Defensor Sporting

Defensor Sporting
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Full nameDefensor Sporting Club
Nickname(s)El Violeta, La Viola, Tuertos, El Defe, La Farola y La Cometa
Founded15 March 1913; 105 years ago (1913-03-15)
GroundEstadio Luis Franzini,
Montevideo, Uruguay
Capacity18,000
ChairmanUruguay Daniel Jablonka
CoachUruguay Eduardo Acevedo
LeagueUruguayan Primera División
20172nd

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

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.

History

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.

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