Club: Real Esteli FC (NCA)
Founded: 1960
City: Esteli, Nicaragua
Stadium: Estadio Independencia
Manager: Otoniel Olivas
Qualification method: Nicaraguan champion with best aggregate record in 2011-12 season
Previous CONCACAF Champions League appearances: 2008-09 (Preliminary Round), 2011-12 (Preliminary Round)
Honors: Nicaragua league - 12 (1991, 1999, 2003, 2003 Apertura, 2004 Clausura, 2007, 2009, 2010 Clausura, 2011 Apertura, 2012 Clausura); Cope de Nicaragua - 1 (1991)
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Founded in 1960, Real Esteli is the most successful club in Nicaraguan history, having achieved unparalleled success both domestically and internationally. "El Tren del Norte" (The Train of the North) has won a record 12 league titles and became the first Nicaraguan club to reach the second round of the Copa Interclubes UNCAF by upsetting favored Real Espana in the opening round in 2004. Real Esteli has finished in the top five of Nicaragua's Primera Division every year since 1986. The club's crest consists of a crown while two gold stars signify the first two national championships in 1991 and 1999 and the red and white striped shield represent the club's colors. Real Esteli is coached by Ramon Otoniel Olivas, who is in his second stint with Esteli after having previously coached the squad from 2002-09. He also coached the Nicaraguan national team from 2009-10. Nicaraguan international forward Norfran Lazo has arrived from from Walter Ferretti. He joins veteran strikers Wilber Sanchez and Samuel Wilson, as well as Honduran midfielder Elmer Mejia. Real Esteli plays its home matches at 4,800-seat Estadio Independencia, which is being renovated for the club's home games in this year's Group Stage.