The Netherlands Antilles was a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The country consisted of several island territories located in the Caribbean Sea; the islands were informally known as the Dutch Antilles. The country came into being in 1954 as the autonomous successor of the Dutch colony of Curaçao and Dependencies, was dissolved in 2010; the former Dutch colony of Surinam, although it was close by on the continent of South America, did not become part of Netherlands Antilles but became a separate autonomous country in 1954. All the island territories that belonged to the Netherlands Antilles remain part of the kingdom today, although the legal status of each differs; as a group they are still called the Dutch Caribbean, regardless of their legal status. The islands of the Netherlands Antilles are all part of the Lesser Antilles island chain. Within this group, the country was spread over two smaller island groups: a northern group and a western group. No part of the country was in the southern Windward Islands.
This island sub-group was located to the east of Puerto Rico. There were three islands, collectively known as the "SSS islands": Sint Maarten Saba Sint Eustatius, they lie 800–900 kilometers north-east of the ABC Islands. This island sub-group was located in the southern Caribbean Sea off the north coast of Venezuela. There were three islands collectively known as the "ABC Islands": Aruba Bonaire including an islet called Klein Bonaire Curaçao, including an islet called Klein Curaçao The Netherlands Antilles have a tropical trade-wind climate, with hot weather all year round; the Leeward islands are subject to hurricanes in the summer months, while those islands located in the Leeward Antilles are warmer and drier. Spanish-sponsored explorers discovered both the leeward and windward island groups. However, the Spanish Crown only founded settlements in the Leeward Islands. In the 17th century the islands were conquered by the Dutch West India Company and colonized by Dutch settlers. From the last quarter of the 17th century, the group consisted of six Dutch islands: Curaçao, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten.
In the past, the present-day British Virgin Islands, St. Croix and Tobago had been Dutch. During the American Revolution Sint Eustatius, along with Curaçao, was a major trade center in the Caribbean, with Sint Eustatius a major source of supplies for the Thirteen Colonies, it had been called "the Golden Rock" because of the number of wealthy merchants and volume of trade there. The British sacked the economy of the island never recovered. Unlike many other regions, few immigrants went to the Dutch islands, due to the weak economy. However, with the discovery of oil in Venezuela in the nineteenth century, British-Dutch Shell Oil Company established refineries in Curaçao, while the U. S. processed Venezuelan crude oil in Aruba. This resulted in booming economies on the two islands, which turned to bust in the 1980s when oil refineries were closed; the various islands were united as a single country — the Netherlands Antilles — in 1954, under the Dutch crown. The country was dissolved on 10 October 2010.
Curaçao and Sint Maarten became distinct constituent countries alongside Aruba which had become a distinct constituent country in 1986. From 1815 onwards Curaçao and Dependencies formed a colony of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Slavery was abolished in 1863, in 1865 a government regulation for Curaçao was enacted that allowed for some limited autonomy for the colony. Although this regulation was replaced by a constitution in 1936, the changes to the government structure remained superficial and Curaçao continued to be ruled as a colony; the island of Curaçao was hit hard by the abolition of slavery in 1863. Its prosperity was restored in the early 20th century with the construction of oil refineries to service the newly discovered Venezuelan oil fields. Colonial rule ended after the conclusion of the Second World War. Queen Wilhelmina had promised in a 1942 speech to offer autonomy to the overseas territories of the Netherlands. During the war, the British and American occupation of the islands—with the consent of the Dutch government—led to increasing demands for autonomy within the population as well.
