Comunicaciones Fútbol Club S.A., better known as Comunicaciones F.C. or Comunicaciones, is a professional football club based in Guatemala City. They compete in the Liga Nacional, the top tier of Guatemalan football. One of the most popular and successful football clubs in Guatemala, Comunicaciones have won 32 National Championships, including having won six consecutive, the most of any Guatemalan club team. In addition to their 32 league titles, Comunicaciones have won eight league Cups and ten Supercups. In international competition, Comunicaciones have garnered 2 UNCAF Interclub Cups, one CONCACAF Champion's Cup and one CONCACAF League championship.

Comunicaciones
Full nameComunicaciones Fútbol Club Sociedad Anónima
Nickname(s)Los Cremas
(The Creams)[1]
Los Albos
(The Whites)
El Hexacampeón
(The Six-Time Champion)
Short nameEl Comu
Founded16 August 1949; 74 years ago (1949-08-16)
GroundEstadio Cementos Progreso
Capacity17,000
OwnerAlbavision
ChairmanJuan Leonel Garcia
ManagerWilly Coito Olivera
LeagueLiga Nacional
Clausura 20245th (Semifinals)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The club plays their home games at the Estadio Cementos Progreso, which has a capacity of 17,000 after being renovated.

History edit

Comunicaciones origins date back to the 1920s to previous incarnations as Hospicio FC and España. Club Comunicaciones was formed in 1949 after Colonel Carlos Aldana Sandoval, then Minister of Telegraphs and Communications, took charge of the team and renamed it Comunicaciones ("Communications" in Spanish).

The club colour is white, which they began using in their kit shortly after the club's foundation, though initially the uniform was cream. Their historic arch-rival is Municipal and the two clubs compete in the El Clásico Chapín, one of the greatest rivalries in Guatemalan football. They also share a rivalry with Quetzaltenango club Xelajú.

Supporters edit

Since its inception, the Albo fans have been composed of the different strata of Guatemalan society. In the 80s, organized support began to take more momentum, at that time by batons that were located in different sectors of the stadium that were felt with songs, chopped paper, balloons and blankets, marking a different pattern of support from the fans of that time in Guatemalan football.

It was at that time when the nickname of the "Millionaire Fans" was popularly printed by the thousands of fans and fans that the club has throughout the country. Currently the cream fans are the only one in Guatemala who have adopted the type of South American breath in which everyone in the stadium sings in unison giving a unique atmosphere in the stands

La barra brava edit

In the early 90s, the first organized support group called Fuerza Crema officially emerged, regularly located in the Preference area of the stadium, becoming the largest in the country with more than 2,500 members.[citation needed] It was until mid-1996 that after several differences between its leaders, the Albos force separated.

Some former members of the old group changed sectors in the stadium forming in the same year the barra Vltra Svr (Ultra Sur), a name it adopted due to its location in the General South area of the property. This group is characterized by the songs it provides to the team throughout the match, in addition to receptions, flags and walks, something that was not customary in Guatemalan football.

The barra has large blankets, flags, umbrellas, hype with murgas, trumpets, dubbing and a huge hype brought from Chile to encourage the club. In its beginnings the bar even hosted more than 3,000 members in transcendental matches.[citation needed]

Mascot edit

Casper edit

The mascot of Comunicaciones is the ghost Casper who has been accompanying the club since 1985. It was brought from Miami in September 1985 by the then president of the team, Teddy Plocharski, at a cost of $2,000 (15,392.65 Quetzales), being the first mascot to use a soccer team in Central America.

He first appeared at the Doroteo Guamuch on September 8, 1985, for the 124th classic, in which Comunicaciones beat Municipal by 3 to 1. The suit has undergone three transformations since its creation, the first in 1995 and the second 1998, this being the one that is maintained today.

Stadium edit

The team currently play their home games at the Estadio Doroteo Guamuch Flores, which holds at a capacity of 26,000. They used to play at the Estadio Cementos Progreso before, in which their B team currently play their games there in the Primera División.

Honours edit

Domestic edit

League edit

Cups edit

  • Copa de Guatemala and predecessors
    • Champions (8): 1951–52, 1955, 1970, 1972, 1983, 1986, 1991–92, 2009
  • Campeón de Campeones (Super Cup) and predecessors
    • Champions (10): 1955, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1983, 1985, 1991, 1994, 1997(2)[2]

Continental edit

Performance in CONCACAF competitions edit

Best results: 1978Champions; 1962, 1969–Runners-up
Most recent participation: 2024–First Round
2019: Quarter-finals
2020: First Round
2021: Champions
2022: Round of 16
2023: Quarter-finals
1991: Runners-up
2001: Semi-finals[b]

Current squad edit

As of May 16, 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   GUA Fredy Pérez
2 DF   GUA Gerardo Gordillo
4 MF   CUB Karel Espino
5 DF   COL Stiwar Mena
6 DF   GUA José Carlos Pinto
7 FW   GUA Andrés Lezcano
8 MF   GUA Rodrigo Saravia
9 FW   PAN Azarias Londoño (on loan from Alianza FC)
10 MF   GUA José Contreras (captain)
11 FW   GUA Anderson Ortíz
12 DF   GUA Erick González
13 DF   GUA Carlos Castrillo
14 DF   GUA Rafael Morales
15 FW   GUA Carlos Mejía
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 MF   GUA Axel de la Cruz
20 MF   GUA Antonio López
23 GK   GUA Arnold Barrios
26 MF   GUA Lynner García
28 DF   COL Jose Corena
30 GK   GUA Jorge Moreno
31 DF   GUA Stheven Robles
33 FW   ECU Juan Anangonó
35 MF   GUA Edy Palencia
36 FW   GUA Joshua Trigueño Foster
76 MF   GUA Oscar Mejía
77 FW   GUA Andy Palencia
99 FW   GUA Erick Rivera
- MF   GUA José Grajeda
- FW   GUA Erick Lemus

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
- GK   GUA Kevin Moscoso (at Mixco)
- MF   GUA Brayam Castañeda (at Zacapa)
- MF   GUA Brayan Chajón (at Zacapa)
- MF   GUA Daniel Cardoza (at Achuapa)
- DF   GUA Nicolás Samayoa (at Politehnica Iași)
- DF   GUA Diego Santis (at Suchitepéquez)

Managerial history edit

Notes edit

  1. ^ Shared with Universidad de Guadalajara and Defence Force.
  2. ^ This last edition of the tournament was played under the title of "CONCACAF Giants Cup".

References edit

  1. ^ Jusino, Edwin (7 August 2014). "Listo el club boricua para su partido de hoy" [The Puerto Rican club is ready for today's match]. FutbolBoricua.co (in Spanish). Fútbol Boricua Inc. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  2. ^ RSSSF (2009). "Guatemala – List of Cup Winners". Retrieved 10 December 2010.

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