C.D. Luis Ángel Firpo

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L.A. Firpo
CD Luis Angel Firpo.png
Full nameClub Deportivo Luis Ángel Firpo
Los Toros (The Bulls)
Los Ultralempinos (The Ultra Lempimes)
Short nameFirpo
FoundedSeptember 17, 1923; 96 years ago (September 17, 1923) 
GroundEstadio Sergio Torres,
Usulután, El Salvador
ChairmanModesto Torres
ManagerCarlos Alberto de Toro
LeagueNo participa

Club Deportivo Luis Ángel Firpo (often abbreviated to Firpo) is an El Salvador professional association football club based in Usulután.[1]

The club was founded in 1923, and has played at its current home ground, Estadio Sergio Torres, since 1930.[2][3]

They have won ten Primera Division Champions titles. Firpo has the fourth highest total of major honours won by a Salvadoran club. The club's most successful period was between 1988 and 2000, when they won the El Salvadoran title seven times.

Firpo's historical rivals are C.D. Águila, Alianza F.C. and C.D. FAS. The Derby de Oriente (vs C.D. Águila) is the most important game out of all three matches. These four clubs are considered the "best 4" of El Salvador football.

The club's traditional kit colours are white and red, blue is also used but it is less predominant. The colours were adopted from the Argentinian side San Lorenzo de Almagro, of which Luis Ángel Firpo was a supporter.


Club Deportivo Luis Ángel Firpo is the second-oldest club in El Salvador. The club was founded on September 17, 1923, by a group of local citizens. Originally named Tecún Umán, the club was soon renamed in honor of Luis Ángel Firpo, a famous Argentine boxer, who almost became the first Latin American heavyweight champion by knocking Jack Dempsey out of the ring on September 24, 1923.[4]

Some of the greatest Salvadoran football players, including Mauricio Cienfuegos and Raúl Díaz Arce, have played for L.A. Firpo at some point in their careers. The team has won a total of ten Primera División de Fútbol Profesional championships, the first coming in 1988–89 and the most recent in the 2013 Clausura.

The team plays its home games at Estadio Sergio Torres in Usulután. The team's mascot is the bull, a reference to Firpo, who was known as the Wild Bull of the Pampas.


Early history[edit]

On September 17, 1923, a group of Usulután citizens, mostly of European descent, decided to form a team which represented their community passion for football. The club elected Gustavo Denys as their first club chairman. They decided to choose red and blue as their team's colours. Originally named Tecún Umán, the club was soon renamed in honor of Luis Ángel Firpo, a famous Argentine boxer.

The members of CD Luis Ángel Firpo acquired land near Sergio Torres creek to develop and build a stadium. Their first football manager was Manuel "El Zancudo" Segurado. Slowly but surely the team gained prestige. In 1941–42, they were named the best team in eastern El Salvador and were allowed to challenge for the national title. A year later, Luis "El Loco" Regalado brought the club further prestige when he was chosen for the El Salvador's national football team. After him came the Zamora brothers (Ricardo and Miguel), the Quinteros brothers (Leonidas and Lázaro), and Ramón and Mario Águila.

Financial instability plagued Firpo in the 1950s and 1960s, and they dropped out of the top flight on three separate occasions. They could still discover great talent, like Félix Quinteros and Roberto Aguila, but they could not afford to keep them and had to sell them on. It was not until 1972 that Firpo became a permanent top-flight fixture.

Golden generation[edit]

The team's first great joy came in the 1988–89 season, when they hoisted the league title for the first time. The team finished third in the regular season, an impressive effort, but the club nonetheless dismissed Argentinian coach Juan Quarterone before the playoffs. In his place, they hired former player Julio Escobar. Escobar justified the club's faith by leading the team through the championship round and into the finals. Their match against Cojutepeque was drawn 2–2 after extra time, setting up a penalty shootout. Firpo prevailed 4–3, with Leonel Carcamo scoring the winning penalty.

It was the beginning of a golden age for Firpo. They lost to Alianza in the 1990 final, but won their second crown in three years in 1991. That season saw Firpo go on a 30 match unbeaten streak and defeat Aguila 1–0 in the finals. Marlon Menjívar scored the only goal.

The very next year, Macedonian Kiril Dojčinovski took over the coaching reins of Firpo and led them to back to back titles. The stars of this run were Raúl Toro, Raúl Díaz Arce, Mauricio Cienfuegos, Celio Rodríguez, Leonel Cárcamo and Fernando de Moura. They defeated Alianza in both finals, giving the club four championships in five years.

