Liga Deportiva Alajuelense

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Full nameLiga Deportiva Alajuelense
Nickname(s)La Liga (The League)
Los Leones (The Lions)
FoundedJune 18, 1919;99 years ago (1919-06-18)
Ground Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto, Alajuela
Capacity17,895
President Fernando Ocampo
Head coach Hernán Torres
League Liga FPD
2016–17 Apertura 2017: 5th
Clausura 2018: 3rd
(Second stage: 2nd)
Overall: 4th
Website Club website

Liga Deportiva Alajuelense (Spanish pronunciation:  [ˈliɣa ðepoɾˈtiβa alaxwe´lense] ), commonly known as Alajuelense and nicknamed La Liga (Spanish pronunciation:  [la ´liɣa] ), is a Costa Rican multisport club based in the borough of El Llano, Alajuela. Although they compete in a number of different sports, Alajuelense is mostly known for its association football team. It plays in the Primera División de Costa Rica, the top tier of the Costa Rican football league system. Alajuelense is one of two clubs to have never been relegated, along with Herediano.

Costa Rica country in Central America

Costa Rica, officially the Republic of Costa Rica, is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, the Caribbean Sea to the northeast, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, and Ecuador to the south of Cocos Island. It has a population of around 5 million in a land area of 51,060 square kilometers. An estimated 333,980 people live in the capital and largest city, San José with around 2 million people in the surrounding metropolitan area.

Alajuela Canton in Alajuela Province, Costa Rica

Alajuela is the second largest city in Costa Rica. It is also the capital of Alajuela Province.

Association football team field sport

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Alajuelense was founded on the former Paris Hall, west of Alajuela's Central Park, on June 18, 1919 by six former players of a historic city club, Once de Abril, with the intention of uniting all the sportsmen and associations present at that time in Alajuela under a single banner. However, it wouldn't be until 1928 when Alajuelense managed to become national champions for the first time in a season that saw the club's first star: Alejandro Morera. Morera, who would later go on to become Barcelona's main striker for two seasons, is regarded as possibly the finest player Costa Rica has ever produced. He would later manage Alajuelense to their second national title in 1939 as well as two others in 1941 and 1945. Since then, Alajuelense has become the most supported club in Costa Rica, with its fans constituting close to 46% of the total amount of football fans in the country.

Alejandro Morera Soto Costa Rican footballer

Alejandro Morera Soto was a Costa Rican football player, who played as a striker mostly for Alajuelense in the Costa Rican Primera División. He is considered one of the best and most talented players of all time in Costa Rica.

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Alajuelense is one of the most successful teams in Costa Rica and Central America, having won 29 national championships. They have also won two CONCACAF Champions League titles and three Copa Interclubes UNCAF. Alajuelense was the first Costa Rican club to win an official international competition when they defeated Suranamese club Transvaal in the final series in 1986. Alajuelense has also participated in the Interamerican Cup, Copa Merconorte and Copa Sudamericana. In 1996, Alajuelense became the first club in the world to reach 100 points in any national league, finishing with a total of 102 points. This feat was repeated in 1998 and 2000 with 105 and 102 points gained, respectively.

Central America Place

Central America is located on the southern tip of North America, or is sometimes defined as a subcontinent of the Americas, bordered by Mexico to the north, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean Sea to the east, and the Pacific Ocean to the west and south. Central America consists of seven countries: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. The combined population of Central America has been estimated to be 41,739,000 and 42,688,190.

CONCACAF Champions League football tournament

The CONCACAF Champions League is an annual continental club football competition organized by CONCACAF for the top football clubs in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. The winner of the CONCACAF Champions League automatically qualifies for the quarter-finals of the FIFA Club World Cup. The tournament is officially known as the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, since February 2015, due to sponsorship by Scotiabank. The competition has been completed 52 times through the 2016–17 event, with 54 champions due to a three-way shared title in the 1978 competition.

Suriname country in South America

Suriname, officially known as the Republic of Suriname, is a country on the northeastern Atlantic coast of South America. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the north, French Guiana to the east, Guyana to the west and Brazil to the south. At just under 165,000 square kilometers, it is the smallest sovereign state in South America. Suriname has a population of approximately 558,368, most of whom live on the country's north coast, in and around the capital and largest city, Paramaribo.

Alajuelense plays its home matches at the Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto. Alajuelense's home kit is composed of red and black vertical striped shirts, with black shorts, accompanied by red or black socks. This combination has been used since the club's foundation. Puma are the kit manufacturers. Alajuelense holds many long-standing rivalries, most notably against Saprissa, Herediano and Cartaginés. It has contributed many key and famous players towards Costa Rica's FIFA World Cup squads such as José Carlos Chaves, Óscar Ramírez, Mauricio Montero, Wilmer López, Luis Marín, Johnny Acosta and Patrick Pemberton.

In sports, home is the place and venue identified with a team sport. Most professional teams are named for, and marketed to, particular metropolitan areas; amateur teams may be drawn from a particular region, or from institutions such as schools or universities. When they play in that venue, they are said to be the "home team"; when the team plays elsewhere, they are the away, visiting, or road team. Home teams wear home colors.

Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto football stadium

The Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto is a football stadium in El Llano neighborhood of Alajuela, Costa Rica which is the home of Liga Deportiva Alajuelense. It also serves as the home ground of Carmelita, who rent the stadium from Alajuelense.

Deportivo Saprissa Costa Rican football club

Deportivo Saprissa is a Costa Rican sports club, mostly known for its football team. The club is located in San Juan de Tibás, San José, and play their home games at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá. The team's signature colours are purple (burgundy) and white. The club was founded in 1935 and has competed in the Costa Rican first division since 1949. The name of the team comes from one of the club's main founders, Ricardo Saprissa. One of the most popular nicknames for the team El Monstruo Morado can be traced back to 1987, when the Costa Rican newspaper Diario Extra gave the team the nickname during a derby, because of the club's enormous following. A reporter commented that the sea of fans in the stands at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá in Tibás wearing purple, and the tremendous noise they were generating, made him feel like he was "in the presence of a thousand headed monster". Saprissa immediately adopted the nickname El Monstruo Morado.

History

The team was created in 1919 when a group of friends that used to play in a team called the "Electra" at first and then "Once de Abril" (April the 11th) met at "Salon París". They wanted to give the city a team that could represent them at a national level. They played their first official game on August 2 of that same year against Cartaginés getting their first victory, 3–1.

C.S. Cartaginés association football club

Club Sport Cartaginés Deportiva S.A. is a Costa Rican football club, that currently plays in the Costa Rican Primera División. The club plays in Estadio Jose Rafael Fello Meza, in Barrio Asis de Cartago, Costa Rica.

Alajuelense was part of the 7 teams that built and formed the National League in Costa Rica, back in 1921, along with La Libertad, Gimnástica Española, Herediano, Cartaginés, CS Tres Rios de La Union, and Sociedad Gimnástica Limonense. They won their first championship in 1928. They are the only team to win the championship with a perfect record; in 1941 they won all 6 games. [1] In 1960, the team made a tour around the world, leaving Costa Rica on September 17. In 78 days the team played 24 games, winning 12, losing 7 and the other 5 ended up tied. They scored 71 goals and received 47, with a remarkable performance from Juan Ulloa Ramírez, being the best player and top scorer of this tour.

Sociedad Gimnástica Española de San José

The Sociedad Gimnástica Española was a football club based in San José, Costa Rica.

Throughout their history, Liga Deportiva Alajuelense has generated a lot of great players and stunning performances. They are known as one of the best teams in the Central America area. Their best decade was the 1990s, during which they won 4 Championships and 4 sub-championships (runner up) as well. In addition to that, by the end of the 90's and the middle of the 2000s, they won a total of 5 local championships (4 of them in a row), 2 Copa Interclubes UNCAF Throphies and a CONCACAF Club Champions, being the base for the Costa Rican football team in the Korea and Japan 2002 FIFA World Cup, with 9 players.

By November 11, 2000 [2] and after participating in the Copa Merconorte, Alajuelense was ranked in the 27th spot, based on IFFHS's Club World Ranking. It has been the best rank by the team and the best any other Central American club have reached.

The club struggled with some financial and administrative problems in the second part on the 2000s decade, so they decided to end contract with a lot of their regular and known players and started to build a team based on their younger divisions and make some structural changes. Nowadays the club is free of debts and with a team averaging 25-year-old players is still one of the best teams in the area and one of the teams with most fans in Costa Rica. They have won the last 3 championships in its country and participated in the last CONCACAF Champions League being eliminated in the group stage for just one away goal.

Stadium

The Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto is the home of Alajuelense and is owned and operated by La Liga Deportiva Alajuelense. It's located in El Llano neighborhood of Alajuela.

