- Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield
Vélez Sársfield Full name Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield Nickname(s) El Fortín ("The Small Fort") Founded January 1, 1910 Ground Estadio José Amalfitani
Liniers, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield is a sports club based in the Liniers neighborhood of western Buenos Aires, Argentina. Vélez is best known for its football team, that plays in the Argentine Primera División, the top level of the Argentine league system. Vélez has won the Argentine Primera División 8 times, and has also won 5 international cups (including both the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup). The club's home stadium is the Estadio José Amalfitani, in the borough of Liniers. Both the club and its stadium are nicknamed el Fortín (in English: "the Small Fort"), while its fans are called Fortineros ("from the small fort").
Vélez was founded in 1910 in the Floresta neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, next to the formerly called "Vélez Sársfield" railroad station of the Western Railway. The club first participated in the Argentine league in the 1919 amateur championship (finishing runner-up), and was one of the 18 clubs that joined to form the Argentine professional league in 1931. Relegated only once (in 1941, returning to the top level in 1943), Vélez is a regular fixture of the Argentine Primera ever since and is positioned 5th in the all-time table of the league.
Vélez clinched their first title in the 1968 Nacional championship, and spent 25 years without silverware until 1993, when the team won the Clausura tournament. The 1990s were the most successful period in Vélez' history, as they won a total of 4 domestic titles and 5 international. These included both the 1994 Copa Libertadores, where they defeated defending champions São Paulo FC in the final, and the 1994 Intercontinental Cup, where they defeated A.C. Milan. Vélez Sársfield is also one of eight teams to have won CONMEBOL's treble.
The club clinched its most recent league title in the year 2011, when they won the Clausura tournament.
- 1 History
- 2 Supporters
- 3 Rivalries
- 4 Stadium
- 5 Honors
- 6 Chairmen
- 7 Players
- 8 Other sports
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Vélez foundation dates back to the last days of 1909, when rain interrupted an informal football game played near the Vélez Sársfield railway station (nowadays Floresta station) of the Buenos Aires Western Railway. Three of the young men whose game got interrupted, Julio Guglielmone, Martín Portillo and Nicolás Marín Moreno, sheltered in the station and discussed the possibility of founding a football club to practice the sport more seriously. The club was officially founded on January 1, 1910, in Marín Moreno's house. The founders decided to call the new club Club Atlético Argentinos de Vélez Sarsfield (in English: Argentines of Vélez Sarsfield Athletic Club), and appointed Luis Barredo as their first chairman. They also decided to form two teams (one for the Argentine third division and the other for the fourth) and chose to sport white shirts, that were easy to obtain for everyone. In 1912, however, the directive board decided to change the uniform to navy blue shirts and white shorts. Vélez Sársfield first home ground was a piece of land located between the streets of Ensenada, Provincias Unidas (currently Juan Bautista Alberdi), Mariano Acosta and Convención (currently José Bonifacio).
During the amateur era of Argentine football, Vélez first affiliated to the Argentine Football Association (AFA) in 1912. Nonetheless, on September 5, the board decided to disaffiliate the club from AFA and affiliate it to the recently created Argentine Football Federation, citing as reason AFA's detrimental attitude towards the club. In that same year, the team was strengthened by the joining of some former players of San Lorenzo de Almagro, who had left that club due to its internal problems. With this help, Vélez reached the Federation's second division championship final on their first year of affiliation, losing 2–4 to Tigre in GEBA's ground.
On February 7, 1913, 10 new people were accepted as members of the club. Among them was José Amalfitani, who later would go on to be club president for 30 years. Subsequently, on November 23, the board of directors decided to shorten the club's name, eliminating the term "Argentinos" and leaving the club with its current name: "Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield". The board also decided that players from the different teams had to contribute an initial membership fee of $1 Argentine pesos, plus a monthly $0.50 of the same coin. In that year, Vélez rented a terrain in the neighbourhood of Mataderos known as Quinta de Figallo, located in the Tapalqué street, between Escalada and Chascomús streets. This new ground had the advantage that a wind mill could provide water for the dressing rooms. The club's stay in Mataderos was short however, as they moved again in 1914, this time to the neighbourhood of Villa Luro. There, they bought a terrain between the streets of Bacacay, Víctor Hugo and Cortina, and the Maldonado Stream (parallel to what today is the Gaona avenue).
In 1915, Vélez re-affiliated to AFA after the disappearance of the Argentine Football Federation. One year later, on March 14, and owing to the great amount of members of the club who were Italian immigrants, the kit was changed again. The new colours adopted were green, red and white, the colours of the Italian flag. From then on the club played in green, red and white stripes.
During the decade, the team fought to achieve promotion to the Association's first division. On December 2, 1917, they lost the Intermedia (second division) final to Defensores de Belgrano in GEBA's ground. The club also regularly took part in the Copa Competencia, in which both first and second division teams could compete. In 1919, however, Vélez left AFA in protest of alleged discriminatory policies that hindered the club's prospects of achieving promotion. Another 6 teams protested against these maneuvers and were expelled from the Association, while another 7 were expelled for protesting the expulsion of the first 6. All together, the expelled clubs formed a rival association, the Football's Amateurs Association (AAF, in Spanish: Asociación Amateurs de Football).
