Alianza F.C.

Alianza Fútbol Club, also known simply as Alianza, is a football club based in San Salvador, El Salvador. Founded in 1958, Alianza was almost immediately successful, winning its first championships in the 1966 and 1967 Salvadoran seasons. Even more significantly, Alianza was the first Central American and Salvadoran club to win the CONCACAF Champions' Cup in 1967, and is currently one of only three Salvadoran teams to have done so.

Alianza
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Full nameAlianza Fútbol Club
Nickname(s)Paquidermos
Elefantes Blancos
Albos
Founded1958; 64 years ago (1958) (as Atlético La Constancia)
GroundEstadio Cuscatlán,
San Salvador, El Salvador
Capacity53,400
ChairmanAdolfo Salume
ManagerMilton Meléndez
LeaguePrimera División
2020 AperturaOverall: 1st
Playoffs: Champions

HistoryEdit

The beginningEdit

Atlético La Constancia was formed in 1958 by a group of workers in San Salvador. Although small in terms of financial status, they were able to reach the Liga de Ascenso (second division) final in 1958. They lost 2–0 in a two legged series against Águila. The club, however, purchased a spot in the first division at the expense of Once Municipal. This enabled them to gain the sponsorship of the Intercontinental Hotel and its president, Peruvian Axel Hochkoeppler.

Because of Hochkoeppler's support, Alianza FC president Enrique Sol Meza decided to name the club Alianza FC in honor of Alianza Lima. Hernán Vivanco joined the club as the coach and began getting the players to play an exciting style of football. That style and a strong advertising campaign quickly won over the support of the population of San Salvador. Before long, Alianza was surpassing Juventud Olímpica as the nation's most popular club.

One of Alianza's greatest triumphs happened in 1966, when they defeated a Santos side that included the great Pelé. The win took place at the Estadio Nacional Flor Blanc, and featured the efforts of loaned Argentines Dante Juárez, Juan Verón and Santiago, all on loan at the time.

Orquesta BlancaEdit

1966 was also the year that Alianza won its first tile. Due to the cohesion and speed with which Hernán Carrasco had the team playing, Alianza became known as La Orquesta Alba (the Dawn Orchestra). The team was made up of many great players, including Edgar "Pata Gorda" Morales, Roberto "La Burra" Rivas, Alberto "Pechuga" Villalta, Raúl "Araña" Magaña, Guido Alvarado, Salvador Mariona, Mario Monge, Luis "Cascarita" Tapia, Miguel "El Chueco" Hermosilla, Ricardo Sepúlveda and Jorge "El Conejo" Liévano.

The team won fifteen straight matches on their way to the league championship, where they defeated Águila 2–1. Goals were scored by Hermosilla and Mario Monge. In all, "La Orquesta Alba" outscored their opponents eighty-three to thirty-nine and won twenty of their thirty-six matches.

The club repeated as champions in 1967, defeating Sonsonate FC 5–1 in the finals. They then went on to become the first El Salvadoran club to win the CONCACAF Champions' Cup, defeating Jong Colombia over a three-leg series. Alianza lost the first leg, but won the second to force a replay. They prevailed 5–3, with Tapia and Flores scoring twice each.

Decline and title droughtEdit

After the 1967 title, members of the Orquestra began retiring. Players like Brazilian internationals Camargo, Taneses and Nilton Rodarte, Peruvian international Fernando Alva, Uruguayan international Julio César "El Pocho" Cortés, Chilean international Hugo Ottensen came through the ranks. So too did domestic players including Miguel "La Mica" González, Herbert Machón, "Míchel" Cornejo, Armando Cortez Sandoval, Jaime "Samba" Saravia, Roberto "El Cuchillo" Guerra, Jaime "La Chelona" Rodríguez and Carlos "El Cacho" Meléndez. However, the 1970s were less successful than the 1960s.

