Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional de Honduras

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Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional de Honduras
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Country Honduras Honduras
Confederation CONCACAF
Founded 10 May 1964; 52 years ago (1964-05-10)
Number of teams 10
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Liga de Ascenso
Domestic cup(s) Honduran Cup
International cup(s) CONCACAF Champions League
Current champions Motagua (14th)
Most championships Olimpia (30)
TV partners TVC, Canal 11, TDtv, Teleceiba
Website Official Website
2016–17 Liga Nacional

Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional de Honduras (Honduran National Professional Football League) is the first and highest division of football in Honduras. The league season is divided into Opening (autumn) and Closing (spring). One team is relegated to the Liga de Ascenso (the team with fewest points in Opening and Closing) and one team is promoted from Liga de Ascenso. The first 4 clubs participate in play-offs to decide the champion.[1] The winners of the Opening and Closing competitions participate in the CONCACAF Champions League.[2]

History of the League[edit]

In the 1930s, football experienced a surge in popularity in the country. In 1948 with the birth of the Francisco Morazán Major Football League, the idea to organize football began to take shape.

Olimpia, Federal, Motagua, Argentina and Real España are the pioneers of the Liga Mayor.[3] In 1948 the first championship began in the recently inaugurated Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino[4] as Victoria were made champions by beating Motagua; and three years later, in 1951, they repeated the trick. Due to the high support the League received at this time, the Confederacy Sports School Extra of Honduras (F.N.D.E.H.) was founded.

The cancellation of the court of the Francisco Morazán Stadium of San Pedro Sula was the catalyst that caused the sport's leaders of the northern and central parts of Honduras to join forces and caused the disappearance of the F.N.D.E.H.

On 8 March 1951, Juan Manuel Galvez gave life to the F.N.D.E.H. when he signed the presidential decree I number 97 and he vouched for the execution of the first Sports Congress that was carried out in the installations of the abandoned "National Gymnasium Rubén Callejas Valentine".

Old logo
Old logo (2007–2012)

A decade after the creation of the F.N.D.E.H. and under the leadership of Hémerito F. Hernández, and also under Féderico Bunker Aguilar who had pioneered CONCACAF's creation at the same time, the idea to create the First National League of Football took shape between 1962 and 1963. Thanks in part to the aid of executives such as Alejandro Talbott that had studied in Mexico, the structure of that country's league was copied. On Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 April 1964 the 15th National Congress created the league. The 15th National Congress also started the National Non Amateur Football League of Honduras, LINAFUTH, that was founded 10 May, that year.

The president of the Sports Confederacy was Oscar Kafati and the secretary was journalist Andrés Torres Jr. Several teams sent delegates. These included Olimpia, Troya, España, Honduras de El Progreso, Vida, Marathón, Motagua, La Salle, and Atlético Español Glidden. Those delegates were chosen to be to the first Provisional board of directors that remained headed by: President Oscar Lara Mejía, Secretary: José T. Castañeda, Treasurer: Jesus J. Handal, Fiscal: Humberto Soriano Aguilar and vocal: Oscar Kirckonell, Alfredo Bueso, René Bendeck.

The first round of the first professional national championship was on 18 July 1965, with the following results: Olimpia 3–0 Marathón; España 1–0 Troya; Honduras 3–0 Atlético Español; Vida 4–1 Motagua; and Platense 6–2 La Salle. Jorge "Burro" Deras of Honduras Progreso was the first scorer of the league in the 5th minute against Atlético Español.[5] Platense was the first professional champion of Honduras winning the two rounds; and Atlético Español finished last, but there was no relegation. Enrique Fúnez was the first top-scorer with 14 goals.[6]

2016–17 teams[edit]

Team Home city Stadium Capacity
Honduras Progreso El Progreso, Yoro Estadio Humberto Micheletti 5,000
Juticalpa Juticalpa, Olancho Estadio Juan Ramón Brevé Vargas 20,000
Marathón San Pedro Sula, Cortés Estadio Yankel Rosenthal 15,000
Motagua Tegucigalpa, Francisco Morazán Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino 35,000
Olimpia Tegucigalpa, Francisco Morazán Estadio Tiburcio Carias Andino 35,000
Platense Puerto Cortes, Cortés Estadio Excelsior 10,000
Real España San Pedro Sula, Cortés Estadio Francisco Morazán 20,000
Real Sociedad Tocoa, Colón Estadio Francisco Martínez Durón 6,000
Social Sol Olanchito, Yoro Estadio San Jorge 3,000
Vida La Ceiba, Atlántida Estadio Nilmo Edwards 18,000

Relegation-Promotion[edit]

Relegation is decided by the addition of both apertura and clausura tournament tables. The last team of the aggregated table is relegated to Liga de Ascenso de Honduras. Promotion is decided in Liga de Ascenso de Honduras. Up to 2004 the champions were awarded automatic promotion. Since then, the season was divided into apertura and clausura, where champions face each other to decide promotion.

