C.D. Chalatenango

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Logo chalate.png
Full name Club Deportivo Chalatenango
Nickname(s) Los Duros del Norte (The hard north)
Los Alacranes (The Scorpions)
Founded 1950
Ground Estadio José Gregorio Martínez,
Chalatenango, El Salvador
Ground Capacity 15,000
Chairman El Salvador Rigoberto Mejía
League Primera División
Apertura 2016 Primera División 8th

Club Deportivo Chalatenango is an Salvadoran professional football club based in Chalatenango, El Salvador, currently playing in the Salvadoran Premier League, El Salvador's top tier of football. The club was founded in 1950 as CD Alacranes and reformed in 1975 as Club Deportivo Chalatenango. In 1975 the club relocated to their current Estadio José Gregorio Martínez stadium. They initially competed in the Regional and national competition before eventually joining the full Salvadoran Second Division in 1960s and subsequently enjoyed promotion to the top flight for the 1979 season.

Since its formation in 1950, the club has won three Segunda División Salvadoreño titles (1979, 1990, 2003) and one Tercera División Salvadoreño (2013 Clausura).

Its emblem and mascot is a Scorpion.


C.D. Alacranes[edit]

The club was founded in the early 1950s under the name of CD Alacranes, at a time where the giants of El Salvador soccer, Quequeisque of Santa Tecla, became defunct and were replaced by a new generation of clubs. The football club was formed by Don Jose Gregorio Martinez and a group of chalatecos whose purpose was to create a team that represented Chalatenango and the north of El Salvador. The team name, Alacranes, is Spanish for "Scorpions".

CD Alacranes acquired the license to participate and after many years of competition they demonstrated their quality in the inferior divisions by winning four championships. The team reached to the national finals in 1937, losing to CD 33 by a score of 3–1.[1] However its economic situation was in a terrible state putting its existence in danger. During that period, Colonel Oscar René Serrano accepted the leadership of the club, and with his experience, undertook the task of giving new life to the "Scorpions". The club ascended to the Salvadoran Second Division in the 1950s, changing their name from CD Alacranes to Club Deportivo Chalatenango.

Club Deportivo Chalatenango[edit]

In 1979, Club Deportivo Chalatenango obtained promotion to the Primera División de Fútbol Profesional and managed to stay there for ten years.

In 1990, CD Chalatenango were relegated to the Segunda División. They stayed in the Segunda División battling promotion for 13 years until they won promotion in 2003, but a year later they were relegated again.

However they were able to quickly return to the Primera División de Fútbol Professional by purchasing the spot of Coca-Cola for $250,000. [2]

In the 2008 Apertura, Chalatenango reached the final for the first time in the club's history under the direction of Carlos Melendez. After a 3–3 draw in normal time, they lost 4–3 on penalties, which allowed Isidro Metapán to become champions for the second time.

The team qualified for the 2009–10 CONCACAF Champions league knockout phase based on their record in apertura and clausura. On 26 June 2009, due to financial trouble, sold their spot in the Primera División de Fútbol Profesional to Municipal Limeño. Because the club failed to fill out the necessary paperwork to compete in the Second Division before the 7/23/09 deadline, CD Chalatenango did not compete during the 2009–10 season.

At the time, the club owed its former players $17,000 in unpaid salaries, and it owed CONCACAF $7,500 for pulling out of the CONCACAF Champions League [3]

At the end of 2009, some of Chalatenango's former players created a new team, merging it with Nejapa FC to establish Alacranes Del Norte.

In 2010, the club filed the necessary paperwork to be able to compete in the Second Division.[4]

In 2012, The club merged with Vendaval to form Chalatenango-Vendaval and they played in the second division. However, after one season, in 2013, the partnership between Chalatenango and Vendaval ended and they split into two teams again, with Vendaval remaining in the Second Division while Chalatenango descending down a level to play in the third division.

However, on 18 June 2015 the team purchased a franchise license in the new expansion of the Primera Division and will able to compete in the Primera Division for the Apertura 2015 season. [5]


Primera División
Segunda División Salvadoreño
  • Champions: 1979, 1990, 2003
Tercera División Salvadoreño
  • Champions: 2013 Clausura


Chalatenango plays its home games at Estadio José Gregorio Martínez in Chalatenango. The Estadio José Gregorio Martínez is a 15,000-seat soccer-specific stadium.


Chalatenango's current biggest rivalry was with fellow Chalatenango based team Atlético Comalapa, against whom they contest the derby chalateco.

Another of Chalatenango's rivalry was with fellow Chalatenango based but now defunct team Alacranes Del Norte, against whom they contest the derby chalateco. The rivalry stems from Alacranes Del Norte 's relocation from Nejapa to Chalatenango and using the same colours and stadium as Chalatenango


Companies that Chalatenango currently has sponsorship deals with include:

  • Milan – Official Kit Suppliers
  • Alcadia Municipal Chalatenango – Official sponsors
  • MC San Antonio – Official sponsors
  • Canal 4 – Official sponsors
  • Lemus – Official sponsors

Current squad[edit]

As of 2016:[6] 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 Kevin Carabantes
4 El Salvador DF Édgar Guardado
5 El Salvador MF Israel Landaverde
6 El Salvador MF Óscar Jiménez
7 El Salvador MF Víctor Merino
9 Colombia FW Bladimir Díaz Capitán.
14 Uruguay FW Rodrigo Cubilla
11 El Salvador FW Levi Martínez
12 El Salvador DF Miguel Lemus (on loan from FAS)
15 El Salvador FW José Iglesias
16 El Salvador DF Ramón Martínez
17 El Salvador FW Manuel Otero
No. Position Player
19 El Salvador MF Henry Alvarenga
20 El Salvador DF Luis Ascencio
21 El Salvador GK Dennis Salinas
22 El Salvador FW Cristian Carbajal
25 El Salvador MF Rónald Pérez
26 El Salvador MF Óscar Rodríguez
27 El Salvador DF Álvaro Ardón
28 El Salvador DF Héctor Cruz
29 El Salvador DF Carlos Carrillo
31 El Salvador MF Carlos Zamora
33 El Salvador MF Carlos Martínez

Squad Changes for Apertura 2016[edit]



Players with dual citizenship 2016[edit]

Reserve League squad[edit]

Chalatenango's Reserve squad plays in the twelve-team Primera División Reserves (El Salvador). Current members of the squad are:[7]

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 Kevin Carabantes
2 El Salvador MF Carlos Martínez
3 El Salvador MF Óscar Rodríguez
4 El Salvador MF Rónald Pérez
5 El Salvador José Ortega
6 El Salvador Yonatán Guardado
7 El Salvador Dennis Menjívar
8 El Salvador MF Carlos Zamora
No. Position Player
9 El Salvador Alexander Pérez
10 El Salvador Alexis Hernández
11 El Salvador Xavier Zelaya
12 El Salvador Javier Martínez
13 El Salvador Juan Carlos Rivera
14 El Salvador Francisco Posada
15 El Salvador Leonel Beltrán


Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Assistant Managers El Salvador
Reserve Manager El Salvador Geovanni Portillo
Under 17 Manager El Salvador TBD
Goalkeeper Coach El Salvador
Fitness Coach El Salvador José Luis Guerra
Team Doctor El Salvador Wilfredo Guerra
Knesliogiocal El Salvador Josè Isaac Rodriguez
Utlity El Salvador Joselito Galdámez


Position Staff
Owner El Salvador Asociación Municipal de Chalatenango
President El Salvador José Rigoberto Mejía
Vice President El Salvador Reynaldo López
Management Representative El Salvador Francisco Peraza
Assistant Representative El Salvador Omar Peraza Alvarenga
Administrative Manager El Salvador Candelario Cruz Godoy
Administrative Assistant Manager El Salvador Rosa Alas
Sports Manager El Salvador Kevin Rivera

Presidential history[edit]

Name Years
El Salvador Humberto Romero 1984–??
El Salvador Jesús Navas ????–03
El Salvador José Elías Romero 2003–04
El Salvador José Salvador Cardoza 2005–06
El Salvador Lisandro Pohl 2006–08
El Salvador José Salvador Cardoza 2008–09
El Salvador Rigoberto Mejía 2009–15
El Salvador Reynaldo Cardoza 2015–16
El Salvador Francisco Peraza 2016–


For more details on this topic, see List of Chalatenango managers.

The following managers have all led Chalatenango to at least one of the following achievements whilst in charge of the club: winning a major trophy or reaching the final, winning promotion or reaching the quarter-finals of a major CONCACAF competition.

Name Period Trophies
El Salvador TBD 1979–1980 Segunda Division (Champion)
El Salvador TBD 1990 Segunda Division (Champion)
Argentina Raúl Héctor Cocherari 2002–2003 Segunda Division (Champion)
El Salvador Carlos Antonio Meléndez 2008 Primera Division 2008 Apertura (Runner up)
Honduras German Pérez 2013 Tercera division (Champion)


  1. ^ El Salvador 1937 – RSSSF
  2. ^ "Volvió Chalatenango". El Salvador.com. 2 August 2005. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  3. ^ [1] – La Prensa Grafica (Spanish)
  4. ^ Club Deportivo Chalatenango history – Enchalate.com (Spanish)
  5. ^ "Chalatecos y marcianos nuevos inquilinos de la Liga Pepsi". primerafutboles. 18 June 2015. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  6. ^ https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cnb4CB5WcAYUnsC.jpg
  7. ^ https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cnb4FZIXEAADkjt.jpg

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