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Marathón
CD Marathon.svg
Full name Club Deportivo Marathón
Nickname(s) El Monstruo Verde (the Green Monster)
Los Panzas Verdes (the Green Bellies)
Verdolagas
Esmeraldas (Emeralds)
Sinfonía Verde (Green Symphony)
Founded 25 November 1925; 91 years ago (1925-11-25)
Ground Estadio Yankel Rosenthal,
San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Ground Capacity 15,000
Owner Orinson Amaya
Manager Hector Vargas
League Liga Nacional
2017-18 Apertura 6th

Club Deportivo Marathón is a Honduran football club, based in San Pedro Sula, which currently plays in the Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional de Honduras.

History[edit]

Club Deportivo Marathón was founded on 25 November 1925 in San Pedro Sula by Eloy Montes and a group of his friends.[1] Ever since, Marathón has become one of the most prestigious clubs in Honduras, winning multiple titles. The Club Deportivo Marathon has its own sporting venue that has different fields for both first-division team to the bottom and even a tennis cement based foosball lit for night games. The venue has since improved through the years by the support of Friends of the Marathon Group (GAMA) and the different boards that have led to the computer.

First title (1979)[edit]

The club would get its first title in their history in 1979. Under orders from Ángel Ramón Rodríguez, Marathon was looking for their first championship in Honduras for the 1979 tournament. With figures like Roberto "Robot" Bailey, Arturo "Pacharaca" Bonilla, Francisco Javier Toledo, Celso Güity, Efraín "Pucho" Osorio, Ramón "Albañil" Osorio, René "Maravilla" Suazo, Jorge Alberto "Cuca" Bueso, Félix Carranza, Jorge Phoyoú (Uruguayan), Alberto Merelles (Argentina), Juan Carlos Wéber (Argentine) and others, the club remained in first place in the regular rounds, having secured their classification to the final.

Second title (1985)[edit]

It took six years for Marathon to get a new title. This was achieved in 1983. At that time, Gonzalo Zelaya (who was champion with Sport Club and Social Vida two years earlier) of La Ceiba was the team coach. In the regular season, Marathon was second in their group behind Club Deportivo Olimpia on goal difference. In the final round, Marathon was the champion with 4 wins, 1 draw and only 1 loss to rivals: Life, Motagua and Olimpia. In the deciding match in San Pedro Sula, in the Estadio Francisco Morazán, Marathon faced the Life. With a goal by Roy Padilla Bardales, the emerald table won 1–0 and was crowned for the second time in its history.

Third title (2002)[edit]

Marathon had a drought of nearly 17 years without any National League title. However, at the beginning of the new century, the club began having a resurgence. This is due to that, in 2001, the Honduran coach Jose de la Paz Herrera(better known as Chelato Uclés) began a renovation project on campus. Forming a team without much fame, Mr. Uclés led the Marathon again at the top; turning it again into a big team. In his second tournament (Apertura 2001) Marathon, led by Chelato's team went to the final, losing against Motagua on penalties (5–3).However, the great work of Marathon was applauded and recognized by several journalists, hobbyists and technicians in the country its offensive and attractive football. For the Clausura 2002, Marathon finally got what they desired: a championship. Finishing third in the regular rounds with 29 points, Marathon faced in the semifinals to Platense of Puerto Cortés.. In the first leg, Marathon won in San Pedro Sula 2–1 with a brace from Enrique Centeno Reneau; Platense pulled by Clifford Laing. In the first leg, Marathon tied 0–0 at Puerto Cortés and qualified for the final. For this occasion, Marathon faced Olimpia in the final, who defeated Victoria hurriedly in the semifinals. In the first leg played in San Pedro Sula in the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano, Marathon defeated Olimpia 4–1 with a penalty from Nigel Zuniga, and goals from Enrique Centeno Reneau and Óscar Vargas. The beating caused many to consider Marathon champions of Honduran football again. The then coach of Olimpia, Edwin Pavon, clarified that the end was virtually doomed. In the second leg at Estadio Tiburcio Carias Andino Tegucigalpa, Marathon had great support, almost seven thousand fans club traveled to the Honduran capital to support the team. Even had fans of teams like Motagua and Real Spain that joined the "green" invasion of the capital. Olimpia started winning 1–0 with annotation Gustavo Fuentes 7 minutes. It seemed that the capital team was going to go up. However, Marathon intelligently controlled the game. Finally, they ended up sinking the Olympia in their own field, to his own supporters who turned against their own team. With a smart, driven and practical football, Marathon were crowned champions of Honduras.

