Club Deportivo Luis Angel Firpo or simply Firpo, is a Salvadoran football club that plays in Usulután, El Salvador and in the Primera División de Fútbol Profesional.
Club Deportivo L.A. Firpo is the oldest club in El Salvador. The club was founded September 17, 1923 by a group of local citizens. Originally named Tecún Umán, the club was soon renamed in honor of Luis Angel Firpo, a famous Argentine boxer, who almost became the first Latin heavyweight champion by knocking Jack Dempsey out of the ring on September 24, 1923.
Some of the greatest Salvadoran football players, including Mauricio Cienfuegos and Raul Diaz Arce, have played for L.A. Firpo at some point in their careers.
The team has won a total of nine Primera División de Fútbol Profesional championships in 1988-89, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1997-98, 1999 Clausura, 2000 Clausura, 2007 Apertura and 2008 Clausura. There most recent title came June 1, 2008 after defeating C.D. FAS 1-0. The game ended 0-0 after the first 90 minutes, so the game went to extra time, where Firpo took the advantage by winning and converting a penalty in the dying seconds of extra time to claim it's second consecutive, and ninth title overall.
The team plays its home games at Estadio Sergio Torres in Usulután.
The team's mascot is the bull, a reference to the nickname of the team's namesake who was called "El Toro de las Pampas", which translates to "The Wild Bull of the Pampas"
Furia Pampera was the first to have two different representative locations; Usulutan (Furia Usulutan) and San Salvador (Furia SS).
On 17 september
a group of Usulután citizens, mostly of European descent decided to form a team which represent their community passion for football. The club first elected Gustavo Denys as their first club chairman. They decided to choose red and blue as their teams colours. Originally named Tecún Umán
, the club was soon renamed in honor of Luis Angel Firpo
, a famous Argentine boxer
, who almost became the first Latin heavyweight champion by knocking Jack Dempsey
out of the ring on September 24
. The members of C.D. Luis Angel Firpo acquired land near Sergio Torres creek to develop and build a stadium. Slowly but surely the team gained prestige in 1941-1942, when it labeled the best team in the eastern zone of El Salvador
After defeating Chinameca S.C.
and Corona F.C.
they succeed in participating in the triangular series, but were no match to Quequeisque of Santa Ana.
Luis “el Loco” Regalado was the first Firpo player to earn selection to El Salvador national football team, he was followed by Ricardo y Miguel Zamora, Leonidas y Lázaro Quinteros and Ramón y Mario Águila.
Their first football manager was Manuel “el Zancudo” Segurado.
In the early 40's, although Firpo were decently skilled football team, its leadership, was not economically stable.
In the 50's despite being bi-champions along with Atletico Marte they were relegated. However, due to the command of Narciso Romagoza returned to primera division the very next year. The team discovered some great talents such as Félix Quinteros and Roberto Aguila, however due to poor economic stability they lost both players and were relegated in 1962.
In 1967, Firpo were promoted again thanks to the efforts of Francisco Contreras, Daniel Martíenz, Napoleón Regalado, Ramón Tenorio, Raúl Corcio Zavaleta and Miguel Deras. The acquisition of Chilean Andrés Paretti and Julio Escobar breathed fresh air into the team. Once again poor management and financial control lead to Firpo being demoted once again.
In 1972 Firpo returned to first division and has stayed there ever since.
Team success and Heartbreak
The team first great joy came in the 1988-1989 season, after finishing third on the table (with 12 wins, 16 draws, 8 loses) despite this amazing effort, The team leadership dismissed their Argentina coach Juan Quarterone
and replaced him with the former luis angel firpo player, Chilean Julio Escobar.
The club won their first title after 66 years, They beat Cojutepeque F.C.
4–3 on penalties in the final in Estadio Cuscatlan
, after a 1–1 draw in normal time.
The same team roster reached the 1990 final, however they were outplayed by Alianza F.C.
and were defetaed.
In the 1991 final,Firpo defeated C.D. Aguila
under the direction of Juan Carlos Masnick the team won their second title in just three years.
