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Defensor Sporting
Defensor Sporting club logo.png
Full nameDefensor Sporting Club
Nickname(s)El Violeta, La Viola, Tuertos, El Defe, Gallinas, La Farola y La Cometa
Founded15 March 1913; 105 years ago (1913-03-15)
GroundEstadio Luis Franzini,
Montevideo, Uruguay
Capacity18,000
ChairmanDaniel Jablonka
CoachEduardo Acevedo
LeagueUruguayan Primera División
20184th

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.

History[edit]

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.

Stadium[edit]

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.

Titles[edit]

Domestic[edit]

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
1960
  • Cuadrangular: 1
1957
  • Torneo Honor: 1
1947

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
2 Uruguay DF Emiliano Álvarez
4 Uruguay MF Claudio Rivero
5 Uruguay MF Martín Rabuñal
9 Uruguay FW Facundo Milán
11 Uruguay FW Juan Manuel Boselli
12 Uruguay GK Gastón Rodríguez
13 Argentina FW Germán Rivero
15 Uruguay MF Ayrton Cougo
17 Uruguay GK Agustin Lopez
18 Uruguay DF Santiago Carrera
22 Uruguay DF Mathías Suárez
23 Uruguay MF Mathías Cardacio
No. Position Player
24 Uruguay DF Gonzalo Maulella
25 Uruguay MF Ramiro Cristóbal
26 Uruguay DF Nicolás Correa
27 Uruguay MF Robert Ergas
28 Uruguay MF Joaquín Piquerez
29 Panama FW Cecilio Waterman
30 Uruguay DF Ernesto Goñi
44 Uruguay GK Guillermo Reyes
Uruguay DF Joaquín Salvatto
Uruguay FW Pablo López
Uruguay MF Gonzalo Napoli
Uruguay MF Damián Waller
Uruguay MF Diego Viera
Uruguay DF Emilio Zeballos

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
3 Uruguay DF Guillermo de los Santos (At CD Universidad Católica until 30 June 2018)
Uruguay GK Facundo Ospitaleche (At River Plate until 30 June 2018)

Notable former players[edit]

Notable coaches[edit]

External links[edit]