Juventud de Las Piedras, or simply Juventud, is a Uruguayan club from the city of Las Piedras in Canelones department currently playing in the Primera División.
Juventud have a curious story of their foundation. In December 1935 the group of youngsters came to play football as usual at San Isidro catholic school. However, the priests forbade the game as they were to prepare the crèche on the field. So angry students, with the future club’s president Carlos Maria Cabrera at the helm, gathered in the town square on Christmas Eve and decided to organize their own independent team in protest to the priests. It’s a tidbit that Cabrera’s father had a textile company called ILDU and he donated t-shirts to his son’s team in order to help them in early stages and promote his business as well. In their turn, the players called the team Club Ildu.
In 1999, Juventud made their Primera División debut in 2000 after finishing atop of the Segunda División in 1999. However, the team established themselves a lower-to-mid table side making their best finish in the top flight – the 9th position – in the 2007/08 season.
Juventud players have white and blue stripped kits. They play their home matches at Estadio Martínez Monegal which can hold up to 12,000 spectators.
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