On July 20, 1966, due to a motion by the Municipality of Alajuela, the stadium was renamed in honor of Alejandro Morera, nicknamed El Mago del Balon, which means The magician of the ball. He was a notable former player of Alajuelense, Barcelona and Hércules, and for commercial purposes, in an agreement with the financial institution Scotiabank in 2011 it was added the name "Scotiabank". [3]

The project to find a proper site for a permanent home started in 1938, when the director of the club, Carlos Bolaños, proposed that the club should purchase its own land. The land was purchased on October 7, 1940, but the terrain would not be football-ready until when the first game was played on January 18, 1942, when Alajuelense played against Cartaginés; the stadium only had a simple wooden stand that was previously used in the Estadio Nacional.

On September 27, 1949, a professor from a local high school named Armando Morux Sancho started what was called La marcha del ladrillo, meaning The March of Bricks in which every student would donate a brick to help build the walls and stands of the stadium. The first stands to be built were located in north, west and east around the pitch.

On March 19, 1970, the stadium saw its first night game when Alajuelense faced Honduran club Motagua, beating them 4–1.

In 1979, the enlargement of the stadium was initiated with the project of building a second stand on top of the existing stand and adding an additional stand over the dressing and conference rooms (south) and also adding a roof to the stands located to the east and the south. The project was fully completed in 1984. The stadium was re-inaugurated that year along with the new illuminations, which were amongst the best illuminations systems at the time.

Mascot

The team is now represented by a Lion dressed with the team uniform and wearing cleats as if he was going to play.

In every home game, the mascot comes out at the pitch before the game starts and plays on the field with fans, jokes with rival's fans, walk through the pitch with models giving away gifts from their sponsors and cheers the team with a huge team's flag. Before the game starts and during the half-time break, the Lion walks among the crowd and stands for pictures with the children.

The original mascot used to be a Mango, this because the team is located in Alajuela that is known as "La Ciudad de los Mangos" ("The Mangoes' City") because of the high amount of Mango Trees that could be located in the province due its weather, but later on in the early 80's, the mascot was changed into a Lion.

The Lion was chosen years ago because it represents four main attributes of the major king of the jungle, that are reflected on the team's vision and mission: Courage, Strength, Dynamism and Fidelity.

Sponsors

ManufacterPeriodSponsor
Flag of Costa Rica.svg Jugados1986 - 1996 Flag of Costa Rica.svg Punto Rojo
Flag of the United States.svg Nike 1996 - 1998 Flag of Costa Rica.svg Mutual Alajuela
Flag of Mexico.svg Atletica 1998 - 2000
Flag of Costa Rica.svg Jugados2000 - 2007 Flag of South Korea.svg LG
Flag of Germany.svg Puma 2008 - 2009
2010 - 2011 Flag of Japan.svg Sony
2012 - 2015 Flag of Spain.svg Movistar
2016 Flag of Spain.svg Movistar

Flag of Panama.svg Banco General

2017 Flag of Mexico.svg Claro

Flag of Mexico.svg Volaris

Flag of Spain.svg Kelme 2018 – present Flag of Mexico.svg Claro

Flag of Japan.svg Toyota

Flag of the United States.svg Mobil

Flag of Japan.svg Bridgestone

ClaroTuasaRepretel – Tesoro del Mar – Toyota - Volaris
Banco Nacional de Costa Rica – Coca-Cola

Honors

National competitions

Winners (29): 1928, 1939, 1941, 1945, 1949, 1950, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1970, 1971, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1991, 1992, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05, Invierno 2010–11, Verano 2010–11, Invierno 2011–12, Invierno 2012–13. Invierno 2013–14.
Runners-up (24): 1930, 1928, 1944, 1952, 1957, 1962, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1972, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2006–07, 2007–08, Invierno 2008–09 Verano 2014, Verano 2015, Invierno 2015, Verano 2016
Winners (8): 1926, [5] 1928, [6] 1937, [7] 1941, [8] 1944, [9] 1948, [10] 1949, [11] 1977. [12]
Winners (1): 2012
Winners (2): 2012, 2013
Winners (1): 2014
Winners (1): 1967, 1974

International

Winners (2): 1986, 2004
Runners-up (4): 1971, 1973, 1992, 1999
Runners-up (1): 1986
Winners (3): 1996, 2002, 2005
Runners-up (2): 1999, 2000

