Based in the city of Quito, Sociedad Deportiva Aucas is a football club from the north of Ecuador, and is named after a local tribe, Auca, also known as Huaorani, which was under Royal Dutch/Shell, which had operating oil fields in that region. Hence the team colors include yellow and red, which are colors of Shell as well.
Though immensely popular, Deportiva Aucas is yet to win a top division championship in the Ecuadorian football league matches. Some of their other championship wins include the Campeonato Ecuatoriano de Futbol, Primera B championship in 1974 and 1991, and as runner-up in 1979 and 1982, the Campeonato Professional Interandino championship in 1959 and 1962, and runner-up in 1954 and 1957. They were are Campeonato Amatuer del utbol de Pichincha champions six times, from 1945-49 and 1951.
Some famous players who have played for Aucas include Ariel Graziano, the Argentinian and nationalized Ecuadorian, who played as the forward, another forward, Nicolas Asensio, who has also played for another club, Club Deportivo Cuenca, international Ecuadorian defender Giovanny Espinoza, and the Colombian goalkeeper for the 1990 FIFA World Cup, Rene Higuita.
Due to their disappointing performance, Aucas was relegated to Primera B for the 2007 season, and failure to qualify will see them remain in that division for the 2008 season as well. They will be competing with teams such as LDU Loja and ESPOLI.
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