Club Deportivo Olimpia
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|Full name||Club Deportivo Olimpia|
|Nickname(s)||Los Leones (The Lions)
Los Albos (The Whites)
Los Merengues (The Meringues)
El más popular (The Most Popular)
|Founded||12 June 1912|
|Ground||Estadio Tiburcio Carias Andino,
|Owner||José Rafael Ferrari|
|League||Liga Nacional de Honduras|
|Website||Club home page|
Club Deportivo Olimpia, commonly referred to as Olimpia, is a professional Honduran football club based in Tegucigalpa, Francisco Morazán and founded in 1912. The club is the nation's most successful team having won 29 domestic league titles (their latest being the 2014–15 Clasura). They are the only Honduran club that has won the CONCACAF Champions Cup twice, one in 1972 and 1988. First team to win the Domestic Cup known as "Copa Presidente"(2015 Season).
- 1 History
- 2 Amateur era
- 3 National League
- 4 Short tournament
- 5 International success
- 6 Olimpia's logos
- 7 Jersey
- 8 Supporters
- 9 Club Rivalries
- 10 Reserve team
- 11 Achievements
- 12 International competition
- 13 Personnel
- 14 Board of directors
- 15 Current squad
- 16 Club Records
- 17 Notable former coaches
- 18 Affiliated clubs
- 19 References
- 20 External links
The club was founded on June 12, 1912, by Héctor Pineda Ugarte, Carlos Bram, Arturo Bram, Enrique Buik, Santiago Buik, Miguel Sanchez, Samuel Inestrosa Gómez, and Ramón Field. The team was originally a baseball club. In 1917, it also became a football team.
To date, Olimpia is the most successful team in Honduras and has won the most official tournaments in the professional league with twenty-nine, the latest one coming during the 2014–15 Apertura & Clausura season. It is also by far the most representative team in international competitions. Olimpia won its first national championship in September 1928. They have won 29 national championships.
In 1957, CD Olimpia represented the Department of Francisco Morazán and was the first national football championship team endorsed by the Sports Federation School of Honduras, after beating the teams: Vida (Departmental champion Atlantis), Hibueras (Departmental Champion Cortes) and CD Honduras (Yoro Departmental Champion). The following year the team repeated, beating teams: Independiente de San Pedro Sula, Tela Railroad, CD Honduras and El Progreso (Fortuna Columbus Department representative).
In 1959, Olimpia won the tri-national championship. In the subsequent two years, Olimpia continued its dominance both at departmental and national levels. Players like "Furia" Solis, Rolin Castillo, Ricardo "Chendo" Rodriguez and others became fixtures.
For the 1963–64 School Sports Federation tournament changed and became a Regional tournament in which teams would be eliminated by zone. On December 14, 1963, Olimpia defeated Chorotega of Choluteca 10–0 and Amapala Liberia 3–2.
The national championships sponsored by the Sports Federation-School ended with the 1964 season – 65. Under the guidance of Brazilian Marinho Rodriguez, CD Olimpia played the final with the newly founded Platense of Puerto Cortés. The first match of this final series ended with a 1–0 victory. Then in the second game, both teams tied at zero goals apiece. But at the final meeting, Olimpia took their seventh and final title in this kind of competition to beat 'Escualo' 2–0.
The inaugural tournament of the National League took place in 1965. The championship went to Platense.
The following year, things were different. Mario Griffin Cubas, new head coach for Olimpia, led the club to its first league title. Of the 18 matches played Olimpia won 14 games, drew one and lost only 3 for a total of 29 points, 6 more than 2nd place Marathon. In 1967, Griffin Cubas continued to lead the team and followed up the performance from the year before with another championship.
In 1969 Club Olimpia managed to go undefeated. In 1972, the team managed to score 40 points, a product of 15 victories, 10 draws and just two defeats, with players such as Rigoberto 'Chula' Gomez, Jorge Urquía, and Tonin Mendoza. It would take 6 years for Olimpia to be crowned again. Real España of S.P.S. faced Olimpia. The first match ended tied at zero goals apiece, but won the second match 2–0, with goals from Uruguayan Walter Chávez and René Enamorado. Olimpia under Carlos Cruz Carranza won their 5th championship.