At the beginning of the nineties they participated in their first international tournament and surpassed expectation by defeating Pumas UNAM
1-0 in the first round however they lost in the second round by penaties against LD Alajulense
Firpo hasn't achieved much since then losing predomintley in early rounds.
1988-89, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1997-98, 1999 Clausura, 2000 Clausura, Apertura 2007, Clausura 2008.
Performance in CONCACAF competitions
- 1993 - 3rd place
- 1995 - 2nd place
HAY VIENE EL FIRPO, HAY VIENE EL FIRPO.
HOY VIBRAN LOS ESTADIOS EN TODO EL SALVADOR.
ORIENTE HACE AL FIRPO EL EQUIPO GANADOR,
¡VIVA EL FIRPO, VIVA EL FIRPO!
LA GARRA Y EL CORAJE DEL BUEN USULUTECO,
SE SIENTE CUANDO EL FIRPO COMIENZA A GOLEAR.
¡VIVA EL FIRPO, VIVA EL FIRPO!
FIRPO ES EL EQUIPO GANADOR,
ORGULLO DE MI PATRIA EL SALVADOR
¡VIVA EL FIRPO!.
C.D. Luis Angel Firpo plays its home games at Estadio Sergio Torres
in Usulután, better known throughout Central America as The Devil's Cauldron
because it is close to impossible to defeat Firpo there.
Located in the Barrio La Parroquia, the stadium is an exception in El Salvador's professional soccer: As Firpo is the only team in First Division that plays in its own stadium.
Firpo's first president, Mr. Gustavo Demis, bought two thirds of the stadium and, in 1950, the then president, Mr. Juan Boillat, bought the other third.
In 1987, The stadium was renamed after the legendary former owner and president of the team -- the stadium known as Usulután Stadium became known as Sergio Torres Rivera Stadium.
Their first logo contained a figure of a bull in honour of the "toro de las pampas" of the boxer Luis Angel Firpo.
However later on the board of Luis Angel Firpo decided to replace the bull with the official coat of arms of luis angel firpo, Which consisted of a triangle with two half circles and containg blue and white letters of the club.
Top of the coat of arms contains stars which indicate the amount of titles the team has won which currently is at 9.
Despite having a growing fan base across the country, there were no official fan groups until 1990 when Manuel Viagra founded the Furia Pampera in Usulutan
They are currently second largest fan base in San Salvador and the fourth largest nationwide.
Luis Angel Firpo has had numerous presidents over the course of their history, some of which have been the owners of the club while others have been honorary presidents. Here is a complete list of them.
|David Munguía Payés
|Julio López Jiménez
|Juan Víctor Boillat
|Gilberto Flores Huezo
|José Gregorio Zelaya
|Sergio Torres Rivera
|Ramiro Luna Boza
As of Apertura 2008:
Squad Changes for the Clausura 2008
- Gerardo Reinoso (coach)
- Henry Hernández - Transferred from C.D. Águila
- Yosimar Hernández - Transferred from Atlético Marte
- Ramón Patricio Ávila - Transferred from Rangers de Talca
- Fernando Leguizamón- Renewed Contract
Squad Changes For 2008/09 Season
|| Country |
|| Gerardo Reinoso
|| Miguel Angel Aguilar Obando
|| Luis Medina Pinto
|| Dr. Carlos Alberto Molina
|| Miguel Angel Barrera
|| Julio Ernesto Méndez
Leonardo Pekarnik Edgar Fernando Leguizamón
- Guillermo Fisher (1983-84)
- Mario Alejandro Costa (2007)
- Héctor Pericullo (1954-??)
- Hugo Arias Pericullo (1954-??)
- Salvador Pericullo (1954-??)
- Miguel Seminario
- Martín Duffú (1989)
- Luis Oseguera (1997-1998)
- Orbin Cabrera Vida (2003)
- Miguel Mariano
- Armando Enamorado
- Juan Pablo Chacón (2004)
- Gustavo Cabrera
- Anuel “el Zancudo” Segurado
- Narciso Romagoza (1959)
- Luis Antonio Regalado
2000s to date