – Soccerway". Soccerway. Global Sports Media. 27 April 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Montes de Oca, Juan (15 April 2012). "Aragua FC defendió su casa y logró un punto valioso". Prensa Aragua FC. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Plantilla Primera División". 

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