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Club Atletico Banfield

Club Atletico Banfield is an Argentine sports club located in the city of Banfield, part of Lomas de Zamora, Buenos Aires province. Founded in 1896 by residents of the town of British origin (mostly English with some Scottish and Irish), its main activity is football. It plays in the Primera Division Argentina.

The club's greatest sporting achievement was obtained in 2009, when it became champion of the Apertura, the first official national championship won by the club in the professional era of Argentine football. In the First Division the club has also achieved two runners-up places, in 1951 and 2005.

The club's main rival is Club Atletico Lanus.

Origin and foundation of the Club

Club Atletico Banfield is one of the oldest football clubs in Argentina. In the second half of the 1880s, many Anglo families settled in the village of Banfield, located 14 miles south of Buenos Aires. These families, with their houses in the style of English villas and Victorian social dynamics, gave the suburbs a profile distinctly British. The history of the drill began on 21 January 1896, when a group of professionals and English merchants resident in Banfield decided to found a club which they named the village. This name answered to the railroad station, established in 1873 in honor of Edward Banfield, first manager of Great Southern Railroad Company. Heading the group of founders were Daniel Kingsland and George Burton, vice president and first. Kingsland was an exporter of cattle in Britain and an accountant Burton graduated from Cambridge.

The club began as an institution to fulfill a social role of sport over as opener on 26 January a meeting was played cricket, sport fanatic who was President Kingsland.

The court was a field for grazing located two blocks north of the railway station, next to the tracks on the east side.

Amateur era

While Kingsland was president in sports gave priority to the cricket and football was relegated to the background, which explains the poor performances of the teams in club football championships from 1897 to 1898.

Until 1899 the meter was replaced by Alfredo Goode, a soccer fan. In 1899 he played the first football league second division in Argentina, which Banfield won by one point surpassing the team Espanol High School in Alexander Watson Hutton. This conquest Banfield became the only club that currently with the Argentine Football Association (AFA), who was triumphant in the nineteenth century.

The players were all born in Britain unless the center half and captain James Dodds Watson, Argentine, a native of Buenos Aires. The following year (1900), as there were still no promotion, Banfield rededicated Second Division champions. This time it came to conquer undefeated, with the help of goals from Edward "Invincible" Potter, the dribbling of Charles Douglas Moffatt, Captain Watson Dodds, and contribution of President Goode in the arch.

For various reasons, the club began to decline after 1901, until December 1904 was reorganized after all its assets were liquidated to meet a hopeless bankruptcy that year Montenegro Beltran would be the first team captain in albiverde club history.

From this time definitely increases the figure of George Burton, another true lover of football, who presided over the club almost continuously until his death in 1928.

In 1908 the club's first team, playing in the Third Division, won the championship. This alignment was the basis of the excellent team second division of later years, a cycle that ended in the semifinals for the promotion to First Division in 1910.

In December 1910, Banfield William Peterson, Roger Jacobelli, Amador Garcia, Carlos Lloveras Galup Lanus and Bartholomew, faced twice Racing Club for a place in the final ascent. The first match ended goalless. In the second game, 30 seconds of the final 30 minutes of supplemental Racing took the winning goal.

With a brand new team, Banfield went into decline in 1911. But led by Captain Adolfo Pellens, in 1912 won the championship for the third category thus ensuring the return to second.

However, a restructuring of the tournament following the first split in Argentine football, catapulted him to the First Division without scales.

Banfield The first team made great runs in 1913 and 1914, but starting this year that the First World War began, her performances began to decline because many of their players who were of British origin, were enrolled in the forces UK armed and marched to the battlefront in Europe.

In 1917 the team lost the class, but two years later returned to win the right to play in the Primera Liga champions to devote II in 1919 beating defunct Del Plata in the final.

First Local Title

Newly promoted, Banfield was runner-up behind First Division in 1920 from Boca Juniors. Banfield In 1921 he won the Copa de Honor to win the final to Boca Juniors 2:1. Albiverde campus, which had been playing since 1917, fell apart in 1922 and the quality of play club teams dropped in subsequent years.

