Defensor Sporting

Defensor Sporting Club is a sports club based in Montevideo, Uruguay. Founded in 1913, Defensor has several sports sections, with football and basketball being the most important and the ones in which the club has achieved significant achievements in Uruguay and internationally.

Defensor Sporting
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Full nameDefensor Sporting Club
Nickname(s)El Violeta
La Viola
El Defe
La Farola
La Cometa
Founded15 March 1913; 109 years ago (1913-03-15)
GroundEstadio Luis Franzini,
Montevideo, Uruguay
ChairmanAlberto Ward
CoachMarcelo Méndez[1]
LeaguePrimera División
2022Primera División, 7th of 16
WebsiteClub website

It is the third most highest winning club in Uruguay, with 25 official titles, only surpassed by Peñarol and Club Nacional de Football. The club's best performance at the international stage was in 2014, when they reached the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores, eventually losing to Club Nacional 2-1 on aggregate. They have won the Uruguayan Championship four times: in 1976, 1987, 1991, and 2007-08. Their 1976 title win was especially notable in Uruguay's football history as it ended 44 years of dominance by Nacional and Peñarol.


Founded on March 15, 1913 as Club Atlético Defensor, the name of the club was changed in 1989 to Defensor Sporting Club after a merger with Sporting Club Uruguay. They played in the first professional league season in Uruguay, the 1932 Uruguayan Primera División

Defensor has won many qualifying tournaments (Pre-Liguilla) to the Copa Libertadores and has represented Uruguay on numerous occasions internationally. Regarded as one of the teams that creates and develops many players in Uruguay that become successful players worldwide, It is the first club of numerous players like Jorge "Polilla" da Silva, Sergio "Manteca" Martínez, Sebastián Abreu, Andrés Fleurquin, Marcelo Tejera, Darío Silva, Gonzalo Vargas, Diego "Ruso" Pérez, Nicolás Olivera, Martín Cáceres, Maxi Pereira, Álvaro González, and Tabaré Viúdez.

Legendary coach Prof. José Ricardo de León brought Defensor to the national championship in 1976 and originated a football (fútbol) school of thought, consistently criticized as ultra defensive, that is still present nowadays in several teams and coaches.

In September 2007, the club was considered the World's Club Team of the Month by the IFFHS.[2]

Defensor Sporting's most famous supporter is singer/composer Jaime Roos.


Defensor plays its home games at its own stadium called Estadio Luis Franzini which has a capacity for 18,000 spectators. The stadium was opened on 31 December 1963, and is located in Parque Rodó, Montevideo.


Defensor Sporting has had a rivalry with Danubio in recent years, because of the two clubs being the next biggest clubs in Uruguay after the historical two: Peñarol and Nacional. Matches between them are called the "Clásico de los medianos" (Spanish for Classic of the Mediums).



1976, 1987, 1991, 2008
1950, 1965

Other Official Domestic HonoursEdit

  • Apertura: 4
1994, 2007, 2010, 2017
  • Clausura: 4
1997, 2009, 2012, 2013
  • Liguilla Pre Libertadores: 8
1976, 1979, 1981, 1989, 1991, 1995, 2000, 2006
  • Copa Montevideana: 8
1976, 1979, 1982, 1987, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997
  • Campeón Nacional Copa Artigas: 1
  • Cuadrangular: 1
  • Torneo Honor: 1

Performance in CONMEBOL competitionsEdit

1977: Group Stage
1980: Group Stage
1982: Group Stage
1990: Round of 16
1992: Round of 16
1994: Round of 16
1996: Round of 16
2001: Group Stage
2006: First Round
2007: Quarter-finals
2009: Quarter-finals
2012: Group Stage
2013: First Stage
2014: Semi-finals
2018: Group Stage
2019: Third Qualifying Stage
2012: Runner-up
2005: Second Round
2007: Quarter-finals
2008: Round of 16
2010: Round of 16
2015: Quarter-finals
2017: First Stage
2018: Second Stage
1995: First Round
1997: First Round

Kit evolutionEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 16 November 2020

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   URU Matías Castro
2 DF   URU Lucas Rodríguez
3 DF   URU Gastón Álvarez
4 DF   URU Alejandro González
5 MF   URU Vicente Poggi
6 DF   URU Emilio Zeballos
7 FW   URU Diego Coelho
8 MF   URU Gonzalo Nápoli
9 FW   ARG Ignacio Colombini
10 MF   URU Juan Albín
11 MF   URU Ignacio Laquintana
12 GK   URU Bernardo Long
13 GK   URU Matías Dufour
14 DF   URU Facundo Mallo
15 MF   URU Álvaro González
16 FW   URU Kevin Méndez
17 FW   URU Luciano Boggio
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 MF   URU Adolfo Lima
19 MF   URU Tabaré Viúdez
20 FW   URU Álvaro Navarro
21 DF   URU Rodrigo Rojo
22 DF   URU Renzo Rabino
23 MF   URU Mathías Cardacio
24 DF   URU Matías Rocha
27 MF   URU Matías Ocampo
28 MF   URU Damián Silva
29 MF   URU Alan Rodríguez
30 DF   URU Andrés Lamas
77 FW   ARG Cristian Chávez (on loan from Independiente)
DF   URU Jonathan González
MF   URU Joaquín Valiente
MF   URU Lucas de los Santos
FW   URU Facundo Milán
FW   MEX Diego Abreu

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   URU Martín Rabuñal (at Juárez until 31 December 2020)
MF   URU Ramiro Cristóbal (at Rentistas until 31 December 2020)
MF   URU Martín Correa (at Liverpool Montevideo until 31 December 2020)
FW   URU Owen Falconis (at Salamanca until 31 December 2020)
DF   URU Mauro García (at Rocha until 31 December 2020)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   URU Federico Larraura (at Villa Teresa until 31 December 2020)
FW   URU Pablo López (at Deportivo Toluca until 30 June 2021)
7 MF   URU Cristian Barros (at Universidad de Chile until 30 June 2021)
MF   URU Robert Ergas (at Olimpia until 31 December 2021)
FW   URU Juan Manuel Boselli (at Tondela until 30 June 2023)

Notable former playersEdit

Notable coachesEdit


  1. ^ "Marcelo Méndez es el entrenador elegido por Defensor Sporting (in Spanish)". El País (Uruguay). El País (Uruguay). Retrieved 2 March 2022.
  2. ^ "The World's club Team of the Month". IFFHS. 20 December 2007. Archived from the original on 21 December 2007. Retrieved 17 November 2020.

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