Club Deportivo El Nacional

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El Nacional
Full name Club Especializado de Alto Rendimiento El Nacional
Nickname(s) Puros Criollos (Pure Criollos)
Equipo Militar (Military team)
La Maquina Gris (The Gray Machine)
El Rojo (The Red)
Founded June 1, 1964; 54 years ago (1964-06-01)
Ground Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa
Ground Capacity 35,742
Chairman Jorge Yunda
Manager Octavio Zambrano
League Serie A
2014 7th
Website Club home page
Principal colours

Club Deportivo El Nacional is an Ecuadorian sports club from Quito, known best for their professional football team. The team currently plays in the Serie A, the top-flight football league in the country.

El Nacional has thirteen national championships (one less than Barcelona). The club has participated in more Copa Libertadores than any other club in Ecuador with 22 appearances. Their best performance in the continental tournament was as a semi-finalist in 1985.

El Nacional was founded on June 1, 1964, and was administered by the Ecuadorian Military since the foundation until 2013, when the club celebrates his first ever democratic elections. The club has maintained a tradition of only playing Ecuadorian footballers, which has given them the nickname of Puros Criollos ("Pure Natives"). Rival clubs included crosstown clubs LDU Quito, Deportivo Quito and the Guayaquileans Barcelona and Emelec. Their home stadium is Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa.

Other sports the organization participates in are gymnastics, table tennis, Ecuavolley, chess, and shooting.


The Bi-Tri Campeon

In the 70's El Nacional was able to achieve what no Ecuadorian team had done in the history of the league. In 1976, 1977, 1978 they were unbeatable champions. Fabián Paz y Miño stepped up as the leading goal scorer in the league in 1977 to help El Nacional during those three years of glory. In 1982, 1983, 1984 El Nacional repeated this feat to become double three time championship winners. Their title count became eight. This was gained by help from two legendary players Jose Villafuerte and Ermen Benitez. In 1985 they accomplished their most important feat in international competition reaching semi-finals in the Copa Libertadores. One year later they added to their titles by being crowned for the ninth time in their history.

The 90's

El Nacional produced some of the greatest players in Ecuador and won two more championships in 1992 and 1996 with the help of Cléber Chalá, Agustín Delgado, and Oswaldo Ibarra. They also disputed the semi-finals of the Copa Conmebol 1992 and the 1994 edition.


The current success of the team has added two more championships in 2005 and 2006 bringing their total to 13 titles. They have equaled rivals Barcelona to become one of the best teams in Ecuador. El Nacional has brought up talented players such as Antonio Valencia, Segundo Alejandro Castillo, Christian Benítez and Felix Borja. There have been plans to build a new stadium but no official decision has been taken yet. Former coach Juan Carlos Burbano resigned after an unsuccessful first stage in the league. Julio Asad was appointed head coach on July 16, 2009.


El Nacional play their home matches in the Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa. Plans have been enabled to build a new stadium, however no official decision has been taken. The management even showed the model of what the 42,000 seat stadium would look like.


On May 13, 1998, a group of friends met and decided to form a highly dedicated fanbase called La Marea Roja (English: The Red Tide). Over the years, they aimed to integrate more people, and becoming a better organized to be the largest fan group of El Nacional. It is made up of over 250 members, with members owning proper identification cards. La Marea Roja stands at the south part of the stadium for 90 minutes every game, which attracts adults, women and large numbers of children.


  • Serie A (13): 1967, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1992, 1996, 2005 Clausura, 2006.
  • Serie B (1): 1979 E2.


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
1 Ecuador GK Adrián Bone
2 Ecuador DF Fabrício Bagüí
3 Ecuador DF Luis Luna
5 Ecuador MF Marco Mosquera
6 Ecuador DF Johao Montaño
7 Ecuador MF Christian Cordero
8 Ecuador MF Édison Méndez
9 Ecuador FW Miguel Álvarez
10 Ecuador MF Christian Lara
12 Ecuador GK Darwin Cuero
14 Ecuador FW Cristian Márquez (Captain)
15 Ecuador MF Franklin Guerra
18 Ecuador MF Jairo Castillo
No. Position Player
19 Ecuador FW Felipe Mejía
20 Ecuador MF Luis Lastra
21 Ecuador DF Anderson Ordóñez
23 Ecuador MF Alejandro Villalva
24 Ecuador DF José Pabón
25 Ecuador MF Marco Montaño
27 Ecuador DF Aníbal Chalá
28 Ecuador DF Eduardo Morante
30 Ecuador DF Geovanny Caicedo
51 Ecuador FW Kevin Minda
55 Ecuador GK José Cárdenas


Noted managers

The following managers won at least one trophy while in charge of El Nacional:

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