Club Atletico Platense
Club Atletico Platense are an Argentine football club based in Vicente Lopez, in the north side of Greater Buenos Aires.
Platense were founded on May 25, 1905, and are a staple of Argentine football, even though they have been relegated several times.
They played in the second division from 1956 to 1964, and from 1972 to 1976, when they won their first title; the Argentine second division winning them promotion to the Primera Division. Platense achieved cult status in the late 1970s as they repeatedly staved off relegation through a series of last-day miracles. Platense survived at the top level of Argentine football until they finally succumbed to relegation in 1999.
This was the beginning of a steep decline in the clubs fortunes, they were relegated to the regionalised third tier Primera B Metropolitana at the end of the 2001/02 season. On May 17, 2006, Platense won their second title and were promoted back to the Argentine second division Nacional B.
The club's main claim to fame during these lean years is the success of David Trezeguet, who debuted at Platense and was transferred to AS Monaco FC.
Historically, Platense's fan base is drawn from the towns of Vicente Lopez, Olivos and Florida, and the neighborhoods of Villa Urquiza and Saavedra in the city proper. The club is cited in Bioy Casares's El Sueno de los heroes ("Dream of Heroes" ISBN 0704326345). In real life, Roberto Goyeneche was a most notable fan.
The club nickname is calamar (squid) after the journalist Palacio Zino said that the team moved "like a squid in his ink".
Division B 1976
Primera B Metropolitana 2005/06
Argentine football league system
List of football clubs in Argentina
Official page (Spanish)
Platense Locura (Spanish)
Dale Marron (Spanish)
Pasion Calamar (Spanish)
Platense a Lo Ancho (Spanish)
Platense Sos Mi Vida (Spanish)
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