C.D. Luis Ángel Firpo
|Full name||Club Deportivo Luis Ángel Firpo|
Los Toros (The Bulls)
Los Ultralempinos (The Ultra Lempimes)
|Founded||September 17, 1923|
|Ground||Estadio Sergio Torres,
Usulután, El Salvador
|Clausura 2018||Primera División|
Club Deportivo Luis Ángel Firpo (often abbreviated to Firpo) is an El Salvador professional association football club based in Usulután.[excessive citations]
They have won ten Primera Division Champions titles. Firpo has the fourth highest total of major honours won by an Salvadoran club. The club's most successful period was between 1988 and 2000, when they were runner-up in both CONCACAF Cup Winners Cup and Copa Presidente and seven of their First Division titles.
Firpo's historical rivals are C.D. Águila, Alianza F.C. and C.D. FAS. The Derby de Oriente (vs C.D. Águila) is the most important game out of all three matches. These four clubs are considered the "best 4" of El Salvador football.
The club's traditional kit colours are white and red, blue is also used but it is less predominant. The colours were adopted from the Argentinian side San Lorenzo de Almagro, of which Luis Ángel Firpo was a supporter.
- 1 Overview
- 2 History
- 3 International representation
- 4 Achievements
- 5 Performance in CONCACAF competitions
- 6 Anthem
- 7 Stadium
- 8 Club badge and colours
- 9 Supporters
- 10 Rivalries
- 11 Presidential history
- 12 Players
- 13 Affiliate Team
- 14 Personnel
- 15 Historic players
- 16 Player Records
- 17 Personnel honours
- 18 Managerial information
- 19 References
- 20 External links
Club Deportivo Luis Ángel Firpo is the second-oldest club in El Salvador. The club was founded on September 17, 1923, by a group of local citizens. Originally named Tecún Umán, the club was soon renamed in honor of Luis Ángel Firpo, a famous Argentine boxer, who almost became the first Latin American heavyweight champion by knocking Jack Dempsey out of the ring on September 24, 1923.
Some of the greatest Salvadoran football players, including Mauricio Cienfuegos and Raúl Díaz Arce, have played for L.A. Firpo at some point in their careers. The team has won a total of ten Primera División de Fútbol Profesional championships in 1988–89, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1997–98, 1999 Clausura, 2000 Clausura, 2007 Apertura, 2008 Clausura and 2013 Clausura. Their most recent title came May 2013 after defeating FAS, 3–0. Firpo otuplayed FAS on rain effected game with goals coming from Panamanian Anel Canales, Medardo Max Guevara and Marlon Trejo García.
The team predominately plays its home games at Estadio Sergio Torres in Usulután. The team's mascot is the bull, a reference to the nickname of the team's namesake who was called "El Toro de las Pampas", which translates to "The Wild Bull of the Pampas" Furia Pampera was the first to have two different representative locations; Usulután (Furia Usulután) and San Salvador (Furia SS).
On September 17, 1923, a group of Usulután citizens, mostly of European descent, decided to form a team which represented their community passion for football. The club elected Gustavo Denys as their first club chairman. They decided to choose red and blue as their team's colours. Originally named Tecún Umán, the club was soon renamed in honor of Luis Ángel Firpo, a famous Argentine boxer, who almost became the first heavyweight champion of Latin descent and came close by knocking Jack Dempsey out of the ring on September 24, 1923. The members of CD Luis Ángel Firpo acquired land near Sergio Torres creek to develop and build a stadium. Slowly but surely the team gained prestige in 1941–42, when it labeled the best team in the eastern zone of El Salvador. After defeating Chinameca SC and Corona FC they succeed in participating in the triangular series, but were no match to Quequeisque of Santa Ana.
Luis "El Loco" Regalado was the first Firpo player to earn a selection to play for the El Salvador's national football team, he was followed by the Zamora brothers (Ricardo and Miguel), the Quinteros brothers (Leonidas and Lázaro), along with Ramón and Mario Águila. Their first football manager was Manuel "El Zancudo" Segurado.
