A journey through the history of Ecuadorian football – Aucas

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During a 6 month internship in Quito I rediscover this country and this city. I had the chance to live there for 2 years and here I am again more than 12 years after leaving. I also meet my childhood friends, with whom I go to the stadium, as well as my father. He chose to live there as an expatriate, in Guayaquil. I’m taking the opportunity to take a wide tour of the country’s stadiums, discovering the South American fibre that makes the atmosphere in the stadiums so hot and exotic.

Discovery of Ecuadorian football at Aucas

A journey through the history of Ecuadorian football with my visit to the Estadio Chillogallo de l’Aucas. The first team of the club is a regular team of the national elite with a fanbase located in Quito around the stadium district and rather old. This is due to the club’s golden years, which date back to the 1940s and 1950s, when Ecuadorian football was not yet professionalized. At that time, Aucas was the most popular club in the capital, with Deportivo Quito and the future Quito giants LDU (Liga LDU) the main beneficiaries.

A historical and paternal figure of Quiteño and Ecuadorian football, the club is warmly nicknamed Papa Aucas. Unfortunately, the club failed to live up to the hopes placed in him when he made the transition to professional football and landed in the soft underbelly of the professional Ecuadorian league, without ever winning a league title. The club’s habit of titillating the big boys in the league, however, has never been a major force in the league…

Aucas – Deportivo Cuenca – July 2018

So I’m going to the south of Quito to watch an Aucas match. They’ve been selling me the authentic look of this club since I arrived. So I arrive with high expectations at the 18,000-seat stadium, where the club’s red and yellow colours are rubbing off in the surrounding streets. I’m starting to accumulate experience in Ecuadorian stadiums, so I’m starting to pick up my little habits. I’m getting my sweet catch, the havas tostadas (roasted beans) and a drink. The atmosphere is there despite a mid-/low-ball game, but it’s going to turn sour as the day’s opponents will completely stifle the Aucas’ plans.

Final score 1-3 and a performance by the players that did not favour an atmosphere of great evenings… The atmosphere around the stadium still has a touch of history. The atmosphere around the stadium still has a touch of history, that of a club and its supporters who want to find more light and their former glory. The visitors of the day will nevertheless have made a strong impression on me on the pitch. I’ll even decide to go and take a closer look at them. At home in Cuenca, a beautiful colonial city (article here). Thanks Aucas.