FBC Melgar

Foot Ball Club Melgar, known simply as FBC Melgar or Melgar, is a Peruvian football club based in Arequipa, Peru. It is one of Peru's oldest football teams, founded on 25 March 1915 by a group of football enthusiasts from Arequipa.

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Full nameFoot Ball Club Melgar
Nickname(s)El Dominó, Los Rojinegros,
El León del Sur, El Sangre y Luto
Founded25 March 1915; 106 years ago (1915-03-25)
GroundEstadio Monumental Virgen de Chapi,
Arequipa, Peru
ChairmanPeru Ricardo Bettocchi
ManagerArgentina Nestor Lorenzo
LeagueLiga 1
2020Liga 1, 8th
WebsiteClub website

The team first participated in the Peruvian football league in 1919 in Lima and later was invited to the first true National football league, the Torneo Descentralizado, in 1966, when four teams from the provinces were invited to join the league. Joining them were Atlético Grau from Piura, Club Octavio Espinoza from Ica and Alfonso Ugarte (Ch) from Trujillo. Previously, only teams from Lima and Callao had been allowed to compete for the national championship. Due to a low finish the first year, Melgar was dropped from the league after the first year. After winning the Copa Perú they returned to the First Division where they have remained to this day. Melgar won the Torneo Descentralizado for the first time in 1981. In the 1983 season the club finished first in the First Stage and at the end the top six teams played a play-off tournament to determine the year's champion, which Melgar finished in second.

FBC Melgar plays its home games at the Estadio Mariano Melgar, but since the Estadio de la UNSA was built in 1990 with a capacity of 40,000, it has used both.


The club won nine cups in the departament of Arequipa, and won the Copa Perú in 1971. This championship allowed them to return to the First Division Campeonato Descentralizado where they currently remain.

Melgar won the National Championship in 1981, and Melgar was the runner-up of the national championship in 1983. In both these years this qualified them to play in the Copa Libertadores.

In 2014, Juan Reynoso, who come from México, was appointed as the new manager. He signed players like Piero Alva, Nelinho Quina, Minzum Quina, Luis Hernández, Alejandro Hohberg, Lampros Kontogiannis and Edgar Villamarín to make an impressive campaign where Melgar was the best team during the whole season finishing 1st in the accumulated table, but due to some bad results in the final matches and the poor organization of the tournament they weren't able to dispute the Play-off for the championship and only qualified for the Copa Sudamericana.

In 2015, year of Melgar's centenary, and still with Reynoso as the manager, the team signed important players like Raúl Ruidíaz, Carlos Ascues, Johnnier Montaño, Rainer Torres and Daniel Ferreyra to make an impressive team and fight for the title.

This year, Melgar won the national championship, besting Sporting Cristal with a score in the final minute by Bernardo Cuesta.


FBC Melgar has had a long-standing rivalry with Cienciano, Sportivo Huracán, Aurora and Piérola.




Winners (2): 1981, 2015
Runner-up (2): 1983, 2016
Runner-up (2): 2014, 2015
Winners (2): 2015, 2018
Winners (1): 2017
Winners (1): 1971
Runner up (1): 1969, 1970

National cupsEdit

Runner-up (1): 1970

Under-20 teamEdit

Winners (2): 2014-II, 2015-II
Runner-up (1): 2015-I


Winners (6): 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971
Winners (9): 1928, 1929, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970

Performance in CONMEBOL competitionsEdit

Competition A P W D L GF GA
Copa Libertadores 6 36 10 3 23 29 60
Copa Sudamericana 4 10 4 1 5 9 20
Copa CONMEBOL 1 2 0 0 2 2 6

A = appearances, P = matches played, W = won, D = drawn, L = lost, GF = goals for, GA = goals against.

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1982 Copa Libertadores Group Stage   Deportivo Municipal 2–1 2–0 Second place  
  Olimpia 0–3 0–4
  Sol de América 3–2 2–0
1984 Copa Libertadores Group Stage   Sporting Cristal 2–0 2–3 Fourth place  
  Universidad de Los Andes 0–1 0–1
  Portuguesa 1–2 0–4
1998 Copa CONMEBOL R1   LDU Quito 1–3 1–3 2–6  
2013 Copa Sudamericana Q1   Deportivo Pasto 2–0 0–3 2–3  
2015 Copa Sudamericana Q1   Junior 4–0 0–5 4–5  
2016 Copa Libertadores Group Stage   Atlético Mineiro 1–2 0–4 Fourth place  
  Independiente del Valle 0–1 0–2
  Colo-Colo 1–2 0–1
2017 Copa Libertadores Group Stage   Emelec 1–0 0–3 Fourth place  
  Independiente Medellín 1–2 0–2
  River Plate 2–3 2–4
2018 Copa Libertadores Second Stage   Santiago Wanderers 0–1 1–1 1–2  
2019 Copa Libertadores Second Stage   Universidad de Chile 1–0 0–0 1–0  
Third Stage   Caracas 2–0 1–2 3–2  
Group Stage   San Lorenzo 0–0 0–2 Third place  
  Junior 1–0 1–0
  Palmeiras 0–4 0–3
Copa Sudamericana Q2   Universidad Católica 0–0 0–6 0–6  
2020 Copa Sudamericana Q1   Nacional Potosí 0–2 2–0 2–2 (4–3 p)  
Q2   Bahia 1–0 0–4 1–4  

Current squadEdit

As of 19 May 2021

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   PER Ricardo Farro
2 DF   ARG Fabio Pereyra
4 DF   PER Alejandro Ramos
5 DF   PER Alec Deneumostier
6 DF   PER José Luján
7 FW   ARG Cristian Bordacahar
9 FW   ARG Bernardo Cuesta (captain)
10 MF   PER Joel Sánchez
12 GK   PER Carlos Cáceda
13 MF   PER Freddy Oncoy
14 FW   PER Jhonny Vidales
15 DF   PER Leonardo Mifflin
16 FW   PER Luis Iberico
18 FW   PER Michel Rasmussen
19 DF   PER Paolo Reyna
20 MF   PER Pablo Labrin
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 GK   PER Jose Cabezudo
23 MF   ARG Horacio Orzán
24 MF   PER Walter Tandazo
25 MF   PER Jefferson Caceres
26 MF   PER Kenji Cabrera
27 FW   PER Kevin Quevedo
28 MF   PER Alexis Arias
29 DF   PER Pedro Ibañez
30 MF   PER Yimy Gamero
31 GK   PER Ricardo Bettocchi
32 FW   PER Bruno Portugal
33 DF   PER Matias Lazo
MF   PER Diego Rodriguez
DF   PER Juan Ayqque
MF   PER Marcelo Cervantes

Notable playersEdit

Historical list of coachesEdit

See alsoEdit


External linksEdit