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Club Sport Emelec

Logo (2011)
Full name Club Sport Emelec
Nickname(s) El Bombillo (The Lightbulb)
Los Eléctricos (The Electrics)
El Ballet Azul (The Blue Ballet)
El Equipo Millonario (The Millionaire Team)
Founded April 28, 1929 (1929-04-28)
Ground Estadio George Capwell
Ground Capacity 24,500
Chairman Nassib Neme
Manager Gustavo Quinteros
League Serie A
2013 1st (Champions)
Website Club home page

Club Sport Emelec is an Ecuadorian sports club based in Guayaquil that is best known for their professional football team. The football team plays in the Ecuadorian Serie A, the highest level of professional football in the country.

Emelec has won eleven Serie A titles, holding the record of doing so in all decades in which the Serie A has been played. In addition, they also have won seven regional titles (record in their region), a record-tying five of them in the professional era.

Emelec was founded on April 28, 1929 by home stadium pays homage to the club's founder. Emelec is amongst the most popular clubs in the country. The club's most intense rivalry is with crosstown-team Barcelona. Matches between the clubs are known as El Clásico del Astillero.


  • History 1
  • Facilities 2
    • Training ground 2.1
  • Players 3
    • Current squad 3.1
    • On Loan 3.2
    • Reserve team 3.3
    • Top goalscorers 3.4
  • Managers 4
    • Current coaching staff 4.1
    • Notable managers 4.2
  • Honors 5
  • Other sports 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


The club was found after an assembly of employees at the stadium, and hosting the 1947 South American Championship entirely in it.

In 1957, the club became the first national champions in football with a "dream team" that included Cipriano Yu Lee, José Vicente Balseca, Cruz Ávila, Mariano Larraz, Carlos Alberto Raffo, Jaime Ubilla, Daniel Pinto, Rómulo Gómez and Suárez-Rizzo; they were coached by Eduardo "Tano" Spandre. Since then, they have accumulated ten more national titles, placing them 3rd in the national title count behind Barcelona with 14 titles and El Nacional with 13. They have also won seven local titles (two in the amateur area and five in the professional era).

In the 1990s, the football team saw success internationally. In 1995, they reached the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores; they lost to eventual champions Grêmio. In 2001, the team was close to becoming the first Ecuadorian club to win an international title when they were a finalist in the 2001 Copa Merconorte. In the finals, they lost to Millionarios 3–1 on penalty kicks after tying on aggregate 2–2.


Several years after the creation of the Baseball stadium, so in 1942 Guayaquil's Municipal authorities donated 4 city blocks for the construction of the first private sports stadium in Ecuador. A year after that, in 1943, Emelec's staff officially named and initiated the construction of the George Capwell Stadium.

George Capwell Stadium opened its doors for the first time on October 21 of 1945, the inaugural game was a Baseball match between Emelec and Oriente, and George Capwell played as a catcher for the "Azules" (Emelec). Although Emelec's president did not like football and their stadium was not initially intended to be a football field, soon after the inauguration the first football match was held. Emelec won 5 – 4 against an all stars team from the cities of Manta and Bahia.

The 1947 Argentina became South America's champion with an all star team that included names like Alfredo Di Stéfano, Lostau, and Mendez. Ecuador finished in 6th place. (Brazil did not participate on this competition.)

After the Estadio Modelo was opened in 1959, the George Capwell Stadium became obsolete and was closed for many years. On several occasions it was almost destroyed for various projects that, luckily for the club, were never actually completed.

It wasn't until 1991 that with the leadership of Nassib Nehme that the George Capwell Stadium was reopened, to become once again the house of Emelec. Since its reopening the stadium has been enlarged twice and a new and final change has been scheduled for 2010, to reach a final capacity of 45,000 spectators.

At the moment the official capacity of the stadium according to the FEF (Federación Ecuatoriana de Fútbol) is 18,000 spectators. However, that number has not been changed even after the two enlargements were finished. It is said that the true capacity of the stadium at the moment is 30,000 spectators.

Training ground

Emelec's training ground is located in the north of Guayaquil in a neighborhood called Los Samanes and the training ground itself is called Complejo Deportivo de Los Samanes, translated to Los Samanes Sports Complex. The construction of the Samanes training ground started in 1984 and was finished in 1986 and was built by Filanbanco a large financial institution in Ecuador at the time.

Filanbanco had its own professional football which used Los Samanes until 1989 when despite being one of the top teams at the time, Filanbanco's football club was disbanded due to lack of supporters and high maintenance costs.

During the 1993 Copa America held in Ecuador, the Samanes complex was used by the Argentinean delegation, they stayed and trained there and were very appreciative of its secluded nature and excellent facilities, that among other things included 4 professional football fields, an indoor football field, basketball courts, tennis courts, an Olympic size pool, social area and sleeping area.

