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Defensor Sporting
Defensor Sporting club logo.png
Full name Defensor Sporting Club
Nickname(s) El Violeta, La Viola, Tuertos, El Defe, La Farola y La Cometa
Founded 15 March 1913; 104 years ago (1913-03-15)
Ground Estadio Luis Franzini,
Montevideo, Uruguay
Ground Capacity 18,000
Chairman Uruguay Daniel Jablonka
Coach Uruguay Eduardo Acevedo
League Uruguayan Primera División
2016 4th

Defensor Sporting Club is a sports club based in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Defensor plays several sports, football and basketball being the most important and the ones in which the club has achieved significant victories in Uruguay and internationally.


Founded on March 15, 1913 as Club Atlético Defensor, the name of the club was changed in 1989 to Defensor Sporting Club after a merger with Sporting Club Uruguay. They are a four-time national champion in Uruguay (1976, 1987, 1991, 2007–08).

Defensor has won many qualifying tournaments (Pre-Liguilla) to the Copa Libertadores and has represented Uruguay on numerous occasions internationally. Regarded as one of the teams that creates and develops many players in Uruguay and are then transferred worldwide. It is the place of birth of numerous players like Jorge "Polilla" da Silva, Sergio "Manteca" Martínez, Sebastián Abreu, Andrés Fleurquin, Marcelo Tejera, Darío Silva, Gonzalo Vargas, Diego "Ruso" Pérez, Nicolás Olivera, Martín Cáceres, Maxi Pereira, Álvaro González, Tabaré Viúdez.

Legendary coach Prof. José Ricardo de León brought Defensor to the national championship in 1976 and originated a football (fútbol) school of thought, consistently criticized as ultra defensive, that is still present nowadays in several teams and coaches.

On September 2007, the club was considered the World's Club Team of the Month by the IFFHS.

Defensor Sporting's most famous supporter is singer/composer Jaime Roos.


Defensor plays its home games at its own stadium called Estadio Luis Franzini which has a capacity for 18,000 spectators. The stadium was opened on 31 December 1963.

It is located in Parque Rodó, Montevideo.



1976, 1987, 1991, 2008
1950, 1965

Other Official Domestic Honours[edit]

  • Apertura: 4
1994, 2007, 2010, 2017
  • Clausura: 3
1997, 2009, 2012
  • Liguilla Pre Libertadores: 8
1976, 1979, 1981, 1989, 1991, 1995, 2000, 2006
  • Copa Montevideana: 8
1976, 1979, 1982, 1987, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997
  • Campeón Nacional Copa Artigas: 1
  • Cuadrangular: 1
  • Torneo Honor: 1

Performance in CONMEBOL competitions[edit]

1977: First Round
2007: Quarter-finals
2009: Quarter-finals
2014: Semi-finals
2012: Runner-up
2005: First Round
2007: Quarter-finals
2008: Round of 16
2010: Round of 16
2015: Quarter-finals
1995: First Round
1997: First Round

Kit Evolution[edit]

Current squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 Uruguay GK Gastón Rodríguez
2 Uruguay DF Emiliano Álvarez
3 Uruguay DF Guillermo de los Santos
4 Uruguay MF Claudio Rivero
5 Uruguay MF Martín Rabuñal
6 Uruguay DF Andrés Lamas (captain)
7 Uruguay MF Facundo Castro
8 Uruguay MF Matias Cabrera
9 Brazil FW Jefferson dos Santos
10 Uruguay FW Gonzalo Carneiro
12 Uruguay GK Agustin Lopez
13 Uruguay DF Matías Zunino
14 Uruguay MF Damián Waller
No. Position Player
15 Uruguay MF Ayrton Cougo
18 Uruguay FW Gonzalo Bueno
19 Uruguay FW Héctor Acuña
20 Uruguay DF Joaquín Salvatto
22 Uruguay DF Mathías Suárez
23 Uruguay MF Mathías Cardacio
24 Uruguay DF Gonzalo Maulella
25 Uruguay MF Carlos Benavídez
26 Uruguay DF Nicolás Correa
27 Uruguay MF Robert Ergas
29 Uruguay FW Juan Manuel Boselli
30 Uruguay FW Pablo López
44 Uruguay GK Guillermo Reyes

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
Uruguay DF Fernando Arismendi (on loan to Rocha)
Uruguay DF Diego Ferreira (on loan to Argentina Atlético de Rafaela)
Uruguay DF Matías Lazo (on loan to Miramar Misiones)
No. Position Player
Uruguay DF Diego Rodríguez (on loan to Argentina Godoy Cruz)
Colombia FW Yonatan Jordan (on loan to Miramar Misiones)
Uruguay FW Álvaro Navarro (on loan to Chile Cobresal)

Notable former players[edit]

Notable coaches[edit]

External links[edit]