C.D. Olimpia

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Olimpia
CD Olimpia (Honduras).jpg
Full nameClub Deportivo Olimpia
Nickname(s)Los Leones (The Lions)
Los Albos (The Whites)
Los Merengues (The Meringues)
Los Melenudos
El más popular (The Most Popular)
Founded12 June 1912; 107 years ago (1912-06-12)
GroundEstadio Tiburcio Carias Andino,
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Capacity35,000
OwnerJosé Rafael Ferrari
ManagerPedro Troglio
LeagueLiga Nacional de Honduras
2018–191st
WebsiteClub website

Club Deportivo Olimpia, commonly referred to as Olimpia, is a professional Honduran football club based in Tegucigalpa, Francisco Morazán. The club is the nation's most successful team both in the domestic league and in international club competitions.

History[edit]

Olimpia was founded as a baseball club on June 12, 1912,[1] by Héctor Pineda Ugarte, Carlos Bram, Arturo Bram, Enrique Buik, Santiago Buik, Miguel Sanchez, Samuel Inestrosa Gómez, and Ramón Field. In 1917, it also became a football team.

Olimpia is the most successful football team in Honduras, having won 30 domestic league titles since it was founded in 1912, the latest being the 2015–16 Apertura & Clausura season. It has also represented the Honduran football association in international club competitions more than any other team by far. They are the only Honduran club that has won the CONCACAF Champions Cup twice, first in 1972 and again in 1988. Olimpia is also the first team to win the Domestic Cup, known as "Copa Presidente," in 2015.

Amateur era[edit]

In 1957, CD Olimpia won the national championship of Honduras for the first time. They repeated as champions in 1958 and 1959. The national crown was not awarded in 1960, but they won it again in 1961, 1963, and 1964. In 1964–65, the final season of the amateur era, Olimpia claimed a seventh championship, beating Escualo 2–0.

Players like "Furia" Solis, Rolin Castillo, Ricardo "Chendo" Rodriguez were stars during these seasons.

National League[edit]

The professional National League began in 1965, with Platense winning the first tournament. Olimpia was runner-up, finishing with 26 points to Platense's 27. Things were different the following year, as Mario Griffin Cubas was appointed head coach. In the 1966–67 season, he led Los Leones to 14 victories in 18 matches, winning the title six points clear of Marathon (29–23). Olimpia won the title again in 1967–68, again finishing two games clear of Marathon (27–22).[2]

They relinquished the title to Motagua in 1968–69, but in 1969–70 stormed through the league undefeated, winning their third title in four years (43–35 ahead of Motagua). After losing a championship playoff to Motagua in 1970–71, Los Leones regained the crown in 1971–72. That championship was the product of the efforts of Rigoberto 'Chula' Gomez, Jorge Urquía, and Tonin Mendoza.

It would take 6 years for Olimpia to be crowned again. That came in 1977, under the management of Carlos Cruz Carranza. That year, they faced Real España in a championship final. The first match ended in a scoreless draw, but in the second match the old powers prevailed 2–0. Goals were scored by Uruguayan Walter Chávez and René Enamorado.[3]

It was during the 1980s that Olimpia emerged as the dominant team in Honduras, winning five championships in ten years—1982, 1984, 1986, 1987, and 1989–90. Three more championships came in the 1990s—1992–93, 1995–96, and 1996–97. That 1996–97 championship was the final one before the short season was adopted.

Short tournament[edit]

Olimpia qualified for the playoffs in each of the first two seasons under the new format, but was eliminated each time. They entered the 1998–99 season determined to overcome those defeats (although the 1998–99 season, played from January–May 1998, took on the format of an Apertura, it was officially known as season 1998–99). Olimpia topped the table in the regular season, then beat Platense and Victoria to reach the championship finals. On July 17, Denilson Costa scored the only goal of a two-legged tie with Real Espana, bringing the title home to Olimpia once again.

