Deportivo Pereira is a professional Colombian football team based in Pereira, Colombia. The club currently plays in the Categoría Primera A, the country’s highest level of professional club football.
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Deportivo Pereira History
The club was established on February 12, 1944, and its first game was a home match versus Universidad de Bogotá. The team suffered a loss of 1–2 in that match. In the 1949 campaign, Deportivo Pereira made its debut in the First Division (known then as Primera A). Universidad was a soccer team that was created in Bogotá and that had played its previous season in the city of Pereira, which is also known as the “Pearl of the Otn River.” Deportivo Pereira took over for Universidad.
In 1991, Colombia’s Dimayor made the decision to alter the tournament such that the winner of the Second Division would be promoted to the First Division and the bottom-placed team in the First Division would be relegated to the Second Division.
This change took effect in 1992. In 1995, the squad finished in a respectable sixth place, which was far enough away from Second Division for it to be considered safe. However, the team was demoted to the Second Division during the tournament in 1997, and it was required to remain in the Second Division throughout the tournaments of 1998, 1999, and 2000.
In the year 2000, the team won the tournament for the Second Division and earned promotion to the First Division as a result. They were led by coach Walter Aristizabal and had talents like as Rafael Castillo, Hernán Daro Cardona, Daniel Vélez, and Jairo Serna on their roster. Since that time, the squad has competed in three semi-finals of the First Division, and in 2003, they finished in fourth place overall in the tournament.
In 2007, the squad finished in second-to-last place, which meant that they had to compete against Academia in the Demotion/Promotion game for the Second Division. The goal scored by striker scar Restrepo was the difference in Deportivo Pereira’s 4–2 victory over Academia, which allowed the team to remain in the First Division.
The process of democratization inside the club didn’t get underway until the latter half of 2008, after an outstanding season. Following several months of legal proceedings, the team’s identity as Deportivo Pereira SA was finally recognized by the Colombian Premier Division of Football (Dimayor) and the Colombian Football Federation (Federación Colombiana de Ftbol). After suffering a defeat against Deportes Tolima in the score of 1-0 in Ibagué on November 6, 2011, Deportivo Pereira was demoted from the First Division.
In the second tournament of 2012, Deportivo Pereira, led by coach Octavio Zambrano, set a record by advancing to the second half of the 2012 Categora Primera B season with a total of 43 points out of the possible 54 points obtained in a single season. This accomplishment made Deportivo Pereira the first team to have ever achieved this number of points in a single season. The team, however, was unable to capitalize on the opportunity to return to the top division when they played in the semifinals.
Deportivo Pereira Stadium
Estadio Hernán Ramírez Villegas is a multi-purpose stadium in Pereira, Colombia. At this time, the majority of the events that take place here include football. Additionally, it is the location of the Deportivo Pereira stadium.
The capacity of the stadium is 30,313 individuals. In 1971, construction began on the stadium. In 2011, the stadium was undergoing renovations in preparation for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup.