Club Atlético Banfield

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Banfield
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Full name Club Atlético Banfield
Nickname(s) El Taladro (The Drill)
Founded 21 January 1896; 118 years ago (1896-01-21)
Ground Estadio Florencio Solá,
Banfield, Buenos Aires
Ground Capacity 34,901
Chairman Eduardo Spinosa
Manager Matías Almeyda
League Primera División
2013-14 Primera B Nacional, 1st (promoted)
Website Club home page

Club Atlético Banfield is an Argentine sports club located in the city of Banfield, Buenos Aires. Founded on 21 January 1896 by town residents of British origin (mostly from England and some from Scotland and Ireland), Banfield is mostly known for its football team, which was promoted in 2013 to the Primera División, the first division of the Argentine football league system.

The club's greatest sporting achievement was obtained in 2009, when it became champion of the Apertura, the first official national championship won by the club in the professional era of Argentine football. In the First Division the club has also achieved two runners-up places, in 1951 and 2005. Banfield's main rival is Club Atlético Lanús, with which the club has a strong rivalry.

Other sports practiced at the club include field hockey, gymnastics, martial arts, roller skating, tennis and volleyball.

History[edit]

Origin and foundation[edit]

Club Atlético Banfield is one of the oldest football clubs in Argentina. In the second half of the 1880s, many British families settled in the village of Banfield,[1] located 14 miles south of Buenos Aires. These families, with their English-style houses and Victorian social dynamics, gave the suburbs a distinctly British profile. The history of the club began on 21 January 1896, when a group of professionals and English merchants residing in Banfield decided to found a club which they named after the village, which had been named after the railway station, established in 1873, which in turn was named after Edward Banfield, the first manager of Great Southern Railroad Company. Heading the group of founders were Daniel Kingsland and George Burton, vice president and first. Kingsland was an exporter of cattle in Britain and an accountant, Burton was a Cambridge University graduate.

The pitch was a field for grazing located two blocks north of the railway station, next to the tracks on the east side.

Amateur era[edit]

With Kingsland as president, Banfield cricket was the major sport, leaving football relegated to a background, which explains the poor performances of the club in football championships from 1897 to 1898, where the team finished at bottom places even suffering some of the largest defeats ever such as a 0–10 at the hands of defunct Flores AC.[2]

This situation lasted until 1899, when Alfredo Goode (a football enthusiast) was named president. In 1899 Banfield played in the first second division football league of Argentina, proclaiming champion over Español High School.[3] Banfield remains the only club currently affiliated with the Argentine Football Association (AFA), that had won a title in the nineteenth century.

The players were all born in Great Britain except the center half and captain James Dodds Watson, an Argentine native born in Buenos Aires. The following year (1900), as there was still no promotion, Banfield retained the Second Division championship. That time the club won the title without being defeated. Key players included the goalscorer Edward "Invincible" Potter, noted dribbler Charles Douglas Moffatt, captain Watson Dodds, and goalkeeper/president Goode.

After that success, the club began to decline until December 1904, when Banfield was reorganized, with all of its assets liquidated to meet a hopeless bankruptcy. During those years, the figure of George Burton, another true lover of football, presided over the club until his death in 1928.

In 1908 the club's first team, playing in the Third Division, won the championship. In December 1910, a Banfield squad including William Peterson, Roger Jacobelli, Amador García, Carlos Lloveras, Galup Lanus and Bartholomew, amongst others, faced Racing in a two legged playoff for a place in the top division. The first match ended 0–0, with Racing finally winning, with a goal in extra time during the second match. In 1912, with the leadership of Captain Adolfo Pellens, Banfield won the championship for the third category thus the club ensured its return to second division. However, a restructuring of the tournament caused the first split in Argentine football, sending Banfield directly to the top category.

Banfield made good performances in 1913 and 1914 tournaments, but when the First World War began, many of the team's players, who were of British origins, were enrolled in the Army and sent to the battlefront in Europe. In 1919 Banfield returned to first division after beating defunct club Del Plata in the final game.

First local title[edit]

Newly promoted, Banfield was runner-up after champion Boca Juniors. In 1920 the team won the "Copa de Honor" beating Boca Juniors 2–1. George Burton had chaired the club for over 20 years with a paternalistic attitude, cultivating and fervently supporting the amateur spirit of sport. His death created a huge vacuum of power that plunged Banfield into a constitutional crisis for a decade.