Fourth title (2003)[edit]

Just after 13 months, Marathon would again win another title. In the Clausura 2003, the "Greens" were directed by the Brazilian Flavio Ortega. Ortega replaced the ArgentineMiguel Angel Lemme, who left in the middle of the tournament. Flavio Ortega purslane lifted the team to finally put it in second place in the regular turns (only surpassed by Olimpia). In the semifinals, Marathon faced Real España . In the first leg both teams tied 1–1; Henry Jimenez pushed Real España 1–0, but Pompilio Cacho tied for the emeralds. In the return game, played at the Olympic Stadium in San Pedro, Real España came back to draw 1–1. Real España returned to win from a goal by Honduran George Fonseca . However, midfielder Narciso Fernández, tied the game for a Marathon Olympic goal. Marathon entered the final for better position in the regular season. Marathon faced Motagua in the final. The motagüenses eliminated Olimpia in the semifinals, giving them even more strength to meet the final. In the final round played at the National Stadium in Tegucigalpa, Marathon surprised to win 1–0 with a goal from Emil Martinez (who was later expelled). With this, the emeralds had a big advantage for the final round. In the return game, Marathon had a huge amount of fans at the Estadio Olímpico (the ticket office was registered in 35,000 fans, the second largest in the history of La Liga Nacional. Motagua would've won with goals from Luis "Tanque" Oseguera in the 39th minute. However, the forward Pompilio Cacho scored the equalizer of Marathon at the end of the first half. In the second half, Marathon were up 2 goals; both scored by Brazilian Denilson Costa. With this, Marathon were champions.

Fifth title (2004)[edit]

The team won its fifth title in Apertura 2004. The former club player Nicolás Suazo guided them to win the championship against Olimpia in Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino. After winning the first game in San Pedro Sula, the verdolagas got the tournament after beating Olimpia in overtime thanks to two goals from Uruguayan Edgardo Simovic

Sixth title (2007)[edit]

On 22 December 2007, Marathón won its sixth title in the history of Honduran Liga Nacional. Under the guidance of the Uruguayan coach Manuel Keossian, the club beat Motagua in San Pedro Sula by 2–0 score after a 0–0 draw on the first leg in Tegucigalpa. Mitchel Brown (Honduran) and Erick Scott (Costa Rican) scored the winning goals for the club.

Seventh title (2008)[edit]

On 13 December 2008, Marathón won its seventh title in his history on Liga Nacional and the fifth one on the new century. With Manuel Keosseian again as the coach, the club beat Real España in Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano by 1–0 score in the first leg. In the second leg, both teams finished in a 1–1 draw on Estadio Francisco Morazán. Mario Berríos scored the tie goal.

Eighth title (2009)[edit]

Marathon faced Olimpia in the final, they had lost 1-0 in the first leg in Tegucigalpa and needed a win in order to crown themselves as champions in the return leg in San Pedro Sula. The game ended 2-0 in favor of the Verdolagas with goals from Guatemala's Guillermo Ramírez and the Honduran striker Jerry Palacios, who with this goal was crowned top scorer of the tournament. This led the Marathon to win their eighth and until now last league.

Stadium[edit]

Marathon plays its home games in Estadio Yankel Rosenthal, which is located in San Pedro Sula. Marathon Club is the only team in Honduras to have its own stadium. Estadio Yankel Rosenthal is a multi-purpose stadium located in Colonia La Sabana in San Pedro Sula, Honduras has a capacity of 15,000 fans. The project, which was scheduled to be completed in full for 2007, was postponed to 2009 due to financial problems.

