Alianza Fútbol Club, also known simply as Alianza, is a professional 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.

Full nameAlianza Fútbol Club
Nickname(s)Los Paquidermos (The Bachyderms)
Los Elefantes Blancos (The White Elephants)
Los Albos (The Whites)
El Mimado de la Capital (The Capital's Pampered Team)
La Orquesta Alba (The White Orchestra)
Founded12 October 1958; 65 years ago (1958-10-12) (as Atlético La Constancia)
GroundEstadio Cuscatlán
ChairmanAdolfo Salume
ManagerEduardo Lara
LeaguePrimera División
2022 ClausuraOverall: 1st
Playoffs: Champions
Current season

History edit

The beginning edit

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 Blanca edit

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 drought edit

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 success edit

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 Invincibles edit

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]

Honours edit

Domestic honours edit

International honours edit

Friendly tournament edit

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

Records edit

Rodolfo Zelaya is Alianza's record goalscorer.

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 154 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 competition. 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.

Sponsorship edit

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

Kit makers edit

Years Kit manufacturers
1956–1980 Nil shirt Maker
1992   Clima
1995   Galaxia
1996-1997   Torino
1998   Lanzera
2001-2005   Milan
2006-2009   AVIVA
2010-2014   Lotto
2015 Nil shirt Maker
2016–2017   Joma
2018–Present   Umbro

Stadium edit

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.

Estadio Cuscatlan Disaster edit

In 2023, during a game between Alianza F.C. and C.D. FAS in the Primera División de Fútbol de El Salvador an incident occurred which resulted in a crowd crush of fans in the stadium.

According to reports, fans had been sold fake tickets for the game and angry fans attempted to pull down the barricades at the stadiums at the entrance. Twelve people were killed and dozens of others injured.

Players edit

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 squad edit

As of: 16 January, 2024
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 Sergio Sibrian
3 DF   SLV Diego Chevez
4 DF   SLV Iván Mancía
5 DF   SLV Mario Jacobo
7 MF   URU Ányelo Rodríguez
8 MF   SLV Óscar Rodríguez
9 FW   CHI Sebastian Julio
10 MF   SLV Leonardo Menjivar
11 MF   SLV Juan Carlos Portillo
12 MF   SLV William Canales
14 MF   SLV Kilmar Wilfredo Echeverría
15 DF   SLV Jonathan Jiménez
16 DF   SLV Henry Romero
17 MF   SLV Alexis Renderos
19 DF   SLV Andres Hernandez
21 MF   SLV Marvin Monterroza (captain)
22 FW   SLV Rodolfo Zelaya
23 FW   COL Michel Mercado
24 GK   SLV Ricardo Funes
25 GK   SLV Mario González
26 MF   SLV Ezequiel Rivas
30 FW   SLV Emerson Mauricio
45 MF   SLV Leyson Vargas
No. Pos. Nation Player
6 MF   SLV Narciso Orellana
29 DF   SLV Emerson Hernández
47 FW   SLV Emerson Alvarenga
56 FW   SLV Hamilton Benitez

Out on loan edit

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 Elvin Alvarado (at Platense for the 2022-23 Apertura and Clausura)

In edit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
  SLV Andrés Hernández (From Platense)
GK   SLV Sergio Sibrián (From Once Deportivo)
  CHI Sebastián Julio (From LA Firpo)
  URU Ányelo Rodríguez (From Bella Vista)
No. Pos. Nation Player
  SLV Leonardo Menjivar (Loaned From Alajuelense)
  SLV TBD (From TBD)

Out edit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   SLV Kevin Menjívar (To TBD)
MF   SLV Isaac Portillo (To TBD)
GK   SLV Yonathan Guardado (To TBD)
FW   COL Yerson Tobar (To TBD)
No. Pos. Nation Player

Players with dual citizenship edit

Youth League squad edit

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 staff edit

Position Staff
Manager   Jorge Rodriguez *
Assistant Manager   TBD
Reserve Manager   Luis Kalimba Sosa *
Under 17 Manager   Nelson Rojas *
Ladies team Manager  
Goalkeeper Coach   Schafik Chávez *
Team Physical Trainer   Franisco Hurtado
Fitness Coach   JRene Ramirez *
Team Doctor   Henry Flores *
Knesliogiocal   Felix Zambia
Utility   Fernando Rivera & Ronald Escobar *
Director of Sports   Milton Melendez *

Management edit

Position Staff
Owner   Asociación de Empresa Adolfo Salume
President   Gonzalo Sibrian *
Vice President   Mario Palacios *
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 analyst   Fabrizio Castro
Video Analysts   Rene Rosales
Sports Director   Luis Fernando Espindola *

Notable players edit

Notable players edit

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.

Team captains edit

Years Name Nation
1966-1967 Alberto Villalta   El Salvador
1968-69 Salvador Mariona   El Salvador
1970 Guido Alvarado   Costa Rica
1975 Victor Manuel Valencia   El Salvador
1978 Roberto Guerra   El Salvador
1979-1981 Abilio Martinez   El Salvador
1986–1990 Julio Palacios Lozano   El Salvador
1993-1995 Joaquín Canales   El Salvador
1996-1998 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
2014 Edwin Martínez   El Salvador
2015 Ramón Martínez de Paz   El Salvador
2017–2018 Rodolfo Zelaya   El Salvador
2018–Present Marvin Monterrosa   El Salvador

Retired numbers edit

2  Roberto Rivas, defender (1960–70)

Presidential history edit

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 1959-TBD
  Mauricio Salaverría Cáceres 1971-1972
  Ricardo Sol Meza 1966
  Ernesto Muyshondt Parker TBA
  Vicente Sol Bang 1972-1973
  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 1992–2001
  Ricardo Padilla 2001–2005
  Salvador Mariona 2005–2007
  Lisandro Pohl[4][5][6] 2008–2018
  Adolfo Salume 2018–2020
  Pedro David Hernández 2020–2023
  Gonzalo Sibrian 2023–present

Notable managers edit

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.

Milton Meléndez directed five finals (four of these in a row) during 2016 until 2022, culminating with three victoties and two defeats. He became in the third on the list of those who have been champions as a player and as a coach.

References edit

  1. ^ "el cuento de la final navidena". El Grafico. 25 June 2015. Archived from the original on 12 March 2012. 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". 19 May 2017. Archived from the original on 10 August 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Presidente del Alianza habla de recortes en plantel si no mejoran las taquillas". Archived from the original on 7 February 2018. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Así celebró el Alianza con su afición el récord de partidos sin perder". Archived from the original on 13 February 2018. Retrieved 6 April 2018.

External links edit