In the early 1940s, although Firpo were a decently skilled football team, its leadership, was not economically stable and this was to show in the next decade. In the 1950s despite being bi-champions along with Atlético Marte they were relegated. However, due to the command of Narciso Romagoza, they returned to the first division the very next year. The team discovered some great talents such as Félix Quinteros and Roberto Aguila, however due to financial trouble they lost both players to other clubs and were once again relegated in 1962. In 1967, Firpo were promoted once again thanks to the efforts of Francisco Contreras, Daniel Martínez, Napoleón Regalado, Ramón Tenorio, Raúl Corcio Zavaleta and Miguel Deras. The acquisition of Chilean Andrés Paretti and Julio Escobar breathed fresh air into the team. Poor management and financial control led to Firpo being demoted once again. In 1972 Firpo returned to first division and has stayed there ever since.
The team's first great joy came in the 1988–89 season, after finishing third in the league (with 12 wins, 16 draws, 8 loses) despite this amazing effort, the team's leadership dismissed their Argentinian coach Juan Quarterone and replaced him with the former Luis Ángel Firpo player, Chilean Julio Escobar. The club won their first ever title in their 66 years of existence, when they beat Cojutepeque 4–3 on penalties in the final at the Estadio Cuscatlán, after a 2–2 draw in extra tie. José Maria Batres scored in the fifth minute to put Firpo ahead. One minute later Piggot equalized for Cojutepeque. The game went into overtime with Leonel Cárcamo restoring Firpo lead in 91st minute. However Hugo Ventura equalized for Cojutepeque with only 2 minutes remaining to the end of extra time. The championship was decided by a penalty shootout. Abraham Vásquez, Martín Duffo and De Moura while Edgar Henríquez and Miguel Seminario missed their penalties. The score remained 3–3 all on penalties, when Walter Ventura of Cojutepeque missed his penalty and Leonel Carcamo scored the winning penalty for Firpo's first title.
The same team roster reached the 1990 final; however, they were outplayed by Alianza and lost the final.
In the 1991 season Firpo under the direction of Uruguayan coach Juan Carlos Masnik went 30 games without losing a single game which enabled them to reach the 1991 cup final. In which Firpo went on to defeat Aguila 1–0 thanks to the lone goal of Marlon Menjívar, giving Firpo their second title in three years.
The very next year, Macedonian Kiril Dojčinovski took over the coaching reins of Firpo and alongside several key players won back-to-back titles Raúl Toro, Raúl Díaz Arce, Mauricio Cienfuegos, Celio Rodríguez, Leonel Cárcamo and Fernando de Moura (1991–92, 1992–93). His first and Firpo's third title came on July 5, 1992 thanks to a 3–0 victory over Alianza with the goals coming from a double by Nildeson and De Moura.
Firpo's fourth title (and the clubs first back-to-back title) came on June 27, 1993, and once again it came at the expense of Alianza this time it was a 2–1 scoreline, with goals coming from Raúl Díaz Arce and Celio Rodríguez. Despite making the semis and finals between 1994–97 season the club failed to win a title, however in the 1998 season under Chilean coach Julio Escobar and captaincy of Leonal Carcamo the club was able to defeat FAS 2–0 with the goals being scored by Firpo legendary players Raúl Toro and Abraham Monterrosa.
Firpo went on to win their sixth title (and their second back-to-back titles) in the 1999 season with 5–4 penalty victory over FAS after both team remained scoreless after 120 minutes. Misael Alfaro, Castro Borja, Celio Rodríguez, and Nildeson scored Firpo first four penalty kicks. Goalkeeper Misael Alafro saved FAS penalty kick before Raúl Toro scoed his penalty kick to give Firpo the championship. On July 2, 2000, Firpo won their seventh title in the club history after defeating ADET, after an emotionally week leading up to the final (where the club president and owner Sergio Torres died) the players dedicated their victory to their recently departed boss and brought to end the club golden era.
Eventually several members of the golden generation moved abroad, moved to other clubs or retired. Along with the loss of Sergio Torres who was the club primary sponsor during the golden era the club became more financially unstable with several owner changes during a five-year period. On the pitch the team was in decline. Following the success on the 1990s, Firpo failed to capture any first division title for the next seven years and that's despite making the grand final on seven occasion. However, Firpo were able to break this hoodoo and win their eighth title the 2007 Apertura under the direction of Argentinian coach Horacio Cordero. They defeated FAS 5–3 in a penalty shootout after the teams were locked up at one all after 120 minutes of football. Firpo lone goalscorer was Patricio Barroche. The next season the club won not only their ninth title but also their third back-to-back title in the club's history despite having a new coach, Argentinian Gerardo Reinoso. The club won Clausura 2008 thanks to a 1–0 victory over FAS with lone goal coming in extra time from Guillermo Moran.
The team won their tenth title under the direction of Argentinian coach Roberto Gamarra. In May 2013 Firpo defeated FAS, 3–0. Firpo completely outplayed FAS in rain-affected game with the goals coming from Panamanian Anel Canales, Medardo Max Guevara and Marlon Trejo García.
On December 4, 2015, the team purchased the financial laden Juventud Independiente license and will be to compete in the Primera División for the Apertura 2016 season.
At the beginning of the nineties they participated in their first international tournament, and surpassed expectations by defeating the Mexican side Pumas UNAM 1–0 in the first round however they lost in the second round by penalties against Alajuelense from Costa Rica. For the 2008–09 CONCACAF Champions League, they were eliminated in the group stage, after having qualified directly into the round as El Salvador's champions. They once again participated in the 2009–10 CONCACAF Champions League, however they were eliminated in the preliminary round by the MLS team DC United.
- Primera División
- (10) – :Winners (10): 1988–89, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1997–98, 1999 Clausura, 2000 Clausura, Apertura 2007, Clausura 2008, Clausura 2013
- (11) – :Runners-up (11): 1955–56, 1989–90, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, Apertura 2001, Primera División de Fútbol Profesional Clausura 2003, Clausura 2005, Clausura 2007, Clausura 2009
- Copa Presidente
- (1) – :Runners-up (1): 2000
Performance in CONCACAF competitions
Record versus other clubs
- As of 2013-09-13
The Concacaf opponents below = Official tournament results: (Plus a sampling of other results)
|San Marcos Carazo||1995||2||2||0||0||10||1||6||-9|
|CD Estudiantes de la UAG||1995||1||0||0||1||1||2||0||-1|
- Ahí viene el Firpo.
- Hoy vibran los estadios en todo El Salvador.
- Oriente hace al Firpo el equipo ganador,
- ¡Viva el Firpo, Viva el Firpo!
- La garra y el coraje del buen usuluteco,
- Se siente cuando el Firpo comienza a golear.
- ¡Viva el Firpo, Viva el Firpo!
- Firpo es el equipo ganador
- Orgullo de mi patria El Salvador.
- ¡Viva el Firpo!
CD Luis Ángel Firpo plays most of its home games at Estadio Sergio Torres in Usulután, better known throughout Central America as the Devil's Cauldron because it is close to impossible to defeat Firpo there. Located in the Barrio La Parroquia, the stadium is an exception in El Salvador's professional football: As Firpo is the only team in the First Division that plays in its own stadium. Firpo's first president, Mr. Gustavo Demis, bought two thirds of the stadium and, in 1950, the then president, Mr. Juan Boillat, bought the other third. In 1987, the stadium was renamed after the legendary former owner and president of the team. The stadium known as Usulután Stadium became known as Sergio Torres Rivera Stadium.
However the club has moved games to Estadio Cuscatlán for big clashes.
Club badge and colours
Luis Angel Firpo's home colours are white, blue and red. Traditional away kit colours have been either red or white and blue; however, in recent years several different colours have been used.
Their first logo contained a figure of a bull in honor of the "toro de las pampas" of the boxer Luis Ángel Firpo. However, later the board of Luis Ángel Firpo decided to replace the bull with the official coat of arms of Luis Ángel Firpo which consisted of a triangle with two half circles which contained the blue and white letters of the club. On top of the coat of arms contains stars which indicate the amount of titles the team has won, which currently is at ten.
Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors
Luis Angel Firpo's shirts have been sponsored by Pilsener since 2017. Previous sponsors have been Tapachulteca (1988–1999), TACA (1992), Pepsi (1999), Diana (2007-2013), Pilsener (2007-2013), Burger King (2013) and Tigo (2009). Their kits have been manufactured by Kelme since 2017. Prior manufacturers have been Galaxia (1999-2007) and Joma (2009-2013).
