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Monagas SC
Full name Monagas Sport Club
Nickname(s) Guerreros de Guarapiche
Los Guerreros Chaima
Los Azulgrana
Founded September 23, 1987; 30 years ago (1987-09-23)
Ground Monumental de Maturín
Maturín, Venezuela
Ground Capacity 51,796
Chairman Nicolás Fernández
Manager José Manuel Rey
League Primera División
2017 Champions (6th, aggregate table)
Website Club website

Monagas Sport Club is a Venezuelan football team playing at the top level, the Primera División Venezolana. It is based in Maturín. Their home stadium is the Estadio Monumental de Maturín. The club received the nickname of “Los Guerreros del Guarapiche” (The Warriors from the Guarapiche), because of the never giving up mentality of its players and the name of the river which crosses the city where the team has its headquarters (River Guarapiche).

History[edit]

Monagas Sport Club was founded on 23 September 1987 by Joaquín (Fariñas) da Silva, Ramón Ramírez and others. Its first official match was against "Unión Deportivo Puerto la Cruz" on 22 May 1988; however the club had had friendly matches against the teams "Atlético Cumaná”, “Cachorros del Tigrito” and “Mariscales de Sucre”. The team started as a second division team and its first official league game, which it won with a final score of 4-0, was against the "Unión Deportivo Puerto La Cruz".

The team participed in the Venezuelan second division until 1990 when the club was promoted to the first division. Since then Monagas Sport Club have tried to remain in this division.

Crisis in the season 2006–07[edit]

Monagas Sport Club obtained awful results in the season 2006–2007 of Venezuela’s first division. As the consequence of this bad patch three previous coaches (Franco Fasciana, Del Valle Rojas and Bernardo Redín) had led the club before the arrival of Alí Cañas. Some football players resigned to the team before the conclusion of the tournament and Ramón Caballero, president of the club, gave up.

Monagas Sport Club finished in the relegation places at the end of the season, but the club won a reprieve when the Primera División Venezolana decided to expand from 10 to 18 teams, thus allowing the two teams in the relegation places to remain in the league.

2017[edit]

In 2017, Monagas participated in the Primera División and qualified to the knockout stage of the Torneo Apertura, finishing 6th in the regular season. In the quarter-finals, they defeated Zamora 6–2 on aggregate and went on to the semi-finals, where they defeated Carabobo on away goals after a 1–1 draw on aggregate. In the final, Monagas faced Caracas. The first leg was played at Maturín on 25 June, with a 1–0 win for the home side. On the second leg in Caracas on 2 July, Monagas lost 2–1, but won on away goals (2–2 on aggregate), securing Monagas' first title in short tournaments and their first qualification to the Copa Libertadores. Later, on the Serie Final, against Torneo Clausura champions Deportivo Lara, Monagas lost the first leg in Maturín on 13 December, 1–0, but won the second leg in Cabudare on 17 December, 2–0, becoming the Venezuelan champions for the first time, winning the Serie Final 2–1 on aggregate.

Stadium[edit]

The Estadio Monumental de Maturin is a football stadium located in the city of Maturin, Monagas state. It is the biggest stadium in Venezuela with a capacity of 51,796 spectators. It is competing for the football matches that Monagas Sport Club home game. It was built to host the Copa America Venezuela 2007.

El Monumental was inaugurated on June 24, 2007, where they were the opening game between the Monagas Sport Club and Zamora Fútbol Club home team winning 2-0 with goals from Edder Farías.

Monagas Sport Club played from 1987 to 2007 at Estadio Alexander Botinni in Maturín.

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La Lotería de Oriente (a public lottery from Maturín) is the main sponsor of Monagas Sport Club. For last years the president of the lottery, Willy Farías, has been in charge of the presidency of the club.

Controversy over the uniform, the logo and the name of the club[edit]

The colors of the Monagas Sport Club’s uniform are blue and maroon. The uniform and crest are largely based on those of FC Barcelona. These colors were proposed by Francisco "Paco" Espinoza, a former vice-president of the club, in 1988. In 2006 Ramón Caballero, the former president of the team, and other members of the board of directors suggested the colors of the uniform, the logo and the name of the club should be changed. According to them, the uniform and crest should not copy a foreign club and the name of the team should be written in Spanish. Many supporters of Monagas Sport Club are opposed to this idea as they consider the red and maroon colors, crest and current name to be a part of the club’s identity.

Honours[edit]

  • Torneo Apertura: 1 (2017)
  • Torneo Clausura: 0

Performance in CONMEBOL competitions[edit]

2018: TBD
2002: Second stage
2003: Preliminary round
2012: First stage

Players[edit]

Current first team squad[edit]

As of March 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 Venezuela GK Carlos Angelini
2 Venezuela DF Alejandro Gonzáles
3 Venezuela DF Santos Gómez
4 Venezuela DF Brixio Pulgar
5 Venezuela MF Pablo Coraspe
6 Venezuela DF Edgar Ponce
8 Venezuela MF Mijail Aviles
10 Venezuela MF Carlos Aleman
11 Venezuela MF Jose Bermudez
13 Venezuela MF Jhon Cernicchiaro
14 Venezuela DF Octavio Zapata
No. Position Player
15 Venezuela DF Fidel Diaz
19 Venezuela FW Luis Annese
20 Venezuela FW Juan Carlos Parada
21 Venezuela MF Vicente Rodríguez
22 Venezuela GK Pedro Caraballo
26 Venezuela FW Aníbal Hernández
32 Venezuela FW Pedro Rivas
- Venezuela FW Diolgrerys Gonzalez

Presidents and managers[edit]

Presidential history[edit]

Monagas Sport Club has had numerous presidents over the course of its history, some of whom have been owners of the club while others have been honorary presidents. Here is a complete list of them.[1]

 
Name Years
Rubén León 1988–92
Rumualdo Romero 1993–95
Jesús Salgado 1995–96
Rafael Castellín Osuna 1997
no assigned 1998–99
Claudio González 2000–01
Roicis Pérez 2001–03
Antonio Del Moral 2003–04
Antonio Nuñez 2004
Manuel Villalba 2005
Ramón Caballero 2005–06
Nelson Núñez 2006–07
Willy Farias 2007–present

Managerial history[edit]

Below is a list of Monagas SC coaches from 1987 until the present day.[2]

 
Name Nationality Years
Joaquín "Fariñas" da Silva Brazil 1987
Alexander "Titi" Venezuela
Gilberto Viana Brazil 1990
Bejuma Venezuela
Victor Pignanelli Uruguay 1992
Luís Fernández Venezuela
Antonio Mejías Colombia
Radamel García Colombia
Manuel Contreras Venezuela 2001
Eduardo Borrero Colombia 2001–02
Luís Mendoza Venezuela 2003
Daniel Lanata Argentina 2003
Alí Cañas Venezuela 2003–05
Franco Fasciana Venezuela 2005
Eduardo Borrero Colombia Venezuela 2005–06
Franco Fasciana Venezuela 2006
Del Valle Rojas Venezuela 2006
Bernardo Redín Colombia 2006–07
Alí Cañas Venezuela 2007
Dario Martinez Venezuela 2008
Horacio Matuszyck Argentina 2008
Manuel Plasencia Spain Venezuela 2008–09
Alí Cañas Venezuela 2010–11
Eduardo Borrero Colombia Venezuela March 30, 2011–

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Monagas sport club futbol Historia". Riie.com. Romanian Soccer. 27 October 2005. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Monagas SC". Riie.com.ve. Riie. 5 October 2005. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 

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