Olimpia reached the finals of both Apertura 1999 and Clausura 2000, but on each occasion was defeated by Motagua on penalties. In Apertura 2000, however, they were dominant, finishing 10 points clear of Motagua at the top of the regular season table. Edwin Pavón was the manager, and the team was keyed by Danilo Tosello, Wilmer Velásquez and Alex Pineda Chacón. In the postseason, they reached the finals and played out a classic two-legged tie with Platense. In the first leg, played at Platense's home stadium in Puerto Cortes, Olimpia came away with a vital 1–0 victory. Alex Pineda Chacón scored the winner in the 85th minute. In the return leg, Rony Morales scored to even the tie for Platense, but Danilo Tosello's extra time penalty brought home another championship for Los Leones.

The Platense rivalry built, as Platense avenged the loss by beating Olimpia in Clausura 2001. Olimpia answered by winning another title in Apertura 2002, and in thrilling style. With the tie level 2–2 after 180 minutes of action, the championship drifted into extra time. Milton Palacios won the championship for Olimpia by rising above the crowd to head home the winning goal.

Clausura 2004 was the start of a new phase in the already fierce rivalry between Olimpia and CD Marathón, as the teams would meet in the finals four seasons in a row to determine the championship of Honduras. The first round went to Olimpia, which won the title 2–1 on aggregate. Marathón came back to win Apertura 2004 in the same style, but Olimpia answered by winning Clausura 2005 3–2 on aggregate. Los Leones won it again in Apertura 2005, overcoming a 2–1 loss at Marathón to win the championship in extra time.

Clausura 2006 completed the most glorious run in Olimpia's history; they beat Victoria 4–3 on aggregate to complete their first threepeat (three wins). It was an achievement celebrated wildly as the Tricampeón.

Other titles followed in Clausura 2008 (beating the old rivals Marathón), Clausura 2009 (in extra time over Real Espana), and Clausura 2010 (over Motagua). However, the next era of glory began in Apertura 2011. That was the season that Danilo Tosello, who had played for Olimpia from 1999 to 2007, returned as manager. In Tosello's first season as manager, he led them to a convincing 3–0 aggregate victory over Real Espana in the championship round. They repeated as champions in Clausura 2012, beating Marathón 1–0 on aggregate. Then, finally, in Apertura 2012, still under Tosello's guidance, Olimpia defeated Victoria 4–0 to complete a second tricampeón.

Tosello stepped down after the season, but Olimpia's run of dominance continued. They won a fourth consecutive championship in Clausura 2013; after losing 1–0 to Real Sociedad in the first leg, they won 2–0 at home to claim the crown.

Olimpia's quest for an unprecedented fifth straight crown ended in Apertura 2013, but they did beat Marathón 4–2 on penalties in Clausura 2014 to hoist a fifth title in six years. They also beat Motagua to win Clausura 2015, and Real Sociedad to win Clausura 2016.

International success[edit]

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 semi-finals, 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.

In 2017, Olimpia earned the inaugural Scotiabank CONCACAF League title. Olimpia, which lifted its first CONCACAF trophy since the 1988. The Honduran power, however, captured the inaugural SCL title Thursday, overcoming host Santos de Guapiles 4–1 on penalty kicks at Nacional stadium of Costa Rica, after their two-legged final ended 1–1 on aggregate. Both sides won 1–0 on the road.

Michael Chirinos’ goal in the 21st minute at the Estadio Nacional was the lifeline Olimpia needed in order to lift its first CONCACAF trophy since the 1988 CONCACAF Champions’ Cup. As a result, Olimpia maintained its record of being the only team to compete in the first 10 SCCL editions. They did not qualify for the 2019 SCCL.

Olimpia's logos[edit]

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.

Sponsorship[edit]

Supporters[edit]

Olimpia has a strong fan base throughout Honduras, even in cities that have a team in the Honduran first division. As a result, it is the most popular team in the country.

The club's barra brava is La Ultra Fiel. La Ultra Fiel particularly has a fierce rivalry with neighboring club Motagua and their barra brava known as "Los Revolucionarios" or short "La Revo".

Club rivalries[edit]

Clásico Nacional[edit]

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)[edit]

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.

Reserve team[edit]

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.

