Atlético Balboa (1950–2010)

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Atlético Balboa
Logo balboa.png
Full name Club Deportivo Atlético Balboa
Nickname(s) Los Porteños, La Ciclón
Founded 1950
Dissolved 2010
Ground Estadio Marcelino Imbers,
La Unión, El Salvador
Ground Capacity 4,000
Chairman El Salvador Pablo Robles
Manager El Salvador Mario Martínez
League Segunda División

Club Deportivo Atlético Balboa, commonly known as Atlético Balboa or Balboa is a Salvadoran football club. The team currently plays in La Unión.


Team Foundation[edit]

The foundation of "Ciclón del Golfo" goes back to 1950, in which a group of cipotes united in the Unionense district of Quebrachal to found a sport team. Mauro "El Turco" Granados, Simón Reyes, Paulino Cáceres, Pablo Rubio, Rodolfo Guzmán, Carlos Villalta, Carlos Juárez, René Pantoja, Luis Ávila, Chico Osorio, Juan Guevara, Chico Ruíz and Timoteo Hernández were the members on that fateful. The sports team purpose was to make a baseball team, however when the team didn't fill expectations they decided to form a football team. They decided to name the club "Balboa" after the Panamanian currency and played their first friendly match against the Honduran team América de Choluteca. The team's first colours were white with Green diagonal stripes, however were changed by the team first president Ricardo Flores to black and red.

Team First season in the Primera División[edit]

After becoming champions of the Segunda División in 1998, Atlético Balboa ascended to the Salvadoran Primera División where in their first season they finished runner-up thanks to the coaching effort of Mario Martínez and Óscar Benítez and great players such as Franklin Webster and Elvis Perreira.

Irregular way[edit]

After the first 12 months in the Primera División, the team tried to lay the foundation for a better season. However, poor administrative decisions and negative results didn't allow the team to achieve their goals. In this period the team went through three coaches Óscar Benítez, Saúl Molina and the Argentine Juan Quarterone, however all three didn't stop the slide and they finished in seventh place. Despite the purchase of new players like Argentine Luciano Suárez, Colombian Manuel Díaz, Honduran Camilo Bonilla and Uruguayan Carlos Edgar Villarreal, the team lacked goals and not even Webster and Pereira could break the goalscoring drought.

Days of Crisis[edit]

The team had just started the 2002–2003 season when the team ran into economic and performance problems. Juan Quarterone was replaced by the Paraguayan Nelson Brizuela. Under Brizuela, the team performance was woeful and they were only able to achieve 3 draws from 6 games. Brizuela was soon replaced by Argentine-Italian Carlos Barone whose team's last four games almost got them relegated but in the end Dragón had a poorer record. The large amount of money used to purchase foreign players were wasted with only the Colombian Carlos Asprilla providing his worth to the team. Webster, the team's most effective goalscorer was sold to San Salvador. The very next season the coaching merry go round continued with the Costa Rican Manuel Solano, Gabriel Avedissian and Paulo Roberto de Oliveira all turned out to be disaster with Paulo Roberto de Oliveira failing to get a point and Gabriel Avedissian only achieving one point. The only bright spot was assistant coach Jesús Fuentes who directed the team with pride and helped to achieve four victories.

Almost Team Glory[edit]

After those scares, Balboa realised its potential in the First Division. The team finished runner-up after the effort of the coaching staff Juan Quarterone and Jorge García. However disagreement between the board and the two technicians separated the club. Colombian Henry Vargas had the chance to participate in the UNCAF tournament, however lost playoff to Luis Ángel Firpo. Atlético Balboa were in financial- and team crisis again, and this time they could not get out of the relegation battle and eventually lost to Vista Hermosa despite Nelson Ancheta best effort.

Current History[edit]

The club was promoted to the Primera División, the top flight of El Salvador football, again after defeating Juventud Independiente for promotion in the 2008 season.[1] Two years of moderate success followed under Guatemalan coach Carlos Mijangos and Argentine coach Roberto Gamarra, which included just missing the finals series twice. However, financial problems continue plaguing the club and finally, after two years of dreadful financial records, the First Division relegated the club to the Second Division in the 2011 season.

Major honours[edit]


2000, 2008




Atlético Balboa is the first Salvadoran team to form an Under-17 team for the new Under-17 League competition that will begin in April 2014.

Current squad[edit]

As of Clausura 2012:
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 El Salvador GK Tiko Gomez
No. Position Player
18 El Salvador DF Nicky Fuentes

Squad Changes for the Clausura 2015[edit]



Retired numbers[edit]

Current technical staff[edit]

Head Coach
Assistant Coach
Medical Trainer El Salvador Dr. Joaquín Corvera
knesliogiocal El Salvador Sr. René Castellón
Utility El Salvador Mauricio Juárez

List of Presidents[edit]

  • Ricardo Flores
  • Juan Pablo Robles (2003)
  • Noel Benítez (2004, 2006–2007)
  • Mario Sorto (2005)
  • Andrés Alonso Gómez (2007–2008)
  • Juan Pablo Robles (2009–2011) [1]

List of Coaches[edit]

Name From To
El Salvador Mario Martínez 1990 1990
El Salvador Mario Martínez 1998 2000
El Salvador Óscar Benítez 2001 2001
Argentina Juan Quarterone 2002 2003
Paraguay Nelson Brizuela 2003 Apr 2003
Argentina Italy Carlos Barone Apr 2003 Aug 2003
Costa Rica Manuel Alberto Solano Madrigal Sep 2003 2003
Uruguay Carlos Garabet Avedissian June 2003 2003
Brazil Paulo Roberto de Oliveira 2003 2003
El Salvador Jesus Fuentes 2003 2004
El Salvador Óscar Benítez 2004 2004
Argentina Juan Quarterone 2004 2004
Argentina Jorge García 2004 2004
Colombia Henry Vanegas 2005 2005
Argentina Jorge García 2005 2006
El Salvador Nelson Ancheta 2006 2006
El Salvador Fausto Omar Vásquez 2008 June 2008
Uruguay Gustavo de Simone 25 July 2008 30 Aug 2008
Paraguay Roberto Gamarra 2007 Jan 2009
Argentina Carlos de Toro 21 Jan 2009 Feb 2009
El Salvador Luis Zapata Feb 2009 June 2009
Brazil Eduardo Santana June 2009 Aug 2009
El Salvador Angel Orellana Aug 2009 Sep 2009
Argentina Jorge García Sep 2009 Sep 2009
El Salvador Luis Zapata Sep 2009 Dec 2009
Guatemala Carlos Mijangos Jan 2010 June 2010
Paraguay Roberto Gamarra June 2010 December 2010
El Salvador Mario Martínez December 2010 June 2011

Winners of Man Shot Chart Salvadoran Newspaper[edit]


  1. ^ El Salvador 2007/08 – RSSSF

External links[edit]