|Full name||Club Deportivo y Social Vida|
|Nickname(s)||Los Cocoteros (The Coconuts)|
Los Rojiblancos (The Red-and-Whites)
|Founded||14 October 1940|
|Ground||Estadio Nilmo Edwards,|
La Ceiba, Honduras
|Chairman||Carla Belinda Dip|
|League||Liga Nacional de Fútbol de Honduras|
The club has won two domestic league titles and finished second three times.
- 1 History
- 2 Club rivalries
- 3 Achievements
- 4 League and play-off performance (1994–present)
- 5 International competition
- 6 All-time top scorers
- 7 Current squad
- 8 Managers
- 9 Old logos
- 10 Affiliated clubs
- 11 References
- 12 External links
The club that is today known as Vida was founded on 14 October, 1940, as a result of a split in the board of directors of Atlántida. Gregorio Ramos, one of the Atlantida directors, decided to found his own team. Since it was initially sponsored by the brewery Cervecería Hondureña, SA, the club took the name Salvavida, a brand of beer that the brewery produced.
Later on, the relationship between Cervezería Hondureña and Salvavida was coming to an end. According to club legend, the wife of one of the club directors (Vida Code de Castañeda) fell into a river or a lake while the team was walking by. The cry of "un salvavida para vida" (a lifesaver for Vida) went up. This was supposedly the inspiration for the modern name, Vida.
1940s and 1950s
During the 1940s, most of the club's players were employees of team president Gregorio Ramos, who was also owner of Lavanderia Ramos. He also was the president of the team and contributed economically and handled the team affairs. The training was carried out in a small field located that was property of the Standard Fruit Company (DOLE). Another source of players were students from the local public school, Instituto Manuel Bonilla and those from the amateur soccer club Deportes Diablos Negros. The most notable stars of these years were the famous Talon Arzú, Alberto "Campion" Amaya, Héctor "Jet" Castillo McKenzie, Quiro Brooks, Cristóbal Craka Brooks, and the Spaniard Rafael "El Fafa" from Navarre.
Vida's rise to prominence
Vida's breakthrough came in the 1960s, with the energy provided by rising stars such as Salvador Hernández, Nilmo Edwards, and the brothers Morris and Junia Garden. In 1961, Vida finished runners-up in the national tournament, losing out only to Olimpia. They won the whole thing in 1964, beating out Salamar of San Lorenzo in Tegucigalpa.
In 1964, when the previously amateur Honduran league officially turned professional, the city of La Ceiba was offered one place. Vida prevailed in a play-off against two local rivals, Victoria and Atlantida, to earn the city's slot in the new top flight. The previously amateur players were awarded salaries drawn from ticket sales, and the old field where Vida used to play was converted into a genuine stadium, the Estadio Ceibeño. With the stadium built, Vida moved to Campo Vida located in the neighborhood La Isla as their training ground (which is still preserved to this date, and used for youth league teams in La Ceiba).
CDS Vida: The glory years (1965–1985)
From 1965 to 1975, Vida was a frequent finisher in the Top 4 of the Honduran Major League Soccer. Their best season during this stretch was 1971, when they finished 2nd to Olimpia. Their success continued throughout the 1970s, as they were a regular qualifier for the quadrangular playoff, but it was the early 1980s that saw the club's greatest run of success.
It started in 1981, when Vida finished 3rd in the first phase to qualify for the playoffs. In the quadrangular, they finished level with Motagua at the top of the table, and prevailed 2-0. Then, in the championship against regular season winners Atlético Morazán, Vida triumphed 4-1 on aggregate. They won a second title in 1983, then narrowly finished as runners-up to Olimpia and Marathon in 1984 and 1985.
During the 1980s, the team's notable players were Enrique "Palanca" Mendoza, Matilde Lacayo, Dennis "La Bomba" Hinds, Cipriano Dueños (national scoring Champion in 1986) and Roberto "Macho" Figueroa (a key player in the Honduran National team that earned the berth to the World Cup Spain 1982, sold to Real Murcia after the tournament).
Decline and descent into obscurity
Vida's decline began in 1986. The club had finished 1st in the regular season and third in the quadrangular play-offs; by most accounts a respectable year. However, shortly after the end of the playoffs, the club was rocked by a match-fixing scandal. Specifically, the accusation was that they deliberately threw the title to Olimpia.
Vida never recovered, and it took many years before they even appeared a top-flight challenger. Even after the Apertura and the Clausura were adopted, Vida struggled. They have not reached, let alone won, a final since the end of their glory days.
League and play-off performance (1994–present)
|1994–95||7th||27||8||9||10||38||41||33||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1995–96||8th||27||5||14||8||25||37||29||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1996–97||8th||27||7||7||13||21||33||28||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1997–98 Apertura||8th||20||7||2||11||31||33||23||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1997–98 Clausura||7th||20||5||8||7||26||26||23||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1999 Apertura||9th||18||4||4||10||22||33||16||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1999–00 Clausura||10th||18||3||5||10||18||30||14||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2000–01 Clausura||9th||18||4||6||8||22||31||18||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2001–02 Apertura||6th||18||3||11||4||20||23||20||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2001–02 Clausura||9th||18||3||10||5||16||21||19||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2002–03 Apertura||7th||18||4||7||7||19||29||19||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2002–03 Clausura||5th||18||7||4||7||24||30||25||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2003–04 Clausura||9th||16||2||7||7||13||25||13||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2004–05 Apertura||5th||18||6||4||8||20||23||22||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2004–05 Clausura||7th||18||5||7||6||16||19||22||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2005–06 Apertura||9th||18||4||6||8||22||25||18||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2005–06 Clausura||5th||18||6||9||3||21||21||27||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2006–07 Apertura||10th||18||3||2||13||17||39||11||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2006–07 Clausura||6th||18||6||4||8||21||23||22||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2007–08 Apertura||8th||18||4||8||6||18||22||20||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2007–08 Clausura||10th||18||4||6||8||18||29||18||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2008–09 Apertura||10th||Did not qualify|
|2009–10 Apertura||7th||Did not qualify|
|2010–11 Apertura||6th||Did Not Qualify|
|2012–13 Apertura||7th||Did Not Qualify|
|2012–13 Clausura||9th||Did Not Qualify|
(From 1965/66 to 2007/08)
Performance (1997–98 – present)
CONCACAF Champions' Cup
All-time top scorers
(As of 8 February 2012)
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