Montevideo Wanderers F.C.
|Full name||Montevideo Wanderers Fútbol Club|
|Founded||15 August 1902|
|Ground||Estadio Alfredo Victor Viera, Montevideo|
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Primera División: (4)
- 1906, 1909, 1923, 1931
- Copa Competencia: (5)
- 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
- Segunda División: (4)
- 1952, 1962, 1972, 2000
- Tie Cup: (3)
- 1911, 1917, 1918
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Óscar Tabárez (Jan 1, 1985 – Dec 31, 1985)
- Gregorio Pérez (Jan 1, 1987 – Dec 31, 1987)
- Daniel Carreño (July 1, 1999 – June 30, 2001)
- Santiago Ostolaza (Jan 1, 2002 – May 20, 2002)
- Daniel Carreño (Jan 1, 2005 – Dec 31, 2006)
- Diego Aguirre (Jan 1, 2007 – June 11, 2007)
- Jorge Miguel Goncalves (July 1, 2007 – April 15, 2008)
- Salvador Capitano (Jan 1, 2009 – Dec 31, 2009)
- José Alberto Rossi (Dec 16, 2009 – March 15, 2010)
- Daniel Carreño (March 3, 2010 – Dec 31, 2011)
- Alfredo Arias (Dec 12, 2011–15)
- Gastón Machado (2015–16)
- Jorge Giordano (2017–)
- 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.)