Club rivalries[edit]

Clásico Nacional[edit]

El Clásico Nacional (The National Classic) is a Honduran national football derby played between Olimpia, since one team was from Tegucigalpa and Marathón, the other one from San Pedro Sula. When Olimpia won its first national title in September 1928. At that time, Olimpia representing the central zone, won at a final series of three matches to Marathón, champion of the north. Following this end, he created a huge rivalry between these two teams to which he called the National Classic.

Clásico de las M's[edit]

El Clásico de las M's (The Classic of the M's) or El Derbi de las M's (The "M" Derby), is a derby football match played between Motagua from Tegucigalpa and Marathón from San Pedro Sula, two of the most successful and popular football teams in Honduras.

Clásico Sampedrano[edit]

El Clásico Sampedrano (The Sampedran Derby) is a Honduran football match played at least 4 times a year in the Liga Nacional de Futbol de Honduras by two teams: Marathón and Real España. These two teams are from San Pedro Sula, hence the name.

Nicknames[edit]

Marathon has many nicknames including: Sinfonía Verde, Panzas Verdes, Verdolagas, Esmeraldas, Monstruo Verde.

Support[edit]

The Club Deportivo Marathon as one of the big four teams in la Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional de Honduras being the fourth team to Honduras in terms of number of fans, being beaten by Club Deportivo Olimpia, Club Deportivo Motagua and Real Club Deportivo España.

Ranking mundial de clubes – IFFHS[edit]

In 2009, the Club Deportivo Marathon enconto according to the IFFHS (List of the top 350 clubs in the world) as the best and only club Honduras has positioned at 234 in the world with 82.0 points. (Updated to August 30, 2010) as the top club Deportivo La Coruna, Osasuna, Espanyol, River Plate, Racing, Boca Juniors, Club Atlético Peñarol, Cagliari, among others.

Achievements[edit]

Domestic

1979–80, 1985–86, Clausura 2002, Clausura 2003, Apertura 2004, Apertura 2007, Apertura 2008, Apertura 2009
Runners-up (12): 1966–67, 1967–68, 1973–74, 1980–81, 1987–88, Apertura 2001, Clausura 2004, Clausura 2005, Apertura 2005, Clausura 2007, Clausura 2008, Clausura 2012.
2017
1994
Runners-up (1): 1972

International

Third-place (1): 1995

League and playoffs performance[edit]

(1994–Present)[2]

Other facts[edit]

League and performance[edit]

All-time table[edit]

(From 1965–66 to 2009–10)