Professional era[edit]

1930s & 1940s[edit]

In 1931 a group of clubs, led by the major teams, decided to professionalize football, which would end the covert professionalism that had occurred up till then.

Banfield was invited to join the professional Primera División but its leaders believed that professionalism would fail in the short term, and instead chose to continue participating in amateur tournaments. Immediately Banfield players received offers from Primera División clubs and left.

With a decimated roster, Banfield participated in tournaments until 1934. In 1935 Banfield joined the Argentine Football Association (AFA) and was assigned to the Second Division. The team made poor campaigns, with less than 300 supporters per game. In 1938 Banfield finished last, being relegated to second division.

The 1946 Banfield squad that won the Segunda División title.

In late 1938 a group of members proposed to young entrepreneur Florencio Sola to take over the presidency of the club. Banfield was in critical situation but Sola accepted. Taking advantage of Club Estudiantil Porteño (that played in second division) had been disaffiliated from the AFA, Florencio Sola Banfield acted to prevent Banfield dropping into the Third Division. To tackle the championship in 1939 Banfield obtained the loan of many players who were substitutes in the First Divisionand assembled a quality team that became champions winning the right to play in the Primera División.

Banfield featured a completely new team for 1940 season. With players like Rafael Sanz, Eduardo Silvera, John Baptist Busuzzo, Alfredo De Teran, Armando Farro and others, the newspaper El Pampero nicknamed the team "El Taladro (The Drill)", which has remained the club's official nickname.

Banfield's stadium (later named "Florencio Sola"), was built in 1940 in the city of Banfield. To celebrate its inauguration a match against Independiente took place, which Banfield lost 1–0, with a goal by Arsenio Erico. In 1941, Banfield was punished with a 16-point deduction for attempted bribery, but after a great campaign, the team avoided being relegated in the last fixture, with a victory over Rosario Central.

After the campaigns of 1942 and 1943, the school suffered several casualties and the team was relegated in 1944. The chair was occupied by Joseph Agulla in 1945, the year he did a good campaign in Second Division, but after a constitutional crisis later that year became Remigio Sola, brother of Florencio, became President. Chaired by Sola, the club formed a solid team for 1946 season, winning the second division championship with a season record that took over forty years to be broken.

In 1948 Florencio Sola became president for second time. Under his command, Banfield hired many players in order to form a strong team, although the club would not made a good campaign, nearly being relegated again. In the last five fixtures of that season, a strike of professional players was declared, thus all teams put youth players on the field. Renato Cesarini was Banfield coach during that period, obtaining 9/10 points which allowed Banfield to remain at first division.

1950s & 1960s[edit]

In 1951, Felix Jose Ildefonso Martinez and Felix Zurdo in the coach equipper, finished equal first with Racing Club although they had the better goal difference and wins. The two finals were played in the defunct stadium of San Lorenzo (known as the "Gasometer"). The first ended in a goalless draw and in the second Racing won by the minimum difference. Featuring almost the same team, Banfield took fifth in the championship in 1952.

In 1953 key player Eliseo Mouriño was acquired by Boca Juniors, which significantly affected the team: the following year they finished last and relegated to second division.

After seven years, Florencio Sola would not continue to lead the club in 1955 and presidential elections were held for the first time in the history of the institution. They faced the lists submitted by the groups "traditionalist" and "Mr. Burton", beating the first.

Most notable in these years was in the lower divisions, where a team was champion of sixth, fifth, fourth and reserves between 1955 and 1958, which values emerged as the top scorer Luis Suarez Llanos Oscar Calics, Ezekiel and Horacio Benedetti.

Valentín Suárez, became president of the club in late 1958, and for 1959 championship he assembled a team of first division players, mostly veterans.

But although pointer ended the first round, this "star team" did not achieve its main objective which was promotion. Beginning in 1960, led by Benicio Acosta but also with the contribution of the great football knowledge Valentin Suarez had started a process that led to the rise after a major campaign in 1962. The arrival of quality players Ediberto Righi, Norberto Raffo, Oscar Lopez, Luis Maidana and Roberto Zarate, supplemented with local players like Adolfo Vazquez, Oscar Llanos Ezequiel Calics and created a remarkable team that was third in 1960, second in 1961 and first in 1962.

From 1963 the club began a period of 16 seasons in which they remained in First Division with the exception of 1973.

