Talleres de Cordoba
Club Atletico Talleres is a sports club from the city of Cordoba, Argentina, mostly known for their professional football team, currently in the regionalised third division. They play the Cordoba Derby against Belgrano.
The club was founded in 1913 as Atletico Talleres Central Cordoba, by workers of the Cordoba Central Railway, with support from the company. In 1914 they joined the Cordoba local league, and in 1925 the parallel National Amateur League, and then the Amateur Second division.
With the professionalization of the game in 1931, the club became professional. But in 1938 they were relegated to Second Division , where they stayed until 1960, when they were relegated to Third Division (by then known as Segunda Division).
Three seasons later the team returned to the Second Division (Primera B), but in 1967, with the reorganisation of the lower divisions, they went straight to Third Division (Primera C) in 1968 for 2 seasons.
During the 1970s and 1980s, the team alternated between the First, Second and Third division, achieving the second (1977) and third (1980) place of the First Division Championship. Luis Luduena in 1976 (12) and Jose Reinaldi in 1978 (18) were the league top scorers.
Talleres were again promoted to First Division after the 1993/94 championship, only return to second division after a poor performance in 1994/95. On the following season, the club finished first during the Clausura of the Second Division but lost the Championship to Huracan de Corrientes.
In what was known by fans as the "Final of the Millennium," Talleres won its first Argentine title, the Second Division 1997/98 championship on penalty kick shootout against all-time rival Belgrano de Cordoba, earning them promotion to the First Division.
Later, Talleres' good performance in first division qualified the team for the 2001 Copa Mercosur and the 2002 Copa Libertadores, being the first and only Cordoba team so far to qualify for these continental tournaments. Talleres reached the round of 16 in the Mercosur, only to lose against Gremio. Talleres in the Libertadores was eliminated in the first stage.
Despite finishing in third place during the Clausura tournament of the 2003-04 season and qualifying for the Copa Libertadores once again, the team were relegated, due to poor results in the previous 2 seasons, after losing to Argentinos Juniors in the promotion/relegation play-off. By Argentine rules, the team lost its Libertadores bid because of this.
In 2008-09 Talleres were relegated once again, this time to the Third Division, via the point average system despite finishing in 12th place of 20 teams in Primera B Nacional.
Primera B Nacional: 1997/98.
Copa Conmebol: 1999.
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