A.D. Municipal Liberia

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Liberia
Municipal Liberia logo.jpg
Full name Asociación Deportivo Municipal Liberia
Founded June 7, 1977; 40 years ago (1977-06-07)
Ground Estadio Edgardo Baltodano Briceño
Liberia, Costa Rica
Ground Capacity 6,500
Chairman Julio Salas[1]
Manager Marvin Solano
League Liga FPD
2016–17 Invierno 2016: 11th
Verano 2017: 8th
Overall: 8th

Asociación Deportivo Municipal Liberia is a Costa Rican football team playing in the Liga FPD. The team is based in Liberia, Guanacaste. Their home stadium is the Estadio Edgardo Baltodano Briceño.

History[edit]

Founded on 7 June 1977, four years after Guanacasteca was founded and solely represented Guanacaste Province,[2] Municipal Liberia won promotion to the Primera División de Costa Rica in 2001 after beating Ramonense in a Promotion play-off final.[3] They made their debut in the top tier on 29 July 2001 against Saprissa.

Liberia Mía[edit]

In June 2007, the club was bought largely (90% of the shares) by Mario Sotela (linked to the Sotela-blen family)[4] and were renamed Liberia Mía (My Liberia) after a Sotela project located in Liberia that is called "Zoológico África Mía" (it is a special zoo based only on African animals and species).

Águilas Guanacastecas and relegation[edit]

In 2009, Liberia Mía won the Verano championship title,[5] but it proved to be a short-lived party when in July 2010, the club just renamed again to Águilas Guanacastecas (Guanacastecan Eagles),[6] were demoted to the Segunda División de Costa Rica after trading franchise rights with Barrio México.[7][8] The move was regarded by some as controversial since Barrio México club president Mínor Vargas was allegedly also involved with Liberia. Also, it was the second time a Guanacaste team was sold and moved outside the province after Guanacasteca's franchise was taken by Brujas de Escazú in 2004.

Municipal Liberia again[edit]

In summer 2011, after Barrio México was expelled from the Primera División, Liberia played in the second division as Los Coyotes del Municipal Liberia, replacing AD Desamparados whose franchise was bought by Liberia's new owner Manrique Sibaja.[9] The club has been playing in the second division ever since.

In February 2015, Uruguayan coach Orlando de León took charge, replacing Slovak Josef Miso after some poor performances.[10]

Honors[edit]

National[edit]

Primera División de Costa Rica

  • Winners (1): Verano 2009.

Segunda División de Costa Rica

  • Winners (1): 2000–01

Costa Rican Third Division

  • Winners (1): 1985

Player Records[edit]

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
2 Costa Rica FW Javier Camareno
6 Costa Rica MF Kenneth García
9 Costa Rica MF Francisco Flores
12 Costa Rica MF Kevin García
14 Costa Rica MF Wálter Chévez
16 Costa Rica MF Bryan Solórzano
17 Costa Rica DF Alonso Arias
18 Costa Rica GK Douglas Forvis
25 Costa Rica MF Félix Montoya
55 Costa Rica DF Rafael Núñez
Costa Rica GK Guillermo Moreira
Costa Rica DF Juan Diego Madrigal
No. Position Player
Costa Rica DF René Miranda
Costa Rica DF Christian Reyes
Costa Rica DF Diego Angulo
Costa Rica DF José Sosa
Costa Rica DF Jean Carlos Sánchez
Costa Rica DF César Carrillo
Costa Rica MF Carlos Viales
Costa Rica MF Alex Martínez
Costa Rica MF Sergio Córdoba
Costa Rica MF Jaikel Medina
Costa Rica FW Argenis Fernández
Costa Rica FW Irvin Huertas

Historical list of coaches[edit]

References[edit]