Other Internacional Championships

1961: (Central American & Caribbean Champions)
1988, 1992: (Central American Champions)
2000: (Copa LG Uncaf (Panama) Champions)

Friendly Tournaments:

1994: KLM Cup, against Borussia Dortmund & Saprissa
2004: Copa Taca de Campeon de Campeones de America, against Once Caldas (former Copa Libertadores Champion)

Player records

Players

Current squad

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

No.PositionPlayer
1 Flag of Costa Rica.svg GK Patrick Pemberton (Captain)
18 Flag of Costa Rica.svg GK Mauricio Vargas
33 Flag of Costa Rica.svg GK Adonis Pineda
4 Flag of Costa Rica.svg DF Kenner Gutiérrez
6 Flag of Costa Rica.svg DF José Salvatierra
32 Flag of Costa Rica.svg DF Darío Alfaro
3 Flag of Costa Rica.svg DF Esteban Marín
2 Flag of Costa Rica.svg DF Orlando Galo
30 Flag of Saint Lucia.svg DF Kurt Frederick
14 Flag of Costa Rica.svg DF Christopher Meneses
17 Flag of Costa Rica.svg MF Jake Beckford
25 Flag of Costa Rica.svg MF Luis Sequeira
No.PositionPlayer
5 Flag of Honduras.svg MF Luis Garrido
22 Flag of Costa Rica.svg MF José Miguel Cubero
7 Flag of Costa Rica.svg MF Freddy Álvarez
10 Flag of Costa Rica.svg MF José Luis Cordero
12 Flag of Costa Rica.svg MF Pablo Gabas
16 Flag of Costa Rica.svg MF Allen Guevara
19 Flag of Costa Rica.svg FW Jonathan McDonald (Vicecaptain)
9 Flag of Panama.svg FW Abdiel Arroyo
34 Flag of Costa Rica.svg FW Bryan Jiménez
28 Flag of Costa Rica.svg FW Barlon Sequeira
23 Flag of Costa Rica.svg FW Yuaycell Wright
21 Flag of Honduras.svg FW Roger Rojas

Out on loan

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

No.PositionPlayer
Flag of Costa Rica.svg FW Alonso Martínez(at Palmares)
Flag of Costa Rica.svg FW Erick Barahona(at Palmares)
Flag of Costa Rica.svg DF Mario Ramírez(at Palmares)
Flag of Costa Rica.svg GK Miguel Ajú(at Municipal Santa Ana)
Flag of Costa Rica.svg DF Diego Mesén(at Municipal Santa Ana)
Flag of Costa Rica.svg DF Daniel Villegas(at Municipal Santa Ana)
Flag of Costa Rica.svg DF Jurgen Román(at Municipal Santa Ana)
Flag of Costa Rica.svg MF Jordi Matarrita(at Municipal Santa Ana)
No.PositionPlayer
Flag of Costa Rica.svg FW Jean Carlo Innecken(at Municipal Santa Ana)
Flag of Costa Rica.svg FW Axel Chavarría(at Municipal Santa Ana)
Flag of Costa Rica.svg FW José Alvarado(at Municipal Santa Ana)
Flag of Costa Rica.svg MF Harry Rojas(at Municipal Grecia)
Flag of Costa Rica.svg MF Roberto Córdoba(at Municipal Grecia)
Flag of Costa Rica.svg MF Eduardo Juárez(at Guadalupe)

Notable players

Retired numbers

20 Flag of Costa Rica.svg Mauricio Montero, defender (1987–98)

Personnel

Current technical staff

PositionStaff
Manager Flag of Costa Rica.svg Luis Diego "El Flaco" Arnaez
Assistant manager Flag of Costa Rica.svg Wílmer López
Medical Doctor Flag of Cuba.svg Flag of Costa Rica.svg Alfredo Gómez
Physical Trainer Flag of Uruguay.svg Nicolás Dos Santos
Physical Therapist Flag of Costa Rica.svg Fabián Calvo
Props Flag of Costa Rica.svg Walter Rodríguez
Flag of Costa Rica.svg Mario Chávez

Last updated: 31 December 2017
Source: LD Alajuelense

List of coaches

Management

OfficeName
PresidentFernando Ocampo
Vice presidentJoseph Joseph
General Management
TreasuryGuillermo Cornejo

Last updated: 28 December 2016
Source: LD Alajuense

See also

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