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Defensor Sporting
Defensor Sporting club logo.png
Full name Defensor Sporting Club
Nickname(s) El Violeta
La Viola
El Tuerto
El Defe
La Farola
La Cometa
Founded 15 March 1913; 111 years ago (1913-03-15)
Ground Estadio Luis Franzini,
Montevideo, Uruguay
Ground Capacity 16,000
Chairman Alberto Ward
Coach Martín Varini
League Primera División
2023 Primera División, 4th of 16

Defensor Sporting Club is a sports club based in Montevideo, Uruguay. Founded in 1913, Defensor has several sports sections, with football and basketball being the most important and the ones in which the club has achieved significant achievements in Uruguay and internationally.

It is the third most highest winning club in Uruguay, with 25 official titles, only surpassed by Peñarol and Club Nacional de Football. The club's best performance at the international stage was in 2014, when they reached the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores, eventually losing to Club Nacional 2–1 on aggregate. They have won the Uruguayan Championship four times: in 1976, 1987, 1991, and 2007-08. Their 1976 title win was especially notable in Uruguay's football history as it ended 44 years of dominance by Nacional and Peñarol.


Founded on March 15, 1913, as Club Atlético Defensor, the name of the club was changed in 1989 to Defensor Sporting Club after a merger with Sporting Club Uruguay. They played in the first professional league season in Uruguay, the 1932 Uruguayan Primera División

Defensor has won many qualifying tournaments (Pre-Liguilla) to the Copa Libertadores and has represented Uruguay on numerous occasions internationally. Regarded as one of the teams that creates and develops many players in Uruguay that become successful players worldwide, It is the first club of numerous players like Jorge "Polilla" da Silva, Sergio "Manteca" Martínez, Sebastián Abreu, Andrés Fleurquin, Marcelo Tejera, Darío Silva, Gonzalo Vargas, Diego "Ruso" Pérez, Nicolás Olivera, Martín Cáceres, Maxi Pereira, Álvaro González, and Tabaré Viúdez.

Legendary coach Prof. José Ricardo de León brought Defensor to the national championship in 1976 and originated a football (fútbol) school of thought, consistently criticized as ultra defensive, that is still present nowadays in several teams and coaches.

In September 2007, the club was considered the World's Club Team of the Month by the IFFHS.

Defensor Sporting's most famous supporter is singer/composer Jaime Roos.


Defensor plays its home games at its own stadium called Estadio Luis Franzini which has a capacity for 18,000 spectators. The stadium was opened on 31 December 1963, and is located in Parque Rodó, Montevideo.


Defensor Sporting has had a rivalry with Danubio in recent years, because of the two clubs being the next biggest clubs in Uruguay after the historical two: Peñarol and Nacional. Matches between them are called the "Clásico de los medianos" (Spanish for Classic of the Mediums).


Senior titles

  •      Record
  • (s) Shared record
Type Competition Titles Winning years
Primera División 4 1976, 1987, 1991, 2008
Copa AUF Uruguay 1
Liguilla Pre-Libertadores 8
1976, 1979, 1981, 1989, 1991, 1995, 2000, 2006
Campeonato Nacional General Artigas 1
Torneo Cuadrangular 1

Other titles

Titles won in lower divisions:

Type Competition Titles Winning years
Segunda División 2 1950, 1965
Segunda División (1903-1914) 1
Divisional Tercera Extra 1

Performance in CONMEBOL competitions

1977: Group Stage
1980: Group Stage
1982: Group Stage
1990: Round of 16
1992: Round of 16
1994: Round of 16
1996: Round of 16
2001: Group Stage
2006: First Round
2007: Quarter-finals
2009: Quarter-finals
2012: Group Stage
2013: First Stage
2014: Semi-finals
2018: Group Stage
2019: Third Qualifying Stage
2024: First Qualifying Stage
  • U-20 Copa Libertadores: 1 appearance
2012: Runner-up
2005: Second Round
2007: Quarter-finals
2008: Round of 16
2010: Round of 16
2015: Quarter-finals
2017: First Stage
2018: Second Stage
2023: First Stage
  • Copa CONMEBOL: 2 appearances
1995: First Round
1997: First Round

Kit evolution

Current squad

No. Position Player
1 Uruguay GK Matías Dufour
3 Uruguay DF Guillermo de los Santos
4 Uruguay DF Rodrigo Cabrera
5 Uruguay MF Facundo Bernal
6 Uruguay MF Mauricio Amaro
7 Uruguay MF Nicolás Rodríguez
8 Argentina MF Fernando Elizari
9 Uruguay FW Octavio Rivero
10 Uruguay MF Anderson Duarte
11 Uruguay FW Lucas Agazzi
12 Uruguay GK Kevin Dawson
13 Uruguay FW Augusto Cambón
No. Position Player
14 Argentina DF Renzo Giampaoli
15 Uruguay DF Juan Viacava
16 Uruguay DF José Álvarez
17 Uruguay MF Francisco Barrios
21 Uruguay MF Joaquín Valiente
22 Uruguay DF Lucas Ymbert
24 Uruguay FW Braian Mansilla
25 Uruguay FW Sebastián Guerrero
26 Uruguay MF Nicolás Wunsch
27 Uruguay MF Juan Manuel Jorge
30 Uruguay MF Erico Cuello
34 Peru MF Alfonso Barco (on loan from Universitario)

Notable former players

  • Uruguay Diego Jaume

Notable coaches

  • Uruguay Hugo Bagnulo (1952–1957; 1960–1961)
  • Uruguay Gregorio Pérez (1983–1984)
  • Uruguay Juan Ahuntchaín (1996)
  • Uruguay Ricardo Ortiz (1996–1997)
  • Uruguay Juan Tejera (2004–2005)
  • Uruguay Jorge da Silva (2005–2009)
  • Uruguay Gustavo Ferrín (2009–2010)
  • Uruguay Pablo Repetto (2010–2011)
  • Uruguay Gustavo Díaz (2011–2012)
  • Uruguay Tabaré Silva (2012–2013)
  • Uruguay Fernando Curutchet (2013–2014)
  • Uruguay Mauricio Larriera (2015–2016)
  • Uruguay Eduardo Acevedo (2016–2018)

See also

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