the new jersey was highlighted with blue and red stripes on the sleeves,
as LDU were crowned national champions for the fifth time, with Rodrigo
Paz as the main leader of the club.
year is remembered by all the Liga fans because of the historic 7-0 win over
Emelec with Alex Escobar and Ulises de la Cruz as the best players of the
the blue on the sleeves emphasised the immaculate white of the shirt used
by "El Pibe del Barrio Obrero" Alex Escobar to win the second consecutive national title. Led by
Manuel Pellegrini, LDU also reached the last 16 of the Copa Libertadores, but were unfortunately eliminated by River
Plate of Argentina.
At the beginning of a new century, LDU decided to return to their 1940 retro shield. This shirt was marked with delicate red lines both on the neck and back, standing out from the elegant white design. Lamentably the year 2000 is remembered for an economic, sports and institutional crisis that caused LDU to play in Serie B after 28 years in the top flight.
In Serie B, Umbro accompanied LDU Quito in the 36 matches with a fantastic jersey. Liga returned to the traditional shield with stars and a vertical red stripe from the chest to the bottom of the shirt. After an extraordinary campaign, in which the team appealed to younger players like: Carlos Tenorio, Franklin Salas and Paul Ambrosi, LDU returned to Serie A.
The return to Serie A in 2002 resulted in a lot of expectation around the club and the younger players. With this in mind, Umbro manufactured a jersey which suggested the promising future of the institution. The club's shirt was very elegant and timeless with a classic design and a sophisticated polo neck. It was a year of institutional strengthening, which led to the formation of the most important supporters group, the Muerte Blanca.
With Jorge Fossati as the new coach, LDU left behind the bad times and won their seventh national title in 2003. A very sober shirt with subtle blue accents on the sleeves and neck was worn by the club's leading players, such as Carlos Espinola, Alfonso Obregon, Paul Ambrosi and Urrutia Escobar.
2004, Umbro produced a shirt for the first time with thin horizontal lines, making this design very unique. That
season LDU experienced a peculiar year. With the presence of Álex Aguinaga and Elkin Murillo,
LDU had a spectacular performance in the Copa Libertadores winning important
victories against Cobreloa and São Paulo of Brazil. Unfortunately,
manager Fossati left the club and results suffered. However, with the new coach Juan Carlos Oblitas, the club finished third in the Ecuadorian Championship and reached the semi-finals of the Copa
football experienced a big change in 2005, with two Championships played
in the season; opening and closing. LDU had a shirt quite similar to the previous
season, with slight changes in the neck and sponsor. The club also gained it's eighth Golden Star when, guided by Juan Carlos Oblitas and with noticeable figures such as Ariel
Graziani, Roberto Palacios and Édison Méndez, they were able to lift the national
designed a minimalist jersey with refined blue lines for the so-called
"Plantilla Mundialista". The era
of big names was formed in 2006: Christian Mora, goalkeeper from the World Cup,
Neicer Reasco, Paul Ambrosi, Giovanny Espinoza, Patricio Urrutia, Édison Méndez
and the historic scorer of the Ecuadorian team, Agustin Delgado. They came together with
the Paraguayan internationals Carlos Espínola and Enrique Vera and with the prominent Roberto Palacios of Peru. Despite
some historical victories at the Copa Libertadores against Rocha Fútbol Club of
Uruguay, Universitario de Deportes del Peru and Atletico Nacional of Colombia, coach
Oblitas left the club and was replaced by Edgardo Bauza.
In 2008, Liga de Ecuador wore an almost entirely white jersey, with blue details on the shoulders and with the shield of the club emphasised. That was the prelude for Urrutia and the other players to lead the team to become the best in South America. July 2, 2008, at the Maracana of Rio de Janeiro, Jose Francisco Cevallos was proclaimed as a hero as he saved key penalties against Fluminense and helped the club realise their dream of becoming champions of America.
Liga de Quito won the Copa Libertadores in 2008, beating important
clubs from across the continent such as Estudiantes
de La Plata, San
Lorenzo de Almagro, América de México y Fluminense. Joffre Guerrón was chosen as the best player in the Cup as LDU became the first Ecuadorian
football club to win an international tournament.
To celebrate the team becoming champions of the most important tournament in South America, Umbro produced an exact replica of the 2008 shirt in a golden colour with the slogan "Campeón de America". There was also a change to the shield, with a unique golden star symbolising the victory.
The Umbro double diamond, this time in a golden shade, escorted LDU to Japan for the FIFA Club World Cup. Two versions of the shirt were made for this tournament: white and black in which for the first time the traditional shield incorporated a single golden star. The first match against Pachuca of Mexico was a 2-0 victory, this allowed LDU to reach the final and face Manchester United of England. United won with a goal scored by Wayne Rooney. In this match LDU wore their black away jersey as Damian Manso was recognised as the third best player in the competition.
Umbro continued to support LDU as they competed in two
new international cups. The shirt of 2009 kept the design of previous seasons
with some new details.
LDU continued to represent Ecuador around the world, as they were invited to take part in the Peace Cup and face Real Madrid of Spain. As a
representative of Ecuador, LDU used a special edition
jersey in which the main sponsor logo was replaced by the Ministerio de Turismo
de Ecuador. Unfortunately, Liga de Ecuador lost to Real Madrid 4-2 at the
In 2010, LDU celebrated its 80th anniversary. Umbro made
a retro-style uniform with red details and the traditional club logo, the ‘U’
red on the chest this time with three golden stars on top. With
this shirt the club contested two international cups, the first the
Suruga Bank Cup 2010, where they lost to FC Tokyo of Japan. The
second was the Recopa Sudamericana, playing against Estudiantes de la Plata, where LDU were crowned champions for the second consecutive time thanks to prominent players such as Hernán Barcos and José
Francisco Cevallos. Nationally
and internationally Liga de Quito shone. At the end
of the 2010 season the team played another final, this time against Emelec for
the Ecuadorian football championship. On December 12 at the Estadio Capwell,
LDU won their tenth national title.
golden stars lit up the shield of LDU in
2011. While wearing the traditional white Liga de Ecuador again defended
the shirt in international tournaments. With an outstanding performance in
the Copa Sudamericana, LDU beat important teams like Independiente and Velez Sarsfield of Argentina, and Libertad of Paraguay. LDU played the final against Universidad de Chile, losing with a global
score of 4-0, finishing in second place of the 2011 Copa Sudamericana.
2012 season, LDU brought in valuable players such as David Quiroz, Ariel Nahuelpan, Damian Manso and Edison Mendez.
The goal was to achieve a new golden star to add on to the white shirt with blue details
designed by Umbro. However,
it was a very difficult year for the club, in which they did not participate
in international cups and despite the important new players LDU performances were not the best. At the national tournament the club finished in third place, qualifying for the Copa Libertadores.
Umbro produced shirts which combined a
sophisticated look with the high-performance required by the team. At this stage of the season, LDU wear two shirts: the
traditional white and the away jersey that incorporates the combination of two
blues in its design, marine and turquoise.These lightweight, comfortable shirts are designed to help the team as they look for more success and more stars to add to their famous jerseys.
Thanks to Kike and the team for this great look back over the shirts and the success of LDU, we wish the club plenty more in the future!