Club Atlético Huracán
|Full name||Club Atlético Huracán|
|Founded||11 November 1908|
|Ground||Tomás A. Ducó, Parque Patricios,
|Manager||Frank Darío Kudelka|
|League||Primera B Nacional|
|Website||Club home page|
Club Atlético Huracán is a sports club from the Parque Patricios neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The football team currently plays in the Primera B Nacional, the second level of the Argentine football league system. Huracán home stadium is the Estadio Tomás Adolfo Ducó.
Huracán was founded on 1 November 1908 in the Nueva Pompeya neighbourhood of Buenos Aires. The club's name and nickname (Globo, literally "Balloon") comes from the Huracán balloon flown by Jorge Newbery in 1909. The club's supporters are called los Quemeros ("the Burners") because the stadium is located in a former garbage burning area.
During the professional era, Huracán won the Primera División title just once (the 1973 Metropolitano), and obtained four titles during the amateur era (in 1921, 1922, 1925 and 1928). Moreover, Huracán has finished as runner-up of the first division five times during professionalism (the last one in the 2009 Clausura). Huracán's historical rival is San Lorenzo de Almagro.
- 1 History
- 2 Stadium
- 3 Players
- 4 Honours
- 5 Notes
- 6 References
- 7 External links
On 25 May 1903, a group of boys from Nueva Pompeya, Buenos Aires, founded a football club under the name "Verde Esperanza y Nunca Pierde". Nevertheless, other sources state that the club was founded in 1907 although there are no documents that support that information.
Once the club was founded, the members went to a stationery shop to buy a rubber stamp for the recently formed club. The manager of the store suggested to them a shorter name for the club, as otherwise the stamp would be excessively large. Hunging on a wall of the store there was a calendar with the inscription "El Huracán", which caught the attention of the boys who finally took that inscription as club's name.
On 1 November 1908, a meeting was organised, and therefore the club was named "Club Atlético Huracán", according to club's certificates, signed by José Laguna as the first president of the institution. In that meeting the white color with a balloon emblem on the chest, was also established as club's jersey. This was established as the official foundation of Huracán. Likewise, the balloon emblem was a homage to Argentine aviation-pioneer Jorge Newbery's, which had been brought from France and first piloted by Newbery in 1909. The club asked Newbery for permission to use the balloon, which Newbery replied saying "I gave my most complete approval to the request, hoping that the team will honor the balloon that crossed three countries (Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil) in a unique trip". When Huracán reached the first division, the managers sent a letter to Jorge Newbery that said: "Huracán has kept its promise, promoting three divisions, as your balloon crossed three republiques before, so your wish was accomplished" 
Amateur era: 1910–30
Huracán played its first matches in a field located in Cachi and Traful streets. It was Jorge Newbery who got the lands on Arena street. Newbery also negotitated the affiliation of the club to Argentine Football Association.
The stadium was opened in 1912, as well as the permission to play at third division. Huracán reached the Argentine Primera División two years later. After some years of battling for a championship, Huracán finally got its first title in 1921, playing 18 matches, with 14 victories and only one loss. In 1922 the club won another championship, winning 13 of 16 matches played.
In 1923 the tournament was suspended with Huracán placed first and Boca Juniors in the second position. Therefore both teams have to play a match in order to proclaim a champion, which was finally won by the Xeneize 2–0. The third title for the club came in 1925, defeating Nueva Chicago due to both teams had finished in the first position at the end of the tournament.
Huracán would win another title in 1928, the last of the amateur era. The team was one of the most successful teams during those years, winning four titles and always finishing in the top 10 with the exception of 1930 when it was placed 14th. One of its most notable players was Guillermo Stábile, club's top scorer before being traded to Genoa in 1930.
Professional era: 1931–72
Huracán did not got any important achievement during the first years of professional era. In 1939, with Tomás Ducó as president, Huracán acquired the lands where the club would later built its facilities and stadium (later named "Tomás Ducó" honoring that notable president). The works finished in September 1947 with a celebration that included a friendly match against Boca Juniors.
In 1949 Huracán finished last along with Lanús so both teams had to play two matches in order to define which team would be relegated to second division. After one victory per-each and a 3–3 draw, a fourth game had to be played, with Huracán winner by a score of 3–2, which sent Lanús to Primera B.
During the decade of the 1950s Huracán came close to being relegated, but managed keep its place in the top division. Huracán defeated Tigre in 1950 and then beat Quilmes a year later. The most important achievement during those years was 3rd place in 1952, shared with Independiente.
In the decade of the 1960s Huracán did not make great campaigns, the club's best performance being 6th place in 1963. In 1967 a restructuring of the tournaments was carried out by the Football Association, creating the Metropolitano and Nacional championships. During the 1969 tournament, two historical players of the club such as Miguel Brindisi and Carlos Babington played together for the first time.
In 1971 César Menotti was hired as coach by then president Luis Seijo. Menotti started a process that ended successfully in 1973, when Huracán won its first professional title with victory in the 1973 Torneo Metropolitano. The most frequent line-up was: Héctor Roganti, Nelson Chabay, Daniel Buglione, Alfio Basile, Jorge Carrascosa, Miguel Brindisi, Francisco Russo, Carlos Babington, René Houseman, Roque Avallay and Omar Larrosa. The team finished with 46 points (4 more than runner-up Boca Juniors) with 19 matches won and 5 lost.