Historic[edit]

All Time Scorers[edit]

  • As of 12 October 2016
  • Bold players were still active
No. Player Goals
1 Honduras Wilmer Velásquez 196
2 Brazil Denilson Costa 155
3 Honduras Juan Cárcamo 101
4 Brazil Marcelo Ferreira 98
5 Honduras Francisco Ramírez 95
6 Brazil Luciano Emílio 89
Honduras Luis Ramírez 89
Honduras Prudencio Norales 89
Uruguay Claudio Cardozo 89
10 Argentina Danilo Tosello 86
11 Brazil Ney Costa 84
12 Honduras Eduardo Bennett 83
Honduras Ángel Obando 83
14 Honduras Pompilio Cacho 81
Honduras Carlos Pavón 81
16 Argentina Oswaldo Altamirano 80
17 Honduras Reynaldo Mejía 78
Honduras Leonel Machado 78
19 Honduras Óscar Hernández 77
20 Uruguay Óscar Torlacoff 74
21 Honduras Geovany Ávila 72
Honduras Amado Guevara 72
23 Honduras Carlos Alvarado 71
Honduras Roger Rojas 71
25 Honduras Jorge Pineda 70

Statistics (1965–66 – present)[edit]

Champions by year[edit]

Season Champions Runner-up Third Fourth
1965–66 Platense Olimpia Vida Troya
No post season was held. Played in 18 rounds.
1966–67 Olimpia Marathón Vida España
No post season was held. Played in 18 rounds.
1967–68 Olimpia Marathón Honduras Vida
No post season was held. Played in 18 rounds.
1968–69 Motagua Olimpia Platense Atlético Indio
No post season was held. Played in 27 rounds.
1969–70 Olimpia Motagua Marathón Vida
No post season was held. Played in 27 rounds.
1970–71 Motagua Olimpia Marathón España
Championship playoff: Motagua 1–1 Olimpia. Motagua champions as better regular season record.
1971–72 Olimpia Vida Motagua España
No post season was held. Played in 27 rounds.
1972–73 none none none none
Canceled after nine rounds. No champion was declared.
1973–74 Motagua Marathón Olimpia España
No post season was held. Played in 27 rounds.
1974–75 España Motagua Olimpia Marathón
Final: Motagua 0–1 España.
1975–76 España Olimpia Motagua Universidad
Final: Olimpia 1–1 España; España 2–0 Olimpia.
1976–77 España Motagua Marathón Vida
Final: Motagua 0–0 España; España 4–1 Motagua.
1977–78 Olimpia Real España Motagua Vida
Final: Real España 0–0 Olimpia; Olimpia 2–0 Real España.
1978–79 Motagua Real España Olimpia Broncos
Final: Motagua 1–0 Real España; Real España 1–4 Motagua.
1979–80 Marathón Universidad Victoria Broncos
Final: Marathón 1–0 Universidad; Universidad 0–1 Marathón.
1980–81 Real España Marathón Olimpia Vida
Final: Real España 2–0 Marathón; Marathón 1–0 Real España; Real España 2–1 Marathón.
1981–82 Vida Atlético Morazán Motagua Marathón
Final: Atlético Morazán 1–3 Vida; Vida 1–0 Atlético Morazán.
1982–83 Olimpia Motagua Real España Victoria
Olimpia champions as winner of regular season and post season.
1983–84 Vida Universidad Marathón Olimpia
No post season was held. Played in 36 rounds.
1984–85 Olimpia Vida Victoria Marathón
Olimpia champions as winner of regular season and post season.
1985–86 Marathón Vida Motagua Olimpia
Marathón champions as winner of post season.
1986–87 Olimpia Real España Vida Platense
Olimpia champions as winner of post season.
1987–88 Olimpia Marathón Real España Sula
Final: Olimpia 0–0 Marathón; Marathón 0–1 Olimpia.
1988–89 Real España Olimpia Motagua Vida
Final: Olimpia 2–0 Real España; Real España 2–0 Olimpia. Real España champions as better regular season record.
1989–90 Olimpia Real España Motagua Platense
Final: Real España 1–0 Olimpia; Olimpia 1–0 Real España. Olimpia champions as better goal difference in regular season.
1990–91 Real España Motagua Olimpia Platense
Final: Motagua 0–0 Real España; Real España 2–1 Motagua.
1991–92 Motagua Real España Olimpia Platense
Final: Real España 0–0 Motagua; Motagua 1–0 Real España.
1992–93 Olimpia Petrotela Marathón Motagua
Olimpia champions as winner of regular season and post season.
1993–94 Real España Motagua Vida Victoria
Real España champions as winner of regular season and post season.
1994–95 Victoria Olimpia Real España Motagua
Final: Victoria 0–0 Olimpia; Olimpia 1–1 Victoria. Victoria champions on away goals.
1995–96 Olimpia Real España Victoria Motagua
Final: Real España 0–3 Olimpia; Olimpia 0–0 Real España.
1996–97 Olimpia Platense Victoria Real España