Season Position GP W D L GF GA PTS Playoffs Pl. W D L GS GA PTS
1994–95 6th 27 9 7 11 34 33 34 First Round 2 0 2 0 1 1 2
1995–96 4th 27 9 9 9 32 31 36 First Round 2 0 1 1 0 2 0
1996–97 5th 27 10 7 10 31 29 37 First Round 2 1 0 1 2 2 3
Apertura 1997 4th 20 8 8 4 30 24 32 First Round 2 0 0 2 2 4 0
Clausura 1998 4th 20 7 9 4 29 28 30 First Round 2 0 1 0 1 1 1
1998–99 7th 18 4 9 5 16 16 21 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Apertura 1999 8th 18 3 8 7 16 22 17 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Clausura 2000 5th 18 6 4 8 24 22 22 Semi-finals 4 1 3 0 4 3 5
Apertura 2000 9th 18 4 6 8 20 25 18 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Clausura 2001 3rd 18 9 3 6 30 20 30 Semi-Finals 4 1 2 1 4 4 5
Apertura 2001 2nd 18 8 7 3 28 22 31 Runners-up 4 2 1 1 6 5 7
Clausura 2002 3rd 18 8 5 5 27 21 29 Champions 4 2 1 1 6 3 7
Apertura 2002 3rd 18 7 7 4 22 16 28 Semi-Finals 2 1 0 1 1 2 3
Clausura 2003 2nd 18 10 3 5 33 17 33 Champions 4 2 2 0 6 4 8
Apertura 2003 4th 18 8 4 6 21 16 28 Semi-Finals 2 0 1 1 3 5 1
Clausura 2004 3rd 16 7 4 5 22 14 25 Runners-up 4 2 1 1 5 4 7
Apertura 2004 3rd 18 10 4 4 23 17 34 Champions 4 3 1 0 8 5 10
Clausura 2005 2nd 18 7 6 5 24 22 27 Runners-up 4 0 3 1 3 4 5
Apertura 2005 3rd 18 7 8 3 30 26 29 Runners-up 4 3 0 1 7 4 9
Clausura 2006 9th 18 2 5 11 16 27 11 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Apertura 2006 4th 18 8 6 4 30 20 30 Semi-Finals 2 1 0 1 2 3 3
Clausura 2007 2nd 18 11 4 3 32 16 36 Runners-up 4 2 0 2 5 6 6
Apertura 2007 1st 18 10 3 5 27 16 35 Champions 4 2 1 1 4 1 7
Clausura 2008 2nd 18 9 3 6 30 23 30 Runners-up 4 1 1 2 6 7 4
Apertura 2008 2nd 18 9 5 4 26 20 32 Champions 4 2 1 1 3 2 7
Clausura 2009 2nd 18 10 4 4 42 23 34 Semi-Finals 2 0 0 2 2 6 0
Apertura 2009 1st 18 11 5 2 32 16 38 Champions 4 2 0 2 5 4 6
Clausura 2010 7th 18 4 7 7 23 24 19 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Apertura 2010 2nd 18 8 7 3 26 18 31 Semi-Finals 2 0 1 1 2 4 1
Clausura 2011 4th 18 7 4 7 21 17 25 Semi-Finals 2 1 0 1 1 1 3
Apertura 2011 2nd 18 9 4 5 32 19 31 Semi-Finals 2 0 1 1 0 1 0
Clausura 2012 3rd 18 8 7 3 25 19 31 Runners-up 6 2 3 1 4 2 6
Apertura 2012 4th 18 6 5 7 21 26 23 First Round 2 0 2 0 2 2 1
Clausura 2013 4th 18 5 9 4 26 21 24 First Round 2 0 1 1 2 4 1
Apertura 2013 10th 18 4 5 9 20 30 17 "Did Not Qualify" - - - - - - -
Clausura 2014 5th 18 6 6 6 22 25 24 Runners-up 2 2 4 0 3 1 10
Apertura 2014 7th 18 5 7 6 20 25 22 "Did Not Qualify" - - - - - - -
Clausura 2015 3rd 18 8 5 5 20 23 29 First Round 2 1 0 1 3 4 3
Apertura 2015 5th 18 6 6 6 26 22 24 First Round 2 0 2 0 0 0 2
Clausura 2016 6th 18 7 4 7 25 20 25 First Round 2 1 0 1 2 1 3
Apertura 2016 5th 18 6 6 6 22 22 24 First Round 2 1 0 1 3 3 3
Clausura 2017 5th 18 8 3 7 26 22 27 First Round 2 1 0 1 1 1 3
Seasons Points Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
55 2048 1412 523 479 412 1791 1491 +300

36 game average Torneo Apertura y Clausura 2007/08[edit]

Points Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
72 21 09 06 54 26 28

International competition[edit]

CONCACAF Champions' Cup[edit]

