Deportivo Pereira

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Deportivo Pereira
Deportivo pereira crest.svg
Full name Corporación Social, Deportiva
y Cultural de Pereira[1]
Founded 12 February 1944; 72 years ago (1944-02-12)
Ground Estadio Hernán Ramírez Villegas,
Pereira, Colombia
Ground Capacity 30,297
Chairman Álvaro de Jesús López
Manager Néstor Craviotto
League Categoría Primera B
2015 2nd
Website Club home page

Deportivo Pereira is a professional Colombian football team based in Pereira, that currently plays in the Categoría Primera B. They play their home games at the Hernán Ramírez Villegas stadium.


While there are several teams in the Third Division (Primera C), Pereira is the only professional team in Risaralda.

Deportivo Pereira made its First Division debut (Primera A) in the season of 1949. Deportivo Pereira replaced Universidad, a soccer club founded in Bogota that had played its previous season in the 'Pearl of the Otún River', nickname of the city of Pereira.

First games as a professional team[edit]

Founded on February 12, 1944, the team played its first game at home against Universidad De Bogota, losing 1–2. The team's first goal was scored by Ecuadorian player Humberto Suárez. Its first victory was against Bucaramanga, with a final score of 1–2, and goals scored by Omar Barahona and José “Mico” Zapata. A second victory as a visitor was obtained against Bucaramanga 3–4. The team's first victory playing at home was in October 9, 1949, beating Huracán 4–1, with goals scored by Carmelo Enrique Colombo, José "Mico" Zapata, Inocencio Paz Lasso "Cencio" and an own goal from Huracan's player Santos Isaza. The first top scorer of the "Matecaña" (another of Pereira's nicknames) team was the vallecaucanian Inocencio Paz Lasso "Cencio", with 11 goals. The team finished the season in last place with only 14 points.

Deportivo Pereira has never won the First Division championship. The team's last successful season was in 1974, year in which the team reached third place.


Led by Gilberto Osorio, the roster included Óscar Héctor Quintabani, "Raton" Echeverri, Victor Longo, Henry Viáfara, Gilberto Cabrera, Farid Perchy, Sergio Cierra, Benjamin "Mincho" Cardona, Eduardo Emilio Vilarete, Jairo "Chiqui" Aguirre, and as substitutes Goalkeeper Reynel Ruiz, Midfielders Manzi and Ponciano Castro and strikers Abel Augusto Lobatón, Hernán "Pistolero" Villa and Iván Darío "Chumin" Castañeda. The team finished the tournament in 4th place.

Other highlights[edit]

In 1991, Colombia's Dimayor decided to modify the tournament so the Second Division's champion would be promoted to First Division and the Last Team from The First Division would be demoted to Second Division. In 1995, the team got a decent sixth place that placed it comfortably far from Second Division. However, During 1997's tournament, the team was demoted to Second Division and it had to remain in Second Division during 1998, 1999 and 2000.

Led by coach Walter Aristizabal and stars like Rafael Castillo, Hernán Darío Cardona, Daniel Vélez and Jairo Serna, the team won the Second Division tournament in the year 2000, and returned to First Division. Since then, the team has reached three First Division semi-finals, and achieved fourth place during 2003's tournament.

In 2007, the team finished second to last and had to play against Academia for the Second Division's Demotion/Promotion game. Deportivo Pereira was able to keep its place in the First Division, beating Academia 4–2, thanks to striker Óscar Restrepo.

By the end of 2008, and after a splendid season, the club's democratization process was started. After several months of legal processes, the team was confirmed by the División Mayor del Fútbol Colombiano (Dimayor) and the Federación Colombiana de Fútbol as the Deportivo Pereira SA.

On November 6, 2011, Deportivo Pereira lost its First Division status by losing in Ibagué 1–0 against Deportes Tolima.

In the second tournament of 2012, Deportivo Pereira, under the leadership of coach Octavio Zambrano, achieved a record to get into the second half of the 2012 Categoría Primera B season a total of 43 points out of 54 possible obtained in a single season, making it the first team to have achieved this number. However, the club missed the chance to return to the top flight in the semifinals.



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Current squad[edit]

As of 4 July 2016

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

No. Position Player
Colombia GK Harlen Castillo
Colombia GK Mauricio Mafla
Uruguay GK Martín Rodríguez
Colombia DF David Gómez
Colombia DF Harold Gómez
Colombia DF John Jairo Montaño
Colombia DF César Murillo
Colombia DF Julio César Ortiz
Colombia DF Jorge Posada
Colombia DF Andrés Quejada
Argentina MF Fernando Batiste
Colombia MF Bréiner Belalcázar
Colombia MF Jorman Campuzano
No. Position Player
Uruguay MF Maximiliano Bajter
Colombia MF Diego Espinel
Colombia MF Stiwar García
Argentina MF Sebastián Emmanuel González
Colombia MF Cristian Mejía
Colombia MF Rafael Navarro
Colombia MF Carlos Alberto Palacio
Colombia MF Edwin Posada
Colombia MF Alí Reyes
Argentina MF Raúl Zelaya
Colombia FW Johan Jiménez
Colombia FW Juan Camilo Hernández
Colombia FW Harold Reina

Notable players[edit]



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