George Burton had chaired the club for over 20 years with a paternalistic attitude, cultivating and fervently supporting the amateur spirit of sport. His death occurred at the institution a huge vacuum of power that plunged into a constitutional crisis and sport for a decade.

Professional era


In 1931 a group of clubs, led by the main attractions, decided to professionalize the football, which meant ultimately whiten the situation and end the covert professionalism.

Banfield was invited to Major League but its leaders understood that professionalism would fail in the short term, chose to continue participating in amateur tournaments.

Immediately Banfield players received offers from Major League clubs and left.

With a decimated roster, Banfield participated inconsequential tournament until 1934. In 1935 he organized the current Argentine Football Association (AFA) and Banfield was assigned to the Second Division. His campaigns were poor, the audience had left, the partners were less than 300 and in 1938 finished last in the standings losing category.

In late 1938 a group of members proposed to the young entrepreneur Florencio Sola take over the presidency of Banfield. The timing was worse without equipment and without partners, the club was on the verge of disappearance, but Florencio "Lencho" Sola accepted the challenge. Taking advantage of the Student Club Porteno (who played in second division) had disaffiliated from the AFA, Florencio Sola Banfield act prevented in the Third Division. To tackle the championship in 1939 obtained the loan of many players who were substitutes in First and assembled a quality team that became champions winning the right to play in the major division.

Florencio Sola in 1940 completely renovated the team. With players like Rafael Sanz, Eduardo Silvera, John Baptist Busuzzo, Alfredo De Teran, Armando Farro and others, given the campaign, the newspaper El Pampero "named the team with the name" The Drill ", a nickname that has passed into history as the official nickname of the institution.

The club's stadium (later named "Florencio Sola"), was built in 1940 in the city of Banfield. To celebrate its inauguration took place a match against Independiente which the team won by 1:0, with a goal by Arsenio Erico (top scorer in the history of Argentine soccer).

In 1941, Banfield was punished with 16 points off the attempted bribery checked, but after a heroic campaign, Drill escaped relegation on the final day, beating Rosario Central and condemning playing in second division.

After the campaigns of 1942 and 1943, the school suffered several casualties and the team was relegated in 1944. The chair was occupied by Joseph Agulla in 1945, the year he did a good campaign in Second Division, but after a constitutional crisis later that year became president Remigio Sola, brother of Florencio.

Chaired by Remigio Sola, the club fielded a powerful team for season 1946, which won the second championship in a landslide, with a season record that it took over forty years to be overcome.

In 1947 Banfield played in First Division with practically the same team that had been a champion of Second and avoided relegation in recent days. As Florencio Sola had been pardoned by the AFA, assumed the presidency in 1948 and assembled a new team with many figures. But these stars did not shine again and the club avoid the drop on the end of the tournament.

A final five rounds of the season 1948, a strike by players and all clubs had to finish the tournament featuring teams of youth. The team was in charge of albiverde Renato Cesarini as coach and won nine of ten possible points, and Banfield away from relegation.

These juveniles were many of the players who were taken into account since 1949, when Emilio Baldonedo took over as coach and put together a new team based on the Luis Angel Bagnato experience and Gustavo Albella plus the ability to Elisha Mourino. The set of Baldonedo finished tenth in 1949 and seventh in 1950.


In 1951, Felix Jose Ildefonso Martinez and Felix Zurdo in the coach equipper, ranked first but had to tie with Racing Club although he was leading on goal difference and wins. The two finals were played in the defunct stadium of San Lorenzo (known as the "Gasometer"). The first ended goalless draw and in the second Racing won by the minimum difference. Featuring almost the same team, Banfield took fifth in the championship since 1952.

In 1953 Elisha Mourino was acquired by Boca Juniors, which suffered significantly the structure of the alignment drill: the following year finished last and relegated to second division.

