Sporting San Miguelito

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Sporting San Miguelito
Sporting San Miguelito.svg
Full nameAcademia de Futbol Sporting San Miguelito
Nickname(s)La Academia
Founded1989
GroundEstadio Luis E. Tapia
Panama City, Panamá
Capacity900
PresidentRaul Pineda
ManagerColombia Jair Palacios
LeagueLiga Panameña de Fútbol
2019 (A)1st
WebsiteClub website

Academia de Futbol Sporting San Miguelito is a Panamanian football team playing in Liga Panameña de Fútbol (the highest level of Panamanian football). It is based in San Miguelito District on the Panamá Province.

History[edit]

Sporting '89[edit]

The club was founded in 1989 by Cesar Morales as a youth soccer academy called Sporting '89. In 1997 reached ANAPROF by winning to Chorrillo F.C. in a promotion playoff. Making their top tier debut on 19 July 1997 against Chiriquí F.C. (2-1 win)[1]

Sporting Coclé[edit]

In the summer of 2002, the club was relocated to Antón, Province of Coclé changing its name to Sporting Coclé under Ruben Navarro management, citing the lack of youth development on San Miguelito District.[2]

Sporting San Miguelito[edit]

Five years later (2007), they relocated back to San Miguelito and changed their name again, adopting the name of San Miguelito, which remains the club name today.
Starting in 2011-2012, San Miguelito became a title contender. They topped the table in the regular season of both Apertura 2011 and Clausura 2012 (although they were eliminated in the semifinals each time). Then, in Clausura 2013, they claimed their first title by defeating San Francisco 4-1 in the championship final. They also reached the finals of Apertura 2015. Since then, results have declined, although the club has as of yet evaded relegation.

Stadium[edit]

Luis E. Tapia Stadium artificial turf
Name Location Years
Estadio 28 de Diciembre San Miguelito, Panamá 1997-2002, playing as Sporting 89
Estadio Javier Cruz Panama City, Panamá 1999-2000
El Ciruelito Antón, Cocle 2002–2005, playing as Sporting Coclé
Estadio Bernardo Gil San Miguelito, Panamá 2005-2009
Estadio Luis E. Tapia Panama City, Panamá 2010–2016
Cancha Oscar Sumán Carrillo Panama City, Panamá 2017
Estadio Luis E. Tapia Panama City, Panamá 2018–present

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

  • For Apertura 2015

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

No. Position Player
Panama GK Orlando Mosquera
Panama GK Pedro Campos
Panama DF Davis Vergara
Panama DF Jordy Meléndez
Panama DF Fidel Escobar (on loan to New York Red Bulls)
Panama DF Gabriel Avecilla
Panama DF Bryan Cortés
Panama DF Boris Aguero
Panama DF Kevin Schuartz
Panama MF Raymundo Aguilar
Panama MF Francisco Castañeda
No. Position Player
Panama MF Alexis Palacios
Panama MF Yair Hurtado
Panama MF Dario Wright
Panama MF Manuel Bonilla
Panama MF Rolando Botello
Panama MF Darwin Pinzón
Panama FW Aldair Paredes
Panama FW Norman Early
Panama FW Israel Fearon
Panama FW Jesus Alexis González
Peru FW Hugo Bellido

Non-playing staff[edit]

Board of directors[edit]

Position Name
President Raul Pineda
Vice-president Mario Corro
General Manager David Castillo

Management hierarchy[edit]

Position Name
Manager Colombia Jair Palacios
Assistant Manager -
Physical Trainer -
Goalkeeping Coach -
Physiotherapist -
Head doctor -
Utility Assistant -
Reserve Manager 1 -

Notable Players[edit]

Historical list of coaches[edit]

Honours[edit]

Clausura 2013
1996–97

References[edit]

External links[edit]