In May 1948 a new constitution for the territory entered into force, allowing the largest amount of autonomy possible under the Dutch constitution of 1922. Among other things, universal suffrage was introduced; the territory was renamed "Netherlands Antilles". After the Dutch constitution was revised in 1948, a new interim Constitution of the Netherlands Antilles was enacted in February 1951. Shortly afterwards, on 3 March 1951, the Island Regulation of the Netherlands Antilles was issued by royal decree, giving wide autonomy to the various island territories in the Netherlands Antilles. A consolidated version of this regulation remained in force until the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles in 2010; the new constitution was only deemed an interim arrangement, as negotiations for a Charter for th
Nicaragua the Republic of Nicaragua, is the largest country in the Central American isthmus, bordered by Honduras to the northwest, the Caribbean to the east, Costa Rica to the south, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest. Managua is the country's capital and largest city and is the third-largest city in Central America, behind Tegucigalpa and Guatemala City; the multi-ethnic population of six million includes people of indigenous, European and Asian heritage. The main language is Spanish. Indigenous tribes on the Mosquito Coast speak English. Inhabited by various indigenous cultures since ancient times, the Spanish Empire conquered the region in the 16th century. Nicaragua gained independence from Spain in 1821; the Mosquito Coast followed a different historical path, with the English colonizing it in the 17th century and coming under the British rule, as well as some minor Spanish interludes in the 19th century. It became an autonomous territory of Nicaragua in 1860 and the northernmost part of it was transferred to Honduras in 1960.
Since its independence, Nicaragua has undergone periods of political unrest, dictatorship and fiscal crisis, leading to the Nicaraguan Revolution of the 1960s and 1970s and the Contra War of the 1980s. The mixture of cultural traditions has generated substantial diversity in folklore, cuisine and literature the latter given the literary contributions of Nicaraguan poets and writers, such as Rubén Darío. Known as the "land of lakes and volcanoes", Nicaragua is home to the second-largest rainforest of the Americas; the country has set a goal of 90% renewable energy by the year 2020. The biological diversity, warm tropical climate and active volcanoes make Nicaragua an popular tourist destination. There are two prevailing theories on; the first is that the name was coined by Spanish colonists based on the name Nicarao, the chieftain or cacique of a powerful indigenous tribe encountered by the Spanish conquistador Gil González Dávila during his entry into southwestern Nicaragua in 1522. This theory holds that the name Nicaragua was formed from Nicarao and agua, to reference the fact that there are two large lakes and several other bodies of water within the country.
However, as of 2002, it was determined that the cacique's real name was Macuilmiquiztli, which meant "Five Deaths" in the Nahuatl language, rather than Nicarao. The second theory is that the country's name comes from any of the following Nahuatl words: nic-anahuac, which meant "Anahuac reached this far", or "the Nahuas came this far", or "those who come from Anahuac came this far". Paleo-Americans first inhabited what is now known as Nicaragua as far back as 12,000 BCE. In pre-Columbian times, Nicaragua's indigenous people were part of the Intermediate Area, between the Mesoamerican and Andean cultural regions, within the influence of the Isthmo-Colombian area. Nicaragua's central region and its Caribbean coast were inhabited by Macro-Chibchan language ethnic groups, they had coalesced in Central America and migrated to present-day northern Colombia and nearby areas. They lived a life based on hunting and gathering, as well as fishing, performing slash-and-burn agriculture. At the end of the 15th century, western Nicaragua was inhabited by several different indigenous peoples related by culture to the Mesoamerican civilizations of the Aztec and Maya, by language to the Mesoamerican Linguistic Area.
The Chorotegas were Mangue language ethnic groups who had arrived in Nicaragua from what is now the Mexican state of Chiapas sometime around 800 CE. The Pipil-Nicarao people were a branch of Nahuas who spoke the Nahuat dialect, like the Chorotegas, they too had come from Chiapas to Nicaragua in 1200 CE. Prior to that, the Pipil-Nicaraos had been associated with the Toltec civilization. Both the Chorotegas and the Pipil-Nicaraos were from Mexico's Cholula valley, had migrated southward. Additionally, there were trade-related colonies in Nicaragua, set up by the Aztecs starting in the 14th century. In 1502, on his fourth voyage, Christopher Columbus became the first European known to have reached what is now Nicaragua as he sailed southeast toward the Isthmus of Panama. Columbus explored the Mosquito Coast on the Atlantic side of Nicaragua but did not encounter any indigenous people. 20 years the Spaniards returned to Nicaragua, this time to its southwestern part. The first attempt to conquer Nicaragua was by the conquistador Gil González Dávila, who had arrived in Panama in January 1520.
