Club Deportivo Águila, commonly known as Águila, is a Salvadoran professional football club based in San Miguel. The club currently competes in Primera División, the top tier of El Salvador football league system.[1]

Águila
Full nameClub Deportivo Águila
Nickname(s)Aguiluchos
Emplumados
La 50+1
Negronaranjas
Founded15 February 1926; 98 years ago (1926-02-15)
GroundEstadio Juan Francisco Barraza
Capacity14,000
PresidentEl Salvador José Alexander Menjivar
ManagerArgentina Ernesto Corti
LeagueEl Salvador Primera División
Current season

Águila is one of the most successful clubs in El Salvador football history.[2] C.D. Águila have won seventeen Primera División championships, one Copa Presidente, and one CONCACAF Champions' Cup 1976. Their CONCACAF Champions' Cup 1976 win made them the second Salvadoran team to win a CONCACAF title.

Since 1956, Águila have played their home games at Estadio Juan Francisco Barraza. The stadium is one of the biggest stadiums in El Salvador.

Aguila is one of the most widely supported football clubs in El Salvador, and has long standing rivalry with neighbours Dragón, known as the San Miguel derby, and also competes with powerclub FAS, known as El Clásico (English: The Classic).[3]

History edit

Foundation and early years edit

Club Deportivo Águila was founded on 15 February 1926, in the City of San Miguel, by a group of young people.[4] The first club President was Victor Vanegas. The major goal of the club was first to establish a baseball team, and later develop football and basketball teams. At the beginning, baseball and football were not as successful as basketball with the team dominating in both El Salvador as in neighbouring countries.

In 1956, a group met in San Miguel and decided to form a football team named Club Deportivo Águila. Their first act was to meet with the president of Alacranes, Miguel Sagastizado, after sometime negotiating, they purchased their spot in Liga B and this was ratified by FESFUT on 21 August 1956. In the first season the club played under the name of CD A, this was due to another club in the division Águilas FC from Santa Tecla having a similar name. To attract big names players the clubs paid a minimum of 75 colones per month (US$8), which was above the average of their three biggest rivals (Dragon Rácing and Corona) paid their players per month, which was around 30 to 50 colones (US$3.40 – 5.70). This allowed them to signed players such as Juan Francisco Barraza, Esteban Blanco, Salvador Hernández, Fito Fuentes, Juan Merthem, Atilio Pineda, Honduran Manuel Larios, Saul Molina and Rodolfo Fuentes. This came at great cost professionally as FESFUT barred the players to play for the national team as no second division players were allowed to represent the national team. They hired Argentinian Agustin Noriega who previously coached Guatemalan club like Guatemala Deportiva. CD A first game was a 2–2 all draw with Titan, with Juan Antonio "Maquinita" Merlos scoring both goals, by the end of the season Juan Merlos was the team leading scorer with 16 goals.

During its time in the lower leagues, it fought for the affections of the San Miguel people alongside rival Dragón, but when they were promoted to the Liga, it attracted a following not only from San Miguel but also from the entire country. Proof of this was demonstrated by the fact that the teams sold more tickets when the local club played against Águila.

First titles edit

After two years in the Liga B (Segunda Division), Aguila qualified to Championship/Promotional series against Atlético Constancia (Currently known as Alianza F.C. Aguila won the first game 2–0, thanks to a double from Juan Antonio Merlos, and after 0–0 draw in the second leg. Aguila were promoted to the first division for the first time in the club history. In their very first campaign, Under the tutelage of Conrado Miranda, Aguila won their first titles thank to combination of based players Juan Francisco Barraza, Juan Antonio Merlos and Saul Molina, and the incorporation of Costa Rican Fernando Jiménez. They became the first club to win a title after gaining promotion, only two other clubs have done that in the history of Primera Division (C.D. Platense Municipal Zacatecoluca and C.D. Vista Hermosa).

