Rampla Juniors

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Rampla Juniors
Full nameRampla Juniors Football Club
Nickname(s)Picapiedras, Rojiverdes, Friyis (until the 1960s)
Founded7 January 1914
GroundEstadio Olímpico,
Montevideo, Uruguay
ChairmanIgnacio Durán
CoachEduardo Espinel
LeagueSegunda División
2019Primera División, 14th (relegated by average)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Rampla Juniors Fútbol Club, commonly known as Rampla Juniors, is a Uruguayan football club based in Montevideo.

Origin and colours[edit]

Rampla Juniors were founded in the Aduana area, (also the birthplace of River Plate FC), then moved first to the Aguada neighbourhood, and finally, around 1920, to the Cerro neighborhood. Their colours are taken from Fortaleza, a club that existed in the early years of Rampla's stint in the Cerro area. Another story of how they chose their colours, is similar to how Boca Juniors supposedly got the idea for their kit colors from a Swedish flag on a ship. It is rumored that Rampla's founders took the red and green from an Italian flag on a ship that arrived in Montevideo Bay. It is also said that the basketball team CA Aguada (founded in 1922) took their colours from Rampla Juniors.


Rampla Juniors's archrivals are Cerro, and as such, the second biggest rivalry in the country.


Rampla in 1927 won the Uruguayan Primera División, the 1927 Squad was: Pedro Arispe (Captain), Pedro Aguirre, Enrique Ballestrero, Pedro Cabrera, Julio Nieto, José Magallanes, Juan Miguel Fermín "Ruso" Labraga, Luis Gaitán, Conrado Haeberli, Vital Ruffatti and Conrado Bidegain.

Rampla was once[when?] called[by whom?] the third "big" (meaning popular or best) of Uruguay's clubs, Peñarol and Nacional being first and second, due to the huge number of followers and positive results[citation needed]. In 2007, Rampla finished tied in 2nd place with Danubio in the Uruguayan 1st division. Their team record was (9 wins, 4 draws, and 2 losses, in 15 games).

In his early days Rampla Juniors had strong ties with the meat packing industries that forged the neighborhood that he so proudly represents, notably the Chicagoan companies Swift, and Armour. From those companies workforce came several important players to Rampla Juniors. Until the mid 1960s Ramplas' supporters where known as Friyis, as the sound resembled Fridges (from the meat packing industries).

In the 1980s the club replaced the stadium's old wooden stands with new ones made with concrete. The supporters came forward and merrily helped breaking the stones for the restoration. Hence their new nickname, the Picapiedras (stone breakers).


Amateur Era (1): 1927
1944, 1980, 1992

Other Official Domestic Honours[edit]

  • Torneo Competencia: 2
1950, 1955
  • Torneo de Copa: 1
  • Torneo Cuadrangular: 1

Current squad[edit]

Updated 15 March 2019 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 Kevin Larrea
2 Uruguay DF Emiliano García
4 Uruguay DF Joan Gamboa
5 Uruguay MF Gastón Díaz
6 Uruguay DF Gastón Roselló
7 Argentina MF Gaspar Vega
8 Uruguay FW Delis Vargas
9 Uruguay FW Santiago Vega
10 Uruguay MF Juan Ángel Albín
11 Uruguay DF Mauricio Felipe
12 Uruguay GK Silvio Samurrio
13 Uruguay DF Emanuel Beltrán
14 Uruguay MF Gastón Gorrostorrazo
15 Uruguay FW Santiago Gaspari
16 Uruguay MF Gustavo Machado
No. Position Player
17 Uruguay DF Diego Rosa
18 Uruguay DF Matías Soto
19 Uruguay FW Carlos Núñez
20 Uruguay DF Lucas Rodríguez
21 Uruguay FW Rodrigo Piñeiro
22 Uruguay MF Jhony Galli
23 Uruguay FW Mathías Saavedra
24 Uruguay DF Gonzalo Rizzo (on loan from Rentistas)
25 Uruguay GK Rodrigo Odriozola
27 Uruguay DF Claudio Servetti
28 Uruguay FW Christopher Chávez
30 Uruguay MF Juan Viacava
32 Uruguay MF Ignacio Panzariello
33 Uruguay MF Facundo Guichón

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player

Notable players[edit]


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