Therefore, in 1919 Vélez competed in the first division for the first time in their history, disputing the AAF's inaugural season. The team played their first game against Independiente, winning 2–1 with two goals scored by Martín Salvarredi. On their debut season, the club finished as runner-up, behind Racing Club, who were seven times consecutive champions of AFA's league. During the campaign, Vélez won 9 games, drew 2 and lost 2; scoring 21 goals and conceding 8.
Rest of the squad: Salvador Carreras, José Castro, José Devoto, Juan Fontana and José Forrester.
In the 1920 AAF championship, Vélez finished 6th, and the team's striker Salvador Carreras was the first player of the club to become top scorer in an Argentine league. In 1921, José Luis Boffi became the first player of the club to represent the Argentine national team, playing against Chile in Valparaíso, a game which Argentina won 4–1.
On March 13, 1923, José Amalfitani was elected president club for his first two-year period. One year later, the Vélez rent a new field to establish their home ground, staying in the neighbourhood of Villa Luro, but this time in the intersection of the streets Basualdo, Schmidel, Pizarro and Guardia Nacional. The stadium's main wood stand was finished in November of that year, and was inaugurated om March 16, 1924, in a 2–2 draw with River Plate (Vélez' scorer was Ángel Sobrino).
Four years later, in 1928, the Basualdo St. stadium hosted the first night game in Argentine football history, between the Argentine Olympic national team (silver medalist in that year's Olympics) and a team formed by players from the AAF's league. The Olympic team won 3–1, with goals by Roberto Cherro, Manuel Ferreira and Césareo Onzari for the Olympics, and Manuel Seoane for the AAF.
Vélez Sársfield was also the first Argentine football team to have a manager. The job was held by Luis Martín Castellano (a physical education teacher) from 1928 to 1936.
Between 1930 and 1931, Vélez made a Pan-American tour playing against teams from Chile, Peru, Cuba, Mexico and the United States. The team played a total 25 games, winning 20, drawing 4, and losing 1 (against Fall River F.C. in Rhode Island); scoring 84 goals and conceding 32. The team was formed with 17 players, 10 from the club and another 7 loaned freely by other teams, a common practice during the amateur era. The club's players were: Celio Caucia, Eleuterio Alfredo Forrester, Manuel de Sáa, Alfredo Sánchez, Rodolfo Devoto, Norberto Arroupe, Saúl Quiroga, Alberto Álvarez, Eduardo Spraggón and Ernesto Garbini; while the loaned players were Fernando Paternoster (Racing Club), Bernabé Ferreyra (Tigre), Francisco Varallo (Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata), Carlos Volante (Platense), Gerónimo Díaz and Agustín Peruch (both from Newell's Old Boys) and Alberto Chividini (Central Norte de Tucumán). Varallo (who had played the inaugural World Cup previously that year) and Ferreyra (who was later sold by Tigre to River Plate) were the top scorers, scoring 16 and 38 goals respectively.
In 1931, Vélez Sársfield and another 17 clubs broke away from the amateur league to form the Primera División, the first professional league in Argentine football. The team debuted on the first fixture of the 1931 inaugural championship, in a 0–1 defeat to Platense. Vélez would eventually finish the competition in the 9th place.
In 1932, the club's nickname el Fortín (in English: "the Small Fort") came to be, after being used by Crítica newspaper's journalist Hugo Marini in reference to the club's Villa Luro stadium, to describe Vélez strength while playing at home. Vélez had a 24 games unbeaten run at the old Villa Luro stadium between 1934 and 1935. However, the club's home unbeaten record of 28 games was achieved at the current Liniers stadium, the Estadio José Amalfitani, between 1967 and 1969.
In 1933, the club changed their kit to the present colors, when a sports-equipment merchant offered a white jerseys with a blue "V" on the chest ordered by a rugby union team that had not claimed them. The new design has remained unchanged to the present day, replacing the red, white and green shirt used since 1915. However, Vélez has used the original Italian flag colors in alternate jerseys throughout their history.
On 1935, Agustín Cosso became the first Vélez' player in the professional era to become Primera División top scorer. During the following year, Vélez toured South America again, playing games in Chile, Peru and Brazil.
During the 1940 season, Vélez was relegated from the first division for the first and only time to date. Vélez finished penultimate, one point behind Atlanta that defeated Independiente on their final fixture for 6–4 (being 6–0 at the end of the first half, on a match suspected to be fixed). With the club on the second division, it entered a crisis and was forced to vacate the stadium's lot. José Amalfitani returned to the club's presidency, and eventually the team moved to the Liniers neighbourhood.
Vélez stayed three seasons in the second division, returning to the Primera División in 1943 after winning the Segunda División championship on the category's first professional season. Vélez confirmed the championship on November 20 by defeating Dock Sud 5–2 at home at Ferro Carril Oeste's stadium. The team's manager during the season was the former club captain Victorio Spinetto, while Juan José Ferraro was the top goal scorer. During that same 1943, the club inaugurated the Liniers' stadium on the ground over the Maldonado Stream, the same spot where now stands the subsequently rebuild Estadio José Amalfitani. On 1945, Vélez achieved its biggest win in history by defeating Independiente 8–0 (goals from di Bella (3), Scliar (3), Bottini and Cano).
