Montevideo Wanderers F.C.

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Montevideo Wanderers
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Full name Montevideo Wanderers Fútbol Club
Nickname(s) Bohemios, Vagabundos
Founded 15 August 1902; 114 years ago (1902-08-15)
Ground Estadio Alfredo Victor Viera, Montevideo
Ground Capacity 11,000
Chairman Jorge Nin
Manager Jorge Giordano
League Primera División
2014–15 11th

Montevideo Wanderers Fútbol Club, usually known simply as Wanderers is a Uruguayan football club based in Montevideo. The club are currently members of the Primera División and play at the Estadio Viera. As well as football, the club also has teams playing basketball, volleyball, athletics, futsal, pool and pelota.


The team of 1906 that won the Primera División and Copa Competencia championships.

Montevideo Wanderers was officially established in 1902 by a group of students and several young players of the Albion, led by the Sardeson brothers. The brothers had travelled from Montevideo to England to see their parents during the 1890s. At the time, Wolverhampton Wanderers won the FA Cup. The new club were named after the Wolves team, and because they had no home ground.

They joined the Primera División in 1903, winning it in 1906 and 1909. In 1908 they won the Copa de Honor and the Copa de Honor Cousenier. They won the Copa de Honor for a second time in 1910, before going on to win the Copa Cusenier again in 1912.

In 1923 the club also began entering a team in the league created by the breakaway Uruguayan Football Association. They won the league in its first season. During this period they also won the Copa Río de la Plata in 1924, defeating Independiente.

In the 1930s, club made several successful tours to Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Chile, and played against some European teams, like Chelsea. In 1931 the club won the last amateur Uruguayan league, whilst In 1937 they won the Torneo de Honor.

By the end of the 1940s the club was suffering from financial problems, and to avoid bankruptcy several of their best players – including Obdulio Varela and José María Medina – were sold. In 1961 they were relegated to the second tier. Although they returned to the Primera División, they were relegated again in 1966. In 1969 the club left Montevideo and moved to Las Piedras.

They returned to both the Primera División and Montevideo in 1974, qualifying for the Copa Libertadores in their first season back in the top division.

The club suffered further financial problems in the 1990s, and were relegated at the end of the 1998 season. They returned to the Primera División again in 2001.[citation needed]


The club had more than four home grounds during its first 30 years, including Liverpool's current stadium, Estadio Belvedere. Its current home stadium is Estadio Viera located in the Prado neighbourhood of Montevideo.[citation needed]

Team colours[edit]

The club originally wore brown shirts with a sky blue horizontal band. In 1902 Wanderers changed to their current black and white stripes as a homage to the Argentine club Estudiantes de Buenos Aires in recognition of their friendship. For some time, in the 1960s, Wanderers used white socks and shorts. The first away shirts were white with a black horizontal stripe. After 1940 Wanderers used red or green shirts until 1980, when a black jersey with a white horizontal stripe appeared.[citation needed]

Uniform evolution[edit]



[citation needed]


1906, 1909, 1923,[1] 1931
1906, 1908, 1911, 1917, 1918
  • Copa de Honor: (2)
1908, 1910
  • Torneo Competencia: (2)
1987, 1990
  • Torneo de Honor: (1)
  • Copa Montevideo: (1)
  • Liguilla Pre-Libertadores de América: (2)
1987, 2001
1952, 1962, 1972, 2000


1911, 1917, 1918

Current 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
1 Uruguay GK Leonardo Burián
2 Uruguay DF Gastón Bueno
3 Uruguay DF Emiliano Díaz
4 Uruguay MF Matías Santos
6 Uruguay DF Paulo Lima
8 Uruguay MF Adrián Colombino
9 Uruguay FW Santiago Bellini
10 Uruguay FW Sergio Blanco
11 Uruguay FW Javier Cabrera
12 Uruguay GK Ignacio de Arruabarrena
14 Uruguay FW Diego Riolfo
16 Uruguay DF Alex Silva
No. Position Player
17 Uruguay MF Joaquín Vergés
18 Uruguay MF Jonathan Rodríguez
19 Uruguay MF Diego Scotti
20 Uruguay MF Pablo Ceppelini
22 Uruguay MF Juan Duarte
24 Uruguay DF Martín Rivas
25 Uruguay GK Federico Cristóforo
26 Uruguay MF Rodrigo Rivero
27 Uruguay DF Federico Andueza
28 Uruguay DF Federico Barrandeguy
32 Brazil DF Caue Fernandes



  1. ^ From 1922 to 1925 the Uruguayan Football was divided in two organisations: Uruguayan Football Association (AUF), recognised by FIFA, and the dissident Uruguayan Football Federation (FUF), of which Wanderers was one of the founders and competed in the three tournaments organised by that federation in 1923, 1924 and 1925 (not finished). Those championships are not recognised by the AUF.)

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