Club Deportivo El Nacional (until 2018 Club Especializado de Alto Rendimiento El Nacional)[1] is an Ecuadorian sports club from Quito, known best for their professional football team. The team currently plays in the Serie A, the first-tier football league in the country after gaining promotion in 2022.

El Nacional
Full nameClub Deportivo El Nacional
Nickname(s)Puros Criollos (Pure Criollos)
Equipo Militar (Military team)
La Maquina Gris (The Gray Machine)
El Rojo (The Red)
Founded1 June 1964; 59 years ago (1964-06-01)
GroundEstadio Olímpico Atahualpa
ChairmanLucía Vallecilla
ManagerEver Almeida
LeagueEcuadorian Serie A
2023Serie A, 4th of 16
WebsiteClub website

El Nacional has thirteen national championships (one less than Emelec and three less than Barcelona). The club has participated in more Copa Libertadores than any other club in Ecuador with 22 appearances. Their best performance in the continental tournament was as a semi-finalist in 1985.

El Nacional was founded on 1 June 1964, and was administered by the Ecuadorian Military since the foundation until 2013, when the club celebrated its first ever democratic elections. The club has maintained a tradition of only playing Ecuadorian footballers,[2] which has given them the nickname of Puros Criollos ("Pure Natives"). Rival clubs included crosstown clubs LDU Quito, Deportivo Quito, Universidad Católica and the Guayaquileans Barcelona and Emelec. Their home stadium is Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa.

Other sports the organization participates in are gymnastics, table tennis, Ecuavolley, chess, and shooting.

History edit

The Bi-Tri Campeon edit

In the 1970s, El Nacional was able to achieve what no Ecuadorian team had done in the history of the league. In 1976, 1977, 1978 they were unbeatable champions. Fabián Paz y Miño stepped up as the leading goal scorer in the league in 1977 to help El Nacional during those three years of glory. In 1982, 1983, 1984 El Nacional repeated this feat to become double three-time championship winners. Their title count became eight. This was gained by help from two legendary players Jose Villafuerte and Ermen Benitez. In 1985 they accomplished their most important feat in international competition reaching semi-finals in the Copa Libertadores. One year later they added to their titles by being crowned for the ninth time in their history.

The 1990s edit

El Nacional produced some of the greatest players in Ecuador and won two more championships in 1992 and 1996 with the help of Cléber Chalá, Agustín Delgado, and Oswaldo Ibarra. They also disputed the semi-finals of the Copa Conmebol 1992 and the 1994 edition.

Present edit

The current success of the team has added two more championships in 2005 and 2006 bringing their total to 13 titles. El Nacional has brought up talented players such as Antonio Valencia, Segundo Alejandro Castillo, Christian Benítez and Felix Borja. There have been plans to build a new stadium but no official decision has been taken yet. Former coach Juan Carlos Burbano resigned after an unsuccessful first stage in the league. Julio Asad was appointed head coach on 16 July 2009.

Stadium edit

El Nacional play their home matches in the Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa. Plans have been enabled to build a new stadium, however no official decision has been taken. The management even showed the model of what the 42,000-seat stadium would look like.

Supporters edit

On 13 May 1998, a group of friends met and decided to form a highly dedicated fanbase called La Marea Roja (English: The Red Tide). Over the years, they aimed to integrate more people, and becoming a better organized to be the largest fan group of El Nacional. It is made up of over 250 members, with members owning proper identification cards. La Marea Roja stands at the south part of the stadium for 90 minutes every game, which attracts adults, women and large numbers of children.

Honours edit


Players edit

Current squad edit

As of 5 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   ECU Leodán Chalá
2 MF   ECU Charles Vélez
3 DF   ECU Jeremy del Castillo
4 DF   ECU Rommel Cabezas
5 DF   ECU José Flor
6 MF   ECU Marcos Olmedo
7 FW   ECU Kevin Mercado
8 FW   ECU Fidel Martínez
9 MF   ECU Manu Balda
10 FW   ECU Bryan Oña
11 FW   ECU Gustavo Asprilla
12 GK   ECU David Cabezas (captain)
13 DF   ECU Luis Gomez
14 MF   ECU Bryan Tana
16 DF   ECU Eddy Mejía
18 FW   ECU Byron Palacios
19 DF   ECU Ángel Gracia
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 MF   ECU Andrés Mena
22 GK   ECU Jordán Congo
23 DF   ECU Daniel Patiño
24 FW   ECU Steve Linthon
25 MF   ECU Elian Arboleda
26 DF   ECU Kevin Peralta
27 DF   ECU Byron Torrez
29 MF   ECU Jonathan Borja
32 DF   ECU Anthony Bedoya
33 FW   ECU Antony Chere
43 MF   ECU Jorge Ordóñez
77 MF   ECU Tomson Minda
DF   ECU Bryan Rivera
MF   ECU Adrian Cela
MF   ECU Darío Pazmiño
MF   ECU Bryan Cabezas

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

World Cup players edit

The following players were chosen to represent their country at the FIFA World Cup while contracted to El Nacional.

Managers edit

Noted managers edit

The following managers won at least one trophy while in charge of El Nacional:

References edit

  1. ^ "Modifíquese El Estatuto Del Club Especializado De Alto Rendimiento El Nacional".
  2. ^ "Todos las participaciones internacionales de El Nacional" [All the international participations of El Nacional]. El Blog de mi Futbol Ecuatoriano (in Spanish). 23 January 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2017.

External links edit