• Monday May 05, 2014

    Olimpia captures Honduran title, qualifies for CCL

    The play of goalkeeper Donis Escober (pictured) helped to lift Olimpia to a 28th league title on May 4, 2014, as the Lions outlasted Marathon on penalty kicks, 4-2, after their two-legged final series ended 0-0 on aggregate. (Photo: Mexsport)

    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Olimpia outlasted gritty Marathon, 4-2 on penalty kicks, to capture the 2014 Honduran Clausura title on Sunday at the Estadio Tiburcio Carias Andino.  Their two-legged series ended scoreless after 210 tightly-contested minutes. 

    It was Olimpia’s 28th league crown, guaranteeing the Tegucigalpa-based side a seventh consecutive trip to the CONCACAF Champions League.  The Lions join El Salvador’s Isidro Metapan as the only two teams to qualify for every edition of the annual regional competition, which was reconfigured in 2008. 

    "The credit goes to them,” said head coach Hector Vargas, who won his first Honduran championship.  “They are the ones that made me champion and not the other way around.  It is a dream to achieve something with such a big club as Olimpia, which you know since you're hired to fight for the title.  We'll think of what's coming for next season.  For now, we are going to enjoy this title with the players, directors and our families. 

    "It's an indescribable joy. We deserve to be champions because we were the best.  It would have been a shame if they could not achieve this.”

    Omar Guerra, Romell Quioto, Roger Rojas and David Meza successfully converted on their penalty kicks to swell Olimpia’s record for the most league crowns in Honduran football history.

    Quioto, who scored a first-minute goal in the 1-0 semifinal, first leg win over Victoria said, “Thank God this championship was given and now to enjoy it.”

    Goalkeeper Donis Escober went the whole way in the second leg after Noel Valladares started the opener.  He made key saves throughout the encounter, as well as in penalty kicks. 

    “This title is dedicated to God and to my family,” expressed Escober.

  • Champions League

    Related News



RELATED NEWS YOU'LL LIKE

Pimentel proud of Club America’s accomplishment

Erik Pimentel played one game in the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup.

DirecTV W Connection qualifies for SCCL

DirecTV W Connection (Trinidad & Tobago) qualified for the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League with a 2-0 win over Arnett Gardens (Jamaica) in the semifinals of the Caribbean Club Championship on Friday at the Stade Sylvio Cator.

Central FC earns SCCL berth, Caribbean final spot

For the second straight year, defending champion Central FC topped Haiti’s Don Bosco FC on penalty kicks in the Caribbean Football Union Club Championship semifinals, prevailing 4-2 after a 1-1 draw at the rain-soaked Stade Sylvio Cator on Friday.

Tigres’ Ferretti laments SCCL setback

Andre-Pierre Gignac gave Tigres’ new life in its 2015-16 SCCL final at Club America on Wednesday

SCCL Diary: Final, 2nd Leg

Club America brought a fitting close to the 2015/16 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday, rallying for a 2-1 victory over Tigres in the second leg of the final to triumph 4-1 on aggregate.