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Club Atletico San Lorenzo de Almagro

Club Atletico San Lorenzo de Almagro is a football club based in the barrio (neighbourhood) of Boedo, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Its colors are blue and red vertical stripes.


In the early 1900s, a street gang based in the Almagro neighbourhood would invite gangs from other neighborhoods to play street football by writing in graffiti: Los Forzosos de Almagro desafian (Almagro's strongmen dare you). As tramway and bus lines extended into Almagro, street playing became dangerous; following an accident in which a tramway car seriously injured a footballer, Catholic priest Lorenzo Massa started hosting the games in the backyard of his parish church in Mexico avenue. Under his guidance, San Lorenzo de Almagro was formally established on April 1, 1908 honoring Father Massa, the Battle of San Lorenzo, Saint Lawrence and, of course, the barrio.

San Lorenzo soon became one of the top clubs in Buenos Aires; ever since the start of professionalism in 1931, it was counted in the top five (cinco grandes) together with Boca Juniors, River Plate, Racing and Independiente.

In the 1930s, Isidro Langara and other players of Basque descent endeared San Lorenzo to the Basque community. The team also relied on players from the provinces, known as los gauchos, and won its first professional title in 1933.

In 1946, San Lorenzo broke the River Plate monopoly and won the league title; the team then went on to a tour of Spain and Portugal that was one of the highlights of the club's history. After losing to Real Madrid, it went on to defeat Barcelona and both the Spanish and Portuguese national teams; the Spanish press acclaimed San Lorenzo as "the best team in the world". Player Rene Pontoni was offered a contract with Barcelona but declined to leave Argentina (Barcelona then drafted River Plate's Alfredo Di Stefano). Fellow player Reinaldo Martino did stay in European football and would later become a star with Juventus.

In the 1960s, a generation of players known as carasucias were the darling of Argentine fans because of their offensive, careless playing and their bad-boy antics outside the pitch. The 1968 team was nicknamed los matadores as it won the championship without losing a single game, this team was recognized by the best team of the world by many journalists. In the years 1968-1974 San Lorenzo won a total of four league titles, its best harvest ever. In 1972, the club became the first Argentine team to win two league titles in one year.

Unfortunately, poor administrations led San Lorenzo to a huge economic crisis, that even forced it to sell their well located stadium. The team was relegated in 1981, only to return to the top division with great fanfare in the 1982 season, which set all-time attendance records for the club.

By that time, the club had no stadium and was plagued by debt and irregularities. Controversial president Fernando Miele (1986-2001) delivered both the new stadium and two league titles: the Clausura '95 (after 21 years without winning a first division title) and the Clausura 2001 (in which the team achieved 11 consecutive victories). San Lorenzo finished the Clausura 2001 with 47 points in a tournament of 19 matches, setting the record for the highest points haul since the inception of the Apertura and Clausura system in 1990.

In late 2001, San Lorenzo won their first international title: the Copa Mercosur 2001. becoming the only Argentine team to win that international cup, because the others champions were all from Brazil.

San Lorenzo also won the first edition of the Copa Sudamericana in December 2002, claiming their second international title, and getting the opportunity to play the Recopa against the Copa Libertadores champion Olimpia

San Lorenzo is identified with the working class atmosphere of the Boedo neighborhood. Its derby rival from the southern part of Buenos Aires is Huracan, which was promoted back to the first division for the 2007-08 season.

In 2007, San Lorenzo won the First Division League, Clausura 2007 beating Boca Juniors in the race for the title. Led by manager Ramon Diaz, San Lorenzo secured the title after the 17th roand of fixtures, with two games still to play. They finished the tournament with 45 points.


The old Estadio Gasometro stadium in Boedo was a venue of great renown, where many international games were held. Due to debts, it was sold in 1979 and torn down. The new stadium, called the Nuevo Gasometro was opened December 1993 in the intersection of the Perito Moreno and Varela avenues in the Flores, Buenos Aires neighborhood.

The official name of the stadium is Estadio Pedro Bidegain after a former club president. It has a capacity of 43,494 and the pitch size is 110 x 70 m.


