2015–16 Honduran Liga Nacional

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Liga Nacional
Season 2015–16
Champions Apertura:
Honduras Progreso
Clausura:
Olimpia
Relegated Victoria
Champions League Honduras Progreso
Olimpia
Matches played 200
Goals scored 544 (2.72 per match)
Top goalscorer Vega (25)
Biggest home win Motagua 7–1 Real España
(14 November 2015)
Biggest away win Victoria 0–4 Real Sociedad
(9 January 2016)
Victoria 0–4 Olimpia
(27 February 2016)
Highest scoring Victoria 4–4 Real España
(31 October 2015)
Motagua 7–1 Real España
(14 November 2015)
Longest unbeaten run Real Sociedad (18)
Longest losing run Victoria (7)
All statistics correct as of 22 May 2016.

The 2015–16 Honduran Liga Nacional season was the 50th Honduran Liga Nacional edition, since its establishment in 1965. For this season, the system format remained the same as the previous season. The tournament began on 31 July 2015[1] and ended on 22 May 2016.

2015–16 teams

A total of 10 teams will contest the tournament, including 9 sides from the 2014–15 season plus Juticalpa F.C., promoted from the 2014–15 Liga de Ascenso.

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Honduras Progreso El Progreso Estadio Humberto Micheletti 5,000
Juticalpa Juticalpa Estadio Juan Ramón Brevé Vargas 20,000
Marathón San Pedro Sula Estadio Yankel Rosenthal 15,000
Motagua Tegucigalpa Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino 35,000
Olimpia Tegucigalpa Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino 35,000
Platense Puerto Cortés Estadio Excélsior 7,910
Real España San Pedro Sula Estadio Francisco Morazán 26,781
Real Sociedad Tocoa Estadio Francisco Martínez Durón 3,000
Victoria La Ceiba Estadio Nilmo Edwards 18,000
Vida La Ceiba Estadio Nilmo Edwards 18,000

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Vacancy Replaced by Appointment Position in table
Juticalpa Honduras Roger Espinoza Sacked[2] 7 September 2015 Honduras Emilio Umanzor 8 September 2015 7th (Apertura)
Platense Uruguay Ricardo Ortiz Sacked[3] 8 September 2015 Honduras Guillermo Bernárdez 8 September 2015 10th (Apertura)
Vida Honduras Ramón Maradiaga Resigned[4] 20 September 2015 Honduras Elvin López 21 September 2015 4th (Apertura)
Real Sociedad Colombia Horacio Londoño Resigned[5] 22 September 2015 Honduras Mauro Reyes 22 September 2015 5th (Apertura)
Real España Argentina Mario Zanabria Resigned[6] 3 November 2015 Uruguay Miguel Falero 3 November 2015 10th (Apertura)
Victoria Honduras Jorge Pineda Resigned[7] 19 January 2016 Colombia Horacio Londoño 19 January 2016 10th (Clausura)
Juticalpa Honduras Emilio Umanzor Sacked[8] 1 February 2016 Honduras Wilmer Cruz 1 February 2016 8th (Clausura)
Marathón Colombia Jairo Ríos Sacked[9] 19 February 2016 Honduras Carlos Pavón 19 February 2016 4th (Clausura)
Victoria Colombia Horacio Londoño Resigned[10] 5 April 2016 Honduras Jorge Lozano 5 April 2016 10th (Clausura)

Apertura

The Apertura tournament is the first half of the 2015–16 season. It began on 1 August with a 1–0 C.D. Victoria's win over Platense F.C. at Estadio Nilmo Edwards.[11] Juticalpa F.C.'s first ever Liga Nacional game occurred on 9 August with great success for the debs as they managed to beat Real C.D. España with a 2–0 score. This game also served as the first ever official game at recently opened stadium Juan Ramón Brevé Vargas.[12] On 30 August, C.D.S. Vida defeated C.D. Olimpia with a 2–3 away score for the first time after 21 years at Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino.[13] That Olimpia's defeat represented their first time losing three consecutive games playing in Tegucigalpa since 2001 and their worst season start ever with a 1–0–4 record at the moment. On 7 September, Juticalpa's Roger Espinoza became the first coach to be sacked due to poor results.[14] On 12 September, Vida's defender Elder Torres broke an all-time record against C.D. Motagua for being sent off after only 8 seconds of kickoff in a match played at Tegucigalpa.[15] That same night, Olimpia's coach Héctor Vargas reached his 400 game as a manager in the Honduran Liga Nacional since his debut in 1998.[16] On 26 September, manager Ramón Maradiaga coached his last game with Vida leading his team in a 2–0 victory over C.D. Real Sociedad as he was hired by the El Salvador national football team on their quest to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[17] On 4 October, Malian defender Mamadou Traoré became the first African player to score a goal in the history of the league in the Platense's 2–1 win over Vida.[18] On 7 October, Marathón's president Yankel Rosenthal was arrested in Miami after the United States Department of Justice released a statement saying that he, as well as his uncle Jaime Rosenthal and cousin Yani Rosenthal were labeled "specially designated narcotics traffickers" under the Kingpin Act.[19] On 6 November, C.D. Honduras Progreso clinched their first ever regular season title after defeating 1–0 Marathón at Estadio Humberto Micheletti. On 14 November, Motagua defeated Real España 7–1 at Tegucigalpa setting a record as the largest victory against them;[20] representing also, the worst regular season finish for Real España with only 15 points of 54 possible (27.78%). On 10 December, international midfielder and Olimpia player Arnold Peralta was shot dead by a gunman in La Ceiba, five days after playing his last game in the semifinals.[21] On 19 December, Honduras Progreso lifted their first league title after defeating Motagua on penalty shootouts after a 4–4 aggregate.[22]

Regular season

Standings

As of 19 November 2015
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Honduras 18 11 3 4 31 21 +10 36 Qualification to the Semifinals
2 Motagua 18 9 5 4 41 25 +16 32
3 Olimpia 18 8 2 8 32 25 +7 26 Qualification to the Second round
4 Vida 18 7 5 6 19 24 −5 26
5 Marathón 18 6 6 6 19 20 −1 24
6 Real Sociedad 18 6 5 7 26 22 +4 23
7 Platense 18 5 7 6 20 20 0 22
8 Juticalpa 18 6 4 8 19 22 −3 22
9 Victoria 18 4 7 7 20 35 −15 19
10 Real España 18 3 6 9 26 39 −13 15

Results

As of 19 November 2015
Home \ Away[1] HON JUT MAR MOT OLI PLA RES RSO VIC VID
Honduras 1–0 1–0 4–1 4–1 4–3 4–2 2–1 1–1 1–1
Juticalpa 0–1 2–0 1–2 0–1 3–1 2–0 0–1 2–1 0–3
Marathón 1–2 1–1 2–1 1–0 0–0 2–0 0–3 2–0 5–2
Motagua 3–0 2–2 2–0 1–0 2–1 7–1 2–4 5–1 5–0
Olimpia 2–1 2–2 4–1 1–2 0–1 1–2 2–0 6–0 2–3
Platense 1–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 4–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–1
Real España 1–2 2–0 1–3 2–2 1–2 1–1 1–1 4–2 0–1
Real Sociedad 0–1 0–1 1–1 3–1 1–2 1–0 3–3 1–1 4–0
Victoria 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–2 1–4 1–0 4–4 2–1 1–0
Vida 2–1 1–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–0

Source: Soccerway
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Postseason

Playoffs

3rd seeded Agg. 6th seeded 1st leg 2nd leg
Olimpia 5–4 Real Sociedad 2–2 3–2
4th seeded Agg. 5th seeded 1st leg 2nd leg
Vida 0–0 Marathón 0–0 0–0

Semifinals

1st seeded Agg. 4th seeded 1st leg 2nd leg
Honduras 1–0 Vida 0–0 1–0
2nd seeded Agg. 3rd seeded 1st leg 2nd leg
Motagua 2–2 Olimpia 1–1 1–1

