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Diriangén FC

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Diriangén FC
Full nameDiriangén FC
Nickname(s)Caciques
Founded17 May 1917
GroundEstadio Cacique Diriangén
Diriamba, Nicaragua
Capacity7,500
ChairmanFernando Baltodano
ManagerTyron Acevedo
LeaguePrimera División de Nicaragua
2016 Apertura3rd

Diriangén FC is a Nicaraguan professional football club based in Diriamba which competes in Nicaraguan Premier Division (Primera Division). It is one of the oldest clubs in not only Nicaragua but in Central America.

History

Founded in 1917, Diriangén has won a total of 25 domestic titles, including at least one in every decade since the 1940s. They are also the only club in Nicaragua to have competed in every season of the league's top flight. As a result of this success, the club has become associated with the motto "Diriangén no tuvo infancia, porque nació grande" ("Diriangen never had a childhood because it was born big")'.

Diriangén's strongest era was in the 1940s, when they won six consecutive championships (1940–45). They won a seventh championship in 1949, and hoisted the crown three times in the 1950s (1953, 1956, and 1959). A long drought followed in the 1960s, but the club rebounded with consecutive titles in 1969–70 and again in 1974.

The 1980s saw a return to the form of glory days past. It opened with a threepeat (1981, 1982, and 1983) and included other championships in 1987 and 1989. The 1990s were similar—a threepeat from 1994–97, followed by a title win in 1999–2000. However, the 2000s didn't go quite as well. Although Diriangén managed to win the championship in 2004–2005 and 2005–2006, the real power in Nicaragua had shifted to Real Esteli, winners of thirteen championships in 16 years.

Meanwhile, Diriangén struggled through a thirteen year title drought. That year was finally broken in Clausura 2018, when they knocked off Real Esteli 3–1 on aggregate.

The club celebrated its 100-year celebration in 2017 [1]

Current squad

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
Nicaragua NCA Tulio López
MF Brazil BRA Pedro dos Santos
Nicaragua NCA César Gutiérrez
MF Nicaragua NCA Álvaro Hernández
GK Nicaragua NCA Brandon Mayorga
DF Nicaragua NCA Melvin Hernández
MF Nicaragua NCA Jason Coronel (Captain)
MF Argentina ARG Carlos Torres (Vice-Captain)
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Nicaragua NCA Mario Dávila
MF Nicaragua NCA Abner Acuña
Nicaragua NCA David Jarquin
Nicaragua NCA Bryant Román
DF Nicaragua NCA José Loaisiga
Costa Rica CRC Yeisen Esquivel

Personnel

Current technical staff

Position Name
Manager Nicaragua Flavio Da Silva
Assistant Manager Nicaragua TBD
Reserve Team Coach Nicaragua TBD
Goalkeeper coach Nicaragua William Espinoza
General sporting director Nicaragua TBD
Fitness Coach Nicaragua Francisco Olivares
Club Doctor Nicaragua Reynaldo Cruz
Utility Nicaragua TBD

Management

Position Staff
President El Salvador Diego Jacir
Vice President Nicaragua Reynal Mairena
Legal Representative Nicaragua
Secretary of the Board Nicaragua
Treasurer Nicaragua
General administrator El Salvador Diego Jacir

Honours and International Appearances

National

  • Primera División de Nicaragua and predecessors
    • Champions (26) : 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1949, 1953, 1956, 1959, 1969, 1970, 1974, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2005, 2006, Clausura 2018
  • Copa de Nicaragua and predecessors
    • Champions (2) : 1996, 1997

International

1994 – Quarter-Finals
1997 – Qualifying Stage (Central Zone)

Record versus other Clubs

As of 2013-09-13

The Concacaf opponents below = Official tournament results: (Plus a sampling of other results)

Opponent Last Meeting G W D L F A PTS +/-
El Salvador Águila CONCACAF 1976 2 0 0 2 2 11 0 -9
Costa Rica Alajuelense CONCACAF 1997 2 1 0 1 4 5 3 -1
El Salvador Alianza CONCACAF 1993 2 0 0 2 1 5 0 -4
Panama Árabe Unido CONCACAF 1998 2 0 1 1 1 2 1 -1
El Salvador Atlético Marte CONCACAF 1970 2 0 0 2 1 8 0 -7
Belize Coke Milpross CONCACAF 1989 2 0 1 1 1 4 1 -3
Guatemala Comunicaciones CONCACAF 1971 2 0 0 2 1 15 0 -14
Panama Euro Kickers CONCACAF 1997 2 1 0 1 6 5 3 +1
El Salvador FAS UNCAF 2004 2 0 0 2 0 9 0 -9
Costa Rica Herediano CONCACAF 1994 2 0 0 2 2 9 0 -7
Belize La Victoria FC CONCACAF 1992 2 0 1 1 1 2 1 -1
Guatemala Municipal CONCACAF 1977 2 0 0 2 2 16 0 -14
Honduras Olimpia UNCAF 2006 2 0 0 2 1 5 0 -4
Honduras Real Maya CONCACAF 1994 2 0 0 2 0 3 0 -3
Honduras Real España CONCACAF 1990 2 0 0 2 1 7 0 -6
Costa Rica Deportivo Saprissa CONCACAF 1998 6 0 0 6 1 29 0 -28
Guatemala Suchitepéquez UNCAF 2006 2 0 0 2 2 4 0 -2
Panama Universitario CL 2018 2 0 0 2 1 7 0 -6
Totals