- Miguel Ángel Rugilo
- Héctor Cuenya
- Blas Angrisano
- Armando Ovide
- Víctor Curuchet
- Héctor Herrero
- Marco Aurelio
- Eduardo Heisecke
- Juan José Ferraro
- Ángel Fernández
- Alfredo Bermúdez
- Coach: Victorio Spinetto
Rest of the squad: Osvaldo Bottini, Jorge Cano, Alfredo Costa, Salvador di Bella, Emilio Díaz, Simón Fredotivich, Adriano Garrone, Luis Orué, Pedro Perrota, José Puisari, and José Scorzo.
During 1949, Vélez' goalkeeper Miguel Ángel Rugilo, formed at the club's youth divisions, saved 5 penalty kicks in 5 consecutive games. Moreover, in 1950, he saved two penalties in a match against River Plate. The club's player represented Argentina 5 times, most notably in a 1–2 away defeat to England at Wembley. Despite the defeat, journalist Luis Elías Sojit nicknamed him El León de Wembley (in English: "Wembley's Lion") for his performance.
On the 1953 championship, Vélez Sársfield was runner-up for the first time in the professional era of Argentine football, finishing 4 point behind River Plate. The team was coached by Victorio Spinetto (the same who had achieved promotion in 1943), and had a strong forward quintet formed by Norberto Conde, Ernesto Sansone, Juan José Ferraro, Osvaldo Zubeldía, and Juan Carlos Mendiburu. Conde was subsequently Argentine Primera División top scorer in the 1954 season.
- Nicolás Adamo
- Oscar Antonio Huss
- Ángel Allegri
- Armando Ovide
- Jorge Ruiz
- Rafael García Fierro
- Norberto Conde
- Ernesto Sansone
- Juan José Ferraro
- Osvaldo Zubeldía
- Juan Carlos Mendiburu
- Coach: Victorio Spinetto
Rest of the squad: Juan Carlos Cerretani, Emilio Espinoza, Argentino Geronazzo, Roberto Iglesias, Pablo Mallegni, Joaquín Martínez, Carlos Sardá and José Viglienghi.
During the 1960s decade, Vélez finished among the top positioned teams in the 1966 championship (5th), the 1967 Metropolitano (3rd in its group) 1967 Nacional (3rd), and the 1968 Metropolitano (1st in its group and eliminated in the semifinals by Estudiantes de La Plata). Moreover, in 1965 the team's striker Juan Carlos Carone finished as the league's top scorer.
Vélez Sársfield clinched its first national championship on the 1968 Nacional. Coached by Manuel Giúdice, the team finished first on the final league standings, sharing the position with River Plate and Racing Club. Therefore, the three teams had to play a championship playoff, where Vélez drew 1–1 with River (goal by José Luis Luna) and defeated Racing 4–2 (goals by Omar Wehbe (3) and Roberto Moreyra). Vélez finished tied with River, who had defeated Racing 2–0, in both points and goal difference. However, Vélez won the championship for having more goals for in the regular championship (39, over River's 35). During this tournament, Vélez also achieved its biggest victory in official matches, 11–0 against Huracán de Bahía Blanca. Moveover, Omar Wehbe was league top scorer with 16 goals. In total, the team played 17 games, winning 11, drawing 3, and losing another 3; with 44 goals for and 17 against.
Rest of the squad: Osvaldo Biaggio, Carlos Caballero, Juan Carlos Carone, Juan Manuel Gómez, Roque Nieva, Jorge Osvaldo Pérez, Néstor Sinatra, and Carlos Zeballos.
Vélez would have played their first international tournament in the 1969 Copa Libertadores, however the club refused to play for economic reasons. The team did however play internationally during the decade, both a friendly against Pelé's Santos (played in the José Amalfitani to re-inaugurate the lighting systems), and a friendly tournament in Montevideo, Uruguay against Nacional, FC Torpedo Moscow, and AC Sparta Prague.
During the final tournament of the decade, Vélez finished 3rd in its group in the 1969 Metropolitano.
During the 1970 Nacional, Vélez came 3rd in its group and was unable to challenge the title (only the first two of each group advanced to the semifinals). One year later, on the 1971 Metropolitano, the team came second to Independiente after losing its first place on the last two fixtures of the championship (1–2 defeats with Racing and Huracán). On both of the mentioned championships, Vélez' striker Carlos Bianchi was the overall top scorer.
The club also had good participation in the 1972 Nacional (3rd in its group), 1973 Nacional (again 3rd in its group), 1974 Nacional (first in its group and 3rd in the final tournament group), 1977 Metropolitano (3rd overall), and 1978 Nacional (2nd in its group and eliminated by River Plate).
Vélez was again runner-up in the 1979 Metropolitano, after losing the tournament final with River Plate. In that year's Nacional, the team was first in its group but was again eliminated by River Plate (this time in the quarterfinals through a penalty shootout). Vélez did however defeat Unión in the runners-up playoff to define the second team qualified for the Copa Libertadores.
Vélez started the year 1980 by playing its first Copa Libertadores. The team came first on its group (over River Plate and Peruvians Sporting Cristal and Atlético Chalaco), but was eliminated in the semifinals (ending last its group behind Brazilian SC Internacional and Colombian América de Cali).
In the local league, Vélez reached the semifinals of the 1981 Nacional, where it was eliminated by Ferro Carril Oeste. Vélez' striker Carlos Bianchi, who had returned to the club after a period in French football, was for the third time league top scorer.
