The main sport of Diriamba is football (Soccer). In
fact Diriamba is the birthplace of the Nicaragua football. The first
Nicaragua team "Diriangen" was founded in 1917 and since them it has won
The city has many categories of football such as: The
little League, first, second, third and junior divisions, and a women's team in the
In the rural area of the city, there are soccer and
baseball teams organized by peasants. In addition, in the schools of
Diriamba a variety of sports are practiced, such as, Basketball,
Volleyball and athletics games.
History of the Diriangen football team
In the book wrote by Jorge Blanco we find the following
notes on pages 51 and 52.
“Diriamba organized its first football team in 1920.
The team was named Diriangen in remembrance of the first Indian Chief of
Diriamba. The first mentors and players were the following prominent
people: José Dolores González, Buenaventura Rappaccioli, Demetrio
González, Enrique Baltodano, Juan Yuston (q.e.p.d.), Diego y Carlos
González, Ramón Quintanilla and others.
The effort of the above people were undertaken by great
sportsman. Some of them were Fernando y Gilberto Quintanilla, Paco,
Alberto y Alejandro Alemán, Nayo Quintanilla, Manuel Medal, Luis Siero,
Antonio González G., Fernando Gutiérrez, Mateo Quintanilla, Carlos
Quintanilla, Carlos Marín, José María Bermúdez, etc.
The Diriangen football club had its first encounters
with the powerful teams of the city of Managua “XOLOTLAN” and “ATLETICOS”
, and with the “METROPOLITAN” team of the city of Leon. The Diriangen won
all these matches in a decisive manner. These games gave Diriangen
national recognition of being a great team with a lot of potential.
Later the city of Managua organized other football
teams, including the famous and historic team “The Train” (El Ferrocaril),
integrated by members of the high society in Managua and for employees of
the Pacific Railroad of Nicaragua. The Diriamgen football team played with
“The Train” many times, resulting in continuously victorious games for the
Diriangen The Diriangen also beat the teams of Leon and Corinto, and then
it got many others triumphs over others football team in Nicaragua. By
this time, Diriangen had acquired the fame to be an invincible team.