In the first four years the "Drill" made excellent seasons, finishing seventh in 1963 and 1964. Slowly, the campus is being renovated. Thus came the likes of Julio San Lorenzo, Anacleto Peanno Diego Bay, Nelson Lopez, Ruben Hugo and José Sanfilippo. It was in 1967 when Banfield performances began to decline even though the team included quality players like Jorge Carrascosa, Rubén Flotta and José Manuel Ramos Delgado.

In 1969 he avoided relegation to Second Division after winning a home reclasificatorio, but in 1972 failed to prevent relegation. In any case the "Drill" took only one year to return to the higher division.

1970s & 1980s[edit]

Coached by Oscar López and Oscar Cavallero, Banfield became champion of Primera B (second division) in 1973. Ricardo La Volpe, Hugo Mateos, Silvio Sotelo, Eduardo and Juan Alberto Taverna were some notable players for the team.

During its run on Primera División, Banfield made its best campaign during the 1976 National Championship, with Adolfo Pedernera as manager. But after poor performances during 1977 and 1978 tournaments, the team was relegated after being defeated at the hands of Platense.

In 1985 Angel Cappa arrived to coach Banfield, forming the main structure of the team which would promote to Primera División two years later.

1990–1999[edit]

Banfield did not have a good beginning during this decade, even playing in relegation zone. The only notable moment was in the 1990–91 tournament, where the team reached the finals although it could not promote to Primera. For the 1992–93 season and with Suárez again as president (having been elected in 1991 for a 5th run), Banfield designed Carlos Babington as coach and acquired experienced players such as former River Plate goalkeeper Gabriel Puentedura, midfielder Fabio Lenguita and defender Gabriel Stafuza (who had played for Boca Juniors in the 1980s). Those footballers, plus some youth players such as Javier Sanguinetti (who made the highest number of appearances for the club to date, with over 450 matches) and Jorge Jiménez, helped Banfield to win the title and promotion to Primera División, after defeating Colón de Santa Fe in the finals.

In Primera, Banfield was coached by Oscar López and Oscar Cavallero, with a renovated squad where ex-Ferro Carril Oeste Oscar Acosta and experienced goalkeeper Ángel Comizzo (who had been relegated from River by then coach Daniel Passarella were some of the new players. But it was a young player called Javier Zanetti who would be the revelation of the team at the end of the season. Banfield made good campaigns during its first years at Primera, although the team could not repeat those good performances in the successive tournaments, being finally relegated in 1997.

That same year Banfield hired Patricio Hernández as club's coach, but the team could not achieve good results under his direction. The next year, businessman Carlos Portel became new president of the institution, prevailing over the other candidate, Horace Sola (son of Florencio). The club was reported to be into a critical situation, so Portel announced that the main objective would be to reduce the club's debts.

The Falcioni era[edit]

In those years Banfield returned to Primera División, with playmaker and idol José Luis Sánchez as its most notable player. The first years at the top division of Argentine football the club was frequently in relegation zone, although the club achieved some historic results such as the 5–1 over River Plate in 2002 Apertura. Uruguayan Luis Garisto was the coach of the club during that period.

At the beginning of 2003 Apertura, Julio César Falcioni replaced Garisto. Under his coaching, the club qualified to play continental tournaments for the first time in its history, taking part in 2004 Copa Sudamericana and 2005 Copa Libertadores, where the team reached the quarterfinals. In the domestic tournament, Banfield finished 5th at 2005 Clausura.

Banfield also played the 2005 and 2006 editions of Copa Sudamericana, as well as the 2007 Copa Libertadores. Although this participations in South American championships, Banfield did not achieve good results at domestic seasons, with the exception of an outstanding 5–0 over arch-rival Lanús, the Argentine champion at that time.[4]

From 2008 Apertura until the next season, former World Champion Jorge Burruchaga coached Banfield. After poor campaigns during that period, Julio Falcioni returned to the club to take over the team again.

In 2009, after an acceptable performance in the Torneo Clausura of that year, Banfield disputed the Apertura, still with Falcioni as coach. The most frequent line-up was: Cristian Lucchetti, Julio Barraza, Sebastián Méndez, Víctor López, Marcelo Bustamante, Maximiliano Bustos, Walter Erviti, Marcelo Quinteros, James Rodríguez, Sebastián Fernández and Santiago Silva (who later became the league top scorer). Banfield had a devastating start, defeating teams like Torneo Clausura 2009 champion Vélez Sársfield, Newell's Old Boys and drawing 0–0 with Rosario Central.