Subsequently, the club was third in its group in the 1982 Nacional, and fifth in the 1982 Metropolitano. The following season, Vélez' was eliminated in the round of 16 of the 1983 Nacional, and came fourth in the 1983 Metropolitano, 4 points behind champions Independiente.
The team was again runner-up of the Argentine Primera División during the 1985 Nacional, losing the final to Argentinos Juniors. Vélez striker Jorge Comas was the tournament's top scorer with 12 goals.
The 1990s decade started with Vélez finishing third in the 1990 Apertura tournament. In the last fixture of the championship, Vélez defeated River Plate 2–1 (goals from Ricardo Gareca and Esteban González) at the Monumental, thwarting River's chances of winning the title. Vélez goalkeeper, former Argentine international Ubaldo Fillol, saved a penalty kick during the game, and retired at the age of 41. The 1990–91 season also saw the team's striker Esteban González finish as league top scorer, with 18 goals. Subsequently, the club finished fourth in the 1991 Apertura and second in the 1992 Clausura.
On December 1992, former striker Carlos Bianchi was appointed as the club's manager. Bianchi, who had been league champion and three times top scorer with the team, had no coaching experience in Argentine football. In his first tournament as manager (the 1993 Clausura), Vélez won the Argentine Primera División title after 25 years. The championship was defined in the penultimate fixture (June 8), when the team drew 1–1 with Estudiantes de La Plata (with goalkeeper José Luis Chilavert scoring his first goal in Vélez). The team played 19 games, winning 10, drawing 7 and losing 2, with 23 goals for and 7 against.
Rest of the squad: Mariano Armentano, Horacio Bidevich, Patricio Camps, Carlos Campagnucci, Juan Carlos Docabo, Cecilio Galeano, Claudio Husaín, Mauricio Pellegrino, Martín Posse, Leonardo Ramos, Fabián Vázquez and Sergio Zárate.
On that year's Apertura, the team was runner-up, one point behind River Plate. Vélez played the last games of the tournament with substitutes, as they were already participating in the 1994 Copa Libertadores (the 1993 Apertura finished in February 1994).
On August 31, 1994, in the club's second participation in the Copa Libertadores, they won the title by defeating defending champions São Paulo in the final. The first series final was played at the José Amalfitani stadium, with Vélez winning 1–0 (goal by Omar Asad). The return game was played at the Estádio do Morumbi, with São Paulo winning by the same margin. The champion had to be defined via penalty shootout, with Vélez winning 5–3 (the last penalty was scored by Roberto Pompei).
On its way to the championship, the team had finished first in their group, ahead Boca Juniors (with results of 1–1 and 2–1), and Brazilians Palmeiras (1–0 and 1–4) and Cruzeiro (1–1 and 2–0). Subsequently, Vélez had defeated Uruguayan Defensor Sporting in the round of 16 (1–1 and 0–0, 4–3 in penalties), Venezuelan Minervén in the quarter finals (0–0 and 2–0) and Colombian Junior in the semifinals (1–2 and 2–1, 5–4 in penalties).
As Copa Libertadores champion, Vélez played the 1994 Intercontinental Cup in Tokyo, Japan, facing Italian side A. C. Milan (winner of the 1993–94 UEFA Champions League). On December 1, 1994, Vélez defeated Milan 2–0, with goals from Roberto Trotta (from a penalty kick at the 5th minute of the second half), and Omar Asad (13th minute of the second half), successfully becoming club world champion for the first time in history. Moreover, Asad was selected as the game's best player, and was awarded an automobile from Toyota, the tournament's sponsor.
Among the starting eleven of the Intercontinental Cup title, 7 players and the manager were from the club's youth divisions (Almandoz, Asad, Bassedas, Cardozo, Flores, Gómez, Pompei and Bianchi).
Rest of the squad: Mariano Armentano, Roque Ávila, Patricio Camps, Carlos Campagnucci, Juan Carlos Docabo, Federico Domínguez, Fabián Fernández, Cecilio Galeano, Esteban González, Sandro Guzmán, Claudio Husaín, Guillermo Morigi, Martín Posse, Ricardo Rentera, Flavio Zandoná, Marcelo Herrera and José Luis Sánchez Moretti.
Subsequently, the team came third in the 1994 Apertura and in the 1995 Clausura. In this last championship, José Oscar Turu Flores was the top scorer, with 14 goals.
The club won its third national championship in the 1995 Apertura, finishing 6 points above runner-up Racing Club. Vélez won the last 6 games of the tournament, including a 3–0 away victory over Independiente in the final fixture (goals by Roberto Trotta (p.k.), Patricio Camps and José Basualdo). The team played 19 games, winning 13, drawing 2 and losing 4; with 29 goals for and 13 against.
On February 24, 1996, Vélez won its third international competition by defeating Costa Rican C.S. Cartaginés in the Copa Interamericana (0–0 away and 2–0 at home, with goals by José Oscar Flores). During that year, the team also won the 1996 Clausura, finishing one point above Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata. By winning successively the Apertura and Clausura of the 1995–96 season, Vélez became the sixth club in the Argentine professional football history to win two championships in a row. Osvaldo Piazza, a former club player, replaced Carlos Bianchi as coach for the last four fixtures of the season. In total, Vélez won 11 games, drew 7 and lost 1, scoring 40 goals and allowing 18.