After Filanbanco's football club was disbanded, the complex remained in the hands of Filanbanco for their employees to use its facilities, until 1999 when the Ecuadorian financial crisis ended with Filanbanco going bankrupt and ending up in the hands of the AGD a governmental agency created to control, protect and administrate the assets of Filanbanco and other financial institutions that went bust during the crisis.

This meant that Los Samanes ended up in the hands of the Issfa (Instituto de Servicio Social de las Fuerzas Armadas) the Ecuadorian army's social security agency. Because Issfa had no real use for it, the then Football director of Emelec Mr. Omar Quintana Baquerizo managed to loan the training ground for the club and Emelec has been using it ever since.

Initially the agreement was a loan for 5 years, but when the 5 years passed the government and the club arranged a 100 year loan for the facilities, however the high monthly cost agreed has made the payments very difficult for the club and the new administrators lead byt the club's president Mr. Elias Wated are in talks with the government to settle on a definitive purchase of the training ground.


Current squad

  • As of January 24, 2012.
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 Esteban Dreer
2 DF Jorge Guagua
3 DF John Narváez
5 DF José Luis Quiñónez
6 DF John Garcés Pino
7 FW Luis Miguel Escalada
8 FW Marcos Mondaini
10 FW Fernando Gaibor
12 GK Cristian Arana
13 MF Ángel Mena
16 DF Óscar Bagüí
17 MF Javier Charcopa
No. Position Player
19 MF Eddy Corozo
21 DF Byron Mina
22 GK Javier Klimowicz
23 DF Miller Bolaños
24 DF Fernando Giménez
28 MF Oswaldo Lastra
41 DF Gabriel Achilier
50 MF André Cevallos
51 MF Robert Burbano
52 DF Carlos Vera Morán
53 MF Christian Aleman
54 MF Yorman Valencia
55 MF David Noboa
FW Mauro Raúl Fernández

On Loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
17 DF Wilson Morante (at River Plate)
MF Washington Velez (at River Plate)
MF Roger Renteria (at Ferroviarios)
FW Kevin Tello (at River Plate)
No. Position Player
FW Dennys Hurtado (at C. D. Olmedo)
FW Armando Angulo (at Rocafuerte)
FW Roberto Mina (at Manta)

Reserve team

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
DF Marlon Mejia
DF Juan Poveda
DF Bryan Carranza
DF Diego Oviedo
DF Luis Quiñónez
MF Jean de la Rosa
MF Fernando Pinillo
No. Position Player
MF Mauricio Muñoz
MF Luis Seminario
MF Pedro Vacacela
FW Gualberto Caicedo
FW Fernando Rendón
FW Michael Ochoa
FW Rodrigo Rivadeneira

Top goalscorers

Emelec has had nine players become the season top-scorer in the Serie A, three players become the top-scorer of the Costa champion (two players repeated), and one player become the top-scorer of the Copa Libertadores.


Current coaching staff

Notable managers

The following managers won at least one trophy when in charge of Emelec:


  • Campeonato Amateur del Fútbol del Guayas (2): 1945, 1948
  • Campeonato Profesional de Guayaquil (5): 1956, 1957, 1962, 1964, 1966

Other sports

Emelec is not only one of the most important football clubs in Ecuador, but it is rated as one of the most important sports club of the country. In their trophy room Emelec has hundreds of cups and medals that have been gained over the years in many different sports. The list includes:

  • 33 Consecutive National Boxing Championships
  • 13 Baseball National Championships
  • 11 Male Basketball National Championships
  • 18 Female Basketball National Championships
  • 7 Cycling National Champsionships
  • 5 Tae Kwon Do National Championships
  • 5 Judo National Championships
  • 1 Weight Lifting World Championship


  1. ^ Andrés, Juan Pablo; Espinoza Añazco, Fernando (January 29, 2010). "Ecuador – List of Topscorers".  
  2. ^ Ávila Villagómez, Esteban (December 29, 2000). "Ecuador - Champions Costa".  
  3. ^ Andrés, Juan Pablo; Pierrend, José Luis (July 10, 2004). "Copa Libertadores – Topscorers".  
  4. ^ Ávila Villagómez, Esteban (December 29, 2000). "Ecuador – Champions Costa".  

External links

  • Emelec Official website (Spanish)
  • Emelexista Fansite (Spanish)
  • Emelec Derby (English)
  • Pacific Cup Official Website
  • Official Website of the Boca del Pozo (Spanish)
  • Azul y Plomo Fansite (Spanish)
  • Ecuagol Ecuadorian Football Site (Spanish)
  • Official Site of the Ecuadorian Football Federation (Spanish)
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