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Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba

Club Deportivo Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba (usually simply Godoy Cruz) is an Argentine sports club from Godoy Cruz, Mendoza Province, best known for its football (soccer) team, recently promoted to the Primera Division Argentina, Argentina's top level, from Primera B Nacional.

The club was founded on June 21, 1921 under the name Sportivo Godoy Cruz, and received its current name on April 25 1930, after the fusion with Deportivo Bodega Antonio Tomba. In 1959 the Godoy Cruz stadium was constructed; the Estadio Feliciano Gambarte, known as La Bodega (Spanish for "wine cellar"), holds 14,000 supporters.

Given the origin of the club, that merged with the Deportivo Bodega Antonio Tomba, nicknames El Tomba and Bodeguero are currently used. Since the stadium is located near a railway (, the club is also called El Expreso ("The Express").

Godoy Cruz played in the provincial league for several years before reaching the national level. The club won the Mendoza first division Championship in 1944, 1947, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1968, and also in 1989 and 1990 that qualified to play in the defunct Torneo del Interior national-level tournament.

Winning the Torneo del Interior in 1994, it reached the Argentine Second Division that year. After more than ten years in second division, the club was finally promoted to the Primera Division in 2006 after winning the 2005 Apertura tournament, and the qualification series against Nueva Chicago.

The scorer of the first Godoy Cruz goal in the Argentine Primera league was 20 year old Enzo Nicolas Perez in a 1-1 draw with Belgrano de Cordoba on September 9, 2006.

At the end of the 2006-2007 season Godoy Cruz were relegated from the Primera after losing their promotion/relegation playoff against Club Atletico Huracan.

Their stay in Nacional B would be a short one, as Godoy Cruz quietly placed second in the division behind San Martin (T), earning them another automatic promotion to Primera Division for the 2008 Apertura

Current squad

Staff 2010

Head Coach: Omar Asad

Assistant Coach: Raul Cardozo

Fitness Coach: Patricio Eric Pisano

Fitness Coach: Alejandro Rafael

Fitness Coach: Marcos Catalini

Physio: Carlos Gabriel Nigito

Physio: Jorge Antonio Nievas

Kinesiologist: German Arenas

Utility manager: Humberto Ponce

Utility manager: Ariel Suarez

Friendly matches

Another source of historical pride of the supporters are friendly matches won against Argentine giants: in 1965 the 4-0 victory over Boca Juniors in a friendly match, and the victory 4-0 against Club Atletico River Plate in another friendly match in 1997.

Godoy Cruz won the Summer 2009 edition of the friendly pentagonal cup known as the "Copa Ciudad de Tandil" after defeating both Chacarita Juniors and Quilmes in penalty shootouts.

Notable players

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

Daniel Oldra (1990s)

Alejandro Abaurre

Rafael Iglesias

Ruben Almeida

Martin Astudillo (1995~97)

Diego Pozo (1995~05)

Ruben Paz (1996)

Fabian Basualdo (1997~98)

Nelson Ibanez

Sebastian Torrico (2001~07)

Daniel Gimenez

Nicolas Olmedo

Mariano Torresi (2002~07)

Enzo Perez (2003~07)

Gabriel Valles (2003~present)

Josimar Mosquera (2005~06)

Mauro Poy (2005~07)

Diego Villar (2005~07)

Martin Arzuaga (2007)

Jorge Winston Curbelo

Diego Figueredo (2007)

Leandro Caruso (2008~09)

Jairo Castillo (2008~09)

Roberto Malingas Jimenez (2009)

External links

Official site

CuyoNoticias - History of Godoy Cruz

Fans' site

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