Final

1st seeded Agg. 2nd seeded 1st leg 2nd leg
Honduras 4–4 Motagua 3–3 1–1

Clausura

The Clausura tournament is the second half of the 2015–16 season. The tournament started on 9 January 2016 at Estadio Yankel Rosenthal in the 1–2 C.D. Honduras Progreso's away victory over C.D. Marathón.[23] This Honduras Progreso's win marks their fourth consecutive victory playing in their season's inaugural game, a flawless record since their promotion in 2014.[24] For their second year in a row, Club Deportivo Olimpia launched an exclusive yellow jersey which will be used in the month of February to show their support to the fight against Childhood cancer.[25] On 16 February, all-time C.D.S. Vida's top scorer Carlos Alvarado died at the age of 65.[26] On the night of 6 April, there were two records accomplished by two players; Javier Portillo became the player with the most red cards in the league with 14 in total. Meanwhile, Leonardo Isaula played its 502nd match in the history of the league, breaking the previous mark left by Rony Morales who had 501 appearances.[27] On 10 April, C.D. Victoria consummated their relegation to Liga de Ascenso after Real C.D. España defeated Marathón on week 14; it was the first relegation for Victoria since 2003.[28] The season ended on 22 May 2016 as Olimpia conquered its 30th national title after defeating C.D. Real Sociedad in the finals with a 5–2 aggregated score.[29]

Regular season

Standings

As of 1 May 2016
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Olimpia 18 11 4 3 37 13 +24 37 Qualification to the Semifinals
2 Real Sociedad 18 10 7 1 35 15 +20 37
3 Real España 18 9 5 4 29 19 +10 32 Qualification to the Second round
4 Motagua 18 9 3 6 28 22 +6 30
5 Juticalpa 18 8 4 6 25 22 +3 28
6 Marathón 18 7 4 7 25 20 +5 25
7 Vida 18 4 7 7 18 24 −6 19
8 Honduras 18 3 6 9 21 30 −9 15
9 Platense 18 3 6 9 18 34 −16 15
10 Victoria 18 1 4 13 10 47 −37 7

Results

As of 1 May 2016
Home \ Away[1] HON JUT MAR MOT OLI PLA RES RSO VIC VID
Honduras 1–1 0–0 1–2 0–2 1–1 2–4 1–1 1–1 3–2
Juticalpa 2–1 1–3 4–2 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–2 2–1 1–1
Marathón 1–2 2–0 3–1 0–1 1–1 1–2 0–3 3–0 1–0
Motagua 2–1 2–0 2–1 1–4 2–0 0–0 3–3 4–0 1–1
Olimpia 2–2 0–1 0–0 1–0 3–0 3–1 1–1 5–0 4–0
Platense 2–1 0–2 2–3 0–2 1–2 2–1 1–1 2–3 1–0
Real España 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–3 6–1 2–2 3–1 1–0
Real Sociedad 3–0 2–0 2–1 2–0 0–0 2–2 1–0 2–0 3–1
Victoria 1–4 0–3 0–3 0–2 0–3 2–2 1–1 0–4 0–2
Vida 2–0 2–2 2–2 0–2 2–1 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–0

Source: Soccerway
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Postseason

Playoffs

3rd seeded Agg. 6th seeded 1st leg 2nd leg
Real España 2–1 Marathón 0–1 2–0
4th seeded Agg. 5th seeded 1st leg 2nd leg
Motagua 3–1 Juticalpa 0–1 3–0

Semifinals

1st seeded Agg. 4th seeded 1st leg 2nd leg
Olimpia 2–0 Motagua 0–0 2–0
2nd seeded Agg. 3rd seeded 1st leg 2nd leg
Real Sociedad 5–2 Real España 2–2 3–0

Final

1st seeded Agg. 2nd seeded 1st leg 2nd leg
Olimpia 5–2 Real Sociedad 2–1 3–1

Top goalscorers

As of 22 May 2016[30]
  • 25 goals:
  • 18 goals:
  • 17 goals:
  • 15 goals:
  • 14 goals:
  • 13 goals:
  • 11 goals:
  • 10 goals:
  • 9 goals:
  • 8 goals:
  • 7 goals:
  • 6 goals:
  • 5 goals:
  • 4 goals:
  • 3 goals:
  • 2 goals:
  • 1 goal:
  • 1 own goal:
  • 2 own goals:

Aggregate table

Relegation is determined by the aggregated table of both Apertura and Clausura tournaments. On 10 April 2016, C.D. Victoria officially became the team relegated to Liga de Ascenso.