Achievements[edit]

Domestic

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, Clausura 2016,
Runners-up (17): 1965–66, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1975–76, 1988–89, 1994–95, Clausura 1998, Apertura 1999, Clausura 2000, Clausura 2001, Clausura 2002, Apertura 2003, Apertura 2004, Apertura 2006, Apertura 2009, Apertura 2010, Clausura 2011,
1996–97
1995, 1998, 2015

International

1972, 1988
Runners-up (2): 1985, 2000
2017
1981 1999, 2000
Runners-up (2): 2005, 2006
Runners-up (2): 1972, 1988

Individual club achievements[edit]

International competition[edit]

CONCACAF Champions' Cup[edit]

First Round v. Costa Rica LD Alajuelense – 0:1, 1:1 (Alajuelense advanced 2:1 on aggregate)
First Round v. Guatemala Aurora FC – 1:0, 0:1, 0–2 (Aurora advanced 2:0 on replay)
First Round v. El Salvador Alianza – 2:1, 1:0 (Olimpia advanced 3:1 on aggregate)
Second Round v. Guatemala Aurora FC – 1:1, 0:4 (Aurora advanced 5:1 on aggregate)
First Round v. Guatemala CSD Municipal – 3:2, 0:0 (Olimpia advanced 3:2 on aggregate)
Final Round v. Costa Rica Deportivo Saprissa – 1:4
First Round v. Costa Rica LD Alajuelense – 0:0, 0:1 (Alajuelense advanced 1:0 on aggregate)
Semi-finals v. Mexico Club Toluca – 1:0, 1:1 (Olimpia advanced 2:1 on aggregate)
Final v. Suriname SV Robinhood – 0:0, 2:0 (Olimpia won 2:0 on aggregate)
First Round v. Guatemala CSD Municipal – 0:0, 0:1 (Municipal advanced 1:0 on aggregate)
First Round v. Honduras Real España – 0:0, 1:0 (Olimpia advance 1:0 on aggregate)
Second Round v. Nicaragua Diriangén – (Olimpia withdrew)
First Round v. Mexico UANL – 0:1, 1:2 (UANL advanced 3:1 on aggregate)
First Round v. United States Chicago Croatian – 4:0, 2:0 (Olimpia advanced 6:0 on aggregate)
Second Round v. Guatemala CD Suchitepéquez – 1:0, 0:1 (Olimpia advanced 4:3 on penalties)
Third Round v. Mexico Club América – 2:2, 1:0 (Olimpia advanced 3:2 on aggregate)
Fourth Round v. Guatemala Aurora FC – 0:1, 2:0 (Olimpia advanced 2:1 on aggregate)
Final v. Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force – 0:2, 1:0 (Defence Force won 2:1 on aggregate)
First Round v. Belize Coke Milpross – 8:1, 1:1 (Olimpia advanced 9:1 on aggregate)
Second Round v. Guatemala Galcasa – 1:0
Second Round v. Costa Rica CS Herediano – 0:0
Second Round v. El Salvador Águila – 2:1
Third Round v. Costa Rica Deportivo Saprissa – 4:1
Third Round v. Honduras Real España – 1:0
Third Round v. Costa Rica CS Herediano – 1:2
Semi-finals v. Mexico CF Monterrey – 0:1, 2:2 (Monterrey advanced 3:2 on aggregate)
Group D v. El Salvador FAS – 3:1
