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.[2][3]

Full nameFoot Ball Club Melgar
Nickname(s)El Dominó (The Domino)
Los Rojinegros (The Red-and-Blacks)
El León del Sur (The Lion of the South)
El Sangre y Luto (Blood and Struggle)
Founded25 March 1915; 108 years ago (1915-03-25)
GroundEstadio Monumental Virgen de Chapi
ChairmanRicardo Bettocchi
ManagerMariano Soso
LeagueLiga 1
2022Liga 1, 2nd of 19
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.

History Edit

The club won nine cups in the departament of Arequipa, and won the Copa Perú in 1971.[4][5] This championship allowed them to return to the First Division Campeonato Descentralizado where they currently remain.

Melgar won the National Championship in 1981,[6][7][8] and Melgar was the runner-up of the national championship in 1983.[9] 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. Then, Melgar won the national championship, besting Sporting Cristal with a score in the final minute by Bernardo Cuesta.

Rivalries Edit

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

Honours Edit

Senior titles Edit

  •   Record
  • (s) Shared record
Type Competition Titles Winning years
Primera División 2 1981, 2015
Half-year / Short

Torneo Apertura 1
Torneo Clausura 2
Torneo de Verano 1

Other titles Edit

Titles won in lower divisions:

Type Competition Titles Winning years
Copa Perú 1 1971
Liga Departamental de Arequipa 4 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970
Liga Distrital de Arequipa 12 1921–II, 1923–II, 1925–I, 1926–II, 1928, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970

Under-20 team Edit

Type Competition Titles Winning years
Torneo de Promoción y Reserva 2 2014–II, 2015–II

Women’s football Edit

Type Competition Titles Winning years
Copa Perú Femenina 1 2022

Performance in CONMEBOL competitions Edit

Competition A P W D L GF GA DG Pts
Copa Libertadores 6 36 10 3 23 29 60 -31 33
Copa Sudamericana 6 32 15 6 11 35 42 -7 51
Copa CONMEBOL 1 2 0 0 2 2 6 -4 0

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

Season Competition Round Country 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  
2021 Copa Sudamericana Q1   Carlos A. Mannucci 3–2 2–1 5–3  
Group stage   Metropolitanos 0–0 3–2 Second place  
  Aucas 2–0 1–2
  Athletico Paranaense 1–0 0–1
2022 Copa Sudamericana Q1   Cienciano 1–0 1–1 2–1  
Group stage   Cuiabá 3–1 0–2 First place  
  River Plate (Uru) 2–0 2–1
  Racing Club 3–1 0–1
Round 16   Deportivo Cali 2–1 0–0 2–1  
Quarter-finals   Internacional 0–0 0–0 (3–1 p) 0–0(3–1 p)  
Semi-finals   Independiente del Valle 0–3 0–3 0–6  

Current squad Edit

As of 10 April, 2023

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 Leonel Galeano
3 MF   ARG Horacio Orzán
4 DF   PER Alejandro Ramos
5 DF   PER Alec Deneumostier
7 FW   ARG Cristian Bordacahar
8 MF   PER Yimy Gamero
9 FW   ARG Bernardo Cuesta (captain)
10 MF   ARG Tomás Martínez
11 FW   PER Jhamir D'Arrigo
12 GK   PER Carlos Cáceda
14 DF   PER Sebastián Cavero
16 FW   PER Luis Iberico
17 MF   PER Jean Pierre Archimbaud
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 FW   PER Bruno Portugal
19 DF   PER Paolo Reyna
20 MF   PER André Vasquez
21 GK   PER Jorge Cabezudo
23 DF   PER Diego Rodríguez
24 MF   PER Walter Tandazo
25 FW   PER Mariano Barreda
26 MF   PER Kenji Cabrera
28 MF   PER Alexis Arias
29 DF   PER Pedro Ibañez
31 GK   PER Joshua Bedoya
32 MF   PER Marcelo Cervantes
33 DF   PER Matias Lazo
35 FW   ARG Pablo Magnin

Notable players Edit

Historical list of coaches Edit

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ "Área de Espectadores | IDUNSA". Archived from the original on 2013-09-04.
  2. ^ "HISTORIA DEL CLUB". Archived from the original on 2022-10-23. Retrieved 2022-08-17.
  3. ^ "Ficha técnica de FBC Melgar de Arequipa, campeón del Descentralizado 2015". (in Spanish). 2015. Archived from the original on 2022-08-17. Retrieved 2022-08-17.
  4. ^ DxT, Todo (2018-05-08). "Un día como hoy: FBC Melgar se convierte en el campeón de la Copa Perú 1971". Diario deportivo Todo DxT (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2021-08-27. Retrieved 2022-08-17.
  5. ^ Gando, Roberto (2016). "Melgar 1971: De erupción nacional - De Chalaca Copa Peru | Toda la cobertura del futbol de la Copa Peru". Archived from the original on 2022-08-29. Retrieved 2022-08-17.
  6. ^ Melgar, F. B. C. "A 36 años del primer grito de campeón". Archived from the original on 2022-08-14. Retrieved 2022-09-07.
  7. ^ "Melgar y el día que salió campeón ante Sporting Cristal en 1981". Depor (in Spanish). 2015-01-31. Archived from the original on 2022-11-01. Retrieved 2022-09-07.
  8. ^ Behr, Raúl. "Melgar 1981: El volcán que volcó la historia - De Chalaca | Futbol para el que la conoce". Archived from the original on 2022-10-11. Retrieved 2022-09-07.
  9. ^ Tapia, Johnny (2015-12-14). "FBC Melgar vs Sporting Cristal: La revancha de 1983 se jugará en Arequipa | EDICION". Correo (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2022-09-07. Retrieved 2022-09-07.

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