In 1522, González Dávila ventured into the area that became known as the Rivas Department of Nicaragua. It was there that he encountered an indigenous Nahua tribe led by a chieftain named Macuilmiquiztli, whose name has sometimes been erroneously referred to as "Nicarao" or "Nicaragua". At the time, the tribe's capital city was called Quauhcapolca. González Dávila had brought along two indigenous interpreters, taught the Spanish language, thus he was able to have a discourse with Macuilmiquiztli. After exploring and gathering gold in the fertile western valleys, González Dávila and his men were attacked and driven off by the Chorotega, led by the chieftain Diriangen; the Spanish attempted to convert the tribes to Christianity. The first Spanish permanent settlements were founded in 1524; that year, the conquistador
Club Deportivo Olimpia
Club Deportivo Olimpia referred to as Olimpia, is a professional Honduran football club based in Tegucigalpa, Francisco Morazán. The club is the nation's most successful team both in the domestic league and in international club competitions. Olimpia was founded as a baseball club on June 12, 1912, by Héctor Pineda Ugarte, Carlos Bram, Arturo Bram, Enrique Buik, Santiago Buik, Miguel Sanchez, Samuel Inestrosa Gómez, Ramón Field. In 1917, it became a football team. Olimpia is the most successful football team in Honduras, having won 30 domestic league titles since it was founded in 1912, the latest being the 2015–16 Apertura & Clausura season, it has represented the Honduran football association in international club competitions more than any other team by far. They are the only Honduran club that has won the CONCACAF Champions Cup twice, first in 1972 and again in 1988. Olimpia is the first team to win the Domestic Cup, known as "Copa Presidente," in 2015. In 1957, CD Olimpia won the national championship of Honduras for the first time.
They repeated as champions in 1958 and 1959. The national crown was not awarded in 1960, but they won it again in 1961, 1963, 1964. In 1964-65, the final season of the amateur era, Olimpia claimed a seventh championship, beating Escualo 2-0. Players like "Furia" Solis, Rolin Castillo, Ricardo "Chendo" Rodriguez were stars during these seasons; the professional National League began with Platense winning the first tournament. Olimpia was runner-up, finishing with 26 points to Platense's 27. Things were different the following year. In the 1966-67 season, he led Los Leones to 14 victories in 18 matches, winning the title six points clear of Marathon. Olimpia won the title again in 1967-68, they relinquished the title to Motagua in 1968-69, but in 1969-70 stormed through the league undefeated, winning their third title in four years. After losing a championship playoff to Motagua in 1970-71, Los Leones regained the crown in 1971-72; that championship was the product of the efforts of Rigoberto'Chula' Gomez, Jorge Urquía, Tonin Mendoza.
It would take 6 years for Olimpia to be crowned again. That came under the management of Carlos Cruz Carranza; that year, they faced Real España in a championship final. The first match ended in a scoreless draw, but in the second match the old powers prevailed 2-0. Goals were scored by Uruguayan Walter René Enamorado, it was during the 1980s that Olimpia emerged as the dominant team in Honduras, winning five championships in ten years--1982, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989-90. Three more championships came in the 1990s--1992-93, 1995-96, 1996-97; that 1996-97 championship was the final one. Olimpia qualified for the playoffs in each of the first two seasons under the new format, but was eliminated each time, they entered the 1998-99 season determined to overcome those defeats. Olimpia topped the table in the regular season beat Platense and Victoria to reach the championship finals. On July 17, Denilson Costa scored the only goal of a two-legged tie with Real Espana, bringing the title home to Olimpia once again.