Rest of the squad: Omar Asad, Carlos Campagnucci, Pablo Cavallero, Daniel Cordone, Federico Domínguez, Fabián Fernández, Cecilio Galeano, Sandro Guzmán, Claudio Husain, Guillermo Morigi, Sebastián Méndez, Mauricio Pellegrino, Ricardo Rentera, Víctor Hugo Sotomayor, José Luis Sánchez Moretti, Rubén Rivero and Héctor Banegas.
Under Piazza's coaching, Vélez won the 1996 Supercopa Sudamericana unbeaten, defeating Grêmio (3–3 and 1–0), Olimpia (3–0 and 1–0), Santos (1–0 and 2–0) and Cruzeiro (1–0 and 2–0). With 4 goals, Patricio Camps was the tournament's top scorer.
Rest of the squad: Omar Asad, Héctor Banegas, Gustavo Franco, Pablo Cavallero, Daniel Cordone, Federico Domínguez, Roberto Mauro Cantoro, Cecilio Galeano, Sandro Guzmán, Darío Husaín, Mario Maiorano, Fernando Pandolfi, Víctor Hugo Sotomayor, Mario Santa Cruz and Marcelo Herrera.
On April 13, 1997, the team won the Recopa Sudamericana, defeating River Plate 4–2 in the penalty shootout, after drawing in the regular time 1–1 (goal by José Luis Chilavert, from a penalty kick). This was Vélez 5th and, to date, last international championship.
After the Recopa, Vélez finished fifth in the 1997 Clausura and fourth in the 1997 Apertura. Subsequently, under Marcelo Bielsa's coaching, the club won their fifth national championship by finishing first in the 1998 Clausura, 6 points above runner-up Lanús. Vélez secured the championship in the penultimate fixture, with a 1–0 home win over Huracán (goal by Martín Posse). The team played 19 games, winning 14, drawing 4 and losing 1; with 39 goals for and 14 against.
Rest of the squad: Cristian Bardaro, Juan Batalla, Martín Bernacchia, Rodrigo Bilbao, Pablo Cavallero, Fabián Cubero, Ariel de Lafuente, Federico Domínguez, Ariel Ercoli, Juan Carlos Falcón, Marcelo Gómez, Aníbal Roy González, Guillermo Morigi, Fernando Pandolfi, Omar Ríos and Rolando Zárate.
During the first years of the 2000s decade, Vélez was unable to finish in the league's top positions until the 2003 Clausura, when the team finished third behind River Plate (champion) and Boca Juniors. In the 2004 Clausura, striker Rolando Zárate was league top scorer with 13 goals, and in the 2004 Apertura Vélez was again runner-up. The team finished two points behind Newell's Old Boys, after drawing 1–1 in the last fixture with Arsenal de Sarandí.
In the following championship, the 2005 Clausura, Vélez won their 6th national championship. The team finished 6 points above Banfield, effectively winning the tournament in the penultimate fixture, after defeating Estudiantes de La Plata 3–0 (goals by Fabián Cubero, Rolando Zárate and Lucas Castromán). Vélez was coached by Miguel Ángel Russo, and had a team formed mostly by players formed in the club's youth divisions, who averaged 25 years of age. In the starting eleven, only Gastón Sessa and Fabricio Fuentes were not from Vélez' youths. The team played 19 games in total, winning 11, drawing 6 and losing 2, scoring 32 goals and allowing 14.
Rest of the squad: Santiago Ladino, Hernán Pellerano, Maximiliano Bustos, Emanuel Centurión, Juan Manuel Martínez, Mauro Zárate, Federico Arias, Sebastián Peratta, Santiago Bianchi, Pablo Batalla, Sergio Sena, Darío Ocampo and Mariano Uglessich.
Vélez subsequently finished third in the 2005 Apertura, reached the semifinals of the 2005 Copa Sudamericana and the quarterfinals in the 2006 Copa Libertadores. In the 2006 Apertura, Mauro Zárate was the 13th player in the club's history to finish as Argentine Primera top scorer (counting both professional and amateur eras), sharing the honour with Rodrigo Palacio.
By the end of 2008, Christian Bassedas, former player of the club during the successful 1990s era, was appointed as director of football; while Ricardo Gareca, former club player in the late 1980s and early 1990s, was contracted as manager. In the first tournament under Gareca's coaching, Vélez became Argentine league champion for the seventh time in history, by winning the 2009 Clausura. In the final fixture of the tournament, the team played against Huracán (who was first, one point above Vélez) at home, winning 1–0 (goal by Maximiliano Moralez) and therefore securing the championship. In total, the team won 11 games, drew 7 and lost 1, scoring 29 goals and allowing 13. Moreover, goalkeeper Germán Montoya was awarded the Ubaldo Matildo Fillol Award for having the lowest goals-to-games ratio in the tournament.
Rest of the squad: Waldo Ponce, Nicolás Cabrera, Leandro Coronel, Darío Ocampo, Roberto Nanni, Juan Manuel Martínez, Leandro Velázquez, Alejandro Cabral, Iván Bella, Ricardo Álvarez, Marcelo Barovero, Marco Torsiglieri, Mariano Bíttolo and Leonardo Piris.