The eighties were a dominant era for Olimpia, as they went on to win 5 times of the 10 tournaments played.
In 1986 Olimpia won 10 win, 13 draws and 4 defeats. 25 goals for and 19 against. Once on the run, Matamala team left en route to the team: Spain, Life and Platense with 4 wins, 2 draws and no defeats. In 1987, Carlos Padilla Velasquez took the helm of Olimpia, as he led the team to yet another championship. Olimpia defeated C.D. Marathón and won on an aggregate score of 1–0. In 1989, Estanislao Malinowsky formed a formidable Olimpia side. With players like: Dolmo Flores, Juan Flores, Juan Carlos Contreras and Uruguayan Vicente Daniel Viera, Olimpia were a major threat. The team scored 40 points and won 15 games, drawing 10 times and losing twice. (39 goals for and 17 against) Olimpia defeated Real España and won the championship. FELIX Olimpia only won 3 titles in the 1990s. The first was in 1995, led by coach Flavio Ortega. The following year Olimpia followed up the 1995 final tournament played in the twentieth century. Marked by a return was leading scorer, Wilmer Velásquez and the emergence of David Suazo. That season, the club reached 30 points in 18 games.
The first title under this new format, was won by Olimpia in the Opening 2000–01; with Edwin Pavón as head coach. Olimpia finished in first place with a total of 39 points in 18 games. Olimpia was crowned champion with emblematic figures such as Danilo Tosello, Wilmer Velásquez and Alex Pineda Chacón.
In 2003–04, beginning a series of 4 consecutive finals between Olimpia and CD Marathón. The first was won, under Chelato Uclés with an aggregate score of 2–0. The Clausura (2004–05) marked the debut of Nahum Espinoza as club coach.
The first Tri championship
The second historic day for the Lions has a lot to do with the debut of Nahum Espinoza as club coach. Hand in hand with this,the Olimpia equaled the record of Real Españan to achieve a three-peat.
Olimpia won the tournament in 2004 and 2005 regular spins and defeated in the finals by Marathón: 3–2 and 2–1.
Opening During 2005–06, Olimpia continued their domination of the 'Greens' in the end to defeat them 3–2 on aggregate.
In the Clausura tournament 2005–06, Olimpia reached the desired dream in the National Stadium in Tegucigalpa,beating by the minimal difference (1–0),the 'Jaivos of Victor
Second TriChampions era
Start Danilo Tosello debuts as coach in a First Division team in the Apertura 2011. Tosello bequeathed to the final with Olimpia and the mud of his technical area in Morazan stadium champion beating out Real España. Final Ida 1 Olimpia 1 R. España 0 Vuelta 1 R. España 0 Olimpia 2 Título 24 alineando en la final a: D. Escober, J. Palacios, F. De Souza, H. Bermúdez, B. Beckeles, J.Portillo, R. Tilguath (C. Will M.), L. Garrido (D. Turcios), Boniek G., R. Rojas y D. Caetano.
Olimpia in this tournament was 24 matches: 11 wins, 7 draws and 6 losses. Opening 2012 Nine players held its base the final holders of previous repeated in training bicampeonato, a clear sign that the staff barely touched winner. Tosello added the second as part of the celebration of its centennial Olimpian Marathon without becoming a nuisance Clausura 2012
Final Ida Marathón 0 Olimpia 0 Vuelta Olimpia 1 Marathón 0 TÍTULO 25 line Up in the final a: D. Escober, J. Palacios, F. De Souza, Juan C. García, B. Beckeles, J.Portillo, R. Tilguath (C. W. Mejía), L. Garrido, Boniek G., Juan R. Mejía (R. Rojas) y D. Caetano (Cristiano R.).