Final: Platense 1–1 Olimpia; Olimpia 3–0 Platense.
1997–98 A Motagua Real España Olimpia Platense
Final: Real España 0–3 Motagua; Motagua 2–1 Real España.
1997–98 C Motagua Olimpia Victoria Platense
Final: Motagua 0–0 Olimpia; Olimpia 0–1 Motagua.
1998–99 Olimpia Real España Motagua Victoria
Final: Real España 1–1 Olimpia; Olimpia 1–0 Real España.
1999–00 A Motagua Olimpia Victoria Broncos
Final: Olimpia 0–0 Motagua; Motagua 0–0 Olimpia. Motagua 6–5 on penalty shootouts.
1999–00 C Motagua Olimpia Marathón Federal
Final: Motagua 1–1 Olimpia; Olimpia 1–1 Motagua. Motagua 3–2 on penalty shootouts.
2000–01 A Olimpia Platense Universidad Real España
Final: Platense 0–1 Olimpia; Olimpia 1–1 Platense.
2000–01 C Platense Olimpia Marathón Real España
Final: Platense 1–0 Olimpia; Olimpia 1–1 Platense.
2001–02 A Motagua Marathón Olimpia Platense
Final: Marathón 1–0 Motagua; Motagua 3–2 Marathón. Motagua 5–3 on penalty shootouts.
2001–02 C Marathón Olimpia Victoria Platense
Final: Marathón 4–1 Olimpia; Olimpia 1–0 Marathón.
2002–03 A Olimpia Platense Marathón Real España
Final: Olimpia 1–1 Platense; Platense 1–2 Olimpia.
2002–03 C Marathón Motagua Real España Olimpia
Final: Motagua 0–1 Marathón; Marathón 3–1 Motagua.
2003–04 A Real España Olimpia Vida Marathón
Final: Real España 2–2 Olimpia; Olimpia 0–2 Real España.
2003–04 C Olimpia Marathón Real España Victoria
Final: Marathón 1–1 Olimpia; Olimpia 1–0 Marathón.
2004–05 A Marathón Olimpia Real España Victoria
Final: Marathón 3–2 Olimpia; Olimpia 1–2 Marathón.
2004–05 C Olimpia Marathón Universidad Platense
Final: Marathón 1–1 Olimpia; Olimpia 2–1 Marathón.
2005–06 A Olimpia Marathón Platense Victoria
Final: Marathón 2–1 Olimpia; Olimpia 2–0 Marathón.
2005–06 C Olimpia Victoria Motagua Valencia
Final: Victoria 3–3 Olimpia; Olimpia 1–0 Victoria.
2006–07 A Motagua Olimpia Marathón Hispano
Final: Motagua 1–1 Olimpia; Olimpia 1–3 Motagua.
2006–07 C Real España Marathón Olimpia Motagua
Final: Marathón 2–1 Real España; Real España 3–1 Marathón.
2007–08 A Marathón Motagua Olimpia Victoria
Final: Motagua 0–0 Marathón; Marathón 2–0 Motagua.
2007–08 C Olimpia Marathón Real España Motagua
Final: Marathón 1–1 Olimpia; Olimpia 1–0 Marathón.
2008–09 A Marathón Real España Olimpia Motagua
Final: Marathón 1–0 Real España; Real España 1–1 Marathón.
2008–09 C Olimpia Real España Vida Marathón
Final: Real España 2–2 Olimpia; Olimpia 2–1 Real España.
2009–10 A Marathón Olimpia Real España Motagua
Final: Olimpia 1–0 Marathón; Marathón 2–0 Olimpia.
2009–10 C Olimpia Motagua Vida Platense
Final: Olimpia 3–1 Motagua; Motagua 1–0 Olimpia.
2010–11 A Real España Olimpia Marathón Victoria
Final: Olimpia 1–1 Real España; Real España 2–1 Olimpia.
2010–11 C Motagua Olimpia Vida Marathón
Final: Motagua 2–2 Olimpia; Olimpia 1–3 Motagua.
2011–12 A Olimpia Real España Marathón Vida
Final: Olimpia 1–0 Real España; Real España 0–2 Olimpia.
2011–12 C Olimpia Marathón Motagua Real España
Final: Marathón 0–0 Olimpia; Olimpia 1–0 Marathón.
2012–13 A Olimpia Victoria Motagua Atlético Choloma
Final: Victoria 0–0 Olimpia; Olimpia 4–0 Victoria.
2012–13 C Olimpia Real Sociedad Victoria Platense
Final: Real Sociedad 1–0 Olimpia; Olimpia 2–0 Real Sociedad.
2013–14 A Real España Real Sociedad Olimpia Deportes Savio
Final: Real España 3–1 Real Sociedad; Real Sociedad 2–0 Real España. Real España 1–3 on penalty shootouts.
2013–14 C Olimpia Marathón Real Sociedad Victoria
Final: Marathón 0–0 Olimpia; Olimpia 0–0 Marathón. Olimpia 4–2 on penalty shootouts.
2014–15 A Motagua Real Sociedad Olimpia Real España
Final: Real Sociedad 0–0 Motagua; Motagua 2–1 Real Sociedad.
2014–15 C Olimpia Motagua Victoria Real España
Final: Motagua 1–2 Olimpia; Olimpia 0–0 Motagua.
2015–16 A Honduras Progreso Motagua Olimpia Vida
Final: Motagua 3–3 Honduras Progreso; Honduras Progreso 1–1 Motagua. Honduras Progreso 4–1 on penalty shootouts.
2015–16 C Olimpia Real Sociedad Real España Motagua
Final: Real Sociedad 1–2 Olimpia; Olimpia 3–1 Real Sociedad.
2016–17 A Motagua Platense Real España Olimpia
Final: Motagua 1–0 Platense; Platense 1–1 Motagua.
2016–17 C TBD TBD TBD TBD
Final: TBD