During the 2009–10 season Vélez Sársfield contributed with 8 players to the different South American national teams: 6 for Argentina (Emiliano Papa, Nicolás Otamendi, Sebastián Domínguez, Jonathan Cristaldo, Gastón Díaz and Franco Razzotti), one for Chile (Waldo Ponce) and one for Uruguay (Hernán Rodrigo López).File:Caravana1.jpg
On January 1, 2010 the club's fans celebrated Vélez' 100th anniversary by marching from Floresta to the José Amalfitani stadium in Liniers. A group of more than 50,000 people took part of the celebration.
During 2010, the team's best tournament was in the Apertura, in which they were runners-up. Vélez made a 43-points campaign, 3 more than in their latest Clausura championship, but finished 2 points behind Estudiantes de La Plata. In that tournament, the Uruguayan forward Santiago Silva was the joint-top scorer, while goalkeeper Marcelo Barovero won the Ubaldo Fillol Award.
On the first semester of 2011, Vélez contested both the national championship and the Copa Libertadores. In the latter, after qualifying second in their group, they defeated LDU Quito in the round of 16 and Libertad in the quarterfinals with overall scores of 5–0 and 7–2 respectively. Vélez reached the semifinals for the first time since 1994, however, they were eliminated by Peñarol on away goals rule, after losing 0–1 in Montevideo and winnin 2–1 in Buenos Aires. It should be noted that in this second match, Vélez' forward Santiago Silva missed a penalty with the game 2–1.
Despite being eliminated from the Copa Libertadores, Vélez had managed to maintain themselves as serious contesters of the 2011 Clausura. On the penultimate fixture, Vélez defeated Huracán 2–0 and, after Lanús' defeat to Argentinos Juniors 4 hours later, won the national championship for the 8th time in their history.
Rest of the squad: Germán Montoya, Fernando Tobio, Juan Ignacio Sills, Gastón Díaz, Mariano Bíttolo, Agustín Vuletich, David Ramírez, Leandro Desábato, Iván Bella, Maximiliano Giusti, Ezequiel Rescaldani, Héctor Canteros, Guillermo Franco and Ricardo Álvarez.
Vélez fans are usually known as 'Los Fortineros'.
Velez's fanbase is drawn from the west of Buenos Aires and the surroundings of Liniers, although Fortineros can be found in Moreno and Merlo as well.
However, due to the important success achieved since 1990 that included obtaining multiple local and international tournaments, Velez´s fanbase grew significantly. Nowadays it is not uncommon to find Velez´s fans all over Argentina.
Vélez Sársfield has no direct rival. Ferro Carril Oeste, based in the neighbourhood of Caballito, was Vélez's historical rival. The matches played between them were known as the Clásico del Oeste (in English: "Western Derby"). However, this rivalry has faded since, as of Ferro's relegation, the teams play in different divisions. They have not faced each other since 2000, when Vélez beat Ferro away 1–0.
The Estadio José Amalfitani (named after José Amalfitani, club's president for 30 years) holds 49,540 people, although it does not provide seating for all of them. It is also frequently used for concerts and Argentine national rugby union team test matches. The stadium, nicknamed el Fortín (in English: "the Small Fort"), was built between 1941 and 1943, later rebuild in cement between 1947 and 1951, and again remodeled in preparation for the 1978 FIFA World Cup.
- Primera División
- Winners (8): 1968 Nacional, 1993 Clausura, 1995 Apertura, 1996 Clausura, 1998 Clausura, 2005 Clausura, 2009 Clausura, 2011 Clausura
- Runners-up (8): 1953, 1971 Metropolitano, 1979 Metropolitano, 1985 Nacional, 1992 Clausura, 1993 Apertura, 2004 Apertura, 2010 Apertura
- Segunda División
- Winners (1): 1943
- Copa Libertadores
- Winners (1): 1994
- Intercontinental Cup
- Winners (1): 1994
- Supercopa Sudamericana
- Winners (1): 1996
- Copa Interamericana
- Winners (1): 1994 (played in 1996)
- Recopa Sudamericana
- Winners (1): 1997
- Runners-up (1): 1995
- Amateur era
- Primera División
- Runners-up (1): 1919 AAm
- Tercera División
- Winners (2): 1914, 1922
- Campeonato Intermedia
- Winners (1): 1926
- Copa Competencia Intermedia
- Winners (2): 1926, 1927
Period President 1910–13 Luis Barredo 1913–14 Plácido Marín 1914 Roberto Piano 1914–17 Eduardo Ferro 1917–19 Antonio Marín Moreno 1919 Eduardo Ferro 1920–21 Antonio Marín Moreno 1921–23 Esteban Aversano 1923–25 José Amalfitani 1925–32 Enrique D'Elía 1932–35 Nicolás Marín Moreno 1936–37 Juan C. Sustaita 1937 Narciso Barrio 1937–38 Inocencio Bienati 1938–39 Nicolás Marín Moreno 1940–41 Roberto Orstein 1941–69 José Amalfitani 1969 Leonardo Pareja 1969–70 Domingo Trimarco 1970–76 José Ramón Feijóo 1976 Domingo Trimarco 1976–79 Osvaldo Guerrero 1979–85 Ricardo Petracca 1985–91 Francisco Antonio Pérez 1991–93 Ricardo Petracca 1993–96 Héctor Gaudio 1996–99 Raúl Gámez 1999–02 Carlos Eduardo Mousseaud 2002–05 Raúl Gámez 2005–08 Álvaro Balestrini 2008– Fernando Raffaini
No. Position Player 1 ARG GK Marcelo Barovero 2 ARG DF Fernando Tobio 3 ARG DF Emiliano Papa 4 ARG DF Gastón Díaz 5 ARG DF Fabián Cubero 6 ARG DF Sebastián Domínguez 7 ARG FW Juan Manuel Martínez 8 ARG MF Augusto Fernández 9 URU FW Jonathan Ramírez 10 ARG MF David Ramírez 11 ARG MF Ariel Cabral 12 ARG GK Alan Aguerre 13 ARG DF Juan Ignacio Sills 14 ARG MF Héctor Canteros 15 ARG DF Mariano Bíttolo No. Position Player 16 ARG MF Víctor Zapata 17 ARG MF Franco Razzotti 18 ARG MF Francisco Cerro 19 ARG DF Fernando Ortiz 20 MEX FW Guillermo Franco 21 ARG FW Jorge Correa 22 ARG MF Leandro Desábato 23 ARG MF Leandro Velázquez 24 ARG MF Iván Bella 25 ARG GK Germán Montoya 26 ARG FW Agustín Vuletich 27 ARG FW Ezequiel Rescaldani 28 ARG MF Brian Ferreira 29 ARG DF Emanuel Olivera 30 ARG DF Gino Peruzzi
Manager: Ricardo Gareca
Total games with the team, counting both league and international competitions.