The second quarter's record in his squad has come back in the third cup in a row with Tosello as technical lead in 22 games, winning 13, drew 7 and fell twice. They scored Olimpia ratified a brilliant campaign with a third straight Honduran title, topping Victoria 4–0 in front of its home fans in Tegucigalpa.
After a scoreless tie in the first leg played last week, the Lions took the lead in just the second minute through Roger Rojas, assisted by Douglas Caetano Mattoso. Eleven minutes later, defender Juan Carlos Garcia gave the Lions a second, when he dashed into the area and finished, much to the delight of the boisterous home crowd. Final Round Victory 0 0 Return Olimpia Olimpia 4 Victoria 0 TITLE 26 ranking in the final: D. Escober, J. Palacios, F. De Souza, John C. Garcia, B. Beckeles, S. Rosano, J.Portillo, R. Tilguath ( H. Córdova), L. Garrido, R. Rojas (R. Bruschi) y D. Caetano (J. R. Mejía).
Javier Portillo made it three a minute before half time, and Ramiro Bruschi completed the scoring in the second half for the Merengues, who captured a record 26th Honduran crown and clinched a spot in the next CONCACAF Champions League to cap off a spectacular centennial year for the club.
On May 17, 1959, Olimpia defeated Liga Deportiva Alajuelense in a tight match that ended 4–3 to become for the first time the champion of Central America and Mexico. On their way to the championship, the club managed to eliminate Club Deportivo Guadalajara, the Mexican champions at that time and Club Deportivo FAS from El Salvador before reaching Alajuelense in the final.
In 1973, Olimpia won their first CONCACAF Champions' Cup by defeating SV Robinhood of Suriname in San Pedro Sula by a score of 1–0 after tying the first leg at zero in Tegucigalpa. Before reaching the final, Olimpia managed to eliminate Mexico's Club Toluca. The club won their second CONCACAF Champions' Cup in 1988 when they defeated Defence Force in the final match of the tournament. Before that, Olimpia managed to defeat and eliminate Mexican champions Cruz Azul by a score of 2–1 in a historic match that took place in the Estadio Azteca. To this day, Olimpia remains the only Central American club to have defeated a Mexican team in that stadium. In the semifinals, Olimpia defeated LD Alajuelense in the Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto after they tied the home game in Tegucigalpa.
In January 2001, Olimpia beat the Mexican teams of Toluca and Pachuca. The team, managed by Edwin Pavón triumphed over Toluca with a goal from Robert Lima, 3 goals from Denilson Costa, and one from Alex Pineda Chacon. The lineup for that match was: Donaldo González, Gerson Vásquez, Robert Lima, Samuel Caballero, Nerlin Membreño, Christian Santamaría, Arnold Cruz, Danilo Tosello, José Luis Pineda, Alex Pineda, Denilson Costa, Carlos Paez, and Elmer Marín.
For the 2005–06 tournament, the team modified its logo. It is similar to the previous one, it now has 4 stars in the red side. Each star is said to represent 5 Championships. In 2012, the Honduran club Olimpia celebrates 100 years of life. To celebrate the centenary launched a redesigned shield, same as according to the institution symbolizes the winning attitude of its history.
Olimpia has a strong fan base all over Honduras, even in cities that have a team in the Honduran first division. It has the strongest fan base in the country.
El Clásico Nacional (The National Classic) is a Honduran National derby played between C.D. Olimpia and Marathon. The derby receives the "national" adjective more because of a geographic matter (Olimpia is from Tegucigalpa and Marathón is from San Pedro Sula, the biggest cities of the country) than for a football or rivalry matter. Olimpia won its first national title in September 1928. At that time C.D. Olimpia (representing the central zone of the country) won a final series of three matches against Marathon, champion of the northern league. Following this result, a big rivalry began between these two teams.