Despite having a growing fan base across the country, there were no official fan groups until 1990 when Manuel Viagra founded the "Furia Pampera" in Usulután. They are currently the second largest fan base in San Salvador and the fourth largest nationwide.
- Luis Ángel Firpo v. Alianza. The match is known as (Clásico Joven) (Young classic) Although Alianza has one more title than Firpo.
- Luis Ángel Firpo v. Águila. The match is known as (Clásico de Oriente) (Eastern Classic). They are from the same Zone.
- One smallest but stronger and old rivalry could be Luis Ángel Firpo v. FAS.
Luis Ángel Firpo has had numerous presidents over the course of their history, some of which have been the owners of the club while others have been honorary presidents. Here is a complete list of them.
Elmer Antonio Landaverde
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Players with dual citizenship
U-20 youth team youth league
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Sports Director||Francisco Jovel|
|Team Doctor||Mauricio Meléndez|
|Club Doctor||Luis Quintanilla|
|Knesliogiocal||Luis Alberto Fornos Gómez|
|Utility||Julio Ernesto Méndez|
|Owner||Grupo Radial Samix|
|Vice President||José García Ferreiro|
|Management Representative||Manuel Salazar|
Jhony Rios has been the captain since 2017.
|1989, 1998, 2000||Leonel Carcamo (DF)|
|1999||Celio Rodríguez (DF)|
|2003-2004||Héctor Canjura (DF)|
|2007||Guillermo Morán (DF)|
|2009-2010||Manuel Salazar (DF)|
|2010-2013||Jorge Sanchez (DF)|
|2013||Dennis Alas (MF)|
|2013, 2015||Mauricio Quintanilla (MF)|
|2014||Anel Canales (FW)|
|2015||Marlon Martínez (MF)|
|2016–2017||Williams Reyes (FW)|
|2017 *||Isaac Zelaya (MF)|
|2017–||Jhony Rios (MF)|
Note: this list includes players that have appeared in at least 50 league games and/or have reached international status.
|National player||International Player||Naturalized Player|
see also C.D. Luis Ángel Firpo footballers
The following have won the Golden Boot award whilst playing for Luis Angel Firpo :
- (Apertura 2005) Franklin Webster Goals Scored (7)
- (Clausura 2005) Manuel Martínez Goals Scored (9)
- (Clausura 2007) Mario Costas Goals Scored (7)
- (Clausura 2012) Anel Canales Goals Scored (12)
- (Clausura 2013) Anel Canales Goals Scored (10)
- Gráfico, El. "Firpo quiere encender la caldera ante Metapán". elgrafico.com. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
- Gráfico, El. "Firpo llega a cuartos de final con problemas económicos". elgrafico.com. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
- Gráfico, El. "Firpo inicia la pretemporada el 19 de junio". elgrafico.com. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
- Gráfico, El. "Firpo fichó al portero Gustavo Vega". elgrafico.com. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
- Gráfico, El. "Firpo rememora su primer título en torneos cortos". elgrafico.com. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
- Gráfico, El. "El brasileño Thiago Accioli no seguirá en Firpo". elgrafico.com. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
- Gráfico, El. "El Firpo tiene pendiente finiquitar su deuda y las bajas". elgrafico.com. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
- Gráfico, El. "Portero de selección playera seguirá con Firpo para el Apertura 2017". elgrafico.com. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
- Gráfica, La Prensa. "Herbert Ramos, baja en Firpo". La Prensa Gráfica. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
- Gráfica, La Prensa. "Firpo arrancará la pretemporada sin haber pagado deuda del Clausura al plantel". La Prensa Gráfica. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
- Gráfico, El. "El Firpo desaparece y da vida al Vencedor, en segunda división". elgrafico.com. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
- John Ashdown (12 September 2012). "Which club were shipwrecked on their way to a game?". The Guardian.
- Guandique, Ever. "Ever's Applets\LA Firpo Page\Archivo". FanSpace.com. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
- Gráfico, El. "El Firpo vuelve a segunda después de 32 años". ElGrafico.com. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
- "Luís Ángel Firpo y Metapán a la gran final del fútbol salvadoreño". Archived from the original on March 26, 2008.
- Coronado y Cordero en los records morados – UNAFUT(in Spanish)
- Víctor Cordero en la historia del Saprissa – UNAFUT