Titles edit

C.D. Águila ranks second in the number of championships won in El Salvador with fifteen titles. The two most successful managers in the club history are Conrado Miranda (1959, 1975, 1976) and Argentinian Hugo Coria (Apertura 1999, Apertura 2000, Clausura 2001) with three titles each, Juan Francisco Barraza (1972, 1983) and Victor Manuel Ochoa (1963, 1964) with two titles each, while Honduran Carlos Padilla (1960), Brazilian Zózimo (1968), Chilean Hernán Carrasco Vivanco (1986) and Serbian-Salvadoran Vladan Vićević (Clausura 2006) won one title each. They were also winners of the Copa President in 2000 and won the CONCACAF Champions League.

The members of the team that conquered the first championship in 1959 were Luis Alberto López, Rodolfo Fuentes, Justiniano Jiménez, Manuel Larios, Raúl Vásquez, Raúl Bonilla, Raúl Lizano, Juan Francisco Barraza, Juan Antonio Merlos,[5] and Saúl Molina.[6]

Sponsorship edit

Companies that Águila currently has sponsorship deals with for 2023–2024 includes:

  • Umbro – Official kit suppliers
  • Tigo – Official sponsors
  • Pepsi – Official sponsors
  • Gatorade – Official sponsors
  • Mister donut – Official sponsors
  • Canal 4 – Official sponsors
  • La Pampa El Volcan – Official sponsors
  • Supamercado Costa del Sol – Official sponsors
  • Las Perlitas – Official sponsors
  • Acodjar – Official sponsors

Stadium edit

 
Night view of the Estadio Juan Francisco Barraza.

Águila plays its home games at Estadio Juan Francisco Barraza located in San Miguel. The stadium has a capacity of 10,000 people.

Colours and crest edit

Since the club foundation the clubs have always played in orange with black stripes shirt, black shorts and orange socks.
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While the club alternative kit is Black with Orange stripes.

  • Home
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2005–06
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2007–08
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2009
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2010–11
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2012–13
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2014–15
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2015
  • Away
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2015–

Statistics and records edit

TBD holds the record for most Águila appearances, having played TBD first-team matches from TBD to TBD. The record for Águila's most capped international player is Rudis Corrales with 77 caps (33 while at the club), Arnold Cruz of Honduras is Águila's most capped foreign international player with 55 caps.

Luis Ramírez Zapata is Águila's all-time top goalscorer, with 184 goals. other players have also scored over 100 goals for Águila: Hugo Coria and the previous goalscoring record-holder Félix Pineda (1971–1983).

Rivalries edit

Águila's biggest rivalries are with Alianza, Luis Ángel Firpo and FAS. Together, these teams form the "Big Four" of Salvadoran football, and are the primary title contenders each season.

The rivalry stems not only from their competitiveness, but from the economic, political, and cultural clashes between the cities of San Miguel, Santa Ana and San Salvador, where the other three clubs are based.

El Clásico edit

Of those rivalries, Águila's rivalry with FAS is the strongest and most passionate. That rivalry is traditionally referred to as El Clásico. The first in the series took place on 17 May 1959, and ended in a 1–1 draw. The most recent match was a 2-2 draw on the 24th of September, 2023. The teams have played 255 matches in all competitions, Aguila winning 81, FAS 92, and the remaining 82 having been drawn.

El Derbi Migueleño edit

The rivalry between Aguila and Dragón due to the fact that both teams are based in San Miguel. [1]

The intense feelings between the two sides began early on due to the close proximity and the switching of players between the clubs. The biggest defection occurred in the 1950s when legendary players Juan Francisco Barraza and left the championship side of Dragon to Aguila and started a dynasty. The sole final played between the two teams ended 1–0 to Dragon. The most recent match was a 1-0 victory by Aguila on the 11 March, 2024. [Aguila winning 48, Dragon 12, and the remaining 24 having been drawn] The teams have played 84 matches in all competitions, Aguila winning 48, Dragon 12, and the remaining 24 having been drawn.

Honours edit

Águila is historically the third most successful team in El Salvador football, as they have won the second most championships. They are also one of El Salvador's most successful team in international competitions, having won one trophy. Águila is one of only three clubs to have won the CONCACAF Champions' Cup.