The 1973 Huracán team has been widely praised by journalists and fans due to its elegant football style, with skilled players such as Houseman, Brindisi or Babington. Nowadays the team is still recognised as one of the greatest Argentine teams of all-time.
With a team formed with most of the players that had won the title, Huracán reached the semifinals in the 1974 Copa Libertadores being later eliminated by Independiente (which would be the champion) and Peñarol. In domestic competitions, Huracán was runner-up in 1975 Metropolitano and 1976 Metropolitano. Some of the most notable players of that time were Osvaldo Ardiles and goalkeeper Héctor Baley, both of whom would win the 1978 World Cup playing for Argentina national football team.
In 1976, Huracán signed an agreement with Adidas, becoming the first Argentine team to be sponsored by the company which made the uniforms for the team.
The 1980s and 1990s
The 1980s was not a good decade for the club. Huracán was relegated for the first time to the second division, Primera B Nacional in 1986. The team played four years there until Huracán won the promotion to Primera in 1990, being coached by former player and idol Carlos Babington. Some of its most notable players were Antonio Mohamed and Fernando Quiroz.
Coached by former player Héctor Cúper, Huracán was 1994 Torneo Clausura runner-up after a great campaign during that season, losing the chance in the last fixture when the Parque Patricios' team was hardly defeated by Independiente (which became champion) 4–0, in a match played in Estadio Libertadores de América.
In 1999 Huracán was relegated to B Nacional again, although the club would be promoted one season later, coached by Babington again. A new crisis due to internal and financial problems led to relegation in 2003. The club spent four seasons in the B Nacional until 2007, when the club promoted to Primera after defeating Godoy Cruz in playoffs with scores of 2–0 in Parque Patricios and 3–2 in Mendoza. Huracán was coached by Antonio Mohamed, who had won a promotion as player some years earlier.
A big frustration
During the decade of the 2000s, Huracán was near to win another title, more precisely in 2009 Clausura, where the team, coached by Ángel Cappa, made a great campaign but lost the title at the hands of Vélez Sársfield in the last round of the tournament. Referee Gabriel Brazenas wrongly disallowed a goal scored by Eduardo Domínguez when the match was still 0–0.
Despite of being frustrated in its attempt to win a championship, Huracán was acclaimed by critics due to its offensive playing style, with Mario Bolatti, Javier Pastore and Matías Defederico being some of its most recognizable players.
Huracán finished the season placed 2nd with 38 points, the club's best position since the 1973 championship.
The second half of the 2009 season was a great disappointment for the club. Huracán finished near the bottom of the league in the following season and Cappa resigned as coach. After some poor campaigns, Miguel Brindisi was named coach by former player and manager Carlos Babington, who had become president. The results were not as good as expected and Brindisi was soon replaced by Roberto Pompei, who could not change the situation, and eventually Huracán were relegated to the last position in 2010–11 season. Therefore Huracan ended second to last (Quilmes being last) in the relegation standings and was once again relegated to the Nacional B.
As a consequence, Babington quit as president and Alejandro Nadur was elected as new president of the institution. Juan Amador Sánchez was hired as coach, but he resigned after only 5 games. On September 2011, Diego Cocca became the new Huracán coach.
The Estadio Tomás Adolfo Ducó was closed in May 2008, after cracks were discovered in one of the structural columns. While the stadium was out of commission, Huracán played their home games at Argentinos Juniors. In August 2008, Fernando "la tota" Blauzwirn, an old player from the 1940s correctly said "no veo la hora de volver al Ducó, qué sufrimiento muyayo!" (I cannot wait until returning to the Duco, guyz, what a suffering!).
On 13 December 2008 during the final weekend of the 2008–09 Apertura championship, Huracán returned to the Ducó, 438 days after they'd last played there. Their 3–0 victory against Vélez was the only game Huracan played at home during their centenary year.
Manager: Frank Darío Kudelka
- Herminio Masantonio
- Miguel Brindisi
- Rene Houseman
- Antonio Mohamed
- Miguel Ángel Leyes
- Antonio Mohamed
- Guillermo Stábile
- Derlis Soto
Herminio Masantonio, the all-time Huracán top-scorer with 254 goals.
- Primera División (5): 1921, 1922, 1925, 1928, 1973 Metropolitano
- Copa Estímulo (1): 1920
- Copa Dr. Carlos Ibarguren (2): 1922, 1925
- Copa Adrián C. Escobar (2): 1942, 1943
- Copa de Competencia Británica George VI (1): 1944
- Primera B Nacional (2): 1989-90, 1999-00
- Proclaimed champion after the other finalist, Uruguayan team Peñarol, decided not to play.
- Grande se nace, 100 años: Centenario del Club Atlético Huracán, Néstor Vicente, Buenos Aires (2008) – ISBN 978-987-05-5250-5
- Carlos Gardel a través de su vida
- 1949 Argentina championship – RSSSF
- Argentine Final tables in the 1950s – RSSSF
- 1970s Final tables – RSSSF
- "El Huracán de Menotti", El Gráfico magazine
- "Huracán le ganó la promoción a Godoy Cruz y volvió a Primera", Clarín, 2007-06-24
- "Vélez gritó campeón", Clarín, 2009-07-03
- Argentine 2008–09 – RSSSF
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