After seven years, Florencio Sola would not continue to lead the club in 1955 and presidential elections were held for the first time in the history of the institution. They faced the lists submitted by the groups "traditionalist" and "Mr. Burton", beating the first.

Most notable in these years was in the lower divisions, where a team was champion of sixth, fifth, fourth and reserves between 1955 and 1958, which values emerged as the top scorer Luis Suarez Llanos Oscar Calics and Ezekiel.

Valentin Suarez, became president of the club in late 1958. Since the disappointment was the prevailing sentiment in a swollen he had stopped going to encourage the team to the 1959 championship Valentin Suarez assembled a team of first division players, mostly veterans.

But although pointer ended the first round, this "star team" did not achieve its main objective which was the climb. Beginning in 1960, led by Benicio Acosta but also with the contribution of the great football knowledge Valentin Suarez had started a process that led to the rise after a major campaign in 1962. The arrival of quality players Ediberto Righi, Norberto Raffo, Oscar Lopez, Luis Maidana and Roberto Zarate, supplemented with elements formed in the club like Adolfo Vazquez, Oscar Llanos Ezequiel Calics and gave way to a remarkable team that was third in 1960, second in 1961 and first in 1962.

From 1963 he began a period of 16 seasons in which Banfield remained in First Division with the exception of 1973.

In the first four years the drill made excellent seasons, finishing seventh in 1963 and 1964. Slowly, the campus is being renovated. Thus came the likes of Julio San Lorenzo, Anacleto Peanno Diego Bay, Nelson Lopez, Ruben Hugo and Jose Francisco Sanfilippo Bertulesi. It was in 1967 when Banfield performances began to decline even wore the shirt albiverde quality players like Jorge Carrascosa, Ruben Flotta and Jose Manuel Ramos Delgado.

In 1969 he avoided relegation to Second Division after winning a homer reclasificatorio, but in 1972 failed to prevent the loss of status. In any case the drill took only one year to return to the higher division.


Led by the duo composed by Oscar Lopez and Oscar Cavallero, the Banfield of Ricardo La Volpe, Hugo Mateos, Silvio Sotelo, Eduardo and Juan Alberto Taverna Pipastrelli became champions of "Primera B (second division) in 1973.

Returning to First, over the years the performance of the drill was lowest to highest reaching a peak of performance in the National Championship 1976. With Adolfo Pedernera in the technical, this team had a remarkable front Orte comprising Felix Lorenzo, Roberto Sacconi, Pedro Raul Gomez Vila, Miguel Angel Corvo and Miguel Gonzalez. But the joy did not last long, because after a quiet campaign in 1977 the performance of the drill was very poor during 1978 and after losing a playoff for the descent to Platense relegation again.

After seasons in which the team could not fight something important, in 1985 joined the club coach Angel Cappa, who put together the base of the octagonal side that won promotion in 1987.


But the team was virtually unarmed and barely managed to climb the coaching staff was not renewed the contract, so the campaign ended in relegation. In later years, but lost the final by the rise in toneo 1990/91, Banfield's actions were erratic in the second division.

With Valentine Suarez again as club president for the 1992/93 season was completely renovated campus. The technical management was entrusted to Charles Babington and reached many players, including Gabriel Puentedura Fabio Lenguita, Ivar Stafuzza and Hector Herrera, who joined the left of "cleansing", including Juan Carlos Roldan, Daniel Delfino, Raul Wensell and two juveniles that exploded during the development of this tournament: Javier Sanguinetti and Jorge Jimenez. Despite having a squad that stood out among others, the way the title was not easy and it took a final in Cordoba to Colon de Santa Fe in which it was necessary to define the criminal climb.

Again in the First Division, the technical direction again be in charge of Oscar Lopez and Oscar Cavallero. Again renewed the squad and players of high rank came as Oscar Acosta, Angel Comizzo and Juan Jose Rossi, but the revelation of the team and the tournament was Javier Zanetti.

