Defensor Sporting

Founded In
Montevideo, Uruguay

About Defensor Sporting

Defensor Sporting Club was first established in March 1913. Based in the city of Montevideo, the football department is part of a larger sports club which competes in other sports, including basketball. The club was originally founded as Club Atlético Defensor, but adopted its current name in 1989, after a merger with Sporting Club Uruguay.

In 1976, Professor José Ricardo De Leon guided the team to their first Primera División title. Employing ultra-defensive tactics, his brand of football was widely criticised, being nicknamed "the anti-football", with De Leon becoming known as the "destroyer of Uruguayan football" by certain sections of the media. However, his tactics went on to have a huge influence in Uruguay and throughout the rest of the world. De Leon has also been an influential figure, inspiring several other coaches, such as Gregorio Perez and Juan Ramón Carrasco.

Since their first Primera División title win, Defensor Sporting have gone on to win the league a further three times, with those wins coming in 1987, 1991 and, most recently, in 2008. The team have won the Liguilla Pre Libertadores on eight occasions and have frequently represented their country in the Copa Libertadores. To date, their best performances in the competition came in 2007 and 2009, when they reached the quarter-finals stage.

Over the years, the team have developed a reputation for producing high-quality Uruguayan footballers, many of whom have gone on to achieve success around the world. Some of the most notable examples include Darío Silva, Jorge da Silva, Sergio Martínez, Gonzalo Vargas and Diego Pérez.

The Nuevo Estadio Luis Franzini, also known as Luis Franzini Stadium, has hosted Defensor's home games since 1963. Named after the club's former president, the venue was closed in 1997 while renovations were carried out. These renovations included a levelling of the playing field and an increased capacity. At present, the stadium can hold a maximum of 18,000 spectators.

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