The Clasico Capitalino (Capital's Classic) is played between C.D.Olimpia and C.D. Motagua. Their matches are also known as the Clasico Local (Local Classic). There is a huge rivalry between the clubs and their fans; (La Ultra Fiel [of Olimpia] and La Revo [of Motagua]). Some people claim that this is the real National Derby because Olimpia and Motagua are the first and second Honduran teams with more titles. Additionally, matches between Olimpia and Marathon do not generate the same expectations and polemics as matches between Olimpia and Motagua do.
Clásico Moderno (Honduras)
El Clásico Moderno (The Modern Derby) also referred by some as the Clasico Moderno Hondureño is a Honduran football match played at least 4 times a year in the Honduran Liga Nacional and consists of two teams, C.D. Olimpia and Real España.
Olimpia has a reserve team named Olimpia Reservas that currently plays in Liga de Ascenso de Honduras. This is where young players can improve their skills before they can be ready to play in the top division. Like all the other reserves teams in Liga de Ascenso, Olimpia Reservas can't be promoted to the higher level even if they win the championship.
- 1966–67, 1967–68, 1969–70, 1971–72, 1977–78, 1982–83, 1984–85, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1992–93, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, Apertura 2000, Apertura 2002, Clausura 2004, Clausura 2005, Apertura 2005, Clausura 2006, Clausura 2008, Clausura 2009, Clausura 2010, Apertura 2011, Clausura 2012, Apertura 2012, Clausura 2013, Clausura 2014, Clausura 2015
- Runners-up (17): 1965–66, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1975–76, 1988–89, 1994–95, 1997–98 C, 1999–00 A, 1999–00 C, Clausura 2001, Clausura 2002, Apertura 2004, Apertura 2004, Apertura 2006, Apertura 2009, Apertura 2010, Clausura 2011
- Super Copa: 1
- 'Honduran Cup: 3
- 1995, 1998, 2015
- Group Stage (1): 2001 Cancelled
- Runners-up (2): 1972, 1988
- 1981, 1985
- Seven Consecutive Honduran finals
- First Central American Team to classified to FIFA Club World Championship
- Only Central American team to play in Estadio Centenario in Uruguay
- Only Central American team to defeat a Mexican team in Estadio Azteca (2–1 against Cruz Azul in 1988)
- Only Honduran team that has defeated Boca Juniors 2–1
- Only Honduran to play in the Estadio Libertadores de America in Argentina
- Only Central American team to play in the Rose Bowl
CONCACAF Champions' Cup
- First Round v. LD Alajuelense – 0:1, 1:1 (Alajuelense advanced 2:1 on aggregate)
- First Round v. Aurora FC – 1:0, 0:1, 0–2 (Aurora advanced 2:0 on replay)
- First Round v. LD Alajuelense – 0:0, 0:1 (Alajuelense advanced 1:0 on aggregate)
- First Round v. CSD Municipal – 0:0, 0:1 (Municipal advanced 1:0 on aggregate)
- First Round v. UANL – 0:1, 1:2 (UANL advanced 3:1 on aggregate)
- First Round v. Chicago Croatian – 4:0, 2:0 (Olimpia advanced 6:0 on aggregate)
- Second Round v. CD Suchitepéquez – 1:0, 0:1 (Olimpia advanced 4:3 on penalties)
- Third Round v. Club América – 2:2, 1:0 (Olimpia advanced 3:2 on aggregate)
- Fourth Round v. Aurora FC – 0:1, 2:0 (Olimpia advanced 2:1 on aggregate)
- Final v. Defence Force – 0:2, 1:0 (Defence Force won 2:1 on aggregate)
- First Round v. Coke Milpross – 8:1, 1:1 (Olimpia advanced 9:1 on aggregate)