They reached the playoff finals four times (1971, 1973, 1975–76, and 1978–79) but finished runner-up each time. Then, after a string of disappointing seasons, the club came out of the wilderness to challenge for the title in 1985. However, they would be runners-up again, losing 5–2 to city rivals Atlético Marte. [1]

Title successEdit

In 1986, the title drought finally ended. Ricardo Sepúlveda, a member of "The Orquesta Alba", returned to the club as a manager and led them to their third championship and first in twenty years. The championship match pitted Alianza against Águila, and it ended 0–0 after extra time. The game went to penalties, and Alianza won 3–1, with Carlos Reyes scoring the decisive goal. A corner had been turned.

The brilliance of Chilean Raúl Toro powered Alianza to a fourth title in 1989; he scored the winning goal in the final against Luis Ángel Firpo. 1993–94 saw a fifth crown, as the Uruguayan Gustavo Faral managed the club to a 2–1 championship win over FAS.[2]

1997 saw Alianza win its second international championship, when they defeated Deportivo Saprissa from Costa Rica to win the UNCAF Club Championship. The management of technician Juan Carlos Masnik and the heroic efforts of players such as Horacio Lugo, Marcelo Bauza, Uruguayan Alejandro Curbelo and Adrián de la Cruz powered the team to two more titles soon after.[3]

The InvinciblesEdit

Alianza went through the Apertura 2017 season undefeated, becoming the first Salvadoran side to achieve such a feat. Their 4–1 win over Santa Tecla in the final was the icing on the cake, and saw a double from Rodolfo Zelaya, plus strikes from league leading goalscorer Gustavo Guerreño, and midfielder Marvin Monterrosa.[1]

HonoursEdit

Domestic honoursEdit

International honoursEdit

Runner-up (1): 1980

Friendly tournamentEdit

  • Copa Acción Cívica: 1
1966
  • Copa Santa Ana: 1
1977
  • Copa Roberto "Burra" Rivas: 1
2015

RecordsEdit

TBD holds the record for most Alianza appearances, having played TBD first-team matches from Year to Year. TBD comes second with 725 appearances.The record for a goalkeeper is held by TBD, with 000 appearances. With 000 caps (000 while at the club), TBD is Alianza's most capped international player.

Rodolfo Zelaya is Alianza's all-time top goalscorer, with 147 goals. Six other players have also scored over 100 goals for Alianza: TBD (1953–64), TBD (1971–88), TBD (1958–66), TBD (1985–92), TBD (2009–current) and the previous goalscoring record-holder TBD (1994–2010). TBD holds the record for the most league goals scored in one season (48 in 2014–15). TBD's 49 goals in 58 matches was for decades the all-time highest tally in CONCACAF comptetion. The fastest goal in the history of the club (26 seconds) was scored by the Colombian Duvier Riascos on 15 September 2021 during a league match against Santa Tecla F.C.


  • Alianza FC was the first Salvadoran team to win CONCACAF Champions' Cup.
  • Alianza FC are the last Salvadoran team to win UNCAF Club Championship.
  • Alianza FC are the last Salvadoran team to win an international competition, this being the UNCAF Club Championship in 1997.
  • Alianza FC are the first and only team in Salvadoran League to win the domestic championship undefeated.

SponsorshipEdit

Companies that Alianza currently has sponsorship deals with include:

  • Umbro – official kit suppliers
  • Tigo – official sponsors
  • Pepsi – official sponsors
  • Domino's Pizza – official sponsors
  • Los Rinconcitos – official sponsors
  • Farmactas virgen de Guadulope – official sponsors
  • Gatorade – official sponsors
  • Canal 4 – official sponsors

StadiumEdit

Alianza Futbol Club has forged its entire history in the Estadio Nacional de la Flor Blanca (now Estadio Jorge "Mágico" González), in which they achieved three titles during the 1960s. However, it was damaged in the 2001 earthquakes and Alianza moved to the Estadio Cuscatlán, where they have kept playing to this day.

PlayersEdit

Alianza is the first Salvadoran team to form an under-17 team for the new Under-17 League competition that was scheduled to begin in April 2014.

