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Club Deportivo Futbolistas Asociados Santanecos, commonly known as FAS (pronounced "fas"), is a professional Salvadoran football club based in Santa Ana.[5][6]

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Full nameClub Deportivo Futbolistas
Asociados Santanecos
Founded16 February 1947
GroundEstadio Oscar Quiteño,[2][3][4]
Santa Ana, El Salvador
OwnerAsociación Club Deportivo FAS
CoachErick Dowson Prado
LeaguePrimera División

It competes in Primera División de Fútbol Profesional, the top professional league in the country.[7][8] The team's nickname is Los Tigres (The Tigers).[9] FAS was founded on 16 February 1947. The team plays its home games at the Estadio Óscar Quiteño, the third largest stadium in El Salvador.[10][11]

The club has a long-standing rivalry with Águila, as both are the most successful, and most popular clubs in the country, and are the only three clubs to never have been relegated to the Second Division. Matches between them are known as El Clásico. FAS also play derbies against Luis Ángel Firpo, Alianza and a local derby against Isidro Metapán.[12]

FAS is the most successful club in El Salvador football. Domestically, the club has won a record seventeen national league titles. In international competitions, FAS have one FIFA recognized club trophies, tied with Alianza and Águila as the only club to achieve it. They have won one CONCACAF Champions' Cup/Champions League trophies, and finished runners up in the 1979 Copa Interamericana cup, and third place in the 1980 Copa Interclubes UNCAF.


The BeginningEdit

Clubs from San Salvador had dominated Salvadoran football for many years. The municipal mayor of the Santa Ana district, Manuel Tomás Monedero, wanted to create a team from Santa Ana to end the dominance of the San Salvador clubs. Together with the help of Santa Ana mayor Waldo Rey, Monedero organized the union of all the clubs in Santa Ana (including Unión, Colegio Salesiano San José, Cosmos, RAL, Colón, Santa Lucía and Los 44).

On February 16, 1947, these teams united to form Futbolistas Asociados Santanecos, or FAS for short. Samuel Zaldaña Galdámez was named the club first president. It was originally proposed that the club should wear yellow and black, but Monedero settled on the more traditional choice of red and blue.

The First StepsEdit

The club played its first match on 26 March 1947 against the previous year's champion Libertad FC at the Finca Modelo (which would be their home stadium for many years). The club's founding players were Juan Moreno and Óscar González, Goalkeeper; Tomás Morán, Jorge Brito and Guillermo Herrera, defenders; Manuel Padilla, Lino Medina, Moisés Jovel, Antonio Pérez and Eliseo Ramos, midfielders; Víctor Castro, Tomás Angulo, Antonio Mancía, Antonio Azucena and Mario González, strikers. Armando Chacón was the manager. The first match ended in a 4-1 defeat.

Early History (1948–1959)Edit

In 1948-49, FAS moved into the First Division for the first time, and have remained their ever since. Chacón was still the manager, and the team began on a winning note by defeating Juventud Olimpica 2–1. They recorded two more wins over Dragón and Santa Anita (3–0, 3–2 respectively) before losing 3–1 to Cusatleco. FAS would ultimately finish 3rd behind Libertad FC and champion Once Municipal.

In 1951-52, FAS won their first title. The manager was Victor Manuel "Pipe" Ochoa, who proceeded to lead the club to a second title in 1953-54. During the 1956–57 season, the club came close to relegation, which caused the owners to hire Argentinian coach Alberto Cevasco and bring in the reinforcements of foreign players, like (Omar Muraco, Javier Novello, Héctor Marinaro, Héctor Dadeiro and Miguelito Álvarez. This move led the club to a third title in 1958-59.


In 1961-62, César Viccinio managed the team to its fourth title, while Raul Miralles led the team to another in 1962. At the beginning of the 1963, the club moved its headquarters to the newly built Estadio Santaneco,

The early history of that stadium was marked by tragedy, as goalkeeper Oscar Quiteño collapsed during a friendly match against Orión F.C.. Efforts to revive him failed, and Quiteño died on the pitch. In his honor, the club renamed the stadium to Estadio Quiteño and wore black uniforms for two years.

Fans came to believe the club was cursed, as Quiteño's death was followed by a fifteen-year title drought. Adding to that frustration was that the club reached the finals in 1965, 1968, and 1969 and meet defeat all three times. Their tormentor was Alianza, known at that time as the "Orquestra Alba" for their harmony and skill.

FAS did break that curse with titles in 1977-78, 1978–79, 1981, and 1984. In addition, they won the 1979 CONCACAF Champions League by beating The key to that run was forward Jorge "Mágico" González. Widely considered the greatest player in Salvadoran history, Gonzalez was at FAS from 1977 to 1982, and at that time was nicknamed Mago. After the 1982 season, he left El Salvador for Spain and La Liga, playing at Cadiz, Barcelona, and Valladolid.

However, a title drought of ten more years followed.


In 1993, that drought led to the appointment of a new board of directors. The new board's first move was to hired Uruguayan coach Saúl Rivero, as well as a host of experienced players from both Uruguay and El Salvador. The board also placed a new emphasis on youth leagues. Finally, they purchased lights for the stadium, making night games possible. FAS proceeded to win titles in 1994-95 and 1995–96, beating Luis Ángel Firpo in both seasons. Part of the key to this run was the return of Jorge "Mágico" González and the addition of Hugo Pérez.


The team plays its home games in the 15,000 capacity all-seater Estadio Oscar Quiteño, in Santa Ana. The stadium is named after Oscar Quiteño, a goalkeeper of FAS who died after an accident on the soccer pitch. Previously the team played at Finca Modelo, where they had played their home matches from 1947 until the end of the 1962 season. The stadium was located in Santa Ana. The team's headquarters are located in TBD.


Companies that FAS currently has sponsorship deals with include:

  • Joma – Official Kit Suppliers
  • Tigo – Official sponsors
  • Cerveza Pilsener – Official sponsors
  • Coop-1 de R.L., Santa Ana – Official sponsors
  • Canal 4 – Official sponsors
  • Portland – Official sponsors


FAS's crest has changed several times. Originally it consisted of the stylised letters F, A, S, which were woven into one symbol. The original crest was blue.

The FAS logo has a red, blue and white colour scheme. It has CD FAS written on the top and Santa Ana, El Salvador written on the bottom of the white ring enclosing a tiger.

Colours and Past kitsEdit


1989–91, 1994–2016

Originally the club colours were blue and yellow, this was used until 1962 where the colours were changed to an all black outfit. However, with a new owners and stadium the colours were update to the colors used and known today to be associated with FAS blue and Red shirts, white shorts and red socks with blue stripes.


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

Domestic honoursEdit


Minor CupsEdit

  • American Airlines Cup
    • Champions (1) : 2002
  • Copa Salvadorean Classic Soccer Challenge
    • Runners up (1) : 2014
  • EDESSA Independence Cup
    • Runners up (1) : 2014


  • Copa Interamericana
    • Runners up (1) : 1980
  • Interclube Cup of Uncaf
    • Runners up (1) : 1980

Retired numbersEdit


Current squadEdit

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

No. Position Player
2   DF Xavier García (Captain)
6   MF Iván Flores
8   MF Bryan Landaverde
9   MF Victor García
11   MF Dustin Corea
14   DF Julio Amaya
15   FW Fernando Castillo
17   MF Juan Aimar
20   DF Ibsen Castro
22   FW Guillermo Estrada
24   DF Edwin Cuéllar
25   GK Héctor Ramírez
No. Position Player
27   MF Diego Chavarría
29   MF Melvin Alfaro
30   GK Nicolás Pacheco
42   MF Siliazar Henríquez
  FW Bryan Hurtado
  MF Bryan Paz
  FW Jeison Quiñones
  GK Wilberth Hernández
  FW Ricardo Guevara
  MF Diego Chávez
  MF Jacobo Kattán
  MF Marvin Ramos

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
  FW Denilson Vidal (at TBD for the 2018–19 season)
  MF Josue Rias (at TBD for the 2018–19 season)
No. Position Player
  MF Jeffrey Lopez (at TBD for the 2018–19 season)
  DF TBD (at TBD for the 2018–19 season)


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

No. Position Player
  FW Dustin Corea (From Miami)
  MF Ibsen Castro (From Sonsonate)
  MF Diego Chavarría (From Sonsonate)
28   FW Víctor Montaño (From Riffa SC)
No. Position Player
  MF Jorge Morán (From Aguiluchos USA)
  FW Carlos Aparicio (From Aguiluchos USA)
19   MF Ricardo Orellana (From TBA)


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

No. Position Player
  MF Junior Burgos (To TBD)
  MF Julio Cerritos (To TBD)
  FW Víctor Montaño (To)
No. Position Player
  FW Luis Perea (To La Equidad)
6   MF William Mancía (To TBD)

Reserve Category FootballEdit

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

No. Position Player
31   Luis Rivera
33   Christian García
34   Wilber Chachagua
36   Brandon Castillo
37   Carlos Gálvez Mancía
38   Jorge Aguilar
39   José Bolaños
41   Carlos Menéndez
42   Melvin Linares
43   Rodrigo Santamaría
44   Kevin Maldonado
No. Position Player
45   Rolando Ramírez
46   Diego Gómez
47   Javier Bolaños
48   Fernando Jaime Ríos
50   Érick Vega
51   Josué Rivera
52   Luis Hidalgo
54   Émerson Rivas
55   Jonathan Valle
56   Ángel Santos
57   Salvador Romero

Coaching staffEdit

Position Staff
Manager   Guillermo Rivera
Assistant Managers  
Reserve Manager   Enzo Henriquez
Under 17 Manager   TBD
Goalkeeper Coach   Isias Adlaberto Sanchez
Sports Director and Fitness Coach   Salvador Polanco
Team Doctor   Jose Ernesto Martinez and Herbert Milton Ramirez
Kinesologisr   TBD
Physiotherapist   TBD


Position Staff
Owner   Asociacion Club Deportivo FAS
President   Guillermo Morán
Vice President
Honorary President
Administrative Manager
Club Scout

Presidential historyEdit

Name Years
  Samuel Saldaña Galdámez 1947–TBA
  Armando Tomas Monedero 1960s–1980s
  Manuel Monedero (Jnr) † 1981–85
  Óscar Monedero
  Roberto Matías 1994–95
  José Valle 1996–09
  Byron Rodríguez 2009–10
  Margarita Jaramillo 2010–11
  David Linares 2011–12
  Rafael Villanueva 2012–14
  Byron Rodríguez 2014–16
  Guillermo Morán[15][16][17][18][19][20][21] 2016–2018

Notable playersEdit

Team captainsEdit

Name Years
  Don Lino 1947
  Katan Cubas 1961
  Ernesto "El Loco" Ruano 1968
  David Arnoldo Cabrera 1971
  Alcides Picchioni 1979–84
  Manolo Alvarez 1987–88
  Norberto Huezo 1991–92
  Luis Enrique Guelmo 1992–93
  William Osorio 1994–95
  Jorge Abrego 1996
  Jaime Murillo 1997
  William Osorio 1998–04
  Victor Velasquez 2004–06
  Cristian Edgardo Álvarez 2006–07
  Alfredo Pacheco 2007–09
  Cristian Edgardo Álvarez 2009–10
  Ramon Flores 2011–12
    Williams Reyes 2013
  Alexander Méndoza 2014–15
  Luis Edgardo Contreras 2015–2016
  Néstor Renderos 2017–

Club recordsEdit

  • FAS has the national record of most national titles won with 17
  • First victory for FAS 2–1 Juventud Olimpica Sept 19, 1948
  • Largest victory was against Independiente 11–0 May 3, 1959
  • Most goal by any national team with 3,000 goal as of July 4, 2009 [2]

Head coaches of FASEdit

FAS has had various coaches since its formation in 1947. Agustín Castillo has served three terms as head coach. Ricardo Mena Laguán, Ruben Guevara and Victor Manuel Ochoa served two terms as head coach. Agustin Castillo was the club's most successful coach, having won five Salvadoran Primera Division titles, following closely is Jose Eugenio Castro Chepito, who won two Primera titles, and one CONCACAF Champions' Cup 1979, and Victor Manuel Ochoa & Saul Lorenzo Rivero won two Primera titles.


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