Olimpia reached the finals of both Apertura 1999 and Clausura 2000, but on each occasion was defeated by Motagua on penalties. In Apertura 2000, they were dominant, finishing 10 points clear of Motagua at the top of the regular season table. Edwin Pavón was the manager, the team was keyed by Danilo Tosello, Wilmer Velásquez and Alex Pineda Chacón. In the postseason, they played out a classic two-legged tie with Platense. In the first leg, played at Platense's home stadium in Puerto Cortes, Olimpia came away with a vital 1-0 victory. Alex Pineda Chacón scored the winner in the 85th minute. In the return leg, Rony Morales scored to the tie for Platense, but Danilo Tosello's extra time penalty brought home another championship for Los Leones; the Platense rivalry built, as Platense avenged the loss by beating Olimpia in Clausura 2001. Olimpia answered by winning another title in Apertura 2002, in thrilling style. With the tie level 2-2 after 180 minutes of action, the championship drifted into extra time.
Milton Palacios won the championship for Olimpia by rising above the crowd to head home the winning goal. Clausura 2004 was the start of a new phase in the fierce rivalry between Olimpia and CD Marathón, as the teams would meet in the finals four seasons in a row to determine the championship of Honduras; the first round went to Olimpia. Marathón came back to win Apertura 2004 in the same style, but Olimpia answered by winning Clausura 2005 3-2 on aggregate. Los Leones won it again in Apertura 2005, overcoming a 2-1 loss at Marathón to win the championship in extra time. Clausura 2006 completed the most glorious run in Olimpia's history, it was an achievement celebrated wildly as the Tricampeón. Other titles followed in Clausura 2008, Clausura 2009, Clausura 2010. However, the next era of glory began in Apertura 2011; that was the season that Danilo Tosello, who had played for Olimpia from 1999-2007, returned as manager. In Tosello's first season as manager, he led them to a convincing 3-0 aggregate victory over Real Espana in the championship round.
They repeated as champions in Clausura 2012. In Apertura 2
CRKSV Jong Colombia
CRKSV Jong Colombia is a football club in Curaçao, playing in the country's first division Curaçao League. Located In Boka Sami Municipality Sint Michiel It was founded on 23 July 1951, its name and its crest is a reference to Colombia, located 1045.8 km from the island. The side topped the league in 1998, 2000 and 2001 as well as finishing second in the 2005–06 season behind CSD Barber; the club is based in the town of Boca Sami. They have an old rivalry with CRKSV Jong Holland based in the capital of Curaçao, they play in Yellow. Former players include; the club produced one of the countries most prolific goalscorers in powerhouse Brutil Hosé who played for Sarawak FA in Malaysia. The CRKSV Jong Colombia has participated 10 times in CONCACAF Champions League, reaching the final of the latter in 1967 and 1979. According to the majority opinion of the Antilles, the golden generation of CRKSV Jong Colombia was the 1979 as the team gave a good show of football in every game his style of play was a game of great speed and agility touch.
Carlos Bernardina Wilbert Zimmerman Elsio Constancia Rudolf Zimmerman Huber Martina Alberto Humbler Héctor Zimmerman Julio Constancia Guillermo Zimmerman Edwin Bernardina Frank Victoria First RoundSecond RoundThird RoundFourd RoundFinal Netherlands Antilles Championship: 121966, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1988, 1994, 1997, 2001Curaçao League: 121963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1978, 1988, 1994, 2000 CFU Club Championship: 4 appearancesCFU Club Championship 2001 – Second Round – group stage hosted by Racing Club Haïtien CFU Club Championship 2004 – Second Round – Lost to Arnett Gardens 13 – 1 on aggregate CFU Club Championship 2005 – Quarter-Finals – Lost to Portmore United FC 10 – 0 on aggregate CFU Club Championship 2007 – First Round – group stage hosted by Pointe-à-Pierre in Trinidad and TobagoCONCACAF Champions' Cup: 10 appearancesCONCACAF Champions' Cup 1967 – 2nd Place – Lost to CD Águila 5 – 3 on aggregate. CONCACAF Champions' Cup 1969 – First Round – Lost to Alianza FC 5 – 3 on aggregate.