Current squadEdit

As of: 6 March, 2022
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   SLV Yimmy Cuéllar
3 DF   SLV Israel Landaverde
4 DF   SLV Iván Mancía
5 DF   SLV Mario Jacobo
6 MF   SLV Narciso Orellana
8 MF   SLV Óscar Rodríguez
9 FW   SLV Óscar Cerén
11 MF   SLV Juan Carlos Portillo
12 DF   SLV Rubén Marroquín
14 MF   SLV Elvin Alvarado
15 DF   SLV Jonathan Jiménez
16 DF   SLV Henry Romero
17 MF   SLV Alexis Renderos
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 FW   COL Franco Arizala
20 MF   SLV Bryan Tamacas
21 MF   SLV Marvin Monterrosa (captain)
22 FW   SLV Rodolfo Zelaya
23 FW   COL Michel Mercado
25 GK   SLV Mario Gonzalez
26 MF   SLV Ezequiel Rivas
27 MF   SLV Isaac Portillo
29 MF   SLV Harold Osorio
30 FW   SLV Emerson Mauricio
39 DF   SLV Emerson Hernández
55 GK   SLV Sergio Sibrián

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   SLV Cesar Flores (at Santa Tecla for the 2021 Apertura)
DF   SLV TBD (at Chalatenango for the 2021 Apertura)

InEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
  COL Franco Arizala (From Deportivo Pereira)
  SLV TBD (From TBD)
  SLV TBD (From TBD)
No. Pos. Nation Player
  SLV TBD (From TBD)
  SLV TBD (From TBD)

OutEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   COL Duvier Riascos (To Deportivo Pasto)
MF   COL Victor Arboleda (To Deportivo Pasto)
MF   SLV Junior Burgos (To TBD)
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   COL Stiwar Mena (To Unión Magdalena)
  SLV TBD (To TBD)

Players with dual citizenshipEdit

Youth League squadEdit

Alianza "B". 's youth squad plays in the ten-team Primera División Reserves (El Salvador). Current members of the squad are:

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
32 MF   SLV Elías Rivas
33 DF   SLV Geovany López
34 DF   SLV Alexis Montes
35 MF   SLV Luis Rivera
36 DF   SLV Marvin Sandoval
37 DF   SLV Misael Valencia
38 MF   SLV Josué Pacheco
39 MF   SLV José Portillo
40 MF   SLV Jason Marroquín
41 MF   SLV Éver Guzmán
No. Pos. Nation Player
42 DF   SLV Emmanuel Flores
43 DF   SLV Julio César Huezo
44 FW   SLV Emerson Mauricio
45 FW   SLV Diego Sánchez
46 MF   SLV Wilian Flores
47 MF   SLV Julio César Campos
48 MF   SLV Marcelo Díaz
50 MF   SLV Jahaziel Olivares
53 GK   SLV Cristian Rivera

Coaching staffEdit

Position Staff
Manager   Milton Melendez
Assistant Manager   Adonai Martinez
Reserve Manager   Nelson Rojas
Under 17 Manager   Juan Carlos Serrano
Ladies team Manager   Luis Kalimba Sosa
Goalkeeper Coach   Schafik Chávez
Team Physical Trainer   Franisco Hurtado
Fitness Coach   Mario Vilatoro
Team Doctor  
Knesliogiocal   Felix Zambia
Utility   Fernando Rivera & Ronald Escobar
Director of Sports   Edwin Abarca

ManagementEdit

Position Staff
Owner   Asociación de Empresa Adolfo Salume
President   Pedro David Hernandez
Vice President   Sherman Calvo
Secretary   Eduardo Arias Rank
General Director   Edwin Abarca
Director of Communications and Marketing   Carmen Vides
Financial Manager   Noemi Cordova de Valencia
Press Officer   Jose Chavez
Administrative assistant   Blanca Crisol
Assistant Youth divisions   Dalila Garces
Social Media   David Quezada
Internal analysist   Fabrizio Castro
Video Analysts   Rene Rosales
Sports Director   Milton Meléndez

Notable playersEdit

Notable playersEdit

Below are the notable former and current players who have represented Alianza in Primera Division and international competition since the club's foundation in 1958. To appear in the section below, a player must have played in at least 100 official matches for the club, a list of every Alianza player who has been called up by their national team.

