Antigua Guatemala Fútbol Club is a Guatemalan professional football team based in Antigua Guatemala, and current champions of the Liga Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala. They play their home games at the Estadio Pensativo. They are nicknamed Los Panzas Verdes ("Green bellies") in reference to the local avocados and as represented by the green stripes on the team uniform.
|Full name||Antigua Guatemala Fútbol Club|
|Nickname(s)||Coloniales (Colonials) |
Panzas Verdes (Green Bellies)
Aguacateros (Avocado Eaters)
|Chairman||Mario Porras Gonzales|
|Manager||Juan Antonio Torres|
|League||Liga Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala|
The club was founded in 1958 by Dr. Miguel Ángel Soto Bustamante and Mr. Antonio Martínez Barrios with the colonial city as its home. The club's first president was Rogelio Toldeo Estrada and the club's first manager was César Rodríguez Gudiel.
After earning promotion to the maximum division (Liga Mayor "A") in the 1957–58 season, Antigua finished third in the 1959–60 league table. However, they could not retain their level in the following years, suffering relegation after the 1964 season. After more than a decade in the Liga Mayor B, the club's administration was inherited by the Antigua Guatemala Municipality, and in December 1976, earned promotion back to the Liga Mayor "A", but were relegated two years later as the number of teams in the league was reduced from 18 to 12. Administration changed hands again and the team earned another promotion in 1979 after winning a tie-breaking third playoff match against Juca at the Estadio Mateo Flores, remaining in the top category until 1983, when a last-place finish on the standings relegated them once again.
Relegation in 1983 marked the beginning of a 16-year-long period in which the club went through financial strain and was unable to return to the top flight. In 1998 the team's administration was again given to the Municipality, and on 22 May 1999 they earned a spot in the now called Liga Nacional. In 2006 they were relegated after seven years in the top flight, in what had been their longest period of participation at the top level. As of 2011, they have competed in the Primera División de Ascenso.
Return to Liga Nacional in 2014Edit
Antigua GFC will compete in Guatemala's highest-level league having purchased the position offered by the Heredia Jaguares from Izabal. For the 2015 season, the club kit will be supplied by Italian sports company Diadora.
On December 20th 2015, Antigua won the Apertura for the first time. Since their first victory, they were champions of Guatemalan football for three consecutive years. In 2019, Antigua won its fourth Guatemalan League title.
Performance in international competitionsEdit
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
List of coachesEdit
- César Rodríguez (1958)
- Jorge Tupinambá (1992–1995)
- Carlos Rosales (2000)
- Rodolfo Arias (2001-Oct 2001)
- Mario Reig (Oct 2001–2002)
- Ever González (2009)
- Orlando A. Andrade (2009–10)
- Daniel Orlando Berta (Jan 2010 – March 10)
- Ricardo Carreño (March 2010 – June 10)
- Jeff "Ziggy" Korytoski (June 2010 – Dec 11)
- Jeff "Ziggy" Korytoski (2013)
- Gabriel Castillo (Jan 2014 -May 2014)
- Mauricio Tapia (May 2014– Dec 2018)
- Juan Antonio Torres (Jan 2019-)
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