Once Municipal

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Once Municipal
Once Municipal logo.jpg
Full name Club Deportivo Once Municipal
Nickname(s) Los Canarios (The Canaries)
Founded 20 August 1945
Ground Estadio Simeón Magaña,
Ahuachapán, El Salvador
Ground Capacity 5,000
Chairman El Salvador Ing Omar Maldonado
Manager El Salvador Victor Coreas Privado
League Liga de Plata Salvadoreña
Apertura 2016 Apertura 2016 Grupo "A"

Once Municipal or 11 Municipal is a Salvadoran association football club from Ahuachapán, El Salvador. The club currently plays in the Segunda División de Fútbol Salvadoreño . The club won its first league championship during the 1948–49 season. The club won its latest championship in the Apertura 2006 season.[1]


Early history and first championship[edit]

Once Municipal came about due to the persistent effort of Salvador Marinero a resident of Ahuachapán, originally from San Vicente. He started a factory in the heart of Ahuachapán and started a football club with the residents of the community, they began playing in the second division. However it soon became apparent that it would be impossible to run a club without a strong financial backer due to cost of running an everyday club (uniforms, balls, wages for players and ticket collections). In 1946, Marinero went to property tycoon and mayor of Ahuachapán Alfonso Salaverría for financial support, he accepted on the condition that he see them play in person. After seeing the game, Salaverría was unimpressed with the players they had at their disposal so he asked for reinforcements such as René "Chacuate" Moscoso despite protest by Marinero due to him being so young, Salaverría had the final word and signed the player. After Salaverría paid their players one colon the club was officially founded in 1946 and played their first game in August against Ferrocarril, which Once Municipal won 3–1. Their first season was a success finishing second on the standing. Due to the success, Salaverría began recruiting more players including two Costa Ricans and hired the coach Armando Chacón from FAS. the season turned to be a glorious moment with Once Municipal winning their very first title in the club history.

After the title 1950s–1960s[edit]

After the club won their title, The players demanded more money however Salaverría couldn't afford to keep paying large salaries to the players, so a large exodus of players began most going to other first division team and the new team Atlético Marte. Then when the 1950–51 season came around as players weren't getting paid the club was punished by being demoted down to the fourth division. When the club started again they quickly rose through to the division achieving qualification to the first division in 1955, However financial problems and wage problems caused Salaverría to sell Once Municipal spot to Atlético Constancia, who would later change their name to Alianza F.C.. Once Municipal would once again be promoted to the first division being a midtable team, but in 1969–1970 another fiasco arose when players and management couldn't agree on terms of wages causing a large exodus of players and causing the club to be relegated again.


Once Municipal hierarchy decided to try to secure their own field so they turned to Arturo Simeón Magaña who owned the land around cancha El Zapotón where Once Municipal played. Simeón Magaña Decided to donate the land on condition it could be the pride of Ahuachapán. With a new stadium, coach and players Once Municipal became a dominant force in the 70s, although they weren't able to win any titles, they were able to finish on top of the table on two occasions (1978 and 1979).

Wilderness 1980s–1990s[edit]

However, with the decade over, so were Once Municipal fortune the club were relegated in 1980. The club remained in the second division for fifteen years which included demotion to the third division in 1993.

Resurgence and second championship 2000s[edit]

Adalid Magaña took the reign of the club in 1999, when the club was struggling financially. But due to determination of the club and players they managed to reach the repecharge against Once Lobos, The club was given little chance to overcome Once Lobos who had a lot of experienced players such as Memo Rivera, William Renderos and had Edwin "el Bonchinche" Portillo as coach. However thanks to a hat trick by Colombian Víctor Jaramillo, Once Municipal were able to win 3–0 at the Estadio Cuscatlán and gain promotion to the first division. In 2006, the club had its most success in its history under the guidance of Nelson Mauricio Ancheta the club were able to first win the Copa Presidente 1–0 over C.D. Águila and then were able to win their second championship in the club history. However two years later all their hard work was undone due to poor management, errors made by the coaches and failures of high earning players the club was relegated to the second division in 2008. In 2010 the club won their relegation/promotion battle over C.D. Municipal Limeño to regain promotion to the first division, however the club was relegated at the end of the season but they were given a reprieve after atletico balboa was demoted due to failure of payment to the league. They were relegated in the Clausura 2013 season.


Honour Number of wins Years
Primera División de Fútbol Profesional (champions) 2 1948–49, Apertura 2006
Primera División de Fútbol Profesional (runners-up) 6 1946, 1957–58, 1965–66, 1976–77, 1977–78, Apertura 2011
Segunda División de Fútbol Salvadoreño (champions) 2 1955, 2009 Apertura
Domestic cups
Copa Presidente (Champions) 1 2006–2007
TBD (runners-up) TBD TBD

Crest, colors and nicknames[edit]

Once Municipal crest

The team's colors are yellow, white and blue, Those colours have remained the same in the clubs entire history since it was founded. The home jerseys are yellow shirt and shorts with blue socks, the away jerseys are blue shirts & socks and yellow socks.

Their crest is made up of the number eleven representing the Municipal of Ahuchapan and also has the canary which is the team mascot and symbol.

The nickname given to once municipal is Canarios which is a reference to their mascot.


Once Municipal play all their home games at the Estadio Simeón Magaña which has a capacity of 5,000 people and is located in the city center of Ahuachapan. Prior to that the club trained and played all their home games at the Llano del Espino Canchas.


Once Municipal are renowned in El Salvador for the passionate and loyal support that the team receives, especially at home games. Once Municipal's supporter's organisation is called the Fuerza Canaria. The Fuerza Canaria is an ultra group who support the team at home and away games, taking banners, flags and mascots and wearing the team's colours.

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 5 September, 2015:
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
El Salvador Cristian Gomez
El Salvador Juan Palma
El Salvador Brayan Fajardo
El Salvador Daniel Acevedo
El Salvador Mauricio Artero
No. Position Player
Trinidad and Tobago DF Akil Pompey
Brazil FW Dimas

Squad changes for the Apertura 2015[edit]



  • El Salvador TBD  – Transferred to TBD


Current technical staff[edit]

Head Coach El Salvador Sandra Martinez


List of presidents[edit]

  • Alfonso Salaverria (1946–1959)
  • Antonio Salaverria (1970–1979)
  • Ricardo Espinoza (1979–1999)
  • Adalid Magaña (1999–2009)
  • Andrés Rodríguez Celis (2009–2012)
  • Oswaldo Magaña (2012–)


  • José Orlando Contreras


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