C.D. Luis Ángel Firpo

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LA Firpo
CD Luis Angel Firpo.svg
Full name Club Deportivo Luis Ángel Firpo
Nickname(s) Pamperos
Los Toros (The Bulls)
Los Ultralempinos (The Ultra Lempimes)
Founded September 17, 1923; 93 years ago (September 17, 1923) –
Ground Estadio Sergio Torres,
Usulután, El Salvador
Ground Capacity 10,000
Chairman El Salvador Raúl Galo
Manager El Salvador Juan Ramón Sánchez
League Primera División
Apertura 2016 Primera División 8th

Club Deportivo Luis Ángel Firpo (often abbreviated to Firpo) is an El Salvador professional association football club based in Usulután. The club was founded in 1923, and has played at its current home ground, Estadio Sergio Torres, since 1950.

They have won ten Primera Division Champions titles. Firpo has the fourth highest total of major honours won by an Salvadoran club. The club's most successful period was between 1988 and 2000, when they were runner up in both CONCACAF Cup Winners Cup and Copa Presidente and seven of their First Division titles.

They have a fierce local rivalry with FAS, and the two clubs have engaged in a fierce derby. The club's traditional kit colours are red shirts, red shorts and white socks.


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.[1]

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 in 1988–89, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1997–98, 1999 Clausura, 2000 Clausura, 2007 Apertura, 2008 Clausura and 2013 Clausura. Their most recent title came May, 2013 after defeating FAS 3–0. Firpo otuplayed FAS on rain effected game with goals coming from Panamanian Anel Canales, Medardo Max Guevara and Marlon Trejo García.

The team predominately plays its home games at Estadio Sergio Torres in Usulután. The team's mascot is the bull, a reference to the nickname of the team's namesake who was called "El Toro de las Pampas", which translates to "The Wild Bull of the Pampas" Furia Pampera was the first to have two different representative locations; Usulután (Furia Usulután) and San Salvador (Furia SS).


Early history[edit]

On September 17, 1923, a group of Usulután citizens, mostly of European descent decided to form a team which represent their community passion for football. The club first elected Gustavo Denys as their first club chairman. They decided to choose red and blue as their teams colours. Originally named Tecún Umán, the club was soon renamed in honor of Luis Ángel Firpo, a famous Argentine boxer, who almost became the first heavyweight champion of Latin descent and came close by knocking Jack Dempsey out of the ring on September 24, 1923. The members of CD Luis Ángel Firpo acquired land near Sergio Torres creek to develop and build a stadium. Slowly but surely the team gained prestige in 1941–42, when it labeled the best team in the eastern zone of El Salvador. After defeating Chinameca SC and Corona FC they succeed in participating in the triangular series, but were no match to Quequeisque of Santa Ana.

Luis "El Loco" Regalado was the first Firpo player to earn a selection to play for the El Salvador's national football team, he was followed by the Zamora brothers (Ricardo and Miguel), the Quinteros brothers (Leonidas and Lázaro), along with Ramón and Mario Águila. Their first football manager was Manuel "El Zancudo" Segurado.

In the early 1940s, although Firpo were a decently skilled football team, its leadership, was not economically stable and this was to show in the next decade. In the 1950s despite being bi-champions along with Atlético Marte they were relegated. However, due to the command of Narciso Romagoza, they returned to the first division the very next year. The team discovered some great talents such as Félix Quinteros and Roberto Aguila, however due to financial trouble they lost both players to other clubs and were once again relegated in 1962. In 1967, Firpo were promoted once again thanks to the efforts of Francisco Contreras, Daniel Martínez, Napoleón Regalado, Ramón Tenorio, Raúl Corcio Zavaleta and Miguel Deras. The acquisition of Chilean Andrés Paretti and Julio Escobar breathed fresh air into the team. Once again poor management and financial control lead to Firpo being demoted once again. In 1972 Firpo returned to first division and has stayed there ever since.

Golden Generation[edit]

The team first great joy came in the 1988–89 season, after finishing third in the league (with 12 wins, 16 draws, 8 loses) despite this amazing effort, the team's leadership dismissed their Argentinian coach Juan Quarterone and replaced him with the former Luis Ángel Firpo player, Chilean Julio Escobar. The club won their first ever title in their 66 years of existence, when they beat Cojutepeque 4–3 on penalties in the final at the Estadio Cuscatlán, after a 2–2 draw in extra tie. José Maria Batres scored in the fifth minute to put Firpo ahead. One minute later Piggot equalized for Cojutepeque. The game went into overtime with Leonel Cárcamo restoring Firpo lead in 91st min. However Hugo Ventura equalized for Cojutepeque with only 2 minutes remaining to the end of extra time. The championship was decided by a penalty shootout. Abraham Vásquez, Martín Duffo and De Moura while Edgar Henríquez and Miguel Seminario missed their penalties. the score remained 3–3 all on penalties, when Walter Ventura of Cojutepeque missed his penalty and Leonel Carcamo scored the winning penalty for Firpo's maiden title.

The same team roster reached the 1990 final, however they were outplayed by Alianza and lost the final.