Sponsors

Jersey sponsors

  • claro (2001–06)
  • Movistar (2007–2015)
  • claro (2015–present)
  • totto (2014–present)
  • U de M (2014–present)
  • Alcaldía de Diriamba (2014–present)

Shirt sponsors

  • Joma (2003–present; also the shirt manufacturers)

Stadium

The stadium, Estadio Cacique Diriangén, holds 7,500 people. It is a multi-purpose stadium, and has been the home stadium of the Nicaragua national football team for many years. The stadium has much history: In this stadium the club Diriangén FC won against many teams from Central America.

List of managers

Diriangen has had permanent managers since it first appointed Napolen Parrales Bendaña as coach in 1917. The longest-serving manager was Mauricio Cruz Jiron, who managed Diriangen for fourteen years from 1992 to 2006. Hungarian Eduardo Kosovic was the foreign coach in the club. Mauricio Cruz Jiron is the most successful manager as he led the club to seven primera division titles.

  • Nicaragua Napolen Parrales Bendaña (1917-TBD)
  • Nicaragua Miguel Cuadra Gonzalez
  • Nicaragua Alberto Davila El Tico
  • Nicaragua Carlos Marin (1940s)
  • Hungary Eduardo Kosovic (1940s)
  • Honduras Lurio Martinez (1950s)
  • Hungary Eduardo Cosovich (1956)
  • Costa Rica Luis Angel Pipila Umana (1958)
  • Costa Rica Santiago Bonilla (1950s)
  • Argentina Santiago Berrini (1960s)
  • Argentina Omar Muraco
  • Nicaragua Martin "El Cantante" García
  • Nicaragua Manuel "Catarro" Cuadra (1960s)
  • Nicaragua Armando Ruiz (1960s)
  • Nicaragua Omar Jiron Rugamas (1960s)
  • Nicaragua Roberto Guardia (1960s)
  • Nicaragua Livio Bendaña Espinoza (1966–72)
  • El Salvador Oscar Figueroa Cristales Cocoroco"' (1973)
  • Nicaragua Pedro Jose Jiron (1970s)
  • Nicaragua Julio Rocha Ideaquez El negro Julio (1970s)
  • Nicaragua Armando Mendieta Parrales Miluy (1980s)
  • Nicaragua Jose Manuel Figuero Chemanel (1980s)
  • Nicaragua William Parrales Quintanilla (1980s)
  • Nicaragua Benjamin Parrales (1980s)
  • Nicaragua Mario Chavez Morales (1980s)
  • Nicaragua Milton Cuadra Serrano (1990-1991)
  • Nicaragua Mauricio Cruz Jiron (1991– 2006)
  • Nicaragua Róger "Pinocho" Rodríguez (Aug 2006–06)
  • Nicaragua Martín Mena (2007)
  • Nicaragua Mauricio Cruz Jiron (2008–10)
  • Honduras Edgardo Soza (2010)
  • Nicaragua Rolando Méndez (2010–11)
  • Costa Rica Glen Blanco (July 2011 – Oct 11)
  • Nicaragua Martín Mena (Oct 2011 – Feb 12)
  • El Salvador Ángel Eugenio Orellana (Feb 2012 – June 12)
  • Honduras Francisco Nuñez (June 2012 – Sept 12)
  • Nicaragua Luis Vega (Sep 2012 – Oct 12)
  • Argentina Carlos Alberto de Toro (Oct 2012 – Nov 13)
  • Brazil Flavio Da Silva (Nov 2013 – May 14)
  • Nicaragua Florencio Leiva (June 2014 – Aug 14)
  • Argentina Roberto Chanampe (Aug 2014 – July 2015)
  • Argentina Andrés Novara (July 2015 – Oct 2015)
  • Colombia Javier Londoño (Oct 2015 – Jan 2016)
  • Spain Mario Reig (Jan 2016 – Feb 2016)
  • El Salvador Jose Luis Rugamas (Feb 2016 – Aug 2016)
  • Nicaragua Tyron Acevedo (Aug 2016 – May 2017)
  • Nicaragua Mauricio Cruz Jiron (May 2017– Sep 2019)
  • Brazil Flavio Da Silva (Sep 2019- )

Notable managers

The following managers have won at least one trophy while in charge at Diriangen:

Name Nat Tenure Honors
Eduardo Cosovich  HUN 1956 Primera division 1956
Livio Bendaña Espinoza  NCA 1966-1972 Primera division 1969 and 1970
Mauricio Cruz Jiron  NCA 1992–06 Primera division 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2005,2006, 2018 Clausura
Flavio Da Silva  BRA 2019 - Copa Primera 2020

Women's team

The women's team has won the Nicaraguan women's football championship four times in 2000, 2001, 2003 and lately in 2010.

References

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