CONCACAF Champions' Cup 1973 – Third Round – – Lost to SV Transvaal 4 – 2 on aggregate. CONCACAF Champions' Cup 1974 – Second Round – – Lost to SV Transvaal 5 – 3 on aggregate. CONCACAF Champions' Cup 1976 – First Round – – Lost to SV Robinhood 4 – 2 on aggregate. CONCACAF Champions' Cup 1979 – 2nd Place – Lost to CD FAS 8 – 2 on aggregate. CONCACAF Champions' Cup 1980 – Second Round – – Lost to SV Transvaal 5 – 0 on aggregate. CONCACAF Champions' Cup 1989 – First Round Group stage – hosted by FC Pinar del Río in Cuba CONCACAF Champions' Cup 1992 – First Round – – Lost to Mayaro United 4 – 2 on aggregate. CONCACAF Champions' Cup 1994 – Fourth Round – – Lost to US Robert 3 – 2 on aggregate. Caribbean Zone QualifyingGroup Stage All matches played in Jamaica. CRKSV Jong Colombia wins advances to the Final. CONCACAF Final April 22, 1969 – CRKSV Jong Colombia 2 – 2 CS Emelec Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
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Sport Vereniging Transvaal is a Surinamese association football club, which play in the Topklasse, the top flight of football in Suriname. They play their home games in Paramaribo at André Kamperveen Stadion to a capacity of 7,100; the team is one of Suriname's most successful, having won their first league championship in 1925, having won a total of 19, good for second most in Suriname after Robinhood. Transvaal have won the Beker van Suriname three times and the Suriname President's Cup twice; the biggest international successes were in 1973 and 1981, both resulting in CONCACAF Champions Cup victories. To date, they are the only Surinamese club to win the Champions' Cup. SV Tranvaal were appointed by the IFFHS, as one of the top ten football clubs in CONCACAF of the 20th century standing in fifth position; the club kit manufacturer was Topper. Founded on 15 January 1921 by Hendrik School students, a middle school in Paramaribo, Suriname, S. V. Transvaal is unusually named after the former province of Transvaal Province.
It was founded in the same year as two other clubs from namely Olympia and Ajax. The first three years prior to the foundation of organized football in Suriname, Transvaal played on the Gouvernementsplein in Paramaribo amongst various other clubs, competing in leagues of different associations. 1923 marked the official start of organized football in Suriname, with Transvaal starting in the Tweede Klasse, the second flight of football in Suriname. 1923 marked the inauguration of the Cultuurtuinlaan, the new football facility, built by Dr. E. Snellen, the director of agriculture in Suriname. Transvaal participated in the inaugural ceremony, where they beat Juliana in a 2–0 win. Transvaal remained tenants of the Cultuurtuinlaan for the next 30 years until completion of the National Stadium. In 1924, Transvaal won their first title; the club were able to win all six matches played, earning 12 points in the competition, scoring 16 goals while conceding none. It was the first time a team had played a season without conceding any goals.
Transvaal were subsequently promoted to the SVB Hoofdklasse, the top flight of football in Suriname, after only one season in the second tier. In 1925, SV Transvaal won their second consecutive title and first national championship, winning the Hoofdklasse in its third season. After a period of dominance by Ajax and Cicerone, Transvaal won the title once more in 1937; that same year the SVB organized their first trip to Brazil, with Transvaal player Waldy Goedhart joining the national team to play exhibition matches against Tuna Luso and Remo. On 28 March 1947 matches were played at night in Suriname for the first time, with light fixtures assembled at the Cultuurtuinlaan, the matches played on that night were NAKS vs. Robinhood at 19:00 and Transvaal vs. Paramaribo at 20:00. Key players of the forties and fifties include Tjokrosendjojo Kamsoe, Ronald Breinburg and Walther Braithwaite, who would become manager of the club; the 1960s marked a decade of success for Transvaal, winning 7 out of 10 titles beginning in 1962, only conceding the 1961 and 1963 titles to Leo Victor and the 1964 edition to Robinhood.
