Club Deportivo Árabe Unido is a professional football club located in Colón, Panama that plays in Liga Panameña de Fútbol, the top tier of the Panamanian football pyramid. The club plays its games in Estadio Armando Dely Valdés.
|Full name||Club Deportivo Árabe Unido|
|Nickname(s)||El Expreso Azul (The Blue Express)|
Los Árabes (The Arabs)
La Furia colonense (The Fury from Colón)
El Más Laureado
|Founded||April 28, 1994|
|Ground||Estadio Armando Dely Valdés |
|League||Liga Panameña de Fútbol|
The club has been one of the most successful in Panama in recent years, winning 15 titles (more than any other team since 1998) and finishing second five times.
It was founded in 1990 by Arab immigrants to Panama, under the name of Club Atlético Argentina, and experienced immediate success. After climbing the Panamanian league system, in 1994 they took advantage of a split in Panama's governing body to move into the top division. What happened was that a rival league (LINFUNA) formed in opposition to the older, existing top flight (ANAPROF). Árabe Unido was almost immediately successful in LINFUNA, winning both championships that the splinter league held in 1994 and 1995.
Their success continued once they re-entered ANAPROF; at that time, Tauro FC was the dominant team in the league and would win three championships in four years between 1996-2000. The only club to break that string was Árabe Unido, which won the 1998-99 title by beating Tauro 3-0 in the playoff final.
After the league switched to the Aprtura/Clausura format in the 2001 season, Los Arabes really began winning titles. The original plan was for the winners of the Apertura to meet the Clausura in a "Grand Final" that would determine the year's champion. Árabe rendered this unnecessary by winning both tournaments. They claimed a third straight championship in Apertura 2002, although they did lose that year's grand final to Plaza Amador.
El Expreso Azul (as fans also called Árabe Unido) would go on to add further honors by sweeping the 2003 season, then winning back to back titles in Clausura 2008 and Apertura 2009. They have also won titles in Clausura 2010, Apertura 2012, Clausura 2015, Apertura 2015, and most recently Apertura 2016.l
- Liga Panameña de Fútbol: (13)
- LINFUNA: 2 (Record)
- Runners-up (1): 2002
- CONCACAF Champions' Cup: 2 appearance
- 1996 – Qualifying stage (Central Zone)
- 2003 – First Round
- CONCACAF League: 2 appearances
- CONCACAF Champions League: 5 appearances
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Historical list of coachesEdit
- Eliazar Herrera (1998–99)
- Richard Parra (2001–03)
- Jairo Silva (2003–04)
- Juan Carlos Gómez Cáceres (2004)
- Ramón Vecinos (2005–06)
- Wiston Cifuentes (2006)
- José Alfredo Poyatos (2007)
- Richard Parra (Aug 2009–Nov 10)
- Wilman Conde (Dec 2010–June 11)
- Carlos Pérez Porras (June 2011–Nov 11)
- Jair Palacios (Dec 2011–Aug 14)
- Julio Dely Valdés (August 2014–Dec 2014)
- Alfonso de Moya (Jan 2015–15)
- Sergio Guzmán (February 2015 – December 2017)
- Carlos Ruiz (January 2018 - September 2018)
- José Ricardo "Chicho" Pérez (September 2018 - June 2019)
- Alejandro Mejía (June 2019 - September 2019)
- Sergio Guzmán (September 2019 - August 2021)
- Sergio Angulo (August 2021-Present)
- Árabe Unido Archived 2015-09-05 at the Wayback Machine – CONCACAF
- "Panama - List of Champions".
- Wilman Conde, nuevo DT del Árabe – La Estrella (in Spanish)
- Carlos Pérez Porras y sus retos con el Árabe Unido – Crítica (in Spanish)
- Jair Palacios nuevo técnico del Árabe Unido Archived 2017-12-01 at the Wayback Machine – PanamaFutbol (in Spanish)
- Julio Dely Valdés, nuevo técnico del Árabe Unido de Colón – La Prensa (in Spanish)
- Alfonzo De Moya es el nuevo Director Técnico del Árabe Unido Archived 2017-10-30 at the Wayback Machine – Árabe Unido (in Spanish)
- Colombiano Juan Guzmán nuevo DT del Árabe Unido de Colón – RPC (in Spanish)
- Official website (in Spanish)