Rampla Juniors

Rampla Juniors Fútbol Club, commonly known as Rampla Juniors, is a Uruguayan football club based in Montevideo.

Rampla Juniors
Full nameRampla Juniors Football Club
Nickname(s)Picapiedras, Rojiverdes, Friyis (until the 1960s)
Founded7 January 1914
GroundEstadio Olímpico,
Montevideo, Uruguay
ChairmanIgnacio Durán
CoachEduardo Espinel
LeagueSegunda División
2019Primera División, 14th (relegated by average)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Origin and coloursEdit

Rampla Juniors were founded in the Aduana area, (also the birthplace of River Plate FC), then moved first to the Aguada neighbourhood, and finally, around 1920, to the Cerro neighborhood. Their colours are taken from Fortaleza, a club that existed in the early years of Rampla's stint in the Cerro area. Another story of how they chose their colours, is similar to how Boca Juniors supposedly got the idea for their kit colors from a Swedish flag on a ship. It is rumored that Rampla's founders took the red and green from an Italian flag on a ship that arrived in Montevideo Bay. It is also said that the basketball team CA Aguada (founded in 1922) took their colours from Rampla Juniors.


Rampla Juniors's archrivals are Cerro, and as such, the second biggest rivalry in the country.


Rampla in 1927 won the Uruguayan Primera División, the 1927 Squad was: Pedro Arispe (Captain), Pedro Aguirre, Enrique Ballestrero, Pedro Cabrera, Julio Nieto, José Magallanes, Juan Miguel Fermín "Ruso" Labraga, Luis Gaitán, Conrado Haeberli, Vital Ruffatti and Conrado Bidegain.

Rampla was once[when?] called[by whom?] the third "big" (meaning popular or best) of Uruguay's clubs, Peñarol and Nacional being first and second, due to the huge number of followers and positive results[citation needed]. In 2007, Rampla finished tied in 2nd place with Danubio in the Uruguayan 1st division. Their team record was (9 wins, 4 draws, and 2 losses, in 15 games).

In his early days Rampla Juniors had strong ties with the meat packing industries that forged the neighborhood that he so proudly represents, notably the Chicagoan companies Swift, and Armour. From those companies workforce came several important players to Rampla Juniors. Until the mid 1960s Ramplas' supporters where known as Friyis, as the sound resembled Fridges (from the meat packing industries).

In the 1980s the club replaced the stadium's old wooden stands with new ones made with concrete. The supporters came forward and merrily helped breaking the stones for the restoration. Hence their new nickname, the Picapiedras (stone breakers).


Amateur Era (1): 1927
1944, 1980, 1992

Other Official Domestic HonoursEdit

  • Torneo Competencia: 2
1950, 1955
  • Torneo de Copa: 1
  • Torneo Cuadrangular: 1

Current squadEdit

Updated 15 March 2019 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 Kevin Larrea
2   DF Emiliano García
4   DF Joan Gamboa
5   MF Gastón Díaz
6   DF Gastón Roselló
7   MF Gaspar Vega
8   FW Delis Vargas
9   FW Santiago Vega
10   MF Juan Ángel Albín
11   DF Mauricio Felipe
12   GK Silvio Samurrio
13   DF Emanuel Beltrán
14   MF Gastón Gorrostorrazo
15   FW Santiago Gaspari
16   MF Gustavo Machado
No. Position Player
17   DF Diego Rosa
18   DF Matías Soto
19   FW Carlos Núñez
20   DF Lucas Rodríguez
21   FW Rodrigo Piñeiro
22   MF Jhony Galli
23   FW Mathías Saavedra
24   DF Gonzalo Rizzo (on loan from Rentistas)
25   GK Rodrigo Odriozola
27   DF Claudio Servetti
28   FW Christopher Chávez
30   MF Juan Viacava
32   MF Ignacio Panzariello
33   MF Facundo Guichón

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player

Notable playersEdit


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