C.D. El Nacional

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El Nacional
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Full nameClub Deportivo El Nacional
Nickname(s)Puros Criollos (Pure Criollos)
Equipo Militar (Military team)
La Maquina Gris (The Gray Machine)
El Rojo (The Red)
Founded1 June 1964; 56 years ago (1964-06-01)
GroundEstadio Olímpico Atahualpa
ChairmanLucía Vallecilla
ManagerEduardo Lara
LeagueSerie A
WebsiteClub website
Principal colours

Club Deportivo El Nacional (until 2018 Club Especializado de Alto Rendimiento El Nacional)[1] is an Ecuadorian sports club from Quito, known best for their professional football team. The team currently plays in the Serie A, the top-flight football league in the country.

El Nacional has thirteen national championships (one less than Emelec and two less than Barcelona). The club has participated in more Copa Libertadores than any other club in Ecuador with 22 appearances. Their best performance in the continental tournament was as a semi-finalist in 1985.

El Nacional was founded on 1 June 1964, and was administered by the Ecuadorian Military since the foundation until 2013, when the club celebrates his first ever democratic elections. The club has maintained a tradition of only playing Ecuadorian footballers,[2] which has given them the nickname of Puros Criollos ("Pure Natives"). Rival clubs included crosstown clubs LDU Quito, Deportivo Quito, Universidad Católica and the Guayaquileans Barcelona and Emelec. Their home stadium is Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa.

Other sports the organization participates in are gymnastics, table tennis, Ecuavolley, chess, and shooting.


The Bi-Tri Campeon[edit]

In the 1970s, El Nacional was able to achieve what no Ecuadorian team had done in the history of the league. In 1976, 1977, 1978 they were unbeatable champions. Fabián Paz y Miño stepped up as the leading goal scorer in the league in 1977 to help El Nacional during those three years of glory. In 1982, 1983, 1984 El Nacional repeated this feat to become double three-time championship winners. Their title count became eight. This was gained by help from two legendary players Jose Villafuerte and Ermen Benitez. In 1985 they accomplished their most important feat in international competition reaching semi-finals in the Copa Libertadores. One year later they added to their titles by being crowned for the ninth time in their history.

The 1990s[edit]

El Nacional produced some of the greatest players in Ecuador and won two more championships in 1992 and 1996 with the help of Cléber Chalá, Agustín Delgado, and Oswaldo Ibarra. They also disputed the semi-finals of the Copa Conmebol 1992 and the 1994 edition.


The current success of the team has added two more championships in 2005 and 2006 bringing their total to 13 titles. They have equaled rivals Barcelona to become one of the best teams in Ecuador. El Nacional has brought up talented players such as Antonio Valencia, Segundo Alejandro Castillo, Christian Benítez and Felix Borja. There have been plans to build a new stadium but no official decision has been taken yet. Former coach Juan Carlos Burbano resigned after an unsuccessful first stage in the league. Julio Asad was appointed head coach on 16 July 2009.


El Nacional play their home matches in the Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa. Plans have been enabled to build a new stadium, however no official decision has been taken. The management even showed the model of what the 42,000 seat stadium would look like.


On 13 May 1998, a group of friends met and decided to form a highly dedicated fanbase called La Marea Roja (English: The Red Tide). Over the years, they aimed to integrate more people, and becoming a better organized to be the largest fan group of El Nacional. It is made up of over 250 members, with members owning proper identification cards. La Marea Roja stands at the south part of the stadium for 90 minutes every game, which attracts adults, women and large numbers of children.


  • Serie A (13): 1967, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1992, 1996, 2005 Clausura, 2006.
  • Serie B (1): 1979 E2.


Current squad[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Ecuador ECU Johan Padilla
2 DF Ecuador ECU Kevin Peralta
3 DF Ecuador ECU Kevin Arias
4 DF Ecuador ECU Juan Carlos Paredes
5 MF Ecuador ECU Ronal de Jesús
6 MF Ecuador ECU Nicólas Dávila
8 FW Ecuador ECU Jairo Padilla
9 FW Ecuador ECU Marlon de Jesús
10 MF Ecuador ECU Hólger Matamoros
11 FW Ecuador ECU Tito Valencia (on loan from Barcelona SC)
13 DF Ecuador ECU Henry Cangá
14 MF Ecuador ECU Darío Pazmiño
15 MF Ecuador ECU Pedro Quiñónez
16 DF Ecuador ECU Henry Quiñónez
17 DF Ecuador ECU Jean Peña
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 DF Ecuador ECU Juan Lara
20 FW Ecuador ECU Jorge Ordóñez
21 FW Ecuador ECU Luis Congo
22 GK Ecuador ECU Leodan Chalá
23 FW Ecuador ECU Byron Palacios (on loan from CS Emelec)
24 DF Ecuador ECU José Luis Monaga
25 MF Ecuador ECU Adrian Cela
26 MF Ecuador ECU Tomson Minda
27 MF Ecuador ECU Michael Carcelén
28 FW Ecuador ECU Ginson Cangá
29 DF Ecuador ECU Pablo Cifuentes
30 DF Ecuador ECU Sixto Mina
45 GK Ecuador ECU David Cabezas
80 FW Ecuador ECU Felipe Mejía

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. Pos. Nation Player
GK Ecuador ECU Máximo Banguera (on loan at Delfín)
MF Ecuador ECU Jonathan Borja (on loan at Cruz Azul)
MF Ecuador ECU Roberto Garcés (on loan at C.S.D. Macará)


Noted managers[edit]

The following managers won at least one trophy while in charge of El Nacional:


  1. ^ "Modifíquese El Estatuto Del Club Especializado De Alto Rendimiento El Nacional".
  2. ^ "Todos las participaciones internacionales de El Nacional" [All the international participations of El Nacional]. El Blog de mi Futbol Ecuatoriano (in Spanish). 23 January 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2017.

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