Club Plaza Colonia de Deportes
Club Plaza Colonia de Deportes, or simply Plaza Colonia, is a Uruguayan football club from Colonia del Sacramento, that currently plays in the Uruguayan Primera Division. Founded in 1917, the club plays its home games at the 12,000 seat Estadio Profesor Alberto Suppici.
|Full name||Club Plaza de Deportes Colonia|
|Founded||April 22, 1917|
|Ground||Estadio Profesor Alberto Suppici |
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
|2019||Primera División, 6th|
The club was founded on April 22, 1917 by Alberto Suppici. They played in the Regional league of Colonia until 1999. They gained their affiliation with AUF in 2000. In 2001 they won promotion to the Primera División Uruguaya and in their debut season they finished in 7th place. Plaza are the most successful team from the department of Colonia.
In 2003 the club finally fell to the Second Division after a poor campaign. In 2004 the club ascended back to the first division, but in 2005 they went back down after another poor campaign. In 2006 they did not play the championship because of financial difficulties.
They re-entered official competitions for the 2006–07 season, playing once more in the Uruguayan 2nd Division.
Plaza's city rivals are Juventud Colonia, and department derby is against Deportivo Colonia.
In May 2016 they won the Clausura Championship for the first time, defeating Peñarol 2-1. They became known as the "Leicester City of Uruguay" because of Leicester City's surprising 2015–16 Premier League title. The season before Plaza Colonia had finished 13th out of 16.
They qualified for their first ever continental competition in the 2016 Copa Sudamericana. Reports say that some players had never even been on a plane before. They lost to Club Blooming on penalties in the first stage.
- As of 7 October 2019
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- "Historia | Plaza Colonia". www.plazacolonia.org (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-09-12.
- Baldo, Matias (May 30, 2016). "Plaza Colonia: su pobre historia, la odisea de los hinchas y por qué el DT entró al Centenario de noche a comer pizza". La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved September 12, 2020.
- "De Uruguay para América, Plaza Colonia debuta internacionalmente luego de 99 años de historia". CONMEBOL.com. August 11, 2016. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
En este plantel la gran mayoría nunca se subió a un avión. (In this squad the grand majority have never been on a plane.)
- (in Spanish) Official website