Club Deportivo Olimpia is a Honduran football and baseball club based in Tegucigalpa, Francisco Morazán. They compete in the Liga Nacional de Honduras, the top division in the country, and play their home matches in the Estadio Tiburcio Carias Andino. The club was founded in 1912, and are the nation's most successful team, having won 21 domestic league titles, and being the only Honduran club ever to win two CONCACAF Champions' Cup.
The club was founded on June 12, 1912, by Héctor Pineda Ugarte, Carlos Bram, Arturo Bram, Enrique Buk, Santiago Buik, Miguel Sanchez, Samuel Inestrosa Gómez, and Ramón Field. Originally, the team was called Olimpia National and was exclusively a baseball club; however, in 1917, it also became a football team. The club was named by Santiago Chavarria, after the 1896 Athens Olympic games. Up to this date, Olimpia is known as the Honduran cup champion since is by far the team that has won the most official tournaments in the professional league with twenty-one, the latest one coming during the 2007-08 Clausura season and is also by far the most representative team on international competitions.
Olimpia won its first national championship in September 1928. A national rivalry formed against the Club Marathon from San Pedro Sula. This rivalry between the two main Honduran cities of Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula still exists.
In May 17, 1959, Olimpia defeated Liga Deportiva Alajuelense in a tight match that ended 4-3 to become for the first time the champion of Central America and Mexico. On their way to the championship, the club manage to eliminate Club Deportivo Guadalajara, the Mexican champions at that time and Club Deportivo FAS from El Salvador before reaching Alajuelense in the final.
In 1973, Olimpia won their first CONCACAF Champions' Cup by defeating SV Robinhood of Suriname in San Pedro Sula by a score of 1-0 after tying the first leg at zero goals in Tegucigalpa. Before reaching the final, Olimpia manage to eliminate Mexico's Club Toluca. The club won their second CONCACAF Champions' Cup in 1988 when they defeated Defence Force in the final match of the tournament. Before that, Olimpia manage to defeat and eliminate Mexican champions Cruz Azul by a score of 2-1 in a historic match that took place in the Estadio Azteca. To this day, Olimpia remains the only Central American club to have defeated a Mexican team in that stadium. In the semifinals, Olimpia defeated LD Alajuelense in the Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto after they tied the home game in Tegucigalpa.
In January, 2001 Olimpia beat the Mexican teams of Toluca and Pachuca. The team, managed by Edwin Pavon triumphed over Toluca with a goal from Robert Lima, 3 goals from Denilson Costa, and one from Alex Pineda Chacon. The lineup for that match was: Donaldo González, Gerson Vásquez, Robert Lima, Samuel Caballero, Nerlin Membreño, Christian Santamaría, Arnold Cruz, Danilo Tosello, José Luis Pineda, Alex Pineda, Denilson Costa, Carlos Paez, and Elmer Marín. Although Olimpia was eligible, it did not participate in the World Club championship because the cup was on temporary hiatus. Olimpia how ever was humiliated by Club Deportivo Guadalajara in 1999 8-0 in a prelibartador match in where chivas won.
Top GoalscorersAs of May 24, 2008. Players in bold are still present in club.
Notable former players
Olimpia's LogosIn the logos, each star represents every national championship Olimpia has won in its history. For the 2005-2006 tournament, the team modified its logo. It is similar to the previous one, it now has 4 stars in the red side. Each star is said to represent 5 Championships. Under the logo is the name and three stars that represent the three CONCACAF Championships won in 1959, 1972 and 1988. The Logo was supposedly "inspired" by F.C. Copenhagen's logo, of the Danish first division league.
Reserve teamOlimpia has a reserve team named Olimpia Reservas that currently plays in Liga de Ascenso de Honduras. This is where young players can improve their skills before they can be ready to play in the top division. Like all the other reserves teams in Liga de Ascenso, Olimpia Reservas can't be promoted to the higher level even if they win the championship.
La Ultra FielLa Ultra Fiel (Ultra Faithful) is the club's official fan club. The group was the first of its kind in Honduras, and was formed in 1987. Initially its name was Barra Brava (Angry/Brave Supporters). However, in 1995, the group evolved into the "Ultra Fiel" thanks to the contribution of the Argentine goalkeeper Carlos Enrique Prono, who brought his experience with South American fan clubs. La Ultra Fiel is now officially set in Tegucigalpa and is administered by members from San Pedro Sula.
La Ultra Fiel is present at all Olimpia's games providing a great and enthusiastic atmosphere in the stadium. They come dressed in the official colors of the team and they bring some type of gadgets which release colored smoke. La Ultra Fiel releases three colors of smoke (red, blue, and white) when the team is coming out to the field at the beginning of the each game. Throughout the games they are constantly chanting and cheering on their team. There is one man known as "Lepra" who is part of La Ultra Fiel, he brings a large drum every time and is drumming throughout the game in tune with the chants.