Club Atlético Belgrano
|Full name||Club Atlético Belgrano|
|Founded||19 March 1905|
|Ground||Estadio Julio César Villagra,
a.k.a. El Gigante de Alberdi
|Website||Club home page|
Club Atlético Belgrano (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkluβ aˈtletiko βelˈɣɾano]; mostly known simply as Belgrano [belˈɣɾano] or Belgrano de Córdoba [belˈɣɾano ðe ˈkorðoβa]) is a sports club from Córdoba, Argentina, best known for its football team, which currently plays in Primera División.
Other activities held in the club are basketball, chess and volleyball.
Belgrano was founded in 1905 by a group of teenagers, having 14-year-old Arturo Orgaz as its first president. They named it in commemoration of the Argentine historical figure General Manuel Belgrano, and its colours were taken from the flag of Argentina, created by Belgrano himself.
The team started playing in the second division of the Córdoba league in 1908, winning that championship and the following two, to reach the first division of the local league. Because their precarious field didn't comply with the first division requirements, Belgrano's fans and players used to borrow post, wire and fences from the nearby houses to erect the required protections. Nevertheless, they would return all the material to their owners, leaving things as they were before the match. This kind of borrowing without consent brought them the nickname of Piratas ("Pirates").
After the foundation of the Federación Cordobesa de Fútbol ("Córdoba Football Association"), Belgrano won the first championship of 1913. The following season gave birth to the Córdoba Derby between Belgrano and Talleres. The both teams faced each other first round of the league, but that first derby match would only last 4 minutes, for Talleres left the field after a doubtful goal was awarded to Belgrano.
On 17 March 1929, the grounds of the Gigante de Alberdi were finished, one of the first cement stadiums in Argentina. El Gigante would be later renovated in 1997 to meet the requirements of the first and second national divisions.
Within the Córdoba league, Belgrano won all the championships between 1929 and 1937, except for 1934, that was won by Talleres. Then, it won the 1940, 1946, 1947, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1956 (Unión Cordobesa de Fútbol) and 1957.
Belgrano was able to play its way to the Nacional tournament of 1968, and reached the Argentine second division in 1986. The club finally reached first division in 1992, where it played until 1996. In 1998 the team was promoted again to first division, to be relegated after the 2001/02 season.
Beating Olimpo de Bahía Blanca at the 2005–06 Promoción, Belgrano returned to first division for the 2006–07 season. Belgrano were relegated to the second division after narrowly missing out on a Promotion play-off berth. Belgrano played another promotion series in 2011, against River Plate, which they won.
Since the first match the club played in 1905 it has always worn the traditional blue shirt for home games. The away shirt did varied using black, yellow, red, white and gray.
Current squad of Club Atlético Belgrano as of August 31, 2013 (
Sources: Argentine Soccer
Manager: Ricardo Zielinski
- Liga Cordobesa de Fútbol (31): 1913, 1914, 1917, 1919, 1920, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1940, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1984, 1985, 2003
- Segunda División Liga Cordobesa (3): 1908, 1909, 1910
- Unión Cordobesa de Fútbol (1): 1956
- Primera División ACF (2): 1984, 1985
- Campeonato Provincial ACF (3): 1983, 1984, 1985
- Torneo Regional (Córdoba) (9): 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1981, 1985 
- Torneo del Interior (Córdoba) (1): 1985–86 
- Torneo Regional de AFA (10): 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1981, 1985, 1986
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