Titles by club[edit]

Club Champion Runner-up Winning years
Olimpia 30 17 1966–67, 1967–68, 1969–70, 1971–72, 1977–78, 1982–83, 1984–85, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1992–93, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 2000–01 A, 2002–03 A, 2003–04 C, 2004–05 C, 2005–06 A, 2005–06 C, 2007–08 C, 2008–09 C, 2009–10 C, 2011–12 A, 2011–12 C, 2012–13 A, 2012–13 C, 2013–14 C, 2014–15 C, 2015–16 C
Motagua 14 11 1968–69, 1970–71, 1973–74, 1978–79, 1991–92, 1997–98 A, 1997–98 C, 1999–2000 A, 1999–2000 C, 2001–02 A, 2006–07 A, 2010–11 C, 2014–15 A, 2016–17 A
Real España 11 11 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1980–81, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1993–94, 2003–04 A, 2006–07 C, 2010–11 A, 2013–14 A
Marathón 8 13 1979–80, 1985–86, 2001–02 C, 2002–03 C, 2004–05 A, 2007–08 A, 2008–09 A, 2009–10 A
Platense 2 4 1965–66, 2000–01 C
Vida 2 3 1981–82, 1983–84
Victoria 1 2 1994–95
Honduras Progreso 1 0 2015–16 A
Real Sociedad 0 4
Universidad 0 2
Atlético Morazán 0 1
Petrotela 0 1
Totals 69 69

In International competitions[edit]

Olimpia: 33 times (1962, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972 Champions, 1973, 1976, 1983, 1985 Runner up, 1987, 1988 Champions, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 Runner up, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17)
Real España: 16 times (1975, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2014–15)
Motagua: 16 times (1969, 1971, 1974, 1977, 1983, 1986, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 2003, 2008, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2015–16, 2017–18)
Marathón: 9 times (1974, 1980, 1981, 1986, 1988, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2012–13)
Vida: 6 times (1963, 1972, 1973, 1982, 1984, 1985)
Universidad: 2 times (1980 Runner up, 1984)
Victoria: 2 times (1996, 2013–14)
Platense: 1 times (1975, 1998)
Petrotela: 1 time (1994)
Honduras Progreso: 1 time (2016–17)
Olimpia: 13 times (1979, 1981 Champions, 1996 withdrew, 1997, 1998, 1999 Champions, 2000 Champions, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005 Runner up, 2006 Runner up, 2007)
Motagua: 8 times (1979, 1996 withdrew, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2007 Champions)
Marathón: 7 times (1980, 1981, 1982, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006)
Real España: 6 times (1981, 1982 Champions, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2007)
Vida: 2 time (1981, 1982)
Broncos: 1 time (1980 Champions)
Victoria: 1 time (2006)
Olimpia: 2 times (1996 abandoned), (1997 abandoned)
Platense: 2 times (1997 abandoned), (1998 abandoned)
Real España: 1 time (1993 Runner up)
Real Maya: 1 time (1994)
Marathón: 1 time (1995)
Motagua: 1 time (2001)
Olimpia: 2 times (1972 Runner up), (1988 Runner up)
Motagua: 1 time (2008)
Olimpia: 1 time (2001 canceled)

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