First Round v. Guatemala CSD Municipal – 0:1, 0:3 (Municipal advanced 4:0 on aggregate)
First Round v. Costa Rica CS Herediano – 3:0, 1:3 (Marathón advanced 4:3 on aggregate)
First Round v. Guatemala CSD Comunicaciones – 1:1, 4:0 (Marathón advanced 5:1 on aggregate but withdrew after series)
First Round v. El Salvador C.D Santiagueño – 4:0, 1:1 (Marathón advanced 5:1 on aggregate)
Second Round v. Mexico Cruz Azul – 3:1, 1:1 (Marathón advanced 4:1 on aggregate)
Third Round v. El Salvador C.D. Atlético Marte – (Marathón withdrew)
First Round v. El Salvador Alianza F.C. – 0:1, 3:2 (Alianza advanced 4:2 on penalties)
Group C v. Guatemala CSD Municipal – 2:0
Group C v. El Salvador C.D. Águila – 1:0
Group C v. Costa Rica LD Alajuelense – 0:1
Third Round v. Costa Rica LD Alajuelense – 0:2
Third Round v. Guatemala Aurora FC – 2:1
Third Round v. Honduras CD Olimpia – 1:2
Preliminary round v. El Salvador A.D. Isidro Metapán – 2:2, 1:2 (Marathón advanced 4:3 on aggregate)
Group A v. Mexico Cruz Azul – 2:0, 1:1 (Marathón advanced 3:1 on aggregate)
Group A v. United States D.C. United – 2:0, 2:4 (Marathón advanced 6:2 on aggregate)
Group A v. Costa Rica Saprissa – 2:1, 2:0 (Marathón advanced 3:2 on aggregate)
Quarterfinals v. Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Islanders – 2:1, 1:0 (Islanders advanced 3:1 on aggregate)
Group B v. United States D.C. United – 3:1, 3:0
Group B v. Trinidad and Tobago San Juan Jabloteh – 3:1, 2:4
Group B v. Mexico Deportivo Toluca F.C. – 0:7, 2:0
Quarterfinals v. Mexico UNAM – 2:0, 1:6 (UNAM advanced 6:3 on aggregate)

Torneo Fraternidad[edit]

  • 1980 Torneo Fraternidad
First Round v. El Salvador C.D. FAS – 1:2, 0:8 (FAS advanced 10:1 on aggregate)
  • 1981 Torneo Fraternidad
First Round v. El Salvador C.D. Águila – 2:1, 5:0 (Marathón advanced 7:1 on aggregate)
  • 1982 Torneo Fraternidad
First Round v. Guatemala Xelajú MC – 0:2, 1:1 (Xelajú MC advanced 3:1 on aggregate)

Copa Interclubes UNCAF[edit]

Group C v. Costa Rica LD Alajuelense – 1:2
Group C v. Honduras CD Motagua – 1:2
Group C v. Panama Tauro F.C. – 4:0
Group 3 v. Panama San Francisco F.C. – 5:0
Group 3 v. Honduras CD Olimpia – 0:0
Group 3 v. Costa Rica LD Alajuelense – 0:0
First Round v. Nicaragua Parmalat FC – 3:0 (Parmalat withdrew)
Quarter-finals v. Costa Rica Deportivo Saprissa – 0:4, 4:0 (Saprissa advanced 5:4 on penalties)
First Round v. El Salvador C.D. Águila – 2:0, 1:1 (Marathón advanced 3:1 on aggregate)
Quarter-finals v. Guatemala Deportivo Marquense – 1:1, 0:1 (Marquense advanced 2:1 on aggregate)

Records[edit]

All time top scorers[edit]

(As of 20 April 2013) Bold players are still active

# Player Goals Years
1 Honduras Gilberto Machado 78 1979–1991
2 Honduras Emil Martínez 66 2001–2004, 2006–2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014–
3 Honduras Arturo Bonilla 57[4] 1972–1985
4 Honduras Pompilio Cacho Valerio 56 1995–2003, 2005–2006
5 Honduras Roberto Bailey 47 1978–1983
6 Honduras Mauro Caballero 42 1965–1978
7 Honduras Jorge Bueso 42 1979–1989
8 Honduras Nicolás Suazo 42 1989–1994
9 Honduras Mario Berríos 38 2000–
10 Honduras Ciro Paulino Castillo 35 1983–1991, 1992–1997
11 Honduras Arnulfo Echeverría 34 1969–1972
12 Brazil Honduras Flavio Ortega 30 1968–1972
13 Honduras Mitchel Brown 30 2007, 2009, 2012, 2014
 ?? Uruguay Edgardo Simovic 28 2004–2005
 ?? Honduras Diego Reyes 26 2014–
 ?? Honduras Carlos Oliva 25 2001–2002, 2006–2009
 ?? Brazil Denilson Costa 24 2003–2005
 ?? Honduras Luis Ramírez 24 2005, 2009, 2012, 2014
 ?? Honduras Jerry Palacios 20 2008–2010, 2012