Banfield's performance in this step by First Division was highest to lowest, falling from the 1995/96 season to relegation in 1997. However, they passed through the ranks of international significance Banfield players like Mauro Navas, Julio Cruz and Pablo Paz.

With the intention to return quickly to the First Division in 1997 was hired as technical director Patrick Hernandez. Along with him came many players of a higher quality than that prevailing in the second division, but again the poor performance of those responsible for the administration of the Club had an impact for the project and the institution failed alarmingly into debt.

In 1998, businessman Carlos Portell became president of the club with victory in the elections on Horace son of Florencio Sola-Sola-and found an institution with a terminal and anarchic situation in the economic sphere. His tenure was marked by caution and moderation when it comes to managing the budget of professional football. At the end of his first term, Banfield had successfully reduced the millionaire club's debt in half. As the outstanding debt floated back to the First Division, which would come shortly.

2000 to Present

Back in the Argentine first division, thanks to a great team, comprising among others, the deceased idol Jose Luis Sanchez, Banfield team cost him used to the new division. After a difficult start, the technical direction was taken over by Uruguayan Luis Garisto, who took over when all seemed doomed to relegation albiverde. But after a very strong campaign in the Clausura 2002 (fifth place) not only prevented the loss of status but also sidestepped the Promotion.

From 2003 Julio Cesar Falcioni opening replaced Garisto and achieved something unprecedented in more than one hundred years of history: that Banfield play international tournaments. Banfield So he participated in the Copa Sudamericana 2004 and the Copa Libertadores 2005.

The first half of 2005 was the most glorious of the long history of the club to international level, because while the Libertadores reached the quarterfinals (with players like Barbosa and Bilos) in the local tournament reached Closing the runner-up in 2005 with Martin Andrizzi and youth as Jesus Datolo, Renato Civelli, and Gabriel Paletta) and Reserve champion was crowned.

In September 2005, President Carlos Portell again won the elections and at the same time, Carlos Leeb, scored a team that was promoted in 2001 and head coach of the reserve champion in the 2004/05 season, took care conduction of the first team to face the Copa Sudamericana 2005 completing a great season, clinching the team for the Copa Sudamericana 2006 and again in the Copa Libertadores 2007.

After a dirigenciales crisis in late 2006, Carlos Leeb leaves his post of technical director and was succeeded by Patrick Hernandez, to meet the 2007 Clausura and Copa Libertadores.

Pessimism Hernandez cycle consisting of an interim follow Vitamin Sanchez and Enrique Lisi, but not getting the desired results, the leadership decided the hiring of Juan Manuel Llop Llop Banfield cycle was ranked third in the Apertura 2007 Tournament and won a historic rout over Lanus in their stadium to beat for 5 to 0 in the southern classic.

After the inexplicable decoupling Llop, the leadership decided that the team is led by an interim government made up of Jerez and Barreiro.

From Torneo Apertura 2008 until mid Torneo Clausura 2009 was head coach Jorge Burruchaga (former World Champion in the World Cup Mexico '86), who already had been technically Arsenal de Sarandi, Estudiantes and Independiente. Their numbers were regularly going strong at home but can not be successful on the road, the unmet goals of fighting back on the table, the nonconformity of the people in general and the lack of support dirigenciales, among other causes, made Jorge Burruchaga move away from The drill despite beating Arsenal in their last date as coach of the team, making room for Julio Cesar Falcioni return as coach of professional football.

First Professional Title

In 2009, after an acceptable job in the Torneo Clausura of that year, Banfield dispute the Apertura, again in Falcioni in his bench. With a team: Cristian Lucchetti, Julio Barraza, Sebastian Mendez, Victor Lopez, Marcelo Bustamante, Maximiliano Bustos , Walter Erviti, Marcelo Quinteros, James Rodriguez, the deadly duo Sebastian Fernandez and Santiago Silva (who later became the scorer of the pageant). Banfield had a devastating start, defeating teams like the champion of Torneo Clausura 2009, Velez Sarsfield, Newell's Old Boys and tying 0-0 with Rosario Central, who had won four matches at the tournament in a row and that was emerging as a major candidate.