Domestic honours edit

Leagues edit

Cups edit

CONCACAF edit

Current squad edit

Updated 15 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   URU Victor Rafael Garcia
2 DF   SLV Julio Sibrián
3 DF   COL Luis Angel Rodriguez
4 DF   SLV Fredy Espinoza (vice-captain)
5 MF   SLV Tomás Granitto
6 MF   SLV Dixon Rivas
7   SLV Kevin Reyes
8   COL Juan Pablo Otálvaro
9 MF   SLV Oscar Ceren
10 MF   SLV Gerson Mayen (captain)
11 FW   SLV Dustin Corea
12 MF   SLV Santos Ortíz
13 DF   SLV Alexander Larin
14 MF   SLV Melvin Cartagena
16 MF   SLV Kevin Melara
17 MF   SLV Walter Torres
21   COL Carlos Salazar
22 GK   SLV Benji Villalobos (3rd captain)
23   SLV Paolo Ulloa
24 MF   SLV Darwin Cerén
25 FW   COL Ronaldinho Caicedo
27   SLV Marcelo Diaz
28   SLV Ronald Rodríguez
32   SLV Walter Pineda
45   SLV Robin Borjas
22   SLV C Garay
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 MF   SLV Anderson Benitez
32   SLV Daniel Arevalo
32 MF   SLV Franklin Torres
44 MF   SLV Nelson Rodríguez

Players with dual citizenship edit

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 TBD (at TBD for the 2022–2023 season)
MF   SLV TBD (at TBD for the 2022–2023 season)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   SLV TBD (at TBD for the 2022–2023 season)
MF   SLV TBD (at TBD for the 2022–2023 season)

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 Kevin Reyes (From FAS)
  COL Ronaldinho Caicedo (From Platense)
  SLV Walter Torres (From Santa Tecla)
  SLV Dustin Corea (From FAS)
No. Pos. Nation Player
  COL Luis Angel Rodriguez (From Platense)
  COL Juan Pablo Otálvaro (From Deportivo Pasto)
  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
  SLV Bryan Paz (To Fuerte San Francisco)
  SLV Juan Barahona (To FAS)
  SLV Romulo Villalobos (To Municipal Limeno)
  SLV Allexon Saravia (To Platense)
  COL Duvier Riascos (To TBD)
No. Pos. Nation Player
  URU Carlos Daniel Pimienta (To TBD)
  BRA Lucas Ventura (To TBD)
  SLV TBD (To TBD)

Personnel edit

Coaching staff edit

As of January 2024

Position Staff
Manager   Ernesto Corti *
Assistant Managers   Daniel Corti *
Reserve Manager   Eduardo Castillo *
Under 17 Manager   Amilcar Alfonso Guzman *
Ladies Manager   José de la Paz Portillo
Fitness Coach   Fabrizio Corti *
Goalkeeper Coach   Sergio Munoz *
Sport Director   Daniel Messina *
Team Doctor   Dr. Pedro Grande *
General Physician   Dr. Salvador Beltrán
Knesliogiocal   Dr. Antonio Platero
Utility   Roric Sigaran *
Sub-Utility   Ricardo Morreira
Sub-Utility   Franklin Villatoro and Rorig Sigaran

Management edit

As of January 2022

Position Staff
Owner   Empresario Salume Grupo
President   Alejandro Gonzalez
Vice President   Carlos Escobar
Secretary   Jose Victorino Villatoro
Treasurer   Harold David Hernandez
First Speaker   Carlos Arturo Espinoza
Second Speaker   Jorge Salguero
managing director   José Argueta
Executive Manager   Miguel Chahin
Press Manager   Óskar Cruz
Manager of the academy   Roberto Montoya
Scout Manager  

Presidential history edit

Aguila 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
  Miguel Charlaix F. 1959–66
  Federico Garcia Prieto H. 1967–68
  Enrique Garcia-Prieto H. 1969–70
  Carlos Garcia-Prieto H. 1971–74
  Saturnino Durlen Vargas 1975–77
  Federico Garcia-Prieto H. 1977–78
  Ernesto Muyshondt Parker 1979–81
 