All time appearances[edit]

(As of 20 April 2013)

# Player Appearances Years
1 Honduras Mauricio Sabillón 480 1998–
2 Honduras Mario Berríos 424 2000–
3 Honduras Arturo "Pacharaca" Bonilla[5] 266 1972–1985
4 Honduras Gilberto Machado 261 1979–1991
¿? Honduras Mario Beata 229 1992–1998, 2006–2010, 2012

Marathón's logos[edit]

Since 1925, Marathón uses a specific logo for the institution.

Uniforms[edit]

The historic colors for the club are green and red, in some cases, white. More recently it has promoted black. The uniform of the team has been sponsored by Joma.

Kit evolution[edit]

Current squad[edit]

2016

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

No. Position Player
1 Honduras GK José Pineda
2 Honduras DF Luis Palacios
3 Honduras DF Samuel Córdova
4 Honduras DF Bryan Castro
5 Honduras DF Carlos Palacios
6 Honduras MF Jairo Puerto
7 Colombia FW William Zapata
8 Honduras FW Walter Joel Martínez
9 Honduras FW Orental Bodden
10 Honduras MF Darwin Bermúdez
11 Honduras FW Diego Reyes
12 Honduras DF Carlos Perdomo
14 Honduras DF Nahún Solís
15 Honduras MF Romário Díaz
16 Honduras MF Allan Banegas
17 Honduras MF Wilmer Fuentes
18 Honduras FW Darvis Argueta
No. Position Player
19 Honduras MF Mario Berríos
21 Honduras DF Daniel Tejeda
22 Honduras FW Juan Arzú
23 Honduras DF Mauricio Sabillón
25 Honduras GK Denovan Torres
27 Honduras MF Hendry Córdova
28 Honduras MF Carlos Benedith
29 Honduras FW Joseph Cunningham
31 Honduras GK José Zúñiga
33 Honduras MF Óscar González
46 Honduras MF John Suazo
54 Honduras DF Omar Montoya
Honduras DF Eder Muniver
Honduras MF Joshua Vargas
Honduras MF Kevin Johnson
Brazil FW Josimar Moreira

Reserve 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
Honduras Francis Leonel Alvarado Duarte
Honduras Oneil Cañas
Honduras Gerardo Mejia
Honduras Oscar Galeas
Honduras Erick Euceda
Honduras Carlos Mario Hernández
Honduras Jonathan Fernando Reyes Paz
Honduras Constantino Barletta
Honduras Wilson Rivera (Captain)
Honduras Jose Amilcar López
Honduras Bonel Francisco Ávila
Honduras Víctor Alfonso Moncada
No. Position Player
Honduras Ángel Omar Pineda
Honduras Dagoberto Oliva Membreño
Honduras Uriel Abraham Moncada
Honduras David Aleman
Honduras Oliver Mauricio Fúnez Guzman
Honduras Samuel Cartagena
Honduras Marlon Nataren
Honduras Dennis Fernando Kisling
Honduras Lester Romero
Honduras Wilfredo Alejandro Menjivar
Honduras Jose Anibal Guerra

Former coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Monstruo sediento" (in Spanish). Diario La Prensa. 10 August 2007. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-11. 
  2. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/tablesh/hondchamp.html
  3. ^ “No creí que mi récord durara tanto”: Machado Archived 20 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine. – La Prensa (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Desafíe a Ismael – La Prensa (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Desafíe a Ismael – La Prensa (in Spanish)
  6. ^ http://matterasport.com/hojadevida.html/

External links[edit]