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Deportivo Táchira Fútbol Club

Deportivo Táchira
File:Escudo de tachira.png
Full name Deportivo Táchira Fútbol Club
Nickname(s) Aurinegro (Gold-and-black)
Founded January 11, 1974
Stadium Estadio Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo,
San Cristóbal, Venezuela
Ground Capacity 42,500
President Juana Suárez
Head coach Daniel Farías
League Primera División
2012-13 9th
Home colors
Away colors

Deportivo Táchira Fútbol Club is a traditional[1] and a popular[2] Venezuelan football club. It was founded in 1974 by the initiative of Gaetano Greco. In its first national championship, the club finished in first place, originating the nickname El equipo que nació grande (meaning the club which was born Big).


In 1970, Italian-born Gaetano Greco founded in San Cristóbal an amateur club called Juventus, named after the famous Italian club. In 1974, Greco noticed that there was no professional football club in Táchira, so he decided to start a club based on the amateur Juventus club. He and twelve other people founded the club on January 11 of that year, which was named Deportivo San Cristóbal. Most of the club's players came from the Juventus club. Initially, the club's colors were blue and white, like the Italy ones.

In January 1975, the club changed its colors to yellow and black, because those colors better represented the Táchira state and were the preferred colors of the Uruguayan manager José "Pocho" Gil, due to their likeness to Peñarol ones in Uruguay.


1979, 1981, 1984, 1986, 2000, 2008, 2011

2002: Preliminary Round
2012: Preliminary Round
1993: First Round
1996: First Round
1997: First Round
  • Deportivo Táchira is the Venezuelan club with the most appearances in Copa Libertadores, and is also the club which has finished as Venezuela's league runner-up the most times. It has won seven national championships.

Current squad

As 7 March 2013

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

No. Position Player
1 Colombia GK Bréiner Castillo
Venezuela GK Jose Contreras
Venezuela GK Yerikson Murillo
Venezuela DF Carlos Rivero
4 Venezuela DF Wilker Ángel
29 Venezuela DF Carlos Salazar
Venezuela DF Richard Badillo
Venezuela DF Willi Guevara
Venezuela DF Diego Ostos
Venezuela DF Alexander Osorio
Venezuela DF Mikel Villanueva
6 Venezuela MF Ágnel Flores
5 Venezuela MF Francisco Flores
No. Position Player
Venezuela MF Giacomo Di Giorgi
11 Venezuela MF César González (captain)
Venezuela MF Romeri Villamizar
Venezuela MF Ebby Pérez
Venezuela MF Andrey González
Venezuela MF Albert Zambrano
9 Venezuela FW Gelmin Rivas
7 Venezuela FW José Miguel Reyes
Venezuela FW José Alí Meza
8 Venezuela FW Ángel Osorio
10 Venezuela FW Yohandry Orozco
Venezuela FW Cristian Díaz
19 Venezuela FW Andrés Ponce
15 Venezuela FW Aníbal Rosales


The club's home stadium is Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo, located in San Cristóbal. It has a maximum capacity of 42,500 people.


The supporters are known as aurinegros ("gold-and-blacks")

There are three main organized groups of supporters, La Torcida Aurinegra , "La 12" now known as "La Avalancha Sur."

The aurinegros had already committed acts of violence at the stadium. One of the most tragic events took place on December 17, 2000, when the club and Caracas drew 2-2, which gave the Copa República Bolivariana de Venezuela's title to the other side, and a mob of angry supporters burned a bus inside the soccer field.[3]


The match between Deportivo Táchira and Estudiantes de Mérida is known as the Clásico de Los Andes (meaning Andes' Derby), but in recent years the match between Deportivo Táchira and Caracas FC has been known as the modern derby, because of the successful performance of both teams. Other classic rival was Marítimo de Venezuela (Caracas'club) in the 1980s and earlier 1990s.


Deportivo Táchira's shirt has black and yellow vertical stripes, with black shorts and socks.


  • Peru Marcos Calderón (1983)
  • Argentina Carlos Horacio Moreno (1987–89)
  • Venezuela Richard Páez (1991)
  • Uruguay Walter Roque (1999–01)
  • Venezuela César Farías (2003–05)
  • Venezuela Manuel Plasencia (2005–07)
  • Venezuela Carlos Maldonado (July 1, 2007–June 30, 2010)
  • Colombia Jorge Luis Pinto (Jan 1, 2010–May 30, 2011)
  • Venezuela Jesús Vera (2011)
  • Colombia Jaime de la Pava (Jan 16, 2012–April 24, 2012)
  • Venezuela Manuel Contreras (April 26, 2012–12)
  • Venezuela Daniel Farías (Jan 1, 2013–)


  • Much of the content of this article comes from the equivalent Spanish-language World Heritage Encyclopedia article (retrieved January 15, 2004).

External links

  • Deportivo Táchira's official website
  • Deportivo Táchira's unofficial website
  • Deportivo Táchira's blog
  • Deportivo Táchira's fan site

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