Name Years
  Federico Garcia-Prieto N. 1982
  Carlos Garcia-Prieto Hirleman 1983–84
  Reynaldo López Nuila 1985–89
  Carlos Garcia-Prieto Hirleman 1989–98
  Alejandro González Arguello 1998–05
  Lisandro Pohl 2005–06
  Salvador Galeas 2006–09
 
Name Years
  Will Salgado 2009–10
  Julio Sosa 2010–13
  Pedro Fausto Arieta 2014–2016
  Pedro Arieta Iglesias 2016–2018
  Óskar Cruz (interim) 2018
  Doctor José Victorino Villatoro 2018–2019
  Alexander Menjívar 2019–2020
  José Raúl Díaz 2020–2021
  Alejandro González 2022–present

Notable players edit

World Cup winners edit

Players that have played for Águila in their career and won a World Cup:

South American Championship runners-up edit

Players that have played for Águila in their career and finished up as runners-up South American Championship:

World Cup Players edit

Players that have played for Águila in their career and played in a World Cup:

Team captains edit

Name Years
  Juan Francisco Barraza 1963–1964
  Sergio Méndez 1965
  Jorge Bucaro 1968-1969
  Luis Rivas 1973–1975, 1977-1978
  David Pinho 1976
  Francisco Jovel Cruz 1979–1980
  Félix Pineda 1983
  Luis Ramírez Zapata 1984
  Mario Castillo 1986–1987
  Ramón Maradiaga 1988
  Amadeo Machado 1990
  Pedro Mayen 1991
  Hugo Coria 1991–1992
  Wilfredo Figueroa 1994–1999
  Mario Mayén Meza 1999–2000
  José Alexander Amaya 2001–2004
  Jorge Humberto Rodriguez 2005–2006
  Fabio Ulloa 2006–2007
  Victor Velasquez 2008
  Hermes Martinez Misal 2009
  William Torres Alegria 2010
  Luis Anaya 2011–2012
  Deris Umanzor 2013–2016
  Henry Romero 2016–2017
  Deris Umanzor 2017
  Benji Villalobos 2018–2019
  Andres Quejada 2019–2021
  Fredy Espinoza 2021
  Benji Villalobos 2022
  Gerson Mayen 2023–present

Head coaches edit

Aguila has had various coaches since its formation in 1956. In 1956, Argentinian Gregorio Bundio Núñez became the club's first full-time head coach. Conrado Miranda is the club's most successful coach, having won three Primera División titles, and one CONCACAF Champions' Cup 1976, followed closely by Hugo Coria who won two primera titles, and won Copa Presidente 1999–2000, and Victor Manuel Ochoa who won two titles as well. Hugo Coria has served five terms as head coach.

The following managers won at least one trophy when in charge of Aguila
Name Period Trophies
  Conrado Miranda 1959–1960, 1975–1978 3 Primera División de Fútbol Profesional, 1 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
  Hugo Coria 1999–2000, 2002, 2003–2004, 2011, 2020 2 Primera División de Fútbol Profesional, 1 Copa Presidente
  Victor Manuel Ochoa 1963–1965 2 Primera División de Fútbol Profesional
  Juan Francisco Barraza 1971–1973, 1981–1983 2 Primera División de Fútbol Profesional
  Carlos Padilla 1960 1 Primera División de Fútbol Profesional
  Zózimo 1968 1 Primera División de Fútbol Profesional
  Hernán Carrasco Vivanco 1974, 1986–1988 1 Primera División de Fútbol Profesional
  Saul Lorenzo Rivero 2001 1 Primera División de Fútbol Profesional
    Vladan Vićević 2006 1 Primera División de Fútbol Profesional
  Víctor Coreas 2012–2013 1 Primera División de Fútbol Profesional
  Carlos Romero 2018–2019 1 Primera División de Fútbol Profesional
  Agustín Vicente Noriega 1956–1959 1 Segunda División Salvadorean
  Ernesto Corti 2023-Present 1 Primera División de Fútbol Profesional