Their dominance continued as the 1990s wore on. Leonal Carcamo donned the captain's armband and the club continued to play at a high level. They reached either the semi-finals or finals every year from 1994 to 1997, then won the championship again in 1998. That win came over FAS 2–0, with the goals being scored by Firpo legendary players Raúl Toro and Abraham Monterrosa.

Firpo won another championship in 1999, beating FAS 5–4 on penalty kicks. The glory years concluded with an emotional championship in 2000. Club president and owner Sergio Torres died the week before the final match against ADET, and the players dedicated the match to his memory. They went on to win, bringing home their 7th title.[5]

Modern era[edit]

After 2000, Firpo's success began to decline. The stars of the golden years were retiring, moving abroad, or being sold onto other clubs. The death of Sergio Torres cost the team their primary sponsor and led the club into an era of financial instability. As a result, performances declined. Firpo reached the grand final repeatedly, but could not win another title for seven years.

The drought finally ended with the 2007 Apertura. Argentinian coach Horacio Cordero guided the team to another final, and they defeated FAS 5–3 in a penalty shootout. The next season saw the club hoist the crown again, winning the Clausura 2008. They beat FAS again, 1–0, and celebrated their third repeat championship.

The team won their tenth title in the 2013 Clausura under the direction of Argentinian coach Roberto Gamarra with another win over their rivals from FAS.

On May 5, 2014, after 32 years of top-flight football, Firpo were relegated to the second division after a 1–1 draw with Dragón.[6]

However, the relegation didn't stick, as Firpo purchased Juventud Independiente's license.

On May 27, 2019, the club achieved a record sixth relegation from the Primera Division, after the team lost 3–1 against Alianza.[7]


Firpo has won primera division ten times, which ranks tied for fourth in Salvadoran football history.

Domestic honours[edit]




Club statistics and records[edit]

TBD holds the records for both total appearances and Primera Division appearances for Firpo, with TBD official games played in total and TBD in Primera Division.

Raúl Díaz Arce is Firpo's all-time top goalscorer, with 119 goals in 000 games. Behind him, in second place, is TBD with 000 goals in 000 games, and TBD in third place, with 000 goals over 000 games.

TBD had the longest reign as Inter coach, with nine years (eight consecutive) in charge, and is the most successful coach in Firpo history with three Primera division wins.


CD Luis Ángel Firpo plays most of its home games at Estadio Sergio Torres in Usulután, better known throughout Central America as the Devil's Cauldron because it is close to impossible to defeat Firpo there. Located in the Barrio La Parroquia, the stadium is an exception in El Salvador's professional football: As Firpo is the only team in the First Division that plays in its own stadium. Firpo's first president, Mr. Gustavo Demis, bought two thirds of the stadium and, in 1950, the then president, Mr. Juan Boillat, bought the other third. In 1987, the stadium was renamed after the legendary former owner and president of the team. The stadium known as Usulután Stadium became known as Sergio Torres Rivera Stadium.

However the club has moved games to Estadio Cuscatlán for big clashes.

Home stadium[edit]

Fan Culture[edit]

Club badge and colours[edit]

Luis Angel Firpo's home colours are white, blue and red. Traditional away kit colours have been either red or white and blue; however, in recent years several different colours have been used.

Their first logo contained a figure of a bull in honor of the "toro de las pampas" of the boxer Luis Ángel Firpo. However, later the board of Luis Ángel Firpo decided to replace the bull with the official coat of arms of Luis Ángel Firpo which consisted of a triangle with two half circles which contained the blue and white letters of the club. On top of the coat of arms contains stars which indicate the number of titles the team has won, which currently is at ten.

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Luis Angel Firpo's shirts have been sponsored by Pilsener since 2017. Previous sponsors have been Tapachulteca (1988–1999), TACA (1992), Pepsi (1999), Diana (2007–2013), Pilsener (2007–2013), Burger King (2013) and Tigo (2009). Their kits have been manufactured by Aviva (since 2018). Prior manufacturers have been Galaxia (1999–2007, 2018), Kelme (2017) and Joma (2009–2013).


