Asociación Civil Deportivo Lara

Asociación Civil Deportivo Lara (usually called A.C.D. Lara, Deportivo Lara or just Lara) is a professional football club based in Cabudare, Lara State, that was promoted to the Venezuelan league in 2009, in their first year of existence.

Deportivo Lara
Deportivo Lara.png
Full nameAsociación Civil Deportivo Lara
Founded2009; 12 years ago (2009)
GroundEstadio Metropolitano de Cabudare,
Cabudare, Venezuela
ChairmanJorge Giménez
ManagerLeonardo González
LeaguePrimera División Venezolana
20204th, aggregate table


Club Deportivo Lara was born July 1, 2009 through the purchase of the club by some employers (Arid García, Luís Yépez, Juan Conde, Carlos Eduardo Hernández) and the former team had been struggling financially. This new policy for football betting in the Lara state and under the slogan "Believe in Lara."

The team achieved its first year stay in the top four of the cumulative overall, just behind Caracas, Deportivo Táchira and Deportivo Italia and, the latter being the worst hit since the last dates of the Apertura and Clausura was severed its aspiration in the hands of the team.

First international participationEdit

On May 9, 2010 the team sealed its pass to the 2010 Copa Sudamericana, after being in 4th place in the 2008–09 first division, and so after 44 years to bring back an international tournament to Lara state after Lara FC did so in 1966 but this time in the Copa Libertadores.

ACD Lara played their first leg at home on August 17 against Colombia's Santa Fe in the Estadio Metropolitano de Cabudare with favorable outcome for the local 2–0, and the second leg was held in El Campín home of the Santa Fe in Bogotá on Thursday August 26. There, the club could not maintain its early lead and fell by the score of 4–0 leaving the competition with aggregate score of 4–2 in favor of Santa Fe.

Recent yearsEdit

In December 2010 the club purchases coach German "Basílico" González, who brings a new coaching staff including Arturo Boyacá and Óscar Gil as technical assistants. After poor results González leaves the club, and Óscar Gil takes the helm.

Gil took over the club in Week 14 against Estudiantes de Mérida in which he took the win 1–0 on the stadium Metropolitano de Cabudare, then faced Caroní in Cachamay winning 0–3, then a defeat at home to Monagas 1–3 and finally managed to finish the tournament with 0–4 in game played in Caracas. Previously, he had served as interim coach in the win against Yaracuyanos by a score of 1–4, which gave him one of the first joys to all ACD Lara fans.

But Gil decided not to go for the new season, although the Red & Black would not be too long without coach, since June 3, 2011 Eduardo Saragó coach signed for three seasons with the club. That same day it was made a press conference that inaugurated the new headquarters of the club. Also began a promising project, as it has taken in consideration the youth teams of the club, and also there have been transfers of experience as Miguel Mea Vitali, Edgar Pérez Greco, Rafael Castellín, David McIntosh, Vicente Suanno, José Manuel Rey, Norman Baquero, Marcelo Maidana, Bladimir Morales, and for a long-term project which made them long contracts.

After a dream season, the Red & Black managed to become overall champions of the 2011–12 Venezuelan Primera División after winning the Apertura 2011 unbeaten by winning to Mineros de Guayana with 5–1 score, and also winning the Clausura 2012 by winning again to Mineros de Guayana, this time by a score of 0–1. In this manner, the ACD Lara closes the season as the third team in Venezuelan football history to win both tournaments in a season (after Caracas managed to do so in 2003–04 and the Unión Atlético Maracaibo did it in 2004–05) and the first team to do so since the expansion of teams in 2007, with an accumulated score in the table of 25 wins, 8 draws and just 1 loss, accumulating 83 points (record of points obtained in a Venezuelan football season) obtaining a pass for the 2012 Copa Sudamericana and the 2013 Copa Libertadores.

Recent seasonsEdit

Year Division Position
2009–10 Primera División 4th
2010–11 Primera División 13th
2011–12 Primera División 1st
2012–13 Primera División 4th
2013–14 Primera División 11th
2014–15 Primera División 8th
2015 Primera División 8th
2016 Primera División 8th
2017 Primera División 2nd


Amateur Era (0):
Professional Era (1): 2012

Performance in CONMEBOL competitionsEdit

2013: Group Stage
2018: Group Stage
2019: Group Stage
2010: First Round
2012: First Round
2013: First Round

Current squadEdit

As of 11 April 2021[1]

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   VEN Ramón Dudamel
2 DF   VEN Jonathan España
3 DF   VEN Ignacio Anzola
4 DF   VEN Victor Sifontes
6 MF   VEN Telasco Segovia
8 MF   VEN Jesús Bueno (captain)
9 FW   VEN Gilson Salazar
10 MF   VEN Luis Barrios
11 FW   VEN Darwin Gómez
12 GK   VEN Yohan Molleja
13 DF   VEN Eliel Alejos
14 DF   VEN Cristopher Rodríguez
16 FW   VEN Bryan Castillo
17 DF   VEN Rodney Chirinos
18 DF   VEN Héctor Maestre
19 FW   VEN Jean Franco Castillo
20 MF   VEN Juan Carlos Castellanos
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 DF   VEN Jesús Silva
24 MF   VEN Juan Luis Perdomo
25 GK   VEN Luis Curiel
27 FW   PAN Ángel Sánchez
29 DF   VEN Diego Meleán
30 FW   VEN Luis Urbina
31 DF   VEN Sebastián Rodríguez
GK   VEN Víctor López
DF   VEN Alex Saúl Álvarez
DF   VEN Juan Meléndez
DF   VEN Juan Olmos
MF   VEN Alejandro Goncalves
MF   VEN Bernaldo Manzano
MF   VEN Fabián Quintero
MF   VEN Manuel Moreno
FW   VEN Rubén Rojas

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   VEN Freddy Vargas (at FC Dallas until 31 December 2021)


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Plantilla" [Squad] (in Spanish). Deportivo Lara. Retrieved 11 April 2021.

External linksEdit