For a complete list of Alianza players, see Category:Alianza F.C. footballers.

Team captainsEdit

Years Name Nation
TBD Alberto Villalta   El Salvador
1966 Salvador Mariona   El Salvador
1970 Guido Alvarado   Costa Rica
1979-1981 Abilio Martinez   El Salvador
1986–1990 Julio Palacios Lozano   El Salvador
1995 Joaquín Canales   El Salvador
1996-1997 Milton Melendez   El Salvador
2001 Adonai Martínez   El Salvador
2004 Mario Elias Guevara   El Salvador
2007, 2009 Ramiro Carballo   El Salvador
2008 Victor Velasquez   El Salvador
2009 Ramón Sánchez   El Salvador
TBD TBD   El Salvador
2011-2013 Marcelo Messias   El Salvador
  Brazil
2014 Edwin Martínez   El Salvador
2015 Ramón Martínez de Paz   El Salvador
2017–2018 Rodolfo Zelaya   El Salvador
2018–Present Marvin Monterrosa   El Salvador
TBD TBD   El Salvador

Retired numbersEdit

2  Roberto Rivas, defender (1960–70)

Presidential historyEdit

Alianza have had numerous presidents over the course of their history, some of which have been the owners of the club; others have been honorary presidents. Here is a complete list of them.

 
Name Years
  Axel Hochkoeppler 1957–59
  Enrique Sol Meza TBA
  Mauricio Salaverría Cáceres 1971-1972
  Ricardo Sol Meza TBA
  Ernesto Muyshondt Parker TBA
  Vicente Sol Bang TBA
  Juan Grané TBA
 
Name Years
Alejandro Hutt TBA
  Ricardo Simán TBA
Luis Ohrlich TBA
  Fernando Calvo TBA
  Ronald Calvo TBA
Miguel Pinto TBA
Rafael Rengifo TBA
 
Name Years
  Ricardo Balzaretti TBA
  Oscar Antonio Rodriguez ????–01
  Ricardo Padilla 2001–05
  Salvador Mariona 2005–07
  Lisandro Pohl[4][5][6] 2008–2018
  Adolfo Salume 2018–present

Notable managersEdit

The most successful all-time manager is Chilean Hernán Carrasco, who won four championships during his two tenures with Alianza FC (1966–67, 1989–92). The list of honours includes three Primera División titles (1965–66, 1966–67, 1989–90) and one CONCACAF Champions' Cup (1967).

Uruguayan Carlos Masnik was another notable manager with two titles won with Alianza, one Primera División championships (1996–97) and one UNCAF Club Championship (1997).

Chilean Ricardo Sepúlveda and Uruguayan Rubén Alonso both had outstanding careers as players for Alianza, and are the only two to win a title both as a player and coach. Sepulveda won the 1986–87, while Alonso won the Apertura 1998 and Apertura 2015, their most recent title victory.

Gustavo Faral won the 1993–94 championship, becoming the first Uruguayan and the first of three Uruguayans to win a title with Alianza.

Ramón Paredes become the first and so far only Salvadoran coach to win a title as coach of Alianza, which he did in the 2001 Apertura title.

Uruguayan Juan Martín Mujica led the team to the 2004 Clausura title.

Under the coaching of Roberto Gamarra, Alianza won the Clausura 2011.

Jorge Humberto Rodriguez helped Alianza win the 2017 Apertura title and also achieve the distinction of being the first team to go the entire season undefeated.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "el cuento de la final navidena". El Grafico. 25 June 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Los Nuevos Campeonatos". La Nacion. 25 June 2015. Archived from the original on 25 June 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Alianza es grande". La Nacion. 12 June 1997. Retrieved 25 June 2015.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Lisandro Pohl: "Jorge Rodríguez seguirá, ganemos o perdamos la final" | El Gráfico". Elgrafico.com. 19 May 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Presidente del Alianza habla de recortes en plantel si no mejoran las taquillas". elgrafico.com. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Así celebró el Alianza con su afición el récord de partidos sin perder". elgrafico.com. Retrieved 6 April 2018.

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