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 Rigoberto Mejía
Manager Ricardo Serrano
League Primera División
Apertura 2015 Primera División 12th

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 C.D. 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 '50s under the name of C.D. 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".

C.D. 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 C.D. 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 C.D. 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, C.D. 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 2009–2010 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, C.D. Chalatenango did not compete during the 2009–2010 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 2015: Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 El Salvador DF Miguel Solís
3 El Salvador DF Félix Sánchez
4 El Salvador DF Geovani Guardado
5 El Salvador DF Juan Carlos Orellana
6 El Salvador MF Marcelo Messias
7 El Salvador MF Víctor Rodríguez
8 El Salvador MF Roberto Maradiaga
9 Colombia FW Bladimir Díaz
10 El Salvador MF Cristian Bautista
11 Trinidad and Tobago FW Samuel Kordell
14 El Salvador FW Ricardo Orellana
No. Position Player
15 El Salvador MF Melvín Escobar
16 El Salvador DF Israel Hércules
17 El Salvador FW Manuel Otero
19 El Salvador MF Henry Alvarenga
20 El Salvador MF Luis Ascencio
21 El Salvador DF Nelson Barrios
22 El Salvador GK Ismael Valladares
23 El Salvador FW Carlos Ayala
25 El Salvador GK Kevin Caravantes
26 El Salvador DF Elder Figueroa
26 Uruguay FW Christian Vaquero

Squad Changes for Clausura 2016[edit]



  • El Salvador Henry Reyes – Loaned back to Atlético Marte
  • Mexico Pablo Hütt – Transferred to
  • El Salvador Ricardo Figueroa – Transferred to
  • El Salvador Edwin Ávila – Transferred to
  • El Salvador Ronald Pimentel – Transferred to
  • El Salvador Javier Hernández – Transferred to
  • El Salvador Enrique Rodríguez – Transferred to
  • El Salvador Oscar Rodríguez – Transferred to
  • El Salvador Alexis Hernández – Transferred to
  • El Salvador Joél Ortega – Transferred to
  • Uruguay Christian Vaquero – Transferred to

Players with dual citizenship 2015[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:

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

No. Position Player
35 El Salvador GK Kevin Caravantes
34 El Salvador DF Ronald Pérez
36 El Salvador DF Joel Ortega
37 El Salvador DF Yonatan Guardado
40 El Salvador MF Remberto Martinez
45 El Salvador MF Oscar Rodríguez
46 El Salvador MF Dennis Menjivar
47 El Salvador MF Carlos Zamora
No. Position Player
49 El Salvador FW Alexander Pérez
60 El Salvador FW Omar Hernandez
64 El Salvador MF Xavier Zelaya
69 El Salvador FW Javier Martinez
75 El Salvador FW Carlos Rivera
76 El Salvador MF Jacobo Posado
80 El Salvador MF Herberto Belzran


Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager El Salvador Nelson Mauricio Ancheta
Assistant Managers El Salvador Oscar Pimentel
Reserve Manager El Salvador Geovanni Portillo
Under 17 Manager El Salvador TBD
Goalkeeper Coach El Salvador José Luis González
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 Asociacion Municipal de Chalatenango
President El Salvador Dr. Rigoberto Mejía
Vice President El Salvador Lic. Antonio Lopez
Management Representative El Salvador Lic. Antonio Peraza
Assistant Representative El Salvador Lic. Omar Peraza
Administrative Manager El Salvador Lic. Candelario Cruz
Administrative Assistant Manager El Salvador Lic. Rosa Alas
Sports Manager El Salvador Kevin Rivera

Presidential history[edit]

Name Years
Flag of El Salvador.svg Humberto Romero 1984–
Flag of El Salvador.svg Jesús Navas -2003
Flag of El Salvador.svg José Elías Romero 2003–2004
Flag of El Salvador.svg José Salvador Cardoza 2005–2006
Flag of El Salvador.svg Lisandro Pohl 2006–2008
Flag of El Salvador.svg José Salvador Cardoza 2008– 2009
Flag of El Salvador.svg Rigoberto Mejía 2009–2015
Flag of El Salvador.svg Reynaldo Cardoza 2015–



  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. 

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