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Full name Danubio Fútbol Club
Nickname(s) La Franja
Los de la Curva
La Universidad del Fútbol Uruguayo
Founded 1 March 1932
Ground Jardines del Hipódromo,
Montevideo, Uruguay
Capacity 18,000
Chairman Óscar Curuchet
Coach Pablo Peirano
League Primera División
2018 3rd
Website Club website

Danubio Fútbol Club is a Uruguayan association football club based in Montevideo.


Danubio was founded by the Bulgarian-born brothers Miguel and Juan Lazaroff on 1 March 1932 together with other youths from the "Republica de Nicaragua" school in Montevideo. The club name is a reference to the Danube river, the major waterway in Europe.[1]

Famous players from the club include Álvaro Recoba, Ruben Sosa, Marcelo Zalayeta, Rubén Olivera, Rubén "Polillita" Da Silva, Javier Chevantón, Fabián Carini, Richard Núñez, Walter Gargano, Carlos Grossmuller, Ignacio María González, Edinson Cavani, Cristhian Stuani, Jose Gimenez, and Camilo Mayada while Nery Castillo, and Diego Forlán played for the youth team, before continuing their careers abroad.

Danubio won their fourth Uruguayan league in 2013–14 champions of Uruguay after defeating Montevideo Wanderers on penalties after 120 minutes of football in the third final that finished 2-2 with a last minute bicycle kick equalizer from Camilo Mayada, previously they won their third league in 2006–07 champions of Uruguay after defeating Peñarol 4–1 in December 2006 to claim the Apertura with a very young Edinson Cavani scoring the last goal and then again defeating Peñarol on penalties to claim the 2007 Clausura. Danubio previously won the Uruguayan title in 2004 after defeating Nacional in the last kick of the game with a back heel goal scored by Diego Perrone and in 1988 with a fantastic young squad that included Ruben Polillita Da Silva who scored 30 goals on that season.[2]

Kit colours and design

The club decided in 1932 to take Montevideo Wanderers' kit and colours (black and white) as homage to them being the last amateur champion of Uruguay in 1931. Later when entering a zonal league they planned to alter the kit design as Universal Ramírez used the same pattern. The current design was inspired by the red sash over the white kit worn by River Plate, but with the sash in black. This design remains today. The accompanying shorts are typically black (although some seasons they have been white), whilst the accompanying socks are white. In the 2005–06 season, the club wore an unusual green shirt with a white sash as their third kit to play against teams similar in colours (such as Miramar Misiones and Wanderers). In 2007, green was reintroduced in a match against Saprissa of Costa Rica. As of late 2007, it was decided to discontinue use of the green shirt, due to the repetitive defeats against Wanderers and Miramar leading to it being considered a cursed shirt. Red is now used for the third kit.

2005, 2007 third
2008 third


1988, 2004, 2006–07, 2013–14
1947, 1960, 1970

Performance in CONMEBOL competitions

1978: First Round
1984: First Round
1989: Semi-finals
2005: First Round
2007: Preliminary Round
2008: First Round
2015: First Round
2002: First Round
2003: Preliminary Round
2004: Preliminary Round
2005: First Round
2007: First Round
2012: First Round
1992: First Round
1993: First Round
1994: First Round
1997: Quarter-finals

Current squad

As of 16 February 2017.

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

No. Position Player
1 Uruguay GK Michael Etulain
2 Uruguay DF Agustín Peña
3 Uruguay DF Martín Amuz
5 Uruguay MF Gonzalo González
6 Uruguay DF Lucas Olaza
7 Uruguay MF Jorge Graví
8 Uruguay MF Marcelo Saracchi
10 Uruguay MF Ignacio González
11 Uruguay MF Marcelo Tabárez
12 Uruguay GK Federico Cristóforo
13 Uruguay GK Facundo Silva
14 Panama FW Abdiel Arroyo
No. Position Player
15 Uruguay MF Emiliano Ghan
17 Uruguay DF Matías de los Santos
18 Brazil DF Diogo Silvestre
19 Uruguay FW Juan Manuel Olivera
20 Uruguay MF Carlos Grossmüller
21 Uruguay MF Giovanni Zarfino
22 Uruguay DF Damian Malrechauffe
23 Argentina DF Leandro Fernández
24 Uruguay MF Rodrigo Fernández
25 Brazil MF Rodrigo Longaray
28 Uruguay GK Salvador Ichazo

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
Uruguay MF Gastón Faber (at Italy Foggia)
Uruguay DF Joaquín Pereyra (at Uruguay Boston River)
Uruguay MF Santiago Schirone (at Uruguay Deportivo Maldonado)

Coaching team 2012-14

After the departure of Daniel Sánchez from Danubio, Daniel Martínez coached the team for two games (2–2 against Liverpool and 2–4 against Wanderers). After that, Juan Ramón Carrasco became the new head coach, and Martínez was offered the management and coordination of all youth teams. One of the assistant coaches that came with Carrasco was one of the most iconic coaches in the history of the club, Ildo Maneiro. He was the first coach to win an Uruguayan League for Danubio. Alejandro Martínez came as the physical trainer. Carrasco's son, Juan Carlos Carrasco, became coach of the Third Division squad.


Top 5 scorers of all time

  1. Uruguay Diego Perrone (1996–03, 2004, 2009, 2010–12), 72 goals
  2. Uruguay Rubén "Polillita" Da Silva (1986–89, 2001–04), 71 goals
  3. Uruguay Ignacio Risso (1999–02, 2004–05), 69 goals
  4. Uruguay Javier Chevantón (1997–01), 53 goals
  5. Uruguay Ignacio "Nacho" González (2002–07), 51 goals

Most appearances of all time

  1. Uruguay Carlos Romero (1947–62), 411 matches

Notable coaches


  1. ^ "Danubio's river of talent". FIFA. 23 July 2008. Archived from the original on 2 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-13.
  2. ^ Homewood, Brian (18 May 2007). "Soccer-Modest Danubio win Uruguayan championship". Reuters. Retrieved 2009-08-31.

External links

  • (in Spanish) Danubio's official website
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