Over the dates, Banfield was gradually consolidating its leadership. Suddenly, an unexpected setback in the 16th date at Racing Club, made him lose ground to its potential rival, Newell's Old Boys. However, a victory over runner-up Hurricane Patricios Park and a controversial defeat at Newell's face Arsenal de Sarandi, they reopened the doors of hope to the people of The "drill". Finally, after victories Banfield and Newell's against Club Atletico Tigre and Gimnasia de La Plata, respectively, the two rivals came to the 19th day with two points adrift of the cast for Green&White.

On Sunday December 13, 2009 will be saved in the memory of all the fans of "Drill" because after losing to Boca Juniors for 2 to 0, with 2 goals of the flamboyant striker Martin Palermo, was champion of the Tournament Opening 2009 thanks to the Newell's Old Boys, his nearest rival defeated in their stadium fell by 2 to 0 against Club Atletico San Lorenzo de Almagro. Thus leading to a new champion in Argentine football, Club Atletico Banfield, who won her first professional title in the first division, which adds up to one dating from the era of the amateur category.


(*) Died on 29/06/1928 (**) Resigned

(***) No mandate ended


The stadium Florencio Sola was built in 1940 and is named after former President of the institution in the most glorious period in its history: Don Florencio "Lencho" Sola.

To celebrate its inauguration took place a match against Independiente de Avellaneda which the team went 1-0 on a goal by Arsenio Erico. At this stage the drill got a record 39 matches unbeaten from 1950 to 1953. The stadium was considered advanced for its time because it was the first club of so-called "medium" to possess concrete grandstands, even before some of the big teams.

It is situated on the corner of Pena and Arenales in the city of Banfield. It recently opened a new area of 2 with silver trays, boxes, changing rooms and booths for radio and TV. The stadium holds 37,245 spectators. [1]

Roofed stalls of Sola

Put together a project to extend the stadium. The Board of Directors of the club, decide whether to approve the project and begin work in 2011. The extension is to build a second tray on the podium Eliseo Mourino and also perform a second tray in the visitor sector. Also be rounded elbows, and would get the transmission towers. Therefore the stadium's capacity would be 45,326 spectators.

Head Office

The Head Office is located in Vergara 1635 (Banfield) and is the headquarters where athletes meet various activities. Also, here are held steering committee meetings.

At headquarters trainings are also held in other sports such as volleyball, futsal, skate, chess, children's football, gymnastics, taekwondo and the club has a training gym and a circle of lifetime partners, as well as a teamroom open to general public, where supporters gather.


The Supporters of the "Drill" according to its own definition, is the term used to refer to organized group of amateur and part of the team, whose performance is characterized by the use of chants of encouragement. However, like the vast majority of Argentine football team, Banfield has swollen in the presence of hooligans. Historically had several fractions: Banfield The people made up Roma y Lynch, Villa Benquez (suburb Banfield fund) and the Belgranito (area behind the stadium), the West Banfield and Florencio Varela. Currently the "La Banda de Villa Niza" is one which has greater presence and influence. All these hooligans are known as "La Banda del Sur" and make the name of the fans.

According to a study conducted by economists at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella located a Banfield the fans as one of the most loyal of Argentine football, because its audience increased as the team got worse.

Data Club

'' 'Seasons in 1 .': 46

'Biggest win achieved':

* In national championships: Banfield Commercial Port 13.1 (October 6 of 1974) (This is the biggest rout in the history of official tournament first division in Argentina).