Los Gauchos de Boedo (Boedo's Gauchos), after the many players from the provinces who played in 1933 and came out as champions.

Los Santos (The Saints), after the club's name, literally "Saint Lawrence".

Los Cuervos (The Crows), after the black colors of Father Massa's robes.

El Ciclon (The Cyclone), in opposition to their traditional opponent Huracan (The Hurricane).

Los Azulgrana (The Blue and Red), after the club's colors.

Los Matadores (The Killers), originally used for the unbeaten 1968 champions.

The fans' collective calls itself La Gloriosa (The Glorious).


Amateur titles

1914 (Ascenso)

1923 AAmF

1924 AAmF

1927 AFA

Professional titles


1936 (Copa de Honor)

1943 (Copa de la Republica)



1964 (Trofeo Jorge Newbery)

1968 Metropolitano (unbeaten)

1972 Metropolitano

1972 Nacional (unbeaten)

1974 Nacional

1982 Primera B

1988 (Liguilla Pre-Libertadores)

1991 (Liguilla Pre-Libertadores)

1995 Clausura

2001 Clausura

2007 Clausura

International titles

Copa Mercosur 2001

Copa Sudamericana 2002

Copa Rio de la Plata (3): 1923, 1927, 1946

Copa Confraternidad (1): 1941

Notable former players

Alberto "Beto" Acosta

Rafael "Tucu" Albrecht (1963~1970)

Arturo Arrieta (1927~1939)

Ruben "Raton" Ayala (1968~1973)

Juan Benavidez (1951~1955)

Dario "Pampa" Biaggio (1994~1999)

Jorge Borelli (1992~1996)

Alfredo Carricaberry (1920~1930)

Victorio Nicolas Cocco (1968~1974)

Fabricio Coloccini (2001)

Narciso "Loco" Doval

Walter Erviti (1998~2002)

Armando Farro (1945~1952)

Rodolfo "Lobo" Fischer

Jose Fossa (1919~1934)

Fernando Galetto (1994~1999)

Diego Garcia (1925~1940)

Blas Giunta (1983-1988)

Esteban Gonzalez (1994~1995)

Nestor "Pipo" Gorosito

Jorge "Pipa" Higuain (1982~1986)

Ruben Dario Insua (1978~1986)

Agustin "Mono" Irusta (1963~1976)

Ezequiel Lavezzi (2004~2007)

Ricardo Lavolpe (1975~1979)

Claudio Marangoni (1976~1979)

Rinaldo "Mamucho" Martino (1941~1948)

Pablo Michelini (1999~2005)

Luis Monti (1922~1930)

Oscar Montiel (1981-1983)

Jorge Olguin (1971~1979)

Oscar "Negro" Ortiz (1971~1976)

Mario Papa (1948~1953)

Walter Perazzo (1979~1988)

Rene Pontoni

Armando Quinteros

Alberto "Toscano" Rendo (1965~1969)

Jorge "Chancha" Rinaldi

Leonardo Rodriguez

Leandro Romagnoli (el Pipi) (1999~2004)

Bernardo Romeo

Oscar "Cabezon" Ruggeri (1994~1997)

Jose Sanfilippo

Hector Gringo Scotta

Roberto "Oveja" Telch (1962~1975)

Carlos Veglio (1968~1975)

Hector Veira

Paulo Silas (1993~1997)

Waldemar de Brito

Ivan Cordoba (1998~2000)

Eduardo Bennet (1993~1995)

Guillermo Franco (1996~2002)

Angel Berni (1953~1959)

Jose Luis Chilavert(1985~1988)

Claudio Morel Rodriguez(1998~2004)

Victor Caselli (1942~1945)

Roberto Jimenez (2006~2007)

Isidro Langara (1939~1943)

Angel Zubieta (1939~1952)

Sebastian Abreu

Paolo Montero (2005~2006)

Sergio Bismarck Villar (1968~1981)

Gilberto Angelucci (1994~1998)

see also

External links

Official site

Museo de San Lorenzo

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