Player in bold is still active with the club. Therefore, the total number of appearances is likely to change regularly.
Rank Player Nationality Apps Period(s) in the club 1 Pedro Larraquy Argentina 457 1975–1987 2 Raúl Cardozo Argentina 411 1986–1999 3 Fabián Cubero Argentina 404 1996–2007 / 2008–present 4 Ángel Allegri Argentina 399 1946–1960 5 Armando Ovide Argentina 391 1941–1955 6 José Luis Chilavert Paraguay 347 1991–2000 / 2004 7 Christian Bassedas Argentina 331 1990–2000 8 Carlos Bianchi Argentina 324 1967–1973 / 1980–1984 9 Luis Gallo Argentina 319 1965–1974 10 Juan Carlos Bujedo Argentina 296 1979–1987 11 Mario Lucca Argentina 279 1986–1992
Most goals scored
Total goals scored for the team, counting both league and international competitions.
Rank Player Nationality Goals Period(s) in the club 1 Carlos Bianchi Argentina 206 1967–1973 / 1980–1984 2 Juan José Ferraro Argentina 157 1943–1949 / 1953–1957 3 Norberto Conde Argentina 110 1952–1959 / 1964–1966 4 Agustín Cosso Argentina 102 1933–1936 / 1941 5 Patricio Camps Argentina 89 1991–1994 / 1995–2000 / 2001–2002 6 Pedro Larraquy Argentina 82 1975–1987 7 Juan Carlos Carone Argentina 75 1964–1969 8 Miguel Ángel Benito Argentina 75 1970–1975 9 Omar Pedro Roldán Argentina 59 1976–1979 10 Omar Whebe Argentina 57 1965–1970
The following players have been Argentine Primera División top scorers playing for the club.
- Amateur era
Player Championship Goals Salvador Carreras AAF 1920 20
- Professional era
Player Championship Goals Agustín Cosso 1935 33 Norberto Conde 1954 19 Juan Carlos Carone 1965 19 Omar Wehbe 1968 Nacional 16 Carlos Bianchi 1970 Nacional 18 Carlos Bianchi 1971 Metropolitano 36 Carlos Bianchi 1981 Nacional 15 Jorge Comas 1985 Nacional 12 Esteban González 1990–91 18 José Oscar Flores 1995 Clausura 14 Rolando Zárate 2004 Clausura 13 Mauro Zárate 2006 Clausura 12 Santiago Silva 2010 Apertura 11
The following players have been top scorers in an official international competition playing for the club.
Player Competition Goals Patricio Camps 1996 Supercopa Sudamericana 4 Sebastián Ereros 2006 Copa Libertadores 5
The following players have won an official individual award while playing for Vélez.
Player Award Year won José Luis Cuciuffo South American Team of the Year 1986 Oscar Ruggeri South American Footballer of the Year 1991 Oscar Ruggeri Footballer of the Year of Argentina 1991 Oscar Ruggeri South American Team of the Year 1991 José Luis Chilavert South American Team of the Year 1994 José Luis Chilavert IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper 1995 José Luis Chilavert South American Team of the Year 1995 Roberto Trotta South American Team of the Year 1995 José Luis Chilavert South American Footballer of the Year 1996 José Luis Chilavert Footballer of the Year of Argentina 1996 José Luis Chilavert South American Team of the Year 1996 José Luis Chilavert IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper 1997 José Luis Chilavert South American Team of the Year 1997 José Luis Chilavert IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper 1998 José Luis Chilavert South American Team of the Year 1998 José Luis Chilavert South American Team of the Year 1999 Germán Montoya Ubaldo Fillol Award 2009 Nicolás Otamendi South American Team of the Year 2009 Juan Manuel Martínez Footballer of the Year of Argentina 2010 Marcelo Barovero Ubaldo Fillol Award 2010 Santiago Silva South American Team of the Year 2010 Marcelo Barovero Ubaldo Fillol Award 2011
World Cup players
The following players represented their national team in a FIFA World Cup while playing for the club. The player in bold was part of a squad that also won that edition of the World Cup.
