Club Atlético Huracán

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Huracán
Escudo Club A. Huracan.svg
Full name Club Atlético Huracán
Nickname(s) Globo ("Balloon")
Quemeros ("Burners")
Founded 1 November 1908; 106 years ago (1908-11-01)
Ground Tomás A. Ducó, Parque Patricios,
Buenos Aires
Ground Capacity 48,314
Chairman Alejandro Nadur
Manager Néstor Apuzzo
League Primera División
2014 5th (promoted)
Website Club home page

Club Atlético Huracán is an Argentine sports club from the Parque Patricios neighbourhood of Buenos Aires. The club is notable for its football team, that currently plays in the Primera División, the top 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. Club's name and nickname (Globo, literally "Balloon") comes from the Huracán balloon flown by Jorge Newbery in 1909. Club's supporters are called los Quemeros ("the Burners") because the stadium is located in a former garbage burning area.

Since its establishment, Huracán has won 12 domestic titles (including five Primera División championships, and most recently the 2014 Copa Argentina) and one international (defunct Copa Aldao). Apart from that achievements, the team has finished as runner-up of the top division seven times (the last one in the 2009 Clausura). Huracán's historical rival is San Lorenzo de Almagro.

Other sports practised at the club are artistic gymnastics, boxing, field hockey, roller hockey, handball, martial arts and volleyball.

History[edit]

Foundation[edit]

Jorge Newbery's balloon served as inspiration to the emblem.

On 25 May 1903, a group of boys from Nueva Pompeya, Buenos Aires, founded a football club under the name Los Chiquitos de Pompeya.[1] In 1907 the name was changed to Verde esperanza y no pierde.

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.[1] 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" [2]

First steps[edit]

In 1910, Jorge Newbery was named "protector member" of the club. That same year Huracán played in the Liga 43, where 43 clubs from second and fourth divisions took part of the championship. 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. In 1912 Huracán debuted in the third division, which only allowed under-18 players to participate.

Primera División & golden age[edit]

The 1921 team that won the first championship.
In 1922 Huracán won its second title.
The 1925 Huracán team, champion that year.

Huracán reached the Argentine Primera División two years later, debuting in the top division on March 29, 1914, with a 4-2 over Ferro Carril Oeste. The team finished 6th of 13 with 4 games won, five lost and three drew.[3] The following seasons, Huracán made good campaings, even finishing third in 1917 and 1919. In 1920 the team made a great season, finishing runner-up of Boca Juniors but also winning its first title ever, the Copa Estímulo, awarded to the club after Banfield resigned to play the final game.[4]

But the first league title (and the second in club's history) would be win a year after, when Huracán was crowned champion after a great campaign that include 14 victories and only one loss in 18 matches played. The team also reached a mark of 54 goals (an average of three per game).[5] Huracán also had the topscorer of the tournament, Guillermo Dannaher with 23 goals.[6]

Just one season after, Huracán won another championship, the 1922 Primera División, winning 13 of 16 matches played with only one loss.[7] 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 crown a champion, which was finally won by the Xeneize 2–0. That same year the club also won the Copa Dr. Carlos Ibarguren, defeating Newell's Old Boys by 1-0 after an 1-1 tie in the first match.[8][9]

The third Primera División title for the club came in 1925, after a playoff match where Huracán defeated Nueva Chicago due to both teams had finished in the first position at the end of the tournament. The playoff match was played at Sportivo Barracas stadium. Huracán had finished the regular season with 18 games won, two drew and one loss over 21 games played. The team scored 51 goals and conceded only 12.[10] Huracán also won the Copa Dr. Ibarguren defeating Tiro Federal de Rosario by 2-1 (goals by Stábile and Pratto).[11]

The team made good campaigns during the successive years, and in 1928 Huracán won its 4th. Primera División title, after a long season of 35 games played. Huracán won 28 games, with 2 drew and 5 lost, scoring 73 goals (far from runner-up Boca Juniors that scored 100 goals with the same quantity of matches won). Some highlights for the team include victories over Boca Juniors (3-1), River Plate (2-0), Lanús (7-2). Guillermo Stábile was team's topscorer with 24.[12]

The team was one of the most successful teams during those years, winning four titles and always finishing in the top-ten 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.

1929-74[edit]

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 him). 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.[13]

Other important facts in club's history were the debuts of two notable players: Alfredo Di Stéfano in 1946 and Adolfo Pedernera in 1948.

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.[14]

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 (four more than runner-up Boca Juniors) with 19 matches won and five lost.[15][16]

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.

Relegations[edit]

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.[17] Huracán was coached by Antonio Mohamed, who had won a promotion as player some years earlier.

2009 Clausura campaign[edit]

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 disallowed a goal scored by Eduardo Domínguez when the match was still 0–0.[18]

Huracán finished the season placed 2nd with 38 points, the club's best position since the 1973 championship.[19]

2010–present[edit]

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. The team returned to Argentina's Primera Division league on 14 December 2014, after winning a one-game playoff with Atletico Tucuman[20] for the fifth place of Nacional's Group B.[21]

Stadium[edit]

The club plays at Estadio Tomás Adolfo Ducó.

Honours[edit]

National[edit]

Huracán in 1928, when the team won its fourth Primera División title.

League[edit]

National cups[edit]

International[edit]

Official titles but still not recognized by CONMEBOL.[22]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Current squad of Club Atlético Huracán as of August 13, 2011 (edit)
Sources: Official website [@cahuracan Official Twitter]

No. Position Player
 ARG GK Marcos Díaz
 ARG GK Gonzalo Marinelli
 ARