Deportivo Quito

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Deportivo Quito
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Full name Sociedad Deportivo Quito
Nickname(s) Los Chullas quiteños
La Academia (The Academy)
Los Azulgranas (The Blue and Dark Reds)
El Equipo de la Plaza del Teatro
(The Team from the Plaza del Teatro)
Founded 1955
Ground Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa
Ground Capacity 35,742
Chairman Joselito Cobo
Manager Tabaré Silva
League Serie B
2014 10th

Sociedad Deportivo Quito is an Ecuadorian professional football club based in Quito. They play in the Serie B, the second highest level of the Ecuadorian professional football league.

Deportivo Quito has won five Serie A titles in 1964, 1968, 2008, 2009, and 2011. This places them fifth overall. The club also has four Interandean Tournament titles in 1955, 1956, 1957, and 1963. Additionally, the club was runner up in 1985, 1988, and 1997. Based on its style of play, sports journalists and fans nicknamed the club La Academia de los Ecuatorianos desde 1940 (English: The Academy of the Ecuadorians since 1940).

Deportivo Quito was officially founded in 1955, although they trace their roots to Sociedad Deportiva Argentina, which was founded on July 9, 1940. Historic rivals include LDU Quito, Aucas, and El Nacional. They play their home games at Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa.

History[edit]

The club was founded on July 9, 1940, under the name Sociedad Deportiva Argentina. On October 1, 1954, the club, together with Sociedad Deportiva Aucas & Sociedad Deportiva España, founded Asociación de Fútbol No Amateur (AFNA) de Pichincha (Spanish for Non-Amateur Football Association of Pichincha). This was followed by provincial professional soccer tournaments. In accordance with AFNA bylaws, which stipulated that no team could be named after a country (except after Spain), the shareholders of Argentina got together and changed the club's name to Sociedad Deportivo Quito.

The 1950's and 1960's were fruitful decades for Deportivo Quito with the club obtaining National Championship titles in 1964 and 1968 as well as Interandean Championships (named so for inclusion of teams from both Quito and Ambato) in 1955, 1956, 1957 and 1963. The 1970's were a dark period for the club, which descended and spent several seasons in the second tier Serie B of the Ecuadorian Football League. The 1980's and 1990's brought a return measure of success for the club which came in as runners up in 1985, 1988, 1997 and qualified to participate in Copa Libertadores. 1989 also saw the transfer of one of the brightest players in Ecuadorian soccer history, Álex Aguinaga to Necaxa of Mexico.

The club would wait forty years for its third championship and after a brilliant campaign in 2008, which saw Deportivo Quito in the lead throughout the tournament, the team sealed its third star against Macará of Ambato. 2009 began fraught with problems for the club. Although it was able to hold on to its star player Luis Saritama on loan, economic problems dogged the club throughout the year. As a result, early tournamant action saw the club mired in the middle half of the table. The next two phases of the tournament were a different story as the defense, solidified with the incorporation of the Ecuadorian National team captain Ivan Hurtado, led the club to top of the table finishes. This set up the final play-off against Deportivo Cuenca. Following a 1–1 tie in Cuenca, the two teams played an exciting game in Quito which saw back and forth action ending 3–2 in favor of Deportivo Quito. The team's fourth star was not nearly as elusive as the third. In the 2010 season Deportivo Quito earned a third-place finish after surpassing Barcelona SC in a home and home play-off. 2011 saw a dominating performance from Deportivo Quito, in which they won 26 games, tied 11 and only lost 9. Following 1–0 victories over Emelec in Quito and Guayaquil, Deportivo Quito earned its fifth star. Fans celebrated the long awaited 2008 as well as the follow-up 2009 and 2011 championships in the popular Plaza del Teatro in Quito.

Stadium[edit]

Their home games are played in the Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa in the city of Quito but there have been plans to build a stadium for the year 2010 on their current training grounds Ney Mancheno in Carcelén.

On November 13, 2008, Deportivo Quito's management presented the model of the new stadium. This stadium will have a capacity of 20,000 people. The building project includes the construction of a shopping mall attached to the same stadium that will serve as a source of revenue for the institution.

Honors[edit]

Regional
  • Campeonato Professional Interandino (4): 1955, 1956, 1957, 1963
National

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
1 Ecuador GK Edwin Calderón
2 Ecuador DF Andrés Justicia
3 Ecuador DF Jesús Solís
4 Ecuador DF Fricson Macías
6 Ecuador DF Marlon Ganchozo
7 Ecuador MF Christian Alemán
9 Ecuador FW Diego Ávila
10 Ecuador FW Walter Iza
12 Ecuador FW César Moreira
15 Ecuador DF Santiago Morales
16 Ecuador DF Michael Castro
16 Argentina FW Martín Comachi
18 Ecuador FW Carlos Bailón
19 Ecuador FW Ronnal Campos
20 Ecuador DF Juan Guerrón
21 Ecuador MF Roberto Valarezo
22 Argentina GK Nelson Schonberger
No. Position Player
23 Ecuador DF Washington Mauret
25 Ecuador MF Manuel Quintero
22 Argentina FW Marcelo Argüello
27 Ecuador MF Juan de Dios Lastre
32 Ecuador GK Carlos Espinoza
33 Ecuador DF Eddie Guevara
52 Ecuador MF Robert Angulo
Ecuador DF Fulton Francis
Ecuador DF Javier Hinostroza
Ecuador DF Wilson Morante
Ecuador DF Ridder Alcívar
Ecuador DF Milton Bolaños
Ecuador MF Elson Peñarrieta
Ecuador MF Jonathan Ávila
Ecuador MF Luis Mosquera
Ecuador MF Mario Barrionuevo

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