- Second Round v. Galcasa – 1:0
- Second Round v. CS Herediano – 0:0
- Second Round v. Águila – 2:1
- Third Round v. Deportivo Saprissa – 4:1
- Third Round v. Real España – 1:0
- Third Round v. CS Herediano – 1:2
- Semi-Finals v. CF Monterrey – 0:1, 2:2 (Monterrey advanced 3:2 on aggregate)
- Group D v. FAS – 3:1
- Group D v. Aurora FC – 1:1
- Group D v. Puntarenas – 2:0
- Third Round v. Aurora FC – 0:0
- Third Round v. LD Alajuelense – 1:1
- Third Round v. CD Marathón – 2:1
- Fourth Round v. Cruz Azul – 0:0, 2:1 (Olimpia advanced 2:1 on aggregate)
- Semi-Finals v. LD Alajuelense – 1:1, 1:0 (Olimpia advanced 2:1 on aggregate)
- Final v. Defence Force – 2:0, 2:0 (Olimpia won 4:0 on aggregate)
- First Round v. Juventus – 2:0, 2:0 (Olimpia advance 4:0 on aggregate)
- Second Round v. CD Suchitepéquez – 2:2, 2:0 (Olimpia advance 4:2 on aggregate)
- Third Round v. Firpo – 1:1
- Third Round v. Firpo – 1:0
- Third Round v. Real España – 1:4
- Third Round v. Real España – 1:0
- Semi-Finals v. Club América – 3:0, 1:2 (América advanced 4:2 on aggregate)
- First Round v. CS Herediano – 0:0, 0:2 (Herediano advance 2:0 on aggregate)
- First Round v. Deportivo Saprissa – 0:4, 3:0 (Saprissa advance 4:3 on aggregate)
- First Round v. Firpo – 0:0, 4:1 (Firpo advance 4:1 on aggregate)
- Quarter-Finals v. DC United – 0:1
- First Round v. San Jose Earthquakes – 0:1, 1:3 (San Jose Earthquakes advance 4:1 on aggregate)
- Quarter-Finals v. Pumas UNAM – 1:1, 1:2 (UNAM advance 3:2 on aggregate)
- Quarter-Finals v. Club Toluca – 0:2, 1:2 (Toluca advance 4:1 on aggregate)
- Quarter-Finals v. DC United – 1:4, 2:3 (DC United advance 7:3 on aggregate)
Copa Interclubes UNCAF
- First Round v. FAS – 1:0
- First Round v. Aurora FC – 0:0
- First Round v. LD Alajuelense – 1:1
- First Round v. Acros Real Verdes – 2:0
- First Round v. FAS – 2:1
- First Round v. Aurora FC – 2:2
- First Round v. LD Alajuelense – 4:1
- First Round v. Acros Real Verdes – 1:0
- Final Round v. LD Alajuelense – 2:0
- Final Round v. CSD Comunicaciones – 3:1
- Final Round v. Deportivo Saprissa – 1:0
- First Round v. Diriangén FC – 0:3, 1:2 (Olimpia advanced 4:2 on aggregate)
- Quarter-Finals v. CD Suchitepéquez – 4:1, 4:0 (Olimpia advanced 8:1 on aggregate)
- Semi-Finals v. Deportivo Saprissa – 3:1, 1:1 (Olimpia advanced 4:2 on aggregate)
- Final v. LD Alajuelense – 0:1, 1:0 (Alajuelense won 4:2 on penalties)
- First Round v. San Francisco – 0:0, 0:1 (San Francisco advanced 1:0 on aggregate)
|Head Coach||Hector Vargas|
|Assistant Coach #1||Nerlin Membreño||Assistant Coach #2||Óscar "Cocly" Salgado|
|Physical Trainer||Marcelo Emanuelles|
|Goalkeeper Trainer||Marcelo Scallesi|
Board of directors
|VicePresident|| Osman Madrid
|Sport Director||Miguel Flores Cisnero|
|Sports Manager||Antonio Montes Rittenhouse|
As of 2014 Apertura
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Out on loan
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
As of 10 August 2014. Players in bold are still present in club.
Notable former coaches
- "Con ansias de título" (in Spanish). Diario La Prensa. 2007-08-10. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-08-11.
- Muere Mario Griffin, primer técnico bicampeón con Olimpia – Diez (Spanish)
- Muere el técnico hondureño Carlos Cruz Carranza – Diez (Spanish)
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