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 March 25, 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
FoundedMarch 25, 1915; 105 years ago (1915-03-25)
GroundEstadio Monumental Virgen de Chapi,
Arequipa, Peru
ChairmanPeru Ricardo Bettocchi
ManagerArgentina Carlos Bustos
LeagueLiga 1
2019Liga 1, 6th
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 3 18 5 0 13 16 36
Copa Sudamericana 2 4 2 2 0 6 8
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
1982 Copa Libertadores Group Stage   Deportivo Municipal 2–1 2–0
  Olimpia 0–3 0–4
  Sol de América 3–2 2–0
1984 Copa Libertadores Group Stage   Sporting Cristal 2–0 2–3
  Universidad de Los Andes 0–1 0–1
  Portuguesa 1–2 0–4
1998 Copa CONMEBOL R1   LDU Quito 1–3 1–3
2013 Copa Sudamericana Q1   Deportivo Pasto 2–0 0–3
2015 Copa Sudamericana Q1   Junior 4–0 0–5
2016 Copa Libertadores Group Stage   Atlético Mineiro 1–2 0–4
  Independiente del Valle 0–1 0–2
  Colo-Colo 1–2 0–1

Current squadEdit

As of 28 February 2020

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Ángelo Campos
2   DF Hernán Pellerano
4   DF Jesús Pretell
5   DF Jeremy Salas
6   DF Paolo Fuentes
7   FW Joel Amoroso
8   MF Pablo Míguez
9   FW Othoniel Arce
10   MF Joel Sánchez
11   FW Irven Ávila
12   GK Carlos Cáceda
13   MF Omar Tejeda
14   FW Jhonny Vidales
No. Position Player
15   DF Alec Deneumostier
16   MF Daniel Cabrera
17   MF Hideyoshi Arakaki
18   FW Michel Rasmussen
19   MF Walter Tandazo
20   MF Edson Aubert
24   DF Carlos Neyra
26   MF Hernán Hinostroza
27   MF Leonardo Mifflin
28   MF Alexis Arias (captain)
29   DF Paolo Reyna
39   DF Eduardo Rabanal

Notable playersEdit

Historical list of coachesEdit

See alsoEdit


External linksEdit