As of 1 May 2016
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Olimpia 36 19 6 11 69 38 +31 63 2016–17 CONCACAF Champions League
2 Motagua 36 18 8 10 69 47 +22 62
3 Real Sociedad 36 16 12 8 61 37 +24 60
4 Honduras 36 14 9 13 52 51 +1 51 2016–17 CONCACAF Champions League
5 Juticalpa 36 14 8 14 44 44 0 50
6 Marathón 36 13 10 13 44 40 +4 49
7 Real España 36 12 11 13 55 58 −3 47
8 Vida 36 11 12 13 37 48 −11 45
9 Platense 36 8 13 15 38 54 −16 37
10 Victoria 36 5 11 20 30 82 −52 26 Relegation to the 2016–17 Liga de Ascenso

External links

References

  1. ElHeraldo.hn – Torneo Apertura inicia el 31 de julio con diez equipos – 19 June 2015
  2. Diez.hn – Roger Espinoza es separado como técnico de Juticalpa FC – 7 September 2015
  3. Tiempo.hn – Ricardo “Tato” Ortíz es separado de Platense – 8 September 2015
  4. LaPrensa.hn – "Primitivo" Maradiaga deja el Vida y dirigirá a El Salvador – 20 September 2015
  5. DiarioMas.hn – Horacio Londoño renuncia como entrenador de Real Sociedad – 22 September 2015
  6. ElHeraldo.hn – Real España anuncia a Miguel Falero como entrenador para el Clausura 2015-16 – 3 November 2015
  7. LaTribuna.hn – Jorge Pineda renuncia del Victoria – 19 January 2016
  8. RadioHouse.hn – Juticalpa despide a Emilio Umanzor; llegaría Wilmer Cruz – 1 February 2016
  9. HondurasSoccer.com – Jairo Ríos ha sido separado del Marathón y Carlos Pavón es el nuevo DT – 19 February 2016
  10. LaPrensa.hn – Horacio Londoño decidió irse del Victoria – 5 April 2016
  11. Diez.hn – Victoria abre el Apertura 2015 con triunfo a costas del Platense – 1 August 2015
  12. ElHeraldo.hn – Juticalpa tuvo debut soñado ante el Real España – 9 August 2015
  13. Televicentro.hn – Vida acaba con maldición al vencer 3-2 al Olimpia en el Nacional – 30 August 2015
  14. LaPrensa.hn – El Juticalpa FC decide separar a Roger Espinoza – 7 September 2015
  15. Diez.hn – Elder Torres del Vida recibe la roja más rápida de Liga Nacional – 12 September 2015
  16. DiarioMas.hn – Datos curiosos y tabla de la fecha 8 del torneo Apertura de Honduras – 13 September 2015
  17. LaOpinion.com – El hondureño Maradiaga será el nuevo técnico de El Salvador – 20 September 2015
  18. DiarioMas.hn – Datos curiosos y tabla de la fecha 11 del torneo Apertura de Honduras – 4 October 2015
  19. usnews.com – Powerful Honduran businessman indicted in US for alleged money laundering for drug traffickers – 7 October 2015
  20. RadioHouse.hn – TARDE DE RÉCORDS – 14 November 2015
  21. DailyMail.co.uk – Arnold Peralta, former Rangers midfielder, shot dead in native Honduras aged 26 – 10 December 2015
  22. Diez.hn – ¡Honduras Progreso, el nuevo rey de la Liga Nacional! – 19 December 2015
  23. Tiempo.hn – VÍDEO: Honduras Progreso inicia el torneo venciendo al Marathón – 9 January 2016
  24. Diez.hn – Honduras Progreso, con marca perfecta en inicios de torneos – 9 January 2016
  25. LaTribuna.hn – Olimpia se une a la lucha contra el cáncer – 29 January 2016
  26. Diez.hn – Muere don Carlos Alvarado, exgoleador del Vida de Honduras – 17 February 2016
  27. Diez.hn – Leo Isaula se convirtió en el jugador con más partidos en la Liga Nacional de Honduras – 6 April 2016
  28. LaPrensa.hn – Oficial: El Victoria desciende a la Segunda División de Honduras – 10 April 2016
  29. ElHeraldo.hn – Olimpia vence 3-1 al Real Sociedad y se alza con la copa 30 – 22 May 2016
  30. Soccerway.com – Liga Nacional Players