Real Estelí F.C.
|Full name||Real Estelí Fútbol Club|
|Nickname(s)||El Tren del Norte
(The Train of the North)
|Founded||1960(as Estelí FC)|
|League||Primera División, Nicaragua|
|Website||Club home page|
Real Esteli Fútbol Club is a Nicaraguan football club playing in the top national league, the Campeonato Nacional de Fútbol de Primera División (First Division National Championship). The club play out of their home stadium, Estadio Independencia, based in the northern city of Estelí.
Real Estelí is the second most successful club in Nicaragua (behind Diriangén), earning a combined 13 national Apertura/Clausura championships. The club has the distinction of winning the most consecutive championships in CONCACAF with seven.
- 1 History
- 2 Honours
- 3 Performance in CONCACAF competitions
- 4 Jersey sponsors
- 5 Current squad
- 6 Personnel
- 7 Former notable players
- 8 List of Coaches
- 9 Old logo
- 10 References
- 11 External links
The club was founded in 1960 as Estelí FC, but acquired its current name in 1961. Real Estelí FC plays at the Estadio Independencia, one of the biggest stadiums in Nicaragua, with a capacity of 4,800. The club is known by the nickname, El Tren del Norte (Train of the North), coming as it does, from the northern region of Las Segovias.
The club made history in Nicaraguan and Central American Football in 2004, eliminating favorites Real España in the First Round of the Copa Interclubes UNCAF, becoming the first Nicaraguan football team in history to advance to the second round of the tournament.
Real Estelí FC has finished in the top five of Nicaragua's top division every year since 1986 and has achieved some of the highest attendances in the league during this period.
Real Estelí won the 2013 Apertura Nicaraguan championship after 4–0 aggregate victory over Managua team Walter Ferreti. For "El Tren del Norte" it was their seventh consecutive league title and 11th overall. Estelí created history by equaling the Central American record for most successive league championships, alongside legendary Salvadoran side, Hércules who won seven consecutive titles from 1927 to 1934.
The club crest consists of a crown, representing 'Real' (meaning 'Royal'). Similar crowns can be seen on the crests of many other clubs with the prefix 'Real', such as Spanish clubs Real Betis, Real Zaragoza and Real Madrid
The two gold stars of the crest mark the first two national championships won by the club (in 1991 and 1999), while the red and white striped shield represents the club colours as used on team shirts. The logo was redesigned and digitalised in 2000 by Nakor'd J. García and Michael D. Raney (current President/CEO of the World Football Organization), based on the original design by Arnulfo Rivera Zeledón and Johnny Herrera Vallejos.
'El Clásico' rivalry
There is often a fierce rivalry between the two strongest teams in the national league, where the game between Real Estelí and Diriangén has become known as El Clásico (The Classic).
- Primera División de Nicaragua: 14
- (14) – :: 1991, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017
- Copa de Nicaragua: 1
- (1) – :: 1991.
Performance in CONCACAF competitions
- CONCACAF Champions League: 6 appearances
- Copa Interclubes UNCAF: 5 appearances
- Best: Quarter-finals in 2004
- 2000 : First Round
- 2003 : First Round
- 2004 : Quarter-finals
- 2006 : First Round
- 2007 : First Round
Record versus other nations
- As of 2016-09-13
The Concacaf opponents below = Official tournament results: (Plus a sampling of other results)
|Alajuelense||26 – Sept – 2012||6||0||0||6||2||21||0||-19|
|Atlético Marte||15 – Dec – 1991||1||0||0||1||0||3||0||-3|
|Comunicaciones||6 – Dec – 1991||1||0||0||1||0||15||0||-15|
|Dallas||24 – Aug – 2016||2||0||1||1||2||3||1||-1|
|Montreal Impact||2 – Oct – 2008||2||0||1||1||0||1||1||-1|
|Motagua||16 – Aug – 2007||2||0||0||2||1||5||0||-4|
|Olimpia||24 – Sept – 2013||2||0||0||2||0||2||0||-2|
|Real España||29 – Sept – 2004||4||0||2||2||5||14||2||-9|
|Saprissa||26 – Aug – 2014||7||0||2||5||2||12||2||-10|
|Sporting Kansas City||23 – Sept – 2014||4||0||2||2||2||7||2||-5|
|Suchitepéquez||13 – Sept – 2016||2||0||1||1||1||2||1||-1|
|Toronto||2 – Aug – 2011||2||0||0||2||2||4||0||-2|
|UANL||18 – Sept – 2012||2||0||1||1||1||5||1||-4|
|Period||Kit manufacturer||Shirt partner|
Squad Changes 2017 Clausura
- Carlos Chavarría – Transferred from Fútbol Alcobendas Sport
- Cyril Errington – Transferred from UES
- José Vagno – Transferred from Guarani de Palhoça
- Vitinho – Transferred from Itumbiara Esporte Clube
- Gerardo Aguilar – Transferred from Loros de Colima
- Juan Carlos López – Transferred from Coras F.C.
- Luis Copete – Transferred to Comerciantes Unidos
- Rudel Calero – Transferred to Bóer F.C.
- Juan Berdún – Transferred to TBD
- Jonatas Ribeiro – Transferred to Esporte Clube Passo Fundo
- Jonathan Mosquera – Transferred to Bóer F.C.
- Emilio López – Transferred to TBD
|Manager||Ramón Otoniel Olivas|
|Assistant Manager and Goalkeeping Coach||Sergio Ivan Rodríguez|
|Fitness Coach||Marcos Gomez|
|Fitness coach||Carlos Rivera|
Former notable players
Players in Bold = Represented their national team
List of Coaches
- "Team Profile: Real Esteli". CONCACAF. Retrieved 2011-08-04.