Sunday, 27 June 2010

Zamora Fútbol Club (Venezuela)

Zamora play in the Primera División of the Liga Venezolana, and 18 club league that, like many in South America, splits its games into two seperate compeitions - the Apertura (August to December) and the Clausera (February to June). The winners of each have a play off to decide who is that season's absolute champion. Sadly, Zamora have never taken part in that game.

Formed in 1977, they've spent most of their days in the Segunda División, finally getting promoted to the top level by finishing runners-up in 2006. They play at the chunky multi-purpose sports stadium, the 30,000 capacity Estadio Agustín Tovar, in the city of Barinas, an historic old town in the North West of the country.

The last few years have seen the best results of their history, and despite never having won their league, they've come close enough to merit a place in the Copa Sudamericana - South America's version of the UEFA Cup - in both 2007 and 2009, reaching the preliminary and first rounds respectively.

Their fans go by the nickname of La Furia Llanera, and their fan club band play furiously through every game. you'll also notice that the good old fashioned bogroll plays a big part in watching football in Venezuela - sounds like my kind of place!

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