In the 1991 season Firpo under the direction of Uruguayan coach Juan Carlos Masnik went 30 games without losing a single game which enabled them to reach the 1991 cup final. In which Firpo went on to defeat Aguila 1–0 thanks to the lone goal of Marlon Menjívar. giving Firpo their second title in just three years.

The very next year, Macedonian Kiril Dojčinovski took over the coaching reigns of Firpo and alongside several key players won back-to-back titles Raúl Toro, Raúl Díaz Arce, Mauricio Cienfuegos, Celio Rodríguez, Leonel Cárcamo and Fernando de Moura (1991–92, 1992–93). His first and Firpo's third title came on the 5th of July, 1992 thanks to a 3–0 victory over Alianza with the goals coming from a double by Nildeson and De Moura.

Firpo's fourth title (and the clubs first back-to-back title) came on the 27th of June 1993 and once again it came at the expense of Alianza this time it was a 2–1 scoreline, with goals coming from Raúl Díaz Arce and Celio Rodríguez. Despite making the semis and finals between 1994–97 season the club failed to win a title, however in the 1998 season under Chilean coach Julio Escobar and captaincy of Leonal Carcamo the club was able to defeat FAS 2–0 with the goals being scored by Firpo legendary players Raúl Toro and Abraham Monterrosa.

Firpo went on to win their sixth title (and their second back-to-back titles) in the 1999 season with 5–4 penalty victory over FAS after both team remained scoreless after 120 minutes. Misael Alfaro, Castro Borja, Celio Rodríguez, and Nildeson scored Firpo first four penalty kicks. Goalkeeper Misael Alafro saved FAS penalty kick before Raúl Toro scoed his penalty kick to give Firpo the championship. On 2 July 2000, Firpo won their seventh title in the club history after defeating ADET, after an emotionally week leading up to the final (where the club president and owner Sergio Torres died) the players dedicated their victory to their recently departed boss and brought to end the club golden era COPA ES.

Modern era[edit]

Eventually several members of the golden generation moved abroad, moved to other clubs or retired. Along with the loss of Sergio Torres who was the club primary sponsor during the golden era the club became more financially unstable with several owner changes during a five-year period. On the pitch the team was in decline. Following the success on the 1990s, Firpo failed to capture any primera division title for the next seven years and that's despite making the grand final on seven occasion. However, Firpo were able to break this hoodoo and win their eight title the 2007 Apertura under the direction of Argentinian coach Horacio Cordero. They defeated FAS 5–3 in a penalty shootout after the teams were locked up at one all after 120 minutes of football. Firpo lone goalscorer was Patricio Barroche. The very next season the club was able to win not only their ninth title but also their third back-to-back title in the club history and this is despite having a new coach Argentinian Gerardo Reinoso. The club was able to win Clausura 2008 thanks to a 1–0 victory over FAS with lone goal coming in extra time from Guillermo Moran.

The team won their tenth title thanks to the direction of Argentinian coach Roberto Gamarra. On May, 2013 Firpo defeated FAS 3–0. Firpo completely outplayed FAS on rain effected game with the goals coming from Panamanian Anel Canales, Medardo Max Guevara and Marlon Trejo García.

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.[2]

On December 4, 2015, the team purchased the financial laden Juventud Independiente license and will be to compete in the Primera División for the Apertura 2016 season.

International representation[edit]

At the beginning of the nineties they participated in their first international tournament, and surpassed expectations by defeating the Mexican side Pumas UNAM 1–0 in the first round however they lost in the second round by penalties against Alajuelense from Costa Rica. For the 2008–09 CONCACAF Champions League, they were eliminated in the group stage, after having qualified directly into the round as El Salvador's champions. They once again participated in the 2009–10 CONCACAF Champions League, however they were eliminated in the preliminary round by the MLS team DC United.


Performance in CONCACAF competitions[edit]

Record versus other clubs[edit]

As of 2013-09-13

The Concacaf opponents below = Official tournament results: (Plus a sampling of other results)