Nº Player National team World Cup edition 1 Ludovico Avio Argentina 1958 2 Nery Pumpido Argentina 1982 3 José Luis Cuciuffo Argentina 1986 4 José Basualdo Argentina 1994 5 Pablo Cavallero Argentina 1998 6 José Luis Chilavert Paraguay 1998 7 Nicolás Otamendi Argentina 2010
The following players were formed in the club's youth divisions and participated in a FIFA World Cup, regardless if they did so while playing for the club.
Nº Player National team World Cup edition(s) 1 Ludovico Avio Argentina 1958 2 Carmelo Simeone Argentina 1966 3 Diego Simeone Argentina 1994, 1998 and 2002 4 Pablo Cavallero Argentina 1998 and 2002 6 Claudio Husaín Argentina 2002 7 Nicolás Otamendi Argentina 2010 8 Jonás Gutiérrez Argentina 2010
Other noted players
This section lists players not mentioned in the previous tables that have:
- Played at least 100 games for the club.
- Played at least 20 international games for their national team at any time.
Vélez Sársfield has both men's and women's basketball teams. The men's team currently plays at the Liga Nacional B (3rd level). On the other hand, the women's team is the most successful in Argentina, having won the Liga Nacional de Básquet Femenino (Argentine first division) 6 times, including the latest 2010 season. Vélez's starting five during the 2010 championship (Sandra Pavón, Marina Cava, Paula Gatti, Paula Reggiardo, and Florencia Fernández) were selected to represent Argentina at the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women.
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Stadiums RivalsFerro Carril Oeste (West derby) Key Personnel National Titles (8)1968 Nacional · 1993 Clausura · 1995 Apertura · 1996 Clausura · 1998 Clausura · 2005 Clausura · 2009 Clausura · 2011 Clausura International Titles (5)1994 Copa Libertadores · 1994 Intercontinental Cup · 1994 Copa Interamericana · 1996 Supercopa Sudamericana · 1997 Recopa Sudamericana SupportersLa PandillaWebsite: www.velezsarsfield.com.ar/ Primera División 2011–12 teams Former teams*River Plate · Rosario Central · Huracán · Gimnasia (La Plata) · Ferro Carril Oeste · Platense · Chacarita Juniors · Atlanta · Talleres (C) · Quilmes · Instituto · Deportivo Español · Gimnasia y Esgrima (J) · Racing (C) · San Martín (T) · Temperley · Mandiyú · Nueva Chicago · Talleres (RE) · Los Andes · Atlético Tucumán · Chaco For Ever · San Lorenzo (MdP) · San Martín (M) · Gimnasia y Esgrima (M) · Almagro · Gimnasia y Tiro · Sarmiento (J) · Central Norte · Independiente Rivadavia · Deportivo Armenio · Cipolletti · Juventud Antoniana · Kimberley · Altos Hornos Zapla · Atlético Ledesma · Desamparados · Central Córdoba (R) · Estudiantes (BA) · Guaraní Antonio Franco · Aldosivi · Huracán (C) · Huracán (CR) Seasons1931 · 1932 · 1933 · 1934 · 1935 · 1936 · 1937 · 1938 · 1939 · 1940 · 1941 · 1942 · 1943 · 1944 · 1945 · 1946 · 1947 · 1948 · 1949 · 1950 · 1951 · 1952 · 1953 · 1954 · 1955 · 1956 · 1957 · 1958 · 1959 · 1960 · 1961 · 1962 · 1963 · 1964 · 1965 · 1966 · 1967 · 1968 · 1969 · 1970 · 1971 · 1972 · 1973 · 1974 · 1975 · 1976 · 1977 · 1978 · 1979 · 1980 · 1981 · 1982 · 1983 · 1984 · 1985 · 1985–86 · 1986–87 · 1987–88 · 1988–89 · 1989–90 · 1990–91 · 1991–92 · 1992–93 · 1993–94 · 1994–95 · 1995–96 · 1996–97 · 1997–98 · 1998–99 · 1999–2000 · 2000–01 · 2001–02 · 2002–03 · 2003–04 · 2004–05 · 2005–06 · 2006–07 · 2007–08 · 2008–09 · 2009–10 · 2010–11 · 2011–12 Other articlesAmateur era · All-time table · Promotion and Relegation statistics · Players · Records · Top scorers · Fillol Award
- Former teams with 50 games or more played in the division, ordered by total number of games.
2011 Copa Bridgestone Sudamericana de Clubes In the Semifinals Eliminated in the Quarterfinals Eliminated in the Round of 16 Eliminated in the Second Stage Eliminated in the First Stage 2012 Copa Santander Libertadores de América In the Group stage In the Play-offs Without specific stagePlay-offs · Group stage · Finals 2011 Copa Santander Libertadores de América Champion Runner-up Eliminated in the SemifinalsCerro Porteño · Vélez Sársfield Eliminated in the Quarterfinals Eliminated in the Round of 16 Eliminated in the Second Stage Eliminated in the First StageFirst Stage · Second Stage · Round of 16 · Quarterfinals · Semifinals · Finals
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