The team was managed by André Kamperveen, one of the country's most famous players and Transvaal's most famous managers, who had taken over the position in 1958. In 1967 he was succeeded by Ronald Kolf who helped Transvaal to two national titles before relinquishing the position to Jules Lagadeau. Both Kolf and Lagadeau earned their stripes as players on the pitch prior to taking their respective managerial roles. Transvaal boasted some of the country's best players at the time, with players such as Edwin Schal, Iwan Fränkel, Harald Reumel, Roy Vanenburg and Armand Sahadewsing. Throughout the 1960s the SVB organized friendly tournaments and exhibition matches with the Suriname national team and invited clubs from Brazil to partake. Aside from the national team, clubs from the Hoofdklasse were invited to participate as well, including Transvaal and Leo Victor. In 1962 Transvaal participated in the first edition of the Paramaribo Cup, they played Fortaleza. On 10 April 1962 they played Santa Cruz from Brazil.
The 1964 edition of the Paramaribo Cup saw Transvaal losing to visitors Botafogo from Brazil in a 4–1 loss. Apart from a 4–0 win against Olaria, Transvaal were unable to secure any wins in the series. In 1968, Transvaal travelled to Europe for the first time, scheduling games in the Netherlands and Belgium, against Dutch Eredivisie clubs Sparta, Elinkwijk, AZ'67 and NAC, against Belgian Pro League side Royal Antwerp. Transvaal were able to secure 4 wins, 1 draw only losing to Ajax on their tour. In 1968, Transvaal participated in their first Continental tournament, qualifying for the 1968 CONCACAF Champions' Cup; the team were able to make it to the final in their first berth in the competition, defeating Scherpenheuvel from the Netherlands Antilles 4–2 on aggregate score and Aurora from Guatemala 3–1 on aggregate score in the process thus qualifying for the finals. The final against Toluca from Mexico however never happened due to a brawl that had ensued after the final match against Aurora when supporters from both clubs had invaded the pitch.
Transvaal were disqualified for disorderly conduct. In 1969, Flamengo from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil came to Paramaribo to play pre-season friendly matches against Robinhood and Transvaal at the National Stadium. Brazilian International Garrincha was playing for Flamengo at the time. While Robinhood lost the first match 3–1 to the visitors, Transvaal were able to secure a 3–2 win
Deportivo Saprissa is a Costa Rican sports club known for its football team. The club is located in San Juan de Tibás, San José, play their home games at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá; the team's signature colours are white. The club was founded in 1935 and has competed in the Costa Rican first division since 1949; the name of the team comes from one of Ricardo Saprissa. One of the most popular nicknames for the team El Monstruo Morado can be traced back to 1987, when the Costa Rican newspaper Diario Extra gave the team the nickname during a derby, because of the club's enormous following. A reporter commented that the sea of fans in the stands at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá in Tibás wearing purple, the tremendous noise they were generating, made him feel like he was "in the presence of a thousand headed monster". Saprissa adopted the nickname El Monstruo Morado. Saprissa won 34 Primera División de Costa Rica championships, including six consecutive national titles in the 70s, it stands as one of the more successful teams in the CONCACAF region as well, having won the CONCACAF Champions' Cup three times – in 1993, 1995, 2005.
Saprissa has won five Central American crowns in 1972, 1973, 1978, 1998, 2003. For the period 1 September 2007 to 31 August 2008 the club was ranked the 106th best team in the world by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics, an organization recognized by FIFA. Saprissa has appeared in the CONCACAF Champions Cup finals in recent decades, with three first-place finishes and four runners-up finishes. One of the club's most notable moments came in 2005 when Saprissa became the second club in CONCACAF to finish third in the FIFA Club World Cup together with the Mexican club Necaxa who accomplished it in 2000 and were joined by two more Mexican clubs, in 2012 by C. F. Monterrey and in 2017 by C. F Pachuca; the club was chosen by the IFFHS as the CONCACAF team of the 20th Century. This event gave Saprissa worldwide recognition, their main partner is a Costa Rican Investment Consortium named Horizonte Morado, composed of Juan Carlos Rojas Callán, Edgar Zurcher, Alberto Raven Odio, Televisora de Costa Rica.
