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Full name Club Cienciano
Nickname(s) Los Rojos, Los Imperiales, La Furia Roja, Los Cuzqueños, El Papá
Founded 8 July 1901; 114 years ago (1901-07-08)
Ground Inca Garcilaso de la Vega
Cusco, Peru
Ground Capacity 42,056
Chairman Peru Diego Rebagliati
Manager Peru Jorge Espejo
League Peruvian Primera División
2014 Peruvian Primera División, 11th
Website Club home page

Club Cienciano is a professional football club based in Cusco, Peru. The club was founded in 1901 and was originally the team of the Faculty of Science of the University of Cusco (Ciencias meaning science in Spanish), from which it takes its name. It gained worldwide recognition after defeating River Plate from Argentina in the finals of the 2003 Copa Sudamericana and Boca Juniors in the 2004 Recopa Sudamericana.



Cienciano was founded in 1901 by a group of students from the National School of Science of Cusco (Colegio Nacional Ciencias del Cusco). It participated in several leagues and tournaments of the region. In 1966 Hector Ladrón de Guevara (Cututtu) was the first Cienciano player to be named captain of the Peruvian national team. In 1972, it began to play in the Peruvian First Division. However, the club was relegated four years later.

In 1988, the FPF invited the club to play in a tournament of the southern region. In 1991, Cienciano won the tournament and in 1992 it once again played in the First Division. Although the club came close to relegation in 1994, the team remains in the First Division.

Copa Sudamericana[edit]

In 2003 Cienciano, led by their coach Freddy Ternero, made it for the first time to the Copa Sudamericana, after beating the current Peruvian champion Sporting Cristal in an internal qualifying tournament. It went through every later knockout round arguably as the underdog defeating Peru's Alianza Lima, Chile's Club Deportivo Universidad Católica, Colombia's Atlético Nacional (once Copa Libertadores champion) and Brazil's Santos (twice Copa Libertadores champion), to get to the finals. Once at the finals they faced one of the biggest teams in South American football, River Plate of Argentina (twice Copa Libertadores champion). After a 3–3 draw in Buenos Aires, Cienciano went on to win 1–0 on their home game in Peru with a goal from a free kick by Paraguayan defender Carlos Lugo. The game was played in Arequipa (home of Southern Peruvian rivals Melgar, some of whose fans actually attended the match to root for River Plate) because of the insufficient capacity for a CONMEBOL final of the Estadio Garcilaso (which has been expanded since then).

This was the first international championship for a Peruvian team in history, only two other Peruvian teams had advanced to the finals of an international tournament, the Copa Libertadores (Universitario de Deportes in 1972, and Sporting Cristal in 1997) only to be defeated. However, Cienciano had never won the Peruvian national champion (they did win one half-year tournament in 2001 but lost the title of national champions by a penalty shootout to the winner of the second tournament, Alianza Lima, in the year in which both celebrated their centenary. The situation was repeated in 2006 to the inverse: Cienciano won the second tournament but lost the final to Alianza Lima on aggregate).

Recopa Sudamericana[edit]

After winning the Copa Sudamericana, Cienciano went on to play against Boca Juniors of Argentina, another South American giant, for the 2004 Recopa Sudamericana, this being just one match, much like UEFA's European Super Cup, that faced the winner of both South American Cups of the previous season: the Copa Sudamericana and the Copa Libertadores. After a 1–1 draw, Cienciano went on to win the title by penalty shootout. The match was played in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


Cienciano has had a long-standing rivalry with FBC Melgar and Deportivo Garcilaso.


Cienciano play their home games in Estadio Garcilaso de la Vega which is in Cusco. It was named after the Peruvian Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. When first inaugurated in 1950, it had a spectator capacity of 22,000 and had a running track. In 2004, the stadium's capacity was expanded to 42,000, losing its running track, because of Cienciano's success in international tournaments and it would be a venue in the 2004 Copa América.

Estadio Inca Garcilaso de la Vega.

Current squad[edit]

As of 13 February 2015[1]

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

No. Position Player
1 Peru GK Alejandro Duarte
2 Peru DF Jorge Araujo
3 Peru DF Marcos Ortiz (on loan from Sporting Cristal)
4 Peru DF Pedro Diez Canseco (on loan from Universitario de Deportes)
5 Peru DF Alejandro Chui
6 Peru MF Giordano Mendoza (on loan from Universitario de Deportes)
7 Peru MF Mario Tajima
8 Peru MF Carlos Uribe
9 Uruguay FW Miguel Ximénez
10 Peru FW Carlos Orejuela
11 Peru MF Gino Guerrero
12 Peru GK Christian Ortiz
13 Peru MF Raúl Tito
14 Peru MF Julio Edson Uribe
15 Peru FW Diego Virrueta
No. Position Player
16 Peru FW Edison Kuncho
17 Peru MF Luis Castillo
18 Peru DF Kerwin Peixoto
19 Peru MF Farihd Jasaui
20 Peru MF Pier Larrauri (on loan from Sporting Cristal)
21 Uruguay FW Juan Delgado
22 Argentina DF Ignacio Ameli
23 Argentina GK Diego Morales
24 Peru DF Aurelio Saco Vértiz
25 Peru DF Jean Pierre Cáncar
26 Peru FW Francis Ortiz
27 Peru MF Bryan Canela
28 Peru MF Tarek Carranza
29 Peru FW Alexander Succar (on loan from Sporting Cristal)
30 Peru MF Nelson Chaparro

Notable players[edit]

For a list of all former and current Cienciano players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:Cienciano footballers.




Runner-up (3): 2001, 2005, 2006
Winners (1): 2005
Runner-up (2): 2004, 2007
Winners (2): 2001, 2006
Runner-up (1): 1973


Winners (29): 1903, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1924, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1936, 1944, 1945, 1948, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1981, 1983


Winners (1): 2003
Winners (1): 2004

Friendly National[edit]

Runner-up (1): 2007

Performance in CONMEBOL competitions[edit]

2002: Round of 16
2004: First Round
2005: Preliminary Round
2006: Second Round
2007: Second Round
2008: Second Round
2003: Winner
2004: Preliminary Round
2009: Round of 16
2004: Winner

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Lista Oficial de jugadores del Club Cienciano temporada 2013". Cienciano del Cusco. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 

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