Ahí viene el Firpo.
Hoy vibran los estadios en todo El Salvador.
Oriente hace al Firpo el equipo ganador,
¡Viva el Firpo, Viva el Firpo!
La garra y el coraje del buen usuluteco,
Se siente cuando el Firpo comienza a golear.
¡Viva el Firpo, Viva el Firpo!
Firpo es el equipo ganador
Orgullo de mi patria El Salvador.
¡Viva el Firpo!


  • Luis Ángel Firpo v. Alianza. The match is known as (Clásico Joven) (Young classic) Although Alianza has one more title than Firpo.
  • Luis Ángel Firpo v. Águila. The match is known as (Clásico de Oriente) (Eastern Classic). They are from the same Zone.
  • One smallest but stronger and old rivalry could be Luis Ángel Firpo v. FAS.


Despite having a growing fan base across the country, there were no official fan groups until 1990 when Manuel Viagra founded the "Furia Pampera" in Usulután.[8] They are currently the second largest fan base in San Salvador and the fourth largest nationwide.

Famous supporters[edit]

  • Politics: Tony Saca (Former President of El Salvador)
  • Politics: Sergio Torres (Former Mayor of Usulután, Former President of UNCAF)
  • Politics: Roberto D'Aubuisson (Current Mayor of Santa Tecla)
  • Sportspeople: Héctor Ramos (Archer)
  • Journalist: Daniel Ruckus

Presidential history[edit]

Luis Ángel Firpo has had numerous presidents over the course of their history, some of which have been the owners of the club while others have been honorary presidents. Here is a complete list of them.[9]

Name Years
El Salvador Gustavo Denys 1930
El Salvador Santiago González TBA
El Salvador Julio López Jiménez TBA
El Salvador Juan Víctor Boillat 1950
El Salvador Gilberto Flores Huezo TBA
El Salvador José Gregorio Zelaya TBA
El Salvador Humberto López TBA
El Salvador Sergio Torres Rivera 1987–??
El Salvador Vicente Rogiero TBA
El Salvador Galileo Castañeda TBA
Name Years
El Salvador Miguel Alcántara TBA
El Salvador David Urquilla TBA
El Salvador Lorenzo Campos TBA
El Salvador Salvador Jiménez TBA
El Salvador Ramón Aparicio 1982
El Salvador Gustavo Torres Cerna 1983
El Salvador Miguel Infantozzi TBA
El Salvador Virgilio Machuca TBA
El Salvador Rafael Baires TBA
El Salvador Napoleón Osegueda TBA
Name Years
El Salvador Enrique Santos TBA
El Salvador Fernando Alvarado TBA
El Salvador Ramiro Luna Boza TBA
El Salvador Ovidio Martínez TBA
El Salvador William Handal 1997–1999
El Salvador Juan Torres 1999–2000
El Salvador Jozsef Arguedas 2001–10
El Salvador Enrique Escobar 2010–11
El Salvador Carlos Mendez Flores 2011–14
El Salvador Tony Saca 2014
El Salvador Raúl Mendoza Galo 2015–2017
El Salvador Modesto Torres[10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19] 2017–


Current squad[edit]

As of 2019: [20] 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 Jonathan Carcamo
3 El Salvador DF Óscar Menjívar
4 El Salvador DF Carlos Jovel Navas
5 Colombia DF Alonso Umaña
6 El Salvador DF Edwin Martínez (captain)
7 El Salvador MF José Barahona
8 El Salvador MF Amílcar Bermúdez
9 El Salvador FW Carlos Medrano
10 El Salvador MF Ramón Rodríguez
11 El Salvador MF Ever Rodríguez
12 El Salvador MF Kerin Perlera
14 El Salvador FW Rafael Burgos
No. Position Player
16 El Salvador MF Daniel Melgar
17 El Salvador MF Brian Martínez
19 Nicaragua DF Cyril Errington
20 El Salvador MF Eder Renderos
21 El Salvador MF José Lemus
23 Brazil MF André Luiz Vasconcelos
24 El Salvador GK Mario Martínez
25 Colombia FW Juan Guillermo Vélez
26 El Salvador DF Giovanni Zavaleta
27 Colombia FW Edier Tello
32 El Salvador GK Juan José Lemus

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
El Salvador FW TBD (at TBD for the 2018–19 season)
El Salvador MF TBD (at TBD for the 2018–19 season)
No. Position Player
El Salvador MF TBD (at TBD for the 2018–19 season)
El Salvador DF TBD (at TBD for the 2018–19 season)

Reserve League squad[edit]

CD Luis Ángel Firpo reserve squad plays in the twelve-team Primera División Reserves (El Salvador).

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

No. Position Player
31 El Salvador Luis Campos
32 El Salvador Juan José Lemus
33 El Salvador José Castro Hernández
34 El Salvador Steven Quintanilla
35 El Salvador Edwin García
36 El Salvador Gerson Rivas
37 El Salvador Miguel Granados
38 El Salvador Carlos Quiros
No. Position Player
39 El Salvador Bryan Membreño Perdomo
40 El Salvador Edys Rodríguez
41 El Salvador Rafael Gamez Bonilla
42 El Salvador Miguel Ángel Ramírez
43 El Salvador José Flores
44 El Salvador César Carpio
45 El Salvador Emerson Pineda

Corporate structure[edit]

As of 25 February 2019
Managing Board
Role Person Ref.
President El Salvador Modesto Torres
Vice-President El Salvador José García Ferreiro
TBD El Salvador TBD
TBD El Salvador TBD
Coaching Staff
Role Person Ref.
Manager Argentina Carlos Alberto de Toro [21]
Assistant Manager Argentina Gabriel Alvarez [22]
Reserve Manager El Salvador Asdrúbal Kasselly Flores
Sports Director El Salvador TBD
Fitness Coach' El Salvador TBD
Goalkeeper Coach El Salvador Will Cardona
Team Doctor El Salvador TBD
Knesliogiocal El Salvador TBD
Utility El Salvador TBD


Years Captain
1988–1989 El Salvador Abraham "El Peñero" Vazquez (DF)
1989–1993, 1998, 2000 El Salvador Leonel Carcamo (DF)
1999 Brazil El Salvador Celio Rodríguez (DF)
2003–2004 El Salvador Héctor Canjura (DF)
2005–2006 El Salvador Jorge Sanchez (DF)
2007–2008 El Salvador Guillermo Morán (DF)
2009–2010 El Salvador Manuel Salazar (DF)
2010–2013 El Salvador Jorge Sanchez (DF)
2013 El Salvador Dennis Alas (MF)
2013, 2015 El Salvador Mauricio Quintanilla (MF)
2014 Panama Anel Canales (FW)
2015 El Salvador Marlon Martínez (MF)
2016–2017 El Salvador Honduras Williams Reyes (FW)
2017 * El Salvador Isaac Zelaya (MF)
2017–2018 Colombia Jhony Rios (DF)
2018 Argentina Rodrigo de Brito (DF)
2019– El Salvador Edwin Martinez (DF)

Historic players[edit]

Note: this list includes players that have appeared in at least 50 league games and/or have reached international status.

National player International Player Naturalized Player

All-time XI[edit]

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El Salvador
Werner Ortiz
Nelson de Moraes
El Salvador
Melendez Campos
Fernando De Moura
Victor Pereira
Luis Angel Firpo All-time First XI

In 1998, as part of celebration of 65 years old El Equipo Ideal de L.A. Firpo de Todos Tiempos', a vote was carried out to decide on the club's official All Time XI.

Position Player Years at club
GK El Salvador Werner Ortiz 1955
RB Brazil Nelson de Moraes 1979–1980
RCB El Salvador Luis Antonio Regalado 1939–52
LCB El Salvador José Francisco Jovel 1972–78; 1984–87
LB El Salvador Melendez Campos 1975–78
RM Uruguay Victor Pereira TBD
CDM Brazil Fernando De Moura 1989–1992
CM El Salvador Mauricio Cienfuegos 1988–91;1994–96
LM Chile Raúl Toro Basáez 1991–2000
RW El Salvador Raul Diaz Arce 1991–96
LW Honduras Armando Enamorado 1956–58

Managerial information[edit]

The club's current manager is the Argentinian Carlos Alberto de Toro.[23] There have been TBD permanent and TBD caretaker managers of Firpo since the appointment of the club's first professional manager, TBD in TBD. The club's longest-serving manager, in terms of both length of tenure and number of games overseen, is TBD, who managed the club between 1996 and 2018. Costa Rican Ramón Rodríguez Soto was also Firpo's first manager from outside the El Salvador. Chilean Julio Escobar is the club's most successful coach, having won four Primera División titles; following closely is Macedonian Kiril Dojčinovski, who won two Primera División titles.


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