Kit makers edit

Years Kit manufacturers
1956–1980 Nil shirt Maker
1985–1987   Pony
1987–1992 Nil Shirt Sponsor
1997   AVIVA
1997–2000   Joma
2001–02   Galaxia
2003–04   Umbro
2004–2005   AVIVA
2004–07   Diadora
2007–09   Joma
2010   Nike
2011–12   Galaxia
2013   Diadora
2014–2018   Joma
2018–2019   Maca
2019–Present   Umbro

Other departments edit

Football edit

Reserve team edit

The reserve team serves mainly as the final stepping stone for promising young players under the age of 21 before being promoted to the main team. The second team is coached by Eduardo Castillo. the team played in the Primera División Reserves, their greatest successes were winning the Reserve championships in Apertura 2001, Apertura 2005, Apertura 2007, Clausura 2017, Apertura 2017, Clausura 2019, Apertura 2023.

Águila's youth squad plays in the ten-team Primera División Reserves (El Salvador). Current members of the squad are: As of August 2023 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
33   SLV Napolean Rodriguez
35   SLV Aldair Amaya
36   SLV Ricardo Polio
37   SLV Steven Sorto
38   SLV Yair Saenz
40   SLV W Guandique
41   SLV Maycol Guevara
42   SLV Jose Portillo
45   SLV Robin Borjas
No. Pos. Nation Player
47   SLV Carlos Gonzalez
48   SLV J Zelaya
49   SLV Jeovanny Quintanilla
50   SLV Victor Valladares
51   SLV Cesar Carrillo
55   SLV Alexander Mendoza
56   SLV Kobin Cabrera
58   SLV Kevin Larios
59   SLV Kevin Contreras
60 GK   SLV Chrestopher Hernandez

Junior teams edit

The youth team (under 17 and under 15) has produced some of El Salvador's top football players, including TBD and TBD. The Under 17 finished 3rd place at the 2018 UNCAF U-17 Interclub Cup, the highest finish internationally done by a Salvadoran team in that age range.[8]

Women's team edit

The women's first team, which is led by head coach TBD, features several members of the El Salvador national ladies team. Their greatest successes were reaching the semi-finals the in Apertura 2020.

Other sports edit

Aguila has other departments for a variety of sports.

Basketball edit

Aguila Básquetbol Club or Águila BC for short was founded on TBD and play Liga Mayor de Baloncesto (LMB) which is the highest level in El Salvador league tier. the club is led by head coach Argentinian Pablo Epeloa, the club features several key members including American Marquise Mosley and TBD. Their greatest successes were winning the 2015 Apertura and the Clausura 2022. [2]

They currently play the Cancha Alvarez y Biblioteca e Infocentro Municipal, San Miguel. Previous coach: Roberto Carrillo Notable players:

Baseball edit

Aguila Béisbol Club was founded in 2016 and play Liga Nacional de Béisbol (LNB) which is the highest level in El Salvador league tier. the club is led by head coach Venezuelan Jesús Cartagena, the club features several key members including Puerto Rican Bryan Vásquez and TBD. Their greatest successes was TBD

Volleyball edit

Aguila Voleibol Club was founded in 2016 and play Campeonaro Nacional which is the highest level in El Salvador league tier. the club is led by head coach TBD, the club features several key members including TBD and TBD. Their greatest successes were reaching the TBD.

References edit

  1. ^ Raúl Recinos (25 June 2017). "Águila comenzará su pretemporada con un cuadro tranquilo". Elsalvador.com. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Águila confirma amistoso ante Olimpia de Honduras | El Gráfico". Elgrafico.com. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Salvadoreños lucen los colores del Águila en el Camp Nou | El Gráfico". Elgrafico.com. 30 June 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  4. ^ ".:. Club Deportivo Águila .:. Historia". Archived from the original on 21 October 2009. Retrieved 9 October 2009.
  5. ^ Juan Antonio Merlos (3 December 1941). "Juan Antonio Merlos : Juan Antonio Merlos Cabrera". Ceroacero.es. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  6. ^ Saúl Molina (14 March 1938). "Saúl Molina : Saúl Victorino Molina". Ceroacero.es. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  7. ^ "aguilaonline: CAMISETAS". Aguilaonline.blogspot.com.au. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Águila finaliza tercero en el torneo Interclubes sub 17".

External links edit