As tournament went by, Banfield gradually consolidated their leadership, being followed by Rosarian team Newell's Old Boys which also emerged as another strong candidate to win the title. Finally, after victories for Banfield and Newell's against Club Atlético Tigre and Gimnasia de La Plata, respectively, the two rivals came to the final game of the tournament with Banfield holding a two points lead over Newell's.

On 13 December 2009, although Banfield was beaten by Boca Juniors 0–2, the club achieved the championship due to Newell's Old Boys, its nearest rival, also being defeated by San Lorenzo by 2–0. These results produced a new champion in Argentine football. Club Atlético Banfield won its first championship in the top level of Argentine football.

After winning its first title, Banfield played the 2010 Copa Libertadores where the team, placed 2nd to Nacional de Montevideo in the first round, qualified to the next stage but Banfield was eliminated by Internacional de Porto Alegre (which would be the champion). In the domestic tournament, Banfield finished 5th of 2010 Clausura.

Banfield also disputed some South American tournaments as the 2010 Copa Sudamericana (defeating Vélez Sarsfield but the team lost to Colombian team Deportes Tolima. After finishing 15th in the 2010 Apertura, Falcioni resigned, ending his successful second tenure on the club, after being hired by Boca Juniors to replace Claudio Borghi as manager.[5]

Decline and relegation[edit]

On January 2011 Sebastián Méndez was named manager of the club. Banfield finished 8th in 2011 Clausura and started the following tournament (2011 Apertura) losing four consecutive matches, which led to Méndez' resignation. After some provisional replacements as coaches, Ricardo La Volpe was chosen as new manager. La Volpe was fired only three months after his hiring. La Volpe had been involved in some controversies with some representative players of the institution, who even called president Carlos Portell to tell him they "Could not stand La Volpe anymore".[6][7]

Uruguayan manager Jorge da Silva (who had previously worked in Godoy Cruz achieving a qualification to the Copa Libertadores) was hired to replace La Volpe since the 2012 Clausura. Banfield did not achieve good results, what precipitated Da Silva's resignation and his return to his country of origin. Eduardo Acevedo succeeded Da Silva but the team made another bad campaign, getting only 7 points over 42.

On June 2012 Banfield was relegated to the second division (Primera B Nacional) after being defeated by Colón de Santa Fe 3-0.[8] Banfield had placed last (19th of 19 teams) in the last two tournaments of Argentina. The team only won 5 games in both competitions, with 7 ties and 26 loses. Two days after, president Carlos Portell resigned, being accused of corruption by the fans and members of the club.[9] Apart from Portell, of the managing left the club (including vice-president and treasurers), so a new election had to be held in order to chose a new chairman and managing for Banfield. The election was finally held in July 2012, being Eduardo Spinosa chosen as new chairman of the club. Espinoza won with a big margin of 77%.

Uniform evolution[edit]

1896–1902
1903–04
1904–present 1
1947– 2
Notes
  • 1 Considered the traditional uniform until 1947 when it began to be alternated with the diagonal stripe jersey (Worn 1951-1980, 1986-1987, 1992-1999, 2000-2002, 2004, 2006-2008, 2009-13).
  • 2 Was the main uniform of the club 1947-51, then alternating with the vertical stripes uniform (Worn 1947-1951, 1981-1985, 1987-1992, 1999-2000, 2003-2006, 2007–2008, 2013-).

Stadium[edit]

Playing field Alfredo Palacios, located on Luis Guillón.

The stadium Florencio Sola was built in 1940 and is named after former President of the institution in the most glorious period in its history: Don Florencio "Lencho" Sola.

To celebrate its inauguration a match took place against Independiente de Avellaneda which the team won 1–0 on a goal by Arsenio Erico. At this stage the "Drill" played a record 39 matches unbeaten from 1950 to 1953. The stadium was considered advanced for its time because it was the first club of so-called "medium" to possess concrete grandstands, even before some of the big teams.

