Deportivo Táchira F.C.

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Deportivo Táchira
Full nameDeportivo Táchira Fútbol Club
Nickname(s)Aurinegro (Gold-and-black)
FoundedJanuary 11, 1974 (45 years ago) (1974-01-11)
GroundEstadio Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo,
San Cristóbal, Venezuela
Capacity42,500
ChairmanJorge Silva
ManagerAlex Pallares
LeaguePrimera División Venezolana
20172nd, aggregate table
WebsiteClub website

The Deportivo Táchira Futbol Club is a professional football club of the city of San Cristóbal, Venezuela. It was founded on January 11, 1974 by Gaetano Greco, and was originally called the San Cristobal Football Club. It is Venezuela's most popular football club.

The club plays its home matches at the Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo, which has a capacity of 42,500. Since 1975, it participates in the Venezuelan Primera División, making it the only Venezuelan team that has never fallen or participated in the lower category. Currently it holds the first position of the historical classification of the Venezuelan Primera División with 2229 points.

At the international level, it is the Venezuelan club with the most appearances in the Copa Libertadores. Its best international participation was its advance to the quarter-finals unbeaten in the Copa Libertadores 2004. It is the only Venezuelan club that has advanced past the first phase of the Copa Libertadores.

Deportivo Tachira has a subsidiary named Deportivo Táchira team "B", which participates in the Venezuelan Segunda División. It also has a Futsal team called Deportivo Tachira Fútsal Club, which plays in the Venezuelan Futsal League and the Superior Futsal Tournament.

Its fiercest rival is the Caracas FC, with whom it disputes the "Modern Derby" (Clásico Moderno) of Venezuelan football. It also plays the so-called "Andean Derby" (Clásico Andino) against Estudiantes de Mérida.

History[edit]

In 1970, Italian-born Gaetano Greco founded an amateur club called Juventus in San Cristóbal, named after the Juventus FC. In 1974, Greco noticed that there were no professional football clubs in Táchira, so he decided to found a club in Táchira based on the amateur Juventus club. He and twelve other people founded the club on January 11 of that year, which they named San Cristóbal Fútbol Club. Most of the club's players came from the Juventus club. Initially, the club's colors were blue and white, similar to the Italian national football team kits.

In January 1975, the club changed its colors to yellow and black, because those colors better represented the Táchira state and were the preferred colors of the Uruguayan manager José "Pocho" Gil, as they were the colors of the Uruguayan team Peñarol.

In the 2016 season, Deportivo Táchira drew an average home league attendance of 5,595 in the Apertura and 4,033 in the Clausura, the highest in the domestic league.[1]

Naming history[edit]

Year Name
1974 San Cristóbal Fútbol Club
1975 Deportivo San Cristóbal Fútbol Club
1978 Deportivo Táchira Fútbol Club
1986 Unión Atlético Táchira
1999 Deportivo Táchira Fútbol Club

Stadium[edit]

The club's home stadium is Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo, located in San Cristóbal. It has a maximum capacity of 42,500 people.

Supporters[edit]

The team's supporters are known as aurinegros ("gold-and-blacks"). The supporters are mainly divided into three groups; La Torcida Aurinegra , La Avalancha Sur, and Comando Sur.

Several of the team's supporters have committed violent acts in the past towards the supporters of opposing teams. One of the most tragic events took place on December 17, 2000, when the club and Caracas drew 2–2, which gave the Copa República Bolivariana de Venezuela's title to Caracas, causing angry supporters of Deportivo Táchira to burn the Caracas team bus.[2]

Derby[edit]

Games between Deportivo Táchira and Estudiantes de Mérida are known as the Clásico de Los Andes (meaning Andes' Derby). However, in recent years games between Deportivo Táchira and Caracas have been known as the modern derby, because of the successful performance of both teams. A former rival of Deportivo Táchira in the 1980s and early 1990s was Marítimo de Venezuela, a former team from Caracas.

Colors[edit]

Deportivo Táchira's shirt has black and yellow vertical stripes, with black shorts and socks.

Titles and International Appearances[edit]

1979, 1981, 1984, 1986, 2000, 2007–08, 2010–11, 2014–15
2002: Preliminary Round
2012: Preliminary Round
1993: First Round
1996: First Round
1997: First Round
  • Deportivo Táchira is the Venezuelan club with the most Copa Libertadores appearances and the most runner-up finishes in the Venezuelan league. It has won seven national championships.
  • The club's best Copa Libertadores participation was in 2004, when the club became the second team to qualify for the quarter-finals of the competition without losing a match, having played against strong teams such as River Plate (Argentina), Libertad (Paraguay), Deportes Tolima (Colombia), and Nacional (Uruguay), before facing São Paulo (Brazil) in the quarter-finals.

Current squad[edit]

As of 2018

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

No. Position Player
1 Venezuela GK José Contreras
2 Venezuela DF Diego Araguainamo
3 Venezuela DF Jonathan España
4 Venezuela DF Daniel Benítez
5 Venezuela MF Luis Melo
6 Venezuela MF Romeri Villamizar
7 Venezuela FW Darwin Gómez
8 Uruguay MF Maximiliano Cantera
9 Argentina FW Sergio Oscar Almirón
10 Venezuela MF Joel Infante
11 Venezuela MF Johan Moreno
12 Venezuela GK Beycker Velásquez
13 Venezuela DF Manuel Granados
15 Venezuela MF Franklin González
No. Position Player
16 Venezuela GK Cristopher Valera
17 Venezuela FW César Martínez [es]
18 Venezuela MF Jeizon Ramírez
19 Venezuela FW Duglar Angarita
20 Venezuela MF Angel Lezama
21 Venezuela FW Edgar Pérez Greco
22 Venezuela DF Héctor Noguera
23 Venezuela DF Joyner Rivera
24 Venezuela MF Luis Chacón
25 Panama DF Jan Carlos Vargas
26 Venezuela MF José Rafael Reyes
30 Venezuela GK Rafael Sánchez
36 Venezuela DF Daniel Sánchez

Important Players[edit]

  • Venezuela Tomás Rincón (2008) First Venezuelan player to play in an important international soccer team such as Juventus FC in 2017, currently he plays in Torino FC in Italy.
  • Venezuela Cesar "El Maestrico" Gonzalez Important player with a big important career in different teams around South America such as River Plate, Coritiba, San Luis and other teams of the First Venezuelan league. Currently, he plays in Deportivo La Guaira in Venezuela.

Head coaches[edit]

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