Deportivo Lara

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Deportivo Lara
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Full name Club Deportivo Lara
Nickname(s) "CDL", "Rojinegro"
Founded 2009; 6 years ago (2009)
Ground Estadio Metropolitano de Fútbol de Lara,
Cabudare, Venezuela
Ground Capacity 47,913
Chairman Massimo Scaccia
Manager Rafael Dudamel
League Primera División Venezolana
2014-15 8th (aggregate table)

C.D. Lara (usually called Deportivo Lara) is a professional football club based in Cabudare, Lara State, that was promoted to Venezuelan league in 2009, in their first year of existence.


Club Deportivo Lara was born July 1, 2009 through the purchase of the club by some employers (Arid García, Luís Yépez, Juan Conde, Carlos Hernández) and the former team had been struggling financially. This new policy for football betting in the Lara state and under the slogan "Believe in Lara."

The team achieved its first year stay in the top four of the cumulative overall, just behind Caracas FC, Deportivo Táchira and Deportivo Italia and, the latter being the worst hit since the last dates of the Apertura and Clausura was severed its aspiration in the hands of the team.

First international participation[edit]

On May 9, 2010 the team sealed its pass to the Copa Sudamericana 2010, after being in 4th place in the 2008/09 first division, and so after 44 years to bring back an international tournament to Lara state after Lara FC did so in 1966 but this time in Libertadores.

Lara played their first leg at home on August 17 against Colombia's Santa Fe in the Estadio Metropolitano de Cabudare with favorable outcome for the local 2–0, and the second leg was held in El Campín home of the Santa Fe in Bogotá on Thursday August 26. There, the club could not maintain its early lead and fell by the score of 4–0 leaving the competition with aggregate score of 4–2 in favor of Santa Fe.

Recent years[edit]

In December 2010 the club purchases coach German "Basílico" González, who brings a new coaching staff including Arturo Boyacá and Óscar Gil as technical assistants. After poor results González leaves the club, and Óscar Gil takes the helm.

Gil took over the club in Week 14 against Estudiantes de Mérida in which he took the win 1–0 on the stadium Metropolitano de Cabudare, then faced Caroní in Cachamay winning 0–3, then a defeat at home to Monagas 1–3 and finally managed to finish the tournament with 0–4 in game played in Caracas. Previously, he had served as interim coach in the win against Yaracuyanos by a score of 1–4, which gave him one of the first joys to all CDL fans.

But Gil decided not to go for the new season, although the Red & Black would not be too long without coach, since June 3, 2011 Eduardo Saragó coach signed for three seasons with the club. That same day it was made a press conference that inaugurated the new headquarters of the club. Also began a promising project, as it has taken in consideration the youth teams of the club, and also there have been transfers of experience as Miguel Mea Vitali, Edgar Pérez Greco, Rafael Castellín, David Mcintosh, Vicente Suanno, José Manuel Rey, Norman Baquero, Marcelo Maidana, Bladimir Morales, and for a long term project which made them long contracts.

After a dream season, the Red & Black manages to become overall champions of the Venezuelan Primera Division 2011/12 after winning the Apertura 2011 unbeaten by winning to Mineros de Guayana with 5–1 score, and also winning the Clausura 2012 by winning again to Mineros de Guayana, this time by a score of 0–1. In this manner, the CDL closes the season as the third team in Venezuelan football history to win both tournaments in a season (after Caracas FC managed to do so in 2003/04 and the Unión Atlético Maracaibo did it in 2004/05) and the first team to do so since the expansion of teams in 2007, with an accumulated score in the table of 25 wins, 8 draws and just 1 loss, accumulating 83 points (record of points obtained in a Venezuelan football season) obtaining a pass for the Copa Sudamericana 2012 and the Copa Libertadores 2013.

Recent seasons[edit]

Year Division Position
2009-10 Primera División 4th
2010-11 Primera División 13th
2011-12 Primera División 1st
2012-13 Primera División 4th


Amateur Era (0):
Professional Era (1): 2012

Performance in CONMEBOL competitions[edit]

2013: Group Stage
2010: First Round
2012: First Round
2013: First Round

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 Venezuela DF José Marrufo
3 Venezuela DF José Manuel Rey
4 Venezuela DF Jhon Chancellor
5 Venezuela MF Miguel Mea Vitali (captain)
6 Argentina DF Marcelo Maidana
7 Venezuela FW Jose Torrealba
8 Venezuela MF Vicente Suanno
9 Venezuela FW Johan Arrieche
10 Venezuela MF Mauricio Parra
13 Venezuela GK Virgilio Piñero
15 Venezuela DF Joel Cáceres
No. Position Player
16 Venezuela MF Junior Moreno
17 Colombia DF Yuber Mosquera
19 Argentina MF Hernan Zanni
20 Venezuela MF Juan Colina
21 Venezuela FW Edgar Pérez Greco
22 Venezuela GK David González
23 Venezuela MF Marlon Fernández
27 Venezuela DF Luis Colmenárez
31 Venezuela MF Carlos Sira
France DF Brad Blasi
Colombia FW Iván Trujillo


See also[edit]

Venezuelan Primera División

External links[edit]