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Club Sportivo Cienciano is a professional football club based in Cusco, Peru. The club was founded in 1901 and was originally the team of the students of the "Ciencias y Artes" School (Ciencias meaning science in Spanish), from which it takes its name. It gained worldwide recognition after defeating River Plate from Argentina in the finals of the 2003 Copa Sudamericana and Boca Juniors in the 2004 Recopa Sudamericana.

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Full nameClub Sportivo Cienciano
(Cienciano Sport Club)
Nickname(s)Los Rojos, Los Imperiales, La Furia Roja, Los Cuzqueños, El Papá
Founded8 July 1901; 120 years ago (1901-07-08)
GroundInca Garcilaso de la Vega
Cusco, Peru
ManagerMarcelo Grioni
LeagueLiga 1
2020Liga 1, 9th
WebsiteClub website



Cienciano was founded in 1901 by a group of students from the National School of Science of Cusco (Colegio Nacional Ciencias del Cusco). It participated in several leagues and tournaments of the region. In 1966 Hector Ladrón de Guevara (Cututtu) was the inaugural Cienciano player to be named captain of the Peru national team. In 1972, it began to play in the Peruvian First Division. However, the club was relegated four years later.

In 1988, the FPF invited the club to play in a tournament of the southern region. In 1991, Cienciano won the tournament and in 1992 it once again played in the First Division. Although the club came close to relegation in 1994, the team remains in the First Division.

Copa SudamericanaEdit

In 2003 Cienciano, led by their coach Freddy Ternero, made it for the first time to the Copa Sudamericana, after beating the current Peruvian champion Sporting Cristal in an internal qualifying tournament. It went through every later knockout round arguably as the underdog defeating Peru's Alianza Lima, Chile's Universidad Católica, Colombia's Atlético Nacional (once Copa Libertadores champion) and Brazil's Santos (twice Copa Libertadores champion), to get to the finals. Once at the finals they faced one of the biggest teams in South American football, River Plate of Argentina (twice Copa Libertadores champion). After a 3–3 draw in Buenos Aires, Cienciano went on to win 1–0 on their home game in Peru with a goal from a free kick by Paraguayan defender Carlos Lugo. The game was played in Arequipa (home of Southern Peruvian rivals Melgar, some of whose fans actually attended the match to root for River Plate) because of the insufficient capacity for a CONMEBOL final of the Estadio Garcilaso (which has been expanded since then).

This was the first international championship for a Peruvian team in history, only two other Peruvian teams had advanced to the finals of an international tournament, the Copa Libertadores (Universitario in 1972, and Sporting Cristal in 1997) and was defeated. However, Cienciano had never won the Peru national champion (they did win one half-year tournament in 2001 but lost the title of national champions by a penalty shootout to the winner of the second tournament, Alianza Lima, in the year in which both celebrated their centenary. The situation was repeated in 2006 to the inverse: Cienciano won the second tournament but lost the final to Alianza Lima on aggregate).

Recopa SudamericanaEdit

After winning the Copa Sudamericana, Cienciano went on to play against Boca Juniors of Argentina, another South American giant, for the 2004 Recopa Sudamericana, this being just one match, much like UEFA's European Super Cup, that faced the winner of both South American Cups of the previous season: the Copa Sudamericana and the Copa Libertadores. After a 1–1 draw, Cienciano went on to win the title by penalty shootout. The match was played in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


Cienciano has had a long-standing rivalry with Melgar, Real Garcilaso and Deportivo Garcilaso.


Cienciano play their home games in Estadio Garcilaso de la Vega which is in Cusco. It was named after the Peruvian Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. When first inaugurated in 1950, it had a spectator capacity of 22,000 and had a running track. In 2004, the stadium's capacity was expanded to 42,000, losing its running track, because of Cienciano's success in international tournaments and it would be a venue in the 2004 Copa América. Cienciano shares the stadium with city rivals Deportivo Garcilaso and Cusco FC.

Estadio Inca Garcilaso de la Vega.

Current squadEdit

As of 25 March, 2021.

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   PER Juniors Barbieri
3 DF   PER Koichi Aparicio
4 DF   MEX Lampros Kontogiannis
5 DF   PER José Racchumick
6 MF   PAN Abdiel Ayarza
7 MF   COL Carlos Mosquera
8 MF   PER Jorge Molina
9 FW   COL Cristian Cangá
10 MF   ARG Juan Romagnoli
11 FW   PER Raziel García
13 DF   PER Juan Diego Lojas
14 MF   PER Luis Álvarez
16 DF   PER Aldair Perleche
17 MF   PER Jordan Guivin
18 MF   PER Oshiro Takeuchi
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 FW   PER Adrián Ugarriza
20 MF   PER Kevin Sandoval
21 MF   PER Erick Perleche
23 FW   PER Paolo Rivera
24 MF   PER Edison Kuncho
25 DF   PER José Guidino
26 DF   PER Hansell Riojas
27 MF   PER Kevin Ferreyra
28 DF   PER Anthony Rosell
30 DF   PER Paolo Méndez
33 MF   PER Bruno Díaz
37 GK   PER Pedro Trujillo
41 FW   PER Carlos Orejuela
43 GK   ARG Daniel Ferreyra




Runner-up (3): 2001, 2005, 2006
Winners (1): 2005
Runner-up (2): 2004, 2007
Winners (2): 2001, 2006
Winners (1) : 2019
Runner-up (1): 1973


Winners (28): 1903, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1924, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1936, 1944, 1945, 1948, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1972, 1981, 1983


Winners (1): 2003
Winners (1): 2004

Friendly NationalEdit

Runner-up (1): 2007

Performance in CONMEBOL competitionsEdit

2002: Round of 16
2004: First Round
2005: Preliminary Round
2006: Second Round
2007: Second Round
2008: Second Round
2003: Winner
2004: Preliminary Round
2009: Round of 16
2004: Winner

Notable playersEdit


See alsoEdit


External linksEdit