A.D. Carmelita

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Full name Asociación Deportiva Carmelita
Nickname(s) El Carmen
Founded October 20, 1948; 69 years ago (1948-10-20)
Ground Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto
Alajuela, Costa Rica
Ground Capacity 18,500
Chairman Costa Rica Isidro Zamora
Manager Costa Rica Hugo Robles
League Liga FPD
2016–17 Invierno 2016: 7th
Verano 2017: 12th
Overal: 10th

Asociación Deportiva Carmelita is a Costa Rican football team playing in the Liga FPD. The team is based in Barrio El Carmen, Alajuela, Costa Rica and their home stadium is Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto, a venue shared by its proprietary team Alajuelense.


El Carmen[edit]

Founded as Costa Rica on 20 October 1948 by Manuel Guillén Fernández, the club joined the Costa Rican Third Division in 1949 and changed its name to Carmen Asociación Deportiva or just El Carmen de Alajuela a year later. They spent a few years in that league before reaching the second division[1] in 1953 and on 9 April 1958 they debuted in the Primera División de Costa Rica against Alajuelense.[2]

1961 League title dispute[edit]

They won one championship in 1961,[3] when the big clubs left the Federación Costarricense de Fútbol and founded their own ASOFUTBOL league and the title was contested between three club only: Carmen, Uruguay de Coronado and Gimnástica Española. However, the ASOFUTBOL teams returned to the league and their league winners Herediano were named champions[1] only to recognize Carmen's title 40 years later.


From 1968 through 1975 they played in the third tier of the Costa Rican football pyramid again and from 1975 through 1991 they were in the second division except for one season in the top division in 1983. Renamed Carmelita, they won promotion to the Premier Division after Pérez Zeledón and Generaleña merged. In 2009 they dropped down again after 16 years in the Primera, only to bounce back again in summer 2012 after beating Orión in a promotion/relegation play-off.[4]




Player Records[edit]

Current squad[edit]

  • As of May 7, 2018.

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 Diego Sequeira
4 Costa Rica DF Erick Cabalceta
5 Costa Rica DF Carlos Montenegro
6 Costa Rica MF Andrés Vargas
7 Costa Rica FW Jonathan Martínez
8 Costa Rica MF Suhander Zúniga
9 Costa Rica FW Olman Vargas
10 Costa Rica FW Amir Waithe
11 Costa Rica MF Bernald Alfaro
12 Costa Rica DF Bryan Orué
13 Costa Rica DF Kevin Fajardo
14 Costa Rica DF Jorge Gutiérrez
15 Costa Rica DF Ignacio Quesada
16 Costa Rica DF Ariel Soto
17 Brazil FW Anderson Andrade
18 Costa Rica DF William Fernández
No. Position Player
19 Costa Rica MF Nextaly Rodríguez
20 Costa Rica DF Pedro Leal
21 Costa Rica MF Andrey Ugalde
22 Costa Rica MF Luis Carlos Fallas
23 Costa Rica MF Pablo Zúñiga
24 Costa Rica MF Joshua Ulate
25 Costa Rica DF Sebastián Castro
26 Costa Rica FW Brayan Rojas
27 Costa Rica DF Yael López
28 Costa Rica DF Jhon Jairo Lara
29 Costa Rica MF Jorge Davis
30 Costa Rica GK Guillermo Moreira
89 Costa Rica GK Luis Zamora
Mexico DF Biagio Battaglia
Costa Rica MF Endrik Alvarado
Costa Rica MF Hansell Araúz

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player

Notable Players[edit]

Kit History[edit]

Manufacter Period
Costa Rica Jugados 1998 - 2002
Costa Rica Sportek 2002 - present

Historical list of coaches[edit]


  1. ^ a b Carmelita Historia – UNAFUT (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Historial de Carmelita Archived August 29, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. – Carmelita (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Costa Rica 1961 – RSSSF
  4. ^ Verdolagas sin tiempo que perder – Nación (in Spanish)
  5. ^ a b Carmelita de manteles largos – UNAFUT (in Spanish)
  6. ^ La Bala Gómez dirigirá Carmelita – Nación (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Carmelita destituyó al técnico Orlando de León – Nación (in Spanish)
  8. ^ José Luis Torres es el nuevo técnico de Carmelita – Nación (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Guilherme Farinha renunció a Carmelita tras caer goleado ante Belén – Nación (in Spanish)
  10. ^ Técnico Hugo Robles asume las riendas de Carmelita – Nación (in Spanish)


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