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Newell's Old Boys

'''Club Atletico Newell's Old Boys''' is a football club from Rosario, Argentina, founded in 1903. The club plays the Rosario derby against Rosario Central, a club with which it has a huge historical rivalry.


The club was named by ex-pupils of the English High School of Rosario in homage to its director and football coach, English immigrant Isaac Newell. Newell's Old Boys has an historic rivalry with Rosario Central, the other club from Rosario.

The team colors are black and red, taken from the flags of England and Germany (Isaac Newell being English and his wife German). The team is often referred to as leprosos (lepers) because they played in a charity match to raise funds for a leprosy clinic back in the 1920s. Bell, Jack. "In Argentina, Banfield Wins First Title," Goal (The New York Times soccer blog), Sunday, December 13, 2009.

Newell's Old Boys have won the Argentine Championship five times and were the runners-up of the Copa Libertadores de America twice (1988 and 1992). The 1990/91 Championship was contested between the 1990 Apertura (Newell's) and 1991 Clausura (Boca Juniors) Champions, which Newell's won in home-and-away matches. Even though the 1990 Clausura was not considered official by itself, it is considered by Newell's supporters to be their "sixth" championship.

Newell's also won a friendly mini-tournament called the Little World Cup in 1988, against River Plate, Milan, Juventus, Real Madrid and Manchester United, and is, together with Boca Juniors, San Lorenzo and Racing one of the few Argentine clubs that made a long and successful tour over Europe (in 1941), in which they defeated several important teams such as Valencia, Borussia Monchengladbach, Real Madrid and the Spanish National "A" Team. These are the only major international achievements of the club until now (although several minor international summer tournaments were won). So as yet the club have not won an official international championship.

Newell's Old Boys is one of a very few teams to have had all their players represent the National team in a single game (another is Queen's Park of Scotland whose first team represented Scotland in the very first International match against England), when they represented Argentina in a Pre-Olympic Tournament with their undefeated Reserva Team. It classified third all over America, after Brazil and Uruguay (references).

The team has also contributed an important number of players to the Argentina national team, and exported many players to Europe's top leagues, mostly to Italy and Spain. Among its great players were Gabriel Batistuta, Abel Balbo, Jorge Valdano, Americo Gallego, Mario Zanabria, Gustavo Dezotti, Roberto Sensini, Walter Samuel, Mauricio Pochettino, Rene Pontoni, Gerardo Martino, Angel Perucca and several more. It has recently produced players like Argentine internationals Gabriel Heinze, Maxi Rodriguez and Lionel Messi.

The club's president is Guillermo Lorente who was recently elected. Former player Roberto Sensini has been appointed as manager.


The Newell's Old Boys stadium has been in the Parque Independencia neighborhood of Rosario since 1911, and is commonly called El Coloso del Parque (the Colossus of the Independence Park). Capacity was increased from 30,000 to 39,121 in 1997. On December 22, 2009 the stadium will be renamed to Marcelo Bielsa, in honor to the current coach of the Chilean national football team and a former player and coach of the team


National honours

Argentine First Division

Metropolitano 1974



Clausura 1992

Apertura 2004

International record

Copa Libertadores de America Runners-up (2): 1988, and 1992

Notable former players

Roque Alfaro

Sergio Omar Almiron (1977~1989)

Abel Balbo (1987~1988)

Pastor Barreiro (1970s)

Fabian Basualdo )

Gabriel "BatiGol" Batistuta

Fernando Belluschi (2002~2006}

Eduardo Berizzo (1988~1993)

Jose Berta (1970s)

Alfredo Berti (1992~1995)

Jose Canteli (1940s)

Armando Capurro (1970s)

Sebastian Cejas (1994~2001)

Jaime Cruz (1941-1945)

Hugo Colace (2004-2008)

Ariel Cozzoni

Gustavo Dezotti (1982~1988)

Sebastian Dominguez (1998~2004}

Cristian Domizzi

Aldo Duscher (1995~1998)

Dario Franco (1987~1991)

Miguel Angel Fullana (1980s & 1990s)

Americo Ruben Gallego (1974~1980)

Fernando Gamboa

Fabian Garfagnoli (1990~1996)

Ricardo Giusti (1975~1978)

Sergio Goycochea (1997~1998)

Julio Libonatti (1919~1926)

Gabriel Heinze (19961997)

Juan Manuel Llop (1981~1994)

Ricardo Lunari (1991~1992)

Damian Manso

Diego Armando Maradona (1993)

Gerardo Martino

Lionel Messi (1995-2000)

Alfredo Obberti (1970~1975)

Ariel Ortega (2004~2006)

Jorge Pautasso (1982~1990)

Jose Luis Pavoni (1973~1977)

Carlos Picerni

Mauricio Pochettino (1988~1994)

Gustavo Raggio (1991~1996)

Victor Ramos

Andres Rebotarro (1970~1978)

Arsenio Ribeca (1971~1976)

Juan Ramon Rocha (1972~1978)

Maxi Rodriguez (1999~2002)

Mauro Rosales (2001~2004)

Juan Jose Rossi

Julio Saldana

Walter Samuel (1996~1997)

Santiago Santamaria

Nacho Scocco (2004~2006)

Norberto Scoponi (1981-1994)

Nestor Sensini (1985~1989)

Juan Simon (1977~1983)

Jorge Theiler

Jorge Valdano (1971~1975)

Jose Yudica (1954~1958)

Mario Zanabria (1970~1975)

Julio Zamora

Julio Cesar Baldivieso (1994~1997)

Velko Iotov (1996~1998)

Ariel Graziani (1993)

Ernest Mtawali (1990s)

Oscar Cardozo (2006~2007)

Alfredo Mendoza (1992~1995)

Alberto Carrasco (1960s & 1970s)

Justo Villar (2004~2008)

see also

Famous Hinchas

Marcelo Bielsa (football coach)

Rafael Bielsa (politician)

Jose Cura (opera singer)

Luciana Aymar (hockey player)

Vicente de la Mata (football player)

Gabino Sosa (founder of Central Cordoba de Rosario)

Alfredo Aragon (poet)

Lionel Messi (football player)

Pablo Granados (comediant)

Pachu Pena (comediant)

Martin Alfaro (musician)

Alberto Echague (musician)

External links

Official site

Fan site

Soy de Newell's (soydenob.com.ar) Fan site

Newell's at AFA site

nob.com.ar Web Site

nob sos todo

Fan site

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