Deportivo Saprissa was founded on July 16, 1935 by Roberto Fernández who named his team after the man who sponsored their uniform, Don Ricardo Saprissa Aymá. The club entered the Costa Rican Third Division as Saprissa F. C, they were promoted to the Primera División de Costa Rica, making their debut in the top flight on 21 August 1949. One of the most notable achievement of their early years, was to win the third and second division titles undefeated; the club has remained in the Costa Rican top flight since. In 2003, the majority of the club's stock was bought by Mexican entrepreneur Jorge Vergara, the owner of Mexican football club Club Deportivo Guadalajara and soon after the operator of Major League Soccer club Club Deportivo Chivas USA in the United States. Saprissa won the 2005 CONCACAF Champions Cup, beating Mexican club UNAM in the final over two legs, in May 2005; as CONCACAF club champions they qualified for the 2005 FIFA Club World Championship, held in Japan in December 2005. They beat Australian club Sydney FC in the quarter-finals thanks to a goal by Christian Bolaños.
In the semi-finals they were beaten 3–0 by English club Liverpool, who were the Champions League holders that year, making it the strongest team in Europe. In the third place match they beat Al Ittihad of Saudi Arabia 3–2. Álvaro Saborío scored two goals, Rónald Gómez scored an astonishing free-kick final goal in the 89th minute to seal the win. They finished the competition in third place behind São Paulo of Liverpool. Saborío was joint top scorer, Bolaños was awarded the Bronze Ball by FIFA as third best player of the championship. Though the first colours were red and white, the team is known by their purple-burgundy colour. Red and white were utilised briefly, Ricardo Saprissa's influence from the Polo Club of Barcelona had the team try red and blue instead though this is the origin of the colour used throughout all of its history; when the new kit for 1937 was being manufactured, some of the threads got mixed evenly along the sides of the jerseys, producing a type of purple, resembling a burgundy/maroon colour.
This new colour went down well with everyone involved, it reflected class and originality, it was selected as the team's official colour. It was decided that the team's shield would appear on the chest of the uniform, with a notable bold white letter "S". Saprissa utilizes a purple/burgundy jersey with white and grey details, white shorts with burgundy and grey details for home games. For away games, a white jersey with burgundy and grey details is used, white shorts with burgundy and grey details. Saprissa plays home games at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá named after Ricardo Saprissa, they played at the Costa Rica National Stadium, which they rented and shared. A new site for a stadium was bought in 1965 and on 27 August 1972 after six years of construction and upgrades, Estadio Ricardo Saprissa was opened; the first match was between Deportivo Comunicaciones of Guatemala. The match ended in a 1–1 draw with Peter Sandoval of Comunicaciones scoring the first goal at the new stadium; the stadium is called La Cueva del Monstruo, after the nickname of El Monstruo Morado.
It is overlooked by local mountains and downtown San Jose. The stadium has great fame internationally with all the national teams that play against Costa Rica. La Ultra Morada is the club's most radical support
Club Social y Deportivo Municipal known as Municipal or Los Rojos, is a Guatemalan football club based in Guatemala City. They compete in the Liga Nacional, the top division in the nation, play their home matches at the Estadio Manuel F. Carrera; as of 2015, they are the team that has remained the most years at the top level in Guatemala, having done so since the inception of the national league in 1942. They have won the domestic league 30 times, they won the CONCACAF Champions' Cup in 1974. Municipal is the most popular football club in Guatemala and are traditional arch-rivals of Comunicaciones, who are based in Guatemala City; the club was founded on May 17, 1936 by workers of the Ayuntamiento of the Guatemala City municipality, hence the name Municipal. They were first promoted to the top division, in 1938, they finished in second place in their debut season, have since remained in the top division. The team won its first national league title in the 1942–43 tournament, the first official national league championship in Guatemala.
