Club de Deportes La Serena S.A.D.P., is a Chilean football club based in the city of La Serena, Cochimbo Region. The club was founded 9 December 1955 and plays in the second division of the Chilean football league. Their home games are played at the La Portada stadium, which has a capacity of 18,254 seats. Their biggest rival is Coquimbo Unido. They are nicknamed "Gigante de La Cuarta", because of the Copa Chile they won back in the 1960, being the only club in the region that has this trophy

Deportes La Serena
Full nameClub de Deportes La Serena S.A.D.P.
Nickname(s)Papayeros
Granates
Club Deportes
Gigante de La Cuarta
Founded9 December 1955; 68 years ago (1955-12-09)
GroundEstadio La Portada
La Serena, Chile
Capacity18,243[1]
ChairmanCristián Contador
ManagerJuan José Luvera
LeaguePrimera B
20237th
WebsiteClub website

History edit

The history of the club are in the amateur football team in the city of La Serena, which was crowned national amateur champion three times in the years 1949, 1951 and 1954. This was the basis for that in 1955 the Football Association of the city invited to participate in professional football. Thus 9 December 1955, was founded the Club de Deportes La Serena to participate in the 1956 Ascent. To give life regulatory to the club was Deportivo Sindempart the local team had to change its name.

Their first match in second division was against Unión La Calera in the Estadio La Portada, a match that ended in a draw 0–0. In their first season, Deportes La Serena finished at the top of the table (with the same points as Universidad Católica), so they had to play an extra match to determine the champion, which was won by Universidad Católica 3–2, with the latter getting promoted to the First Division.

In 1958 Deportes La Serena for the first time participated in first division and finished third, tying in Colo-Colo score and one point behind champion that year Santiago Wanderers. During this season, club striker Carlos Verdejo was the scorer of the championship with 23 points, next to the player, Green Cross, Gustavo Albella.

In 1959 began with La Serena reaching the final of the Copa Chile, where he lost 5–1 against Santiago Wanderers. In that same championship striker José Sulantay was crowned top scorer of the tournament. However, in the official tournament in La Serena, ranked last, relegated to the next season.

The 1960s began with the club again reached the final of the Copa Chile, where defeated by 4–1 to Santiago Wanderers and were crowned champions of the tournament. For the official tournament La Serena ranked second in the Tournament of Ascent to 5 points behind champions Green Cross. The following year, La Serena, ranked fourth, but rose to first in this year were four teams that rose.

In 1962 with the first team again, Deportes La Serena made a good campaign that finally placed him fourth, tying score with Colo-Colo, and the following year, under the coaching staff of the Argentine Miguel Mocciola returned to make a good season finishing in third place.

Thereafter Deportes La Serena began to settle in the mid-table, getting seventh in 1964, the ninth in 1965 and again the seventh in 1966 and 1967.

For the year 1968 the tournament was played in several stages and Serena failed to qualify for the final stages, so it had to fight for their stay in the division of honour, which eventually succeeded. In 1969 also failed to reach the final stages of the championship.

In 1993 was founded a bar called "Anarko revolucion", which is dedicated to encouraging this club football.

It promoted again to First Division of the year 2003, being runner-up after Everton of Primera B. For the play-offs (qualified in 2002), only ranked in the Torneo Clausura 2005 where he progressed to the semi-finals Colo-Colo, after a draw in matches Round-trip 1–1 and 3–3, by definition a criminal, which fell to Universidad Católica (3–3 and 1–0). In 2009, La Serena qualifying to the play-offs to this year and was eliminated by Colo-Colo in the global by 4–0.

In 2015 Canadian born Pancho Fernandez at the age of 18 was discovered by past Colo-Colo player (Carlos Rivas) who arranged to showcase him along with a number of Canadian soccer players to a number of Chilean teams. At that time Deportes La Serena expressed an interest in Pancho Fernandez and is now playing for their second team. During the 2017 pre-season, Pancho Fernandez had the opportunity to play in two matches where he came off the bench on one and started in another. Pancho Fernandez is the first Canadian born who is not of Chilean descent to ever play for Deportes La Serena.

Stadium edit

Deportes La Serena plays at home at Estadio La Portada, premises owned by the Municipality of La Serena. It is located close to downtown, at the intersection with Avenida Avenida Amunátegui Balmaceda and his name is because between 1770 and 1903, at the same intersection where it is currently the stadium, there was a monument that served as main entrance to the city, which was called La Portada de La Serena.

The stadium was opened on 26 August 1952 and at first it was a dirt field, filling in until November 1955, coinciding with the arrival of professionalism Deportes La Serena. It currently has a capacity of 18,243 spectators.

Club honors edit

1960
1957, 1987, 1996

Players edit

Current squad edit

Current squad of Deportes La Serena as of 4 July 2022 (edit)
Sources: ANFP Official Web Site

No. Position Player
1   CHI GK Eryin Sanhueza
3   CHI DF Gonzalo Santelices
4   PAR DF Danilo Ortiz
5   CHI DF Lucas Alarcón
6   ARG MF Fernando Miranda
7   CHI MF Maximiliano Guerrero
8   CHI MF Luckas Carreño
9   ARG FW Juan Sánchez Sotelo
10   CHI FW Richard Paredes
11   CHI MF Ethan Espinoza
12   CHI GK José Tapia
14   CHI MF Fabián Espinoza
15   CHI DF Henry Sanhueza
16   CHI MF Kevin Flores
No. Position Player
17   CHI GK Zacarías López
19   CHI DF Matías Cortés
20   URU MF Santiago Mederos
21   CHI FW Gonzalo Reyes
22   CHI DF Martín Ramírez
23   CHI FW Diego Arias
24   CHI FW Valentín Coria
26   PER DF Jherson Reyes
27   CHI DF Felipe Saavedra
28   URU MF Maximiliano Rodríguez
29   CHI DF Camilo Rodríguez
30   CHI MF Felipe Mardones
32   CHI DF Matías Navarrete
40   BRA DF Victor Ramon

Manager: Juan José Luvera

2021 Winter Transfers edit

In 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
DF   CHI Jens Buss (loan from C.D. Antofagasta)
MF   ARG Cristian Erbes (from Atlético Tucumán)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   CHI Humberto Suazo (from Raya2)

Out 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
1 GK   CHI Raúl Olivares (to Universitario de Vinto)
2 DF   ARG Facundo Agüero (Released)
4 MF   CHI Jimmy Martínez (back to Universidad de Chile)
7 FW   CHI César Munder (back to Universidad Católica)
8 MF   CHI Sebastián Leyton (to Deportivo Cali)
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 DF   BRA Rômulo Zwarg (loan to Juventude)
24 DF   CHI Vicente Durán (loan to Santiago Morning)
25 MF   COL Felipe Jaramillo (to Águilas Doradas)
37 DF   CHI Lucas Alarcón (back to Universidad de Chile)

Notable players edit

Managers edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Estadio La Portada de La Serena a un paso de ser entregado". Archived from the original on 22 June 2015.

External links edit