Based in Cuenca, Ecuador, Club Deportivo Cuenca is a professional football club which was founded in 1971. Nicknamed ‘Morlacos’, the team has one championship win under its belt, achieved in 2004, and four appearances in the Copa Libertadores championship. A result of the efforts of Dr Alejandro Alexander Aguilar, Mayor of the city in the 1970s, as well as Alfredo Rock and Polibio Vazquez, went ahead to get permission from the Ecuadorian Federation of Soccer to create a professional team from the city. In 1971 this wish came true and Deportivo Cuenca was born, and it was decided that the team colors would be red and yellow.
Carlos Alberto Raffo was the first Technical Director of the team, and Rodolfo Piazaa, Gerald Laterza and Luis Martinez, who scored the first goal of the team, were the first few foreign players of the team. During their early days the team was nicknamed ‘Franela Roja’, or Red Bandana, and during this period the team failed to create a name for itself. A brief successful period occurred in the 1970s but it is only in the recent past that the team has begun to prove its mettle. They were Primera A runner-up in 1975-76 and 2005 and 2007. Apart from these, the team has bagged the Primera B championship three times, in 1973, 1980 and 1995.
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