Danubio Fútbol Club is a football club from Montevideo, Uruguay, currently competing in the Primera División. The team was organized by the Bulgarian brothers Juan and Miguel Lazaroff in 1932. They gave such a name to their club after the major international waterway in Europe the Danube river.
In their early days, Danubio competed in lower leagues of the Uruguayan football. Their first run into the top flight dates back to 1948. Having won the Segunda División in 1970, the team got a promotion to the top flight and regularly compete there till the date. In 1988, Danubio claimed their first Primera División title.
The 2000s saw the most glorious days for the club. In 2000, Danubio’s striker Javier Chevantón established himself as the league’s top scorer with 33 goals in the season. Nevertheless, Danubio finished only fourth then. The next three seasons they were a footstep away from major domestic honor finishing either second or third in the table. And in 2004, Danubio eventually topped the Primera División. In the 2006/07 season, the team made their third league success.
Danubio announced themselves to the international football taking part in CONMEBOL competitions. They made 5 appearances in the Copa Sudamericana and 4 appearances in the Copa CONMEBOL. The team took part in Copa Libertadores as well. In 1989 they reached the semi-finals of the tournament but were defeated 0-6 on aggregate by the Colombian side Atlético Nacional.
Danubio has established itself as one of the Uruguayan feeder clubs that produces numerous notable players who then often move abroad. Among them such renowned footballers like Álvaro Recoba, Ruben Sosa, Marcelo Zalayeta, Javier Chevantón, Fabián Carini, Richard Núñez, Walter Gargano, Edinson Cavani, Diego Forlán and others who had their spells at Danubio.
The team play their home matches at Jardines Del Hipódromo in Montevideo that can hold up to 18,000 spectators.
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