Group D v. Guatemala Aurora FC – 1:1
Group D v. Costa Rica Puntarenas – 2:0
Third Round v. Guatemala Aurora FC – 0:0
Third Round v. Costa Rica LD Alajuelense – 1:1
Third Round v. Honduras CD Marathón – 2:1
Fourth Round v. Mexico Cruz Azul – 0:0, 2:1 (Olimpia advanced 2:1 on aggregate)
Semi-finals v. Costa Rica LD Alajuelense – 1:1, 1:0 (Olimpia advanced 2:1 on aggregate)
Final v. Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force – 2:0, 2:0 (Olimpia won 4:0 on aggregate)
First Round v. El Salvador Cojutepeque – 3:1
First Round v. Costa Rica CS Herediano – 2:1
First Round v. Guatemala CSD Municipal – 2:2
Second Round v. Costa Rica CS Cartaginés – 3:0
Second Round v. Honduras Real España – 3:0
Second Round v. Costa Rica CS Herediano – 1:1
Third Round v. Mexico Pumas UNAM – 1:1, 0:5 (UNAM advanced 6:1 on aggregate)
First Round v. Belize Juventus – 2:0, 2:0 (Olimpia advance 4:0 on aggregate)
Second Round v. Guatemala CD Suchitepéquez – 2:2, 2:0 (Olimpia advance 4:2 on aggregate)
Third Round v. El Salvador Firpo – 1:1
Third Round v. El Salvador Firpo – 1:0
Third Round v. Honduras Real España – 1:4
Third Round v. Honduras Real España – 1:0
Semi-finals v. Mexico Club América – 3:0, 1:2 (América advanced 4:2 on aggregate)
First Round v. Costa Rica CS Herediano – 0:0, 0:2 (Herediano advance 2:0 on aggregate)
First Round v. Costa Rica Deportivo Saprissa – 0:4, 3:0 (Saprissa advance 4:3 on aggregate)
First Round v. El Salvador Firpo – 0:0, 4:1 (Firpo advance 4:1 on aggregate)
First Round v. Belize Juventus – 2:0
First Round v. Guatemala CSD Comunicaciones – 3:2
First Round v. El Salvador Alianza – 4:1
Second Round v. Costa Rica LD Alajuelense – 0:1
Second Round v. El Salvador C.D. Luis Ángel Firpo – 0:2
Second Round v. Costa Rica LD Alajuelense – 1:5
Second Round v. El Salvador C.D. Luis Ángel Firpo – 1:1
Quarter-Finals v. United States DC United – 0:1
Quarter-Finals v. Mexico Club Toluca – 1:0
Semi-finals v. Mexico Pachuca – 4:0
Final v. United States Los Angeles Galaxy – 2:3
First Round v. United States San Jose Earthquakes – 0:1, 1:3 (San Jose Earthquakes advance 4:1 on aggregate)
Quarter-Finals v. Mexico Pumas UNAM – 1:1, 1:2 (UNAM advance 3:2 on aggregate)
Quarter-Finals v. Mexico Club Toluca – 0:2, 1:2 (Toluca advance 4:1 on aggregate)
Quarter-Finals v. United States DC United – 1:4, 2:3 (DC United advance 7:3 on aggregate)
Group C v. Mexico Atlante – 0:1
Group C v. Trinidad and Tobago Joe Public – 3:1
Group C v. Canada Montreal Impact – 1:2
Group C v. Mexico Atlante – 1:1
Group C v. Canada Montreal Impact – 1:1
Group C v. Trinidad and Tobago Joe Public – 4:0

UNCAF Interclub Cup[edit]

First Round v. El Salvador FAS – 1:0
First Round v. Guatemala Aurora FC – 0:0
First Round v. Costa Rica LD Alajuelense – 1:1
First Round v. Belize Acros Real Verdes – 2:0
First Round v. El Salvador FAS – 2:1
First Round v. Guatemala Aurora FC – 2:2
First Round v. Costa Rica LD Alajuelense – 4:1
First Round v. Belize Acros Real Verdes – 1:0
Final Round v. Costa Rica LD Alajuelense – 2:0
Final Round v. Guatemala CSD Comunicaciones – 3:1
Final Round v. Costa Rica Deportivo Saprissa – 1:0
First Round v. Belize La Victoria F.C. – 3:0
First Round v. Guatemala CSD Municipal – 2:3
Second Round v. Panama Panama Viejo – 5:0
Second Round v. Guatemala CSD Municipal – 0:0
Second Round v. Costa Rica Deportivo Saprissa – 1:4
Final Round v. Guatemala CSD Municipal – 0:0
Final Round v. Honduras Real España – 2:0
Final Round v. Costa Rica LD Alajuelense – 0:0
First Round v. Guatemala CSD Municipal – 0:0
First Round v. Costa Rica LD Alajuelense – 0:0
First Round v. Panama Plaza Amador – 6:0
Final Round v. Guatemala CSD Comunicaciones – 2:0
Final Round v. Costa Rica Deportivo Saprissa – 1:3
Final Round v. Guatemala CSD Municipal – 1:2
First Round v. Costa Rica LD Alajuelense – 1:2
First Round v. Honduras CD Marathón – 0:0
First Round v. Panama San Francisco FC – 0:1
First Round v. Belize Boca Juniors – 1:0, 5:0 (Olimpia advanced 6:0 on aggregate)
Quarter-Finals v. Costa Rica CS Herediano – 3:2, 0:1 (Olimpia advanced on away goals rule)
Final Round v. Costa Rica Deportivo Saprissa – 0:0
Final Round v. Guatemala CSD Municipal – 1:0
Final Round v. El Salvador FAS – 1:3
First Round v. Nicaragua Diriangén FC – 0:3, 1:2 (Olimpia advanced 4:2 on aggregate)
Quarter-Finals v. Guatemala CD Suchitepéquez – 4:1, 4:0 (Olimpia advanced 8:1 on aggregate)
Semi-finals v. Costa Rica Deportivo Saprissa – 3:1, 1:1 (Olimpia advanced 4:2 on aggregate)
Final v. Costa Rica LD Alajuelense – 0:1, 1:0 (Alajuelense won 4:2 on penalties)
First Round v. Nicaragua Diriangén FC – 0:3, 2:1 (Olimpia advanced 5:1 on aggregate)
Quarter-Finals v. Guatemala CSD Municipal – 1:1, 3:0 (Olimpia advanced 4:1 on aggregate)
Semi-finals v. Honduras Victoria – 2:2, 2:0 (Olimpia advanced 4:2 on aggregate)
Final v. Costa Rica Puntarenas – 2:3, 1:0 (Puntarenas won 3:1 on penalties)
First Round v. Panama San Francisco – 0:0, 0:1 (San Francisco advanced 1:0 on aggregate)

Personnel[edit]

Technical staff[edit]

Head coach Manuel Keosseian
Assistant coach Juan Carlos Espinoza
Physical trainer Danilo Turcios

Board of directors[edit]

President Rafael Villeda
Vice-president Osman Madrid
Sport director Miguel Flores Cisnero
Sports manager Antonio Montes Rittenhouse

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 of July 2019

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

No. Position Player
1 Honduras GK Edrick Menjívar
3 Honduras DF Elmer Güity
4 Honduras DF Axel Gomez
5 Honduras DF Ever Alvarado (Captain)
9 Honduras FW Jorge Benguche
14 Honduras FW Júnior Lacayo
16 Honduras DF Juan Suazo
17 Honduras DF Jonathan Paz
21 Honduras FW José Pinto
23 Honduras MF Jorge Alvarez
24 Honduras MF José Reyes
25 Honduras FW Elvin Casilado
26 Honduras DF Maylor Núñez
27 Honduras FW Jerry Bengtson
No. Position Player
29 Honduras MF German Mejía
36 Honduras GK Alex Güity
34 Honduras DF Diego Rodríguez
40 Honduras GK Gerson Argueta
Honduras GK Harold Fonseca
Argentina DF Jonathan Ferrari
Honduras DF Johnny Leverón
Honduras DF Maylor Nuñez
Honduras MF Michaell Chirinos
Honduras MF Edder Delgado
Honduras MF Rembrandt Flores
Argentina MF Matias Garrido
Argentina MF Cristian Maidana
Honduras FW Ovidio Lanza

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

Retired numbers[edit]

11 – Honduras Wilmer Velásquez, Forward (1991–95, 1996–98, 1999–01, 2002–09)

Club records[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of 10 August 2014. Players in bold are still present in club.

List of coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Con ansias de título" (in Spanish). Diario La Prensa. 2007-08-10. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-08-11.
  2. ^ Muere Mario Griffin, primer técnico bicampeón con Olimpia – Diez (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Muere el técnico hondureño Carlos Cruz Carranza – Diez (in Spanish)

External links[edit]