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Deportivo Táchira Fútbol Club, usually known as Deportivo Táchira, is a traditional and a popular Venezuelanmarker football club. It was founded on 11 January 1974 by the initiative of Gaetano Greco. In its first national championship, the club finished in first place, originating the nickname El equipo que nació Grande (meaning the club which was born Big).


In 1970, Italianmarker-born Gaetano Greco founded in San Cristóbalmarker an amateur club called Juventus, named after the famous Italian club.

In 1974, Greco noticed that there was no professional football club in Táchira, so he decided to start a club based on the amateur Juventus club. On 11 January of that year, he and twelve other people founded the club, which was named Deportivo San Cristóbal. Most of the club's players came from the Juventus club. Initially, the club's colors were blue and white, like the Italy ones.

In January 1975, the club changed its colors to yellow and black, because those colors better represented the Táchira state and were the preferred colors of the Uruguayan manager José "Pocho" Gil, due to their likeness to Peñarol ones in Uruguay.


Current squad

Players out on loan


The club's home stadium is Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevomarker, located in San Cristóbal. It has a maximum capacity of 42,500 people.


The supporters are known as aurinegros ("gold-and-blacks")

There are three main organized groups of supporters, La Torcida Aurinegra , "La 12" now known as "La Avalancha Sur."

The aurinegros had already committed acts of violence at the stadium. One of the most tragic events took place on December 17, 2000, when the club and Caracas drew 2-2, which gave the Copa República Bolivariana de Venezuela's title to the other side, and a mob of angry supporters burned a bus inside the soccer field.


The match between Deportivo Táchira and Estudiantes de Mérida is known as the Clásico de Los Andes (meaning Andes' Derby), but in recent years the match between Deportivo Táchira and Caracas FC has been known as the modern derby, because of the successful performance of both teams. Other classic rival was Marítimo de Venezuela (Caracas'club) in the 80's and earlier 90's.


Deportivo Táchira's shirt has black and yellow vertical stripes, with black shorts and socks.

Famous players

The list is sorted by last name


  1. Llegué con la idea y el sueño de ser campeón - Deportivo Táchira's official website (December 28, 2006)
  2. Táchira traspasa la frontera - El Universal (July 26, 2004)
  3. Los Gochigans - El Universal (November 1, 2003)

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