Opponent Last Meeting G W D L F A PTS +/-
Costa Rica Alajuelense 1998 4 2 1 1 6 5 7 +1
El Salvador Alianza 1990 2 1 1 0 1 0 4 +1
Mexico Atlante 1994 2 0 0 2 2 6 0 -4
Guatemala Aurora 1998 3 1 2 0 5 3 5 +2
Costa Rica Cartagines 1989 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 -1
Guatemala Comunicaciones 2005 6 3 1 2 12 12 10 0
United States DC United 2009–10 2 0 2 0 2 2 2 0
Belize Duurly's 1991 2 2 0 0 8 0 6 +8
United States Houston Dynamo 2008–09 2 0 1 1 1 2 1 -1
Belize Juventus-Belize 1999 2 1 0 1 2 3 3 -1
Italy Juventus Friendly 1 1 0 0 1 0 3 +1
Curaçao Jong Colombia 1995 1 1 0 0 8 0 3 +8
United States LA Galaxy 1997 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 -2
Mexico León 1998 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 0
Honduras Motagua 1999 2 1 0 1 2 2 3 0
Mexico Monterrey 1993 1 0 0 1 3 4 0 -1
Honduras CD Olimpia 1998 6 2 3 1 8 4 9 +4
Costa Rica Perez Zeledon 2005 2 0 1 1 2 6 1 -4
Panama Plaza Amador 1993 2 1 1 0 8 2 4 +6
Honduras Platense 1998 1 1 0 0 1 0 3 +1
Mexico Pumas UNAM 2008–09 2 1 2 1 2 4 5 -2
Honduras Real España 1995 4 1 2 1 4 2 5 +2
Nicaragua San Marcos Carazo 1995 2 2 0 0 10 1 6 -9
Costa Rica Saprissa 1999 6 1 2 3 6 11 5 -5
Panama San Francisco 2008–09 2 2 0 0 4 2 6 +2
Guatemala Suchitepéquez 1993 1 1 0 0 6 1 3 +3
Panama Tauro 1990 2 1 1 0 4 1 4 +3
Mexico Club Tijuana 2013–14 2 0 1 1 0 1 1 -1
Mexico CD Estudiantes de la UAG 1995 1 0 0 1 1 2 0 -1
Belize Verdes FC 1998 1 1 0 0 4 1 3 +3
Honduras CD Victoria 2013–14 2 2 0 0 6 2 6 +4
Guatemala Xelaju 1997 2 1 0 1 3 2 3 +1




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]


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 amount of titles the team has won, which currently is at ten.


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. 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)


  • 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.

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.[3]

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

Elmer Antonio Landaverde


Current squad[edit]

As of Apertura 2016:[4] 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 Felipe Amaya
3 El Salvador DF Edgar Campos
4 El Salvador MF Nelson Moreno
5 El Salvador MF Isaac Zelaya
6 El Salvador DF Eduardo Vigil
7 El Salvador FW Marvin Ramos
8 El Salvador MF Bryan Landaverde
9 Argentina FW Allan Murialdo
10 El Salvador MF José Villavicencio
11 El Salvador FW Williams Reyes Capitán.
12 El Salvador MF José Barahona
14 El Salvador MF César Flores
15 El Salvador DF Fidel Jiménez
No. Position Player
16 El Salvador FW Bryan Pérez
17 El Salvador DF Marlon Martínez
19 El Salvador MF Edwin Lazo
20 El Salvador MF Daniel Luna
21 El Salvador FW Wilman Torres
22 El Salvador GK Manuel González
23 El Salvador DF William Mancía
24 Colombia DF Jhony Rios
25 Argentina FW Joel Perucci
27 Argentina MF Maximiliano Morales
29 El Salvador MF Herberth Ulloa
30 El Salvador FW Roberto Hernández

Players 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 MF TBD (at TBD until 2016)

U-20 youth team youth league[edit]

CD Luis Ángel Firpo's youth squad plays in the ten-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

Notable past players[edit]


Williams Reyes has been the captain since 2016.

Years Captain
TBD El Salvador TBD (DF)
1989, 1998, 2000 El Salvador Leonel Carcamo (DF)
1999 Brazil El Salvador Celio Rodríguez (DF)
2003-2004 El Salvador Héctor Canjura (DF)
2007 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– El Salvador Honduras Williams Reyes (FW)



Position Name
Manager El Salvador Juan Ramón Sánchez
Assistant Manager El Salvador Rafael Mariona
Second division team Manager El Salvador Carlos Mario Joya
Second division Assistant team Manager El Salvador Carlos Argueta
Reserve Manager El Salvador
Sports Director El Salvador Marvin Hernandez
Fitness Coach El Salvador Rolando Perez
Goalkeeper Coach El Salvador William Murillo
Club Doctor El Salvador Luis Enrique Quintanilla
Knesliogiocal El Salvador Luis Alberto Fornos Gómez
Utility El Salvador Julio Ernesto Méndez


Position Staff
Owner El Salvador Grupo Radial Samix
President El Salvador Raúl Mendoza Galo
Vice President El Salvador
Management Representative El Salvador Manuel Salazar
Administrative Manager El Salvador José Ferreiro
TBD El Salvador
TBD El Salvador

Historic player[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

see also C.D. Luis Ángel Firpo footballers

Personnel honours[edit]

The following have won the Golden Boot award whilst playing for Luis Angel Firpo :

  • (Apertura 2005) HondurasEl Salvador Franklin Webster Goals Scored (7)
  • (Clausura 2005) El Salvador Manuel Martínez Goals Scored (9)
  • (Clausura 2007) Argentina Mario Costas Goals Scored (7)
  • (Clausura 2012) PanamaEl Salvador Anel Canales Goals Scored (12)
  • (Clausura 2013) PanamaEl Salvador Anel Canales Goals Scored (10)

Affiliate team in the second division of Salvadoran soccer[edit]

C.D. Luis Angel Firpo "B"[edit]

As of 8 June 2015[5]

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

No. Position Player
No. Position Player


Managerial information[edit]

Chilean Julio Escobar is the club's most successful coach, having won four primera division titles; following closely is Macedonian Kiril Dojčinovski, who won two primera division titles.

The present manager, since 2016, is Juan Ramón Sánchez.


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