They won three of the following six tournaments, the other three being won by Tipografía Nacional, whom which they had their first known rivalry. Municipal were coached by Manuel Felipe Carrera, one of the original founders of the club, whose name was given to the stadium where the team practices. During the 1940s and early 1950s, Municipal's most iconic player was the forward Carlos "Pepino" Toledo, who wore the red shirt throughout his career, he helped the club win their first four league titles, the last of them coming at the 1954–55 tournament. His career total of 129 goals remains the fourth-highest in club history, he was one of Guatemala's first national stars and was chosen for the national team. He became Municipal's coach. In 1948, Municipal won its first international honors at a friendly tournament held in Havana, Cuba to commemorate the Cuban Independence; that squad featured Toledo, Mario Camposeco, goalkeeper José Pedro "Tarzán" Segura. The end of the 1950s were a darker time for Municipal.
Toledo had retired and Comunicaciones had dethroned them at the top of the league, winning it three years in a row. Municipal struggled through an eight year title drought, they managed to break that drought with three championships in the 1960s, but Comunicaciones remained Guatemala's dominant team, winning seven titles in fourteen years from 1956-72. The Comunicaciones-Municipal match emerged as a high-profile local derby, the biggest in the country. Another rivalry developed with a third Guatemala City club, which won three titles during this time. In 1973, Uruguayan coach Rubén Amorín arrived at Municipal, he managed a group of players that included defender Alberto López Oliva, midfielders Benjamín Monterroso and José Emilio "Pepe" Mitrovich, forward Julio César Anderson. Anderson would become the club's highest goalscorer, help lead the team to its era of greatest glory. Municipal won league championships in both 1973 and 1974. In 1974, the same year that they were marching to a dominant repeat championship, they became the first Guatemalan club to win the CONCACAF Champions' Cup.
The Rojos went on to play the Copa Interamericana against Argentina's "red team", Independiente. The first leg was played in Guatemala on November 24, 1974, Independiente won, 1-0. However, Municipal surprised the continent by winning 1-0 in Argentina two days later; the hero was Argentine-born José Emilio "Pepe" Mitrovich in the second half. With both teams equal in points and goal difference, the match went to extra time. No further goals were scored, the match went into penalty kicks. Misses by Julio César "Morocho" Anderson and Benjamín "Mincho" Monterroso allowed Independiente to prevail, 4-2, but Municipal had earned continental respect. Municipal's glory years continued with another league title in 1976, but their results began to fade, they finished 8th in 1979-80, in 1981 they fell further to 11th, forcing them into a relegation mini-league. Their safety was secured when old rivals Tipografía Nacional were relegated instead. In 1982, the club came closer to oblivion, finishing 9th in the regular season.
That result put them back in the relegation mini-league, this time they escaped only on goal differential. Over the next several years, Municipal put some distance between themselves and the bottom of the table, but they would not challenge for another title until 1987. 1987 was the year. A former midfield star who had won two Argentine titles and played a stint in Spain, he came to Municipal with just one previous year of managerial experience, his two years in Guatemala saw brilliant success. In 1987, they beat Aurora 4-2 on penalties to win a championship playoff and claim the Guatemalan title for the first time since 1976. A year they repeated as champs for the first time since the early 1970s. Brindisi moved on to a new job managing Barcelona SC in Ecuador, but successor Walter Ormeño kept the momentum going by guiding the team to a third straight crown. In 1990-91, Municipal came within one match of a fourth straight title, but bowed 1-0 to Comunicaciones in the championship final, they avenged that defeat in 1991-92.
That made it four titles in five years. The team reached the finals of the CONCACAF Champions Cup in December 1993, narrowly losing out to Costa Rican champions Saprissa, they did manage to claim some silverware from the