Defensor Sporting

Defensor Sporting Club is a sports club based in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Defensor Sporting
Full nameDefensor Sporting Club
Nickname(s)El Violeta, La Viola, Tuertos, El defe’ La Farola y La Cometa
Founded15 March 1913 (1913-03-15)
GroundEstadio Luis Franzini,
Montevideo, Uruguay
ChairmanNey Castillo
CoachIgnacio Risso
LeagueUruguayan Primera División

Defensor plays several sports, football and basketball being the most important and the ones in which the club has achieved significant victories in Uruguay and internationally.


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 are a four-time national champion in Uruguay (1976, 1987, 1991, 2007–08).

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 and are then transferred worldwide. It is the place of birth 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, 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.

On 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.

It is located in Parque Rodó, Montevideo.



1976, 1987, 1991, 2008
1950, 1965

Other Official Domestic Honours

  • Apertura: 4
1994, 2007, 2010, 2017
  • Clausura: 3
1997, 2009, 2012
  • Liguilla Pre Libertadores: 8
1976, 1979, 1981, 1989, 1991, 1995, 2000, 2006
  • Copa Montevideana: 8
1976, 1979, 1982, 1987, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997
  • Campeón Nacional Copa Artigas: 1
  • Cuadrangular: 1
  • Torneo Honor: 1

Performance in CONMEBOL competitions

1977: First Round
2007: Quarter-finals
2009: Quarter-finals
2014: Semi-finals
2012: Runner-up
2005: First Round
2007: Quarter-finals
2008: Round of 16
2010: Round of 16
2015: Quarter-finals
1995: First Round
1997: First Round

Kit Evolution

Current squad

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

No. Position Player
2 DF Emiliano Álvarez
5 MF Martín Rabuñal
9 FW Facundo Milán
12 GK Gastón Rodríguez
15 MF Ayrton Cougo
17 GK Agustin Lopez
24 DF Gonzalo Maulella
25 MF Ramiro Cristóbal
No. Position Player
26 DF Nicolás Correa
30 DF Ernesto Goñi
44 GK Guillermo Reyes
DF Joaquín Salvatto
FW Pablo López
MF Gonzalo Napoli
MF Damián Waller
MF Diego Viera
DF Emilio Zeballos

Out 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
DF Guillermo de los Santos (At CD Universidad Católica until 31 December 2019)
GK Facundo Ospitaleche (At River Plate until 31 December 2019)
MF Joaquín Piquerez (At River Plate until 31 December 2019)
MF Robert Ergas (At Albacete Balompie until 30 June 2020)
FW Juan Manuel Boselli (At Atletico Paranaense until 31 December 2019)

Notable former players

  • Federico Raul Fernandez Moreno (FW)

Notable coaches

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