Real Estelí F.C.

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Real Estelí
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Full name Real Estelí Fútbol Club
Nickname(s) El Tren del Norte
(The Train of the North)
Founded 1960; 57 years ago (1960) (as Estelí FC)
Ground Estadio Independencia,
Estelí, Nicaragua
Ground Capacity 5,000
Chairman Fidel Moreno
Manager Otoniel Olivas
League Primera División, Nicaragua
Clausura 2017 1st
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.

History[edit]

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.

Crest[edit]

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[1]

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[edit]

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).

Honours[edit]

National titles[edit]

Performance in CONCACAF competitions[edit]

Best: Group Stage in 4 times
2009 : Preliminary Round
2012 : Preliminary Round
2013 : Group Stage
2014 : Group Stage
2015 : Group Stage
2017 : Group Stage
Best: Quarter-finals in 2004
2000 : First Round
2003 : First Round
2004 : Quarter-finals
2006 : First Round
2007 : First Round

Record versus other nations[edit]

As of 2016-09-13

The Concacaf opponents below = Official tournament results: (Plus a sampling of other results)

Opponent Last Meeting G W D L F A PTS +/-
Costa Rica Alajuelense 26 – Sept – 2012 6 0 0 6 2 21 0 -19
Panama Árabe Unido 1996 2 0 1 1 1 2 1 -1
El Salvador Atlético Marte 15 – Dec – 1991 1 0 0 1 0 3 0 -3
Guatemala Comunicaciones 6 – Dec – 1991 1 0 0 1 0 15 0 -15
United States Dallas 24 – Aug – 2016 2 0 1 1 2 3 1 -1
Nicaragua Diriangén 2003 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 0
El Salvador FAS 2003 1 0 0 1 1 2 0 -1
Canada Montreal Impact 2 – Oct – 2008 2 0 1 1 0 1 1 -1
Honduras Motagua 16 – Aug – 2007 2 0 0 2 1 5 0 -4
Honduras Olimpia 24 – Sept – 2013 2 0 0 2 0 2 0 -2
Honduras Real España 29 – Sept – 2004 4 0 2 2 5 14 2 -9
Costa Rica Saprissa 26 – Aug – 2014 7 0 2 5 2 12 2 -10
United States Sporting Kansas City 23 – Sept – 2014 4 0 2 2 2 7 2 -5
Guatemala Suchitepéquez 13 – Sept – 2016 2 0 1 1 1 2 1 -1
Panama Tauro 1992 2 0 0 2 1 7 0 -6
Canada Toronto 2 – Aug – 2011 2 0 0 2 2 4 0 -2
Mexico UANL 18 – Sept – 2012 2 0 1 1 1 5 1 -4
Totals 0

Jersey sponsors[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
1998–01 Galaxia
2000–08 Enitel
2008–2011 Movistar
La Curaçao
2011–2017 Movistar
La Curaçao
Yahoo!
2017–Present Kappa

Current squad[edit]

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Lorente, JustoJusto Lorente  Nicaragua
2 Defender Vagno, JoséJosé Vagno  Brazil
3 Defender Casco, JasonJason Casco  Nicaragua
6 Defender Errington, CyrilCyril Errington  Nicaragua
7 Defender Rosas, ManuelManuel Rosas  Nicaragua
8 Midfielder Aguilar, GerardoGerardo Aguilar  Mexico
9 Forward Chavarría, CarlosCarlos Chavarría  Nicaragua
10 Forward Wilson, SamuelSamuel Wilson  Nicaragua
12 Midfielder Mejía, ElmerElmer Mejía  Nicaragua
13 Midfielder Paz, FranciscoFrancisco Paz  Nicaragua
14 Forward , VitinhoVitinho  Brazil
15 Midfielder López, FranklinFranklin López  Nicaragua
16 Midfielder Pinel, ElvisElvis Pinel  Nicaragua
17 Forward Galeano, LuisLuis Galeano  Nicaragua
18 Midfielder Garcia, BryanBryan Garcia  Nicaragua
21 Midfielder López, MarlonMarlon López  Nicaragua
23 Midfielder Peralta, NahumNahum Peralta  Nicaragua
24 Forward Torres, GregorioGregorio Torres  Mexico
25 Goalkeeper Maradiaga, HenryHenry Maradiaga  Nicaragua
27 Defender Quijano, JosueJosue Quijano  Nicaragua
40 Forward Smith, AriagnerAriagner Smith  Nicaragua

Squad Changes 2017 Clausura[edit]

In:

Out:

Personnel[edit]

Management[edit]

Position Name
Manager Nicaragua Ramón Otoniel Olivas
Assistant Manager and Goalkeeping Coach Nicaragua Sergio Ivan Rodríguez
Fitness Coach Cuba Marcos Gomez
Fitness coach Nicaragua Carlos Rivera

Former notable players[edit]

Players in Bold = Represented their national team

List of Coaches[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Team Profile: Real Esteli". CONCACAF. Retrieved 2011-08-04. 

External links[edit]