* The National B: 10.2 Banfield of San Juan Union (1987)

* En Primera B: Banfield 8-0 All Boys (1962)

* In international tournaments: Banfield 4-1 El Nacional (February 27 of 2007)

'Biggest win received':

* En Primera Division: Banfield 1-8 Estudiantes de La Plata (1 June 1947)

* En Primera B: Banfield 0-6 Argentino de Rosario (1945)

* In international tournaments: Banfield 0-4 Club America (March 7 of 2007)

'Best place in the league''': Champion (Open '09)

'' 'Worst place in the league': 19

'Top Scorer': Gustavo Albella (1945/51 and 1954) 71 goals. 'More matches': Javier Sanguinetti between 1993 and 2008, with 423 games. 'International participation':

* Participation in the Copa Libertadores 2005 quarterfinals. (removed by River Plate).

* Participation in the Copa Sudamericana 2004: first round. (removed by Arsenal de Sarandi)

* Participation in the Copa Sudamericana 2005 round. (removed by Fluminense of Brazil).

* Participation in the Copa Sudamericana 2006: first round. (removed by San Lorenzo).

* Participation in the Copa Libertadores 2007: first round.


Amateur Era

National Tournaments

'Second Division (3 ):'1899, 1900 and 1919 'Third Division (2 ):1908 and 1912

Runner of Primera Division (2): 1920 and 1934

National Cup

Copa de Honor Municipalidad de Buenos Aires (1 ):1920

Professional era

Official national tournaments

Primera Division (1 ):'Open 2009 'Second Division (6 ):'1939, 1946, 1962, 1973, 1992/93 and 2000/01

Runner of Primera Division (2): Championship 1951 and Clausura 2005

National non-regular tournaments

'Promotional Tournament (1 ):'1968

National Tournaments friendly

'Pentagonal Tournament (1 ):'1963 'Pentagonal Guillermo Stabile (1 ):'1967 'Friendship Tournament (1 ):'1988 'Torneo Ciudad de Tandil (1 ):2007


Primera Division Argentina champions (1): Apertura 2009

Primera Division Argentina Runner-up (2): 1951, 2005

Primera B Nacional Argentina champions (6): 1939, 1946, 1962, 1973, 1992-92, 200001


Buenos Aires Municipality Honour Cup (1): 1920

Tandil City Cup (1): 2007


Current squad

Notable players

To appear in this section a player must have played at least 50 games for the club or set a club record.

Jorge Alcalde (1943~45)

Gustavo Albella

Juan Jose Pizzuti (1947~50)

Ernesto Alvarez (1948~56)

Oscar Lopez

Norberto Raffo (1961~66)

Jose Sanfilippo (1966~67)

Jorge Carrascosa (1967~69)

Ricardo Lavolpe (1971~75)

Silvio Sotelo (1971~78)

Daniel Aquino (1985~89)

Daniel Delfino

Javier Sanguinetti

Javier Zanetti (1993~95)

Angel Comizzo (1993~96)

Julio Cruz (1993~96)

Nestor Craviotto (1996~99)

Mauro Camoranesi (1997~98)

Andres San Martin (1997~99, 2002~05}

Carlos Fabian Leeb (1997~02)

Jose Luis Sanchez (1999~05)

Walter Jimenez (2001~03)

Josemir Lujambio

Daniel Ruben Bilos (2001~05)

Cristian Leiva (2001~06)

Julio Barraza(2001~present)

Roberto Colautti (2002~03)

Marcos Galarza (2002~09)

Renato Civelli (2003~06)

Dario Cvitanich (2003~08)

Cristian Lucchetti(2005~present)

Fabian Santana(2005~present)

Luciano Civelli (2006~09)

Jose Devaca''' (2007~present)

Filial clubs

Other Banfield clubs affiliated to AFA (Argentine Football Association).

- Ordered by province

External links

Club Atletico Banfield Official website

Eurobanfield.com | The place of european Banfield's community

Soy Taladro| Sitio de fanaticos de banfield

Soy de Banfield - News and history

Banfield formations at football-lineups.com

Banfieldmania radio show

Sitio de fanaticos del Club Atletico Banfield

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