C.S.D. Independiente del Valle

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Independiente del Valle
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Full name Club de Alto Rendimiento Especializado Independiente del Valle
Nickname(s) Los Negriazules (The black-and-blues)
Founded March 1, 1958; 59 years ago (1958-03-01)
Ground Estadio Municipal Rumiñahui
Sangolquí, Ecuador
Ground Capacity 8,000
Chairman Franklin Tello Ñuñez
Manager Alexis Mendoza
League Serie A
2016 Serie A, 4th

Club de Alto Rendimiento Especializado Independiente del Valle,[1] known simply as Independiente del Valle or Independiente, is a football club based in Sangolquí, Ecuador.

It was founded on March 1, 1958 and is currently participating in the Serie A. In the 2013 season Independiente was runner-up of the Serie A and reached the final of the 2016 Copa Libertadores after defeating River Plate, Pumas UNAM and Boca Juniors.[2]


The club was founded on 1 March 1958 by Jose Terán, a football fan from Sangolquí, along with a group of friends including José Díaz, Jorge Atapuma, the Negro Sanguano, Tomás Zaldumbide and Marino Guayasamín. In 1977, two years after the death of José Terán, the club's name was changed to Independiente José Terán in honor of its founder. The name and initial club colors (red and white) were inspired by the Club Atlético Independiente. The club was named and still registered at the Federación Ecuatoriana de Fútbol as Club Social y Deportivo Independiente José Terán, the team is advertised as "Independiente del Valle" for marketing purposes.

Old logo used until 2008.

In 1995 the club achieved the Segunda Categoría for the second time. In the 2006 season, staying in the same category, the club changed its trade name to Independiente del Valle and adopted the current colors (blue and black). The club achieved the Ecuadorian Serie A, for the first time in the 2010 season.

On the 2016 season, Independiente del Valle reached the final of the 2016 Copa Libertadores. Independiente had previously defeated Copa Libertadores defending champions, Argentina's River Plate in the round of 16 with a 2–1 in the agreggate. In the quarter-finals defeated Pumas UNAM in the penalty shoot-out. The aggregate score was 3–3 but Independiente won on penalties 5–3. The club subsequently face Argentina's giant Boca Juniors in the semi-final in July defeating Boca Juniors 5–3 on the aggregate. In the final's first leg in Quito, Independiente drew 1–1 against Colombia's Atlético Nacional.[3] Independiente's fairy tale story came to an conclusion after a 1–0 loss in the second leg with the series ending 2–1 favouring the Colombians.


The Rumiñahui Stadium (officially known as Estadio Municipal General Rumiñahui) is a multi-purpose stadium. It is located between the streets Gonzales Suarez and Eloy Alfaro in the city of Sangolquí. It was inaugurated on 30 May 1941 and it is used mainly for playing football. It has capacity for 7,233 spectators and for international tournaments the club use the Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa in Quito with a capacity of 38,500 spectators.

The stadium plays an important role in local football, as also sangolquileños clubs like Clan Juvenil make this local sports scene.

Centro de Alto Rendimiento[edit]

The club has its own training center located in Sangolquí and which is called Centro de Alto Rendimiento, that has seven soccer fields, one of them with artificial grass. The training center also has rooms to accommodate players, dining room, parking, a gym (for the first-team and reserves), indoor pool and administrative offices.


First-team squad[edit]

As of 17 April 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 Ecuador GK Adrián Bone
3 Argentina DF Juan Pablo Segovia
4 Uruguay DF Christian Núñez
5 Ecuador MF Dixon Arroyo
6 Ecuador DF Luis Ayala
7 Ecuador FW Michael Estrada
8 Ecuador MF Efrén Mera
9 Ecuador FW Jacson Pita
10 Ecuador MF Gabriel Cortez
12 Ecuador GK Alexi Lemos
14 Ecuador FW Gustavo Asprilla
15 Uruguay MF Mario Rizotto
16 Ecuador DF David Mina
No. Position Player
17 Ecuador MF Janner Corozo
19 Ecuador FW Felipe Mejia
20 Ecuador MF Kener Arce
21 Ecuador MF Carlos Cuero
22 Ecuador GK Javier Nazareno
23 Ecuador DF Andy Burbano
27 Ecuador DF Fernando León
28 Ecuador DF Gabriel Espinosa
50 Ecuador DF Anthony Landazurri
51 Ecuador FW Wilter Ayoví
53 Ecuador MF Jhegson Mendez
Ecuador DF Andi Caicedo

Players with multiple citizenship[edit]


Current technical staff[edit]

  • Colombia Alexis Mendoza (manager)
  • Uruguay Nicolás Penino (Fitness Coach)
  • Uruguay Roberto Teixeira (physio)
  • Ecuador Edison Logroño (physio)
  • Ecuador Fernando Masorra (doctor)
  • Ecuador Mario Alcocer (equipment manager)

List of managers[edit]



External links[edit]

Official websites[edit]