It is situated on the corner of Peña and Arenales in the city of Banfield. It recently opened a new area of 2 with silver trays, boxes, changing rooms and booths for radio and TV. The stadium holds 37,245 spectators. [1]

Roofed stalls of Sola[edit]

A plan was put together to extend the stadium. The board of directors of the club, decide to approve the project and work began in 2011. The extension is to build a second tray on the podium Eliseo Mouriño and also perform a second tray in the visitor sector. Also be rounded elbows, and would get the transmission towers. Therefore the stadium's capacity would be 45,326 spectators.

Head Office[edit]

The Head Office is located in Vergara 1635 (Banfield) and is the headquarters where athletes meet various activities. Also, here are held steering committee meetings.

At headquarters trainings are also held in other sports such as volleyball, futsal, skate, chess, children's football, gymnastics, taekwondo and the club has a training gym and a circle of lifetime partners, as well as a teamroom open to general public, where supporters gather.

Team records[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Current squad of Club Atlético Banfield as of August 10, 2014 (edit)
Sources: "Plantel de Banfield - Transición 2014" at FutbolPasion.com

No. Position Player
1  ARG GK Alejandro Alcayaga
2  ARG DF Nicolás Bianchi Arce
3  ARG DF Nicolás Tagliafico
4  ARG DF Gonzalo Bettini
5  ARG MF Nicolás Domingo
6  ARG DF Fabián Noguera
7  PAR FW Santiago Salcedo
8  ARG MF Nicolás Bertolo
9  ARG MF Lihué Prichoda
10  ARG MF Walter Erviti
11  ARG FW Ricardo Noir
12  ARG DF Marco Di Menno
14  ARG DF Fabio Segovia
15  ARG MF Emanuel Cecchini
16  ARG FW Claudio Villagra
No. Position Player
17  ARG FW Leandro Chetti
18  ARG MF Omar Zarif
20  ARG MF Jonathan Requena
21  ARG MF Juan Ezequiel García
22  ARG MF Nahuel Yeri
23  ARG GK Gaspar Servio
24  ARG MF Iván Rossi
25  ARG GK Enrique Bologna
26  ARG DF Gustavo Toledo
28  PAR DF José Devaca
30  ARG DF Jorge Rodríguez
31  ARG FW Emiliano Terzaghi
33  ARG DF Nicolás Tévez
36  ECU MF Juan Cazares

Manager: Matías Almeyda

Notable players[edit]

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To appear in this section a player must have either:
  • Played at least 100 games for the club.
  • Set a club record.
  • Played for their national team while at the club.
  • Played at least 15 games with their national team at any time.
  • Been part of a World Cup squad.

Presidents[edit]

Notes
  • 1 Died on 29 June 1928.
  • 2 Resigned.

Filial clubs[edit]

Other Banfield clubs affiliated to AFA (Argentine Football Association).

Province Filial name League Address
Chaco Atlético y Deportivo Banfield Liga Saezpeñense de Fútbol Rivadavia 547 – (3700) Roque S. Peña
Entre Ríos Club Banfield Liga Victoriense de Fútbol San Juan s/n – (3153) Victoria
Club Atlético Banfield Liga Paranaense de Fútbol (3100) Paraná
Buenos Aires Club Atlético Banfield Liga Deportiva Sampedrina 11 de Setiembre 1220 – (2930) San Pedro
Club Atlético Banfield de Mar del Plata Liga Marplatense de Fútbol Triunvirato 1331 – (7600) Mar del Plata
Córdoba Club Deportivo Banfield Asoc. Cordobesa de Fútbol López y Planes 2786 – (5500) Córdoba
Club Atlético Banfield Liga de Fútbol de Alta Gracia Cervantes y 24 De Septiembre – (5186) Alta Gracia
Formosa Club Atlético Banfield Liga Formoseña de Fútbol T. 139 "E", Bo. Guadalupe – (3600) Formosa
Mendoza Club Deportivo Banfield Liga Sancarlina de Fútbol Guevara s/n – (5569) Tres Esquinas
San Juan Club Sportivo Banfield Liga Veinticinqueña de Fútbol M. Moreno s/n – (5443) Las Casuarinas
Santa Fe Club Atlético Defensores de Banfield Liga Casildense de Fútbol Mitre 1937 – (2170) Casilda – 19 November 1914
Santiago del Estero Club Atlético Banfield Liga Santiagueña de Fútbol (4300) La Banda
La Pampa Peña Banfileña de Castex (founded in 1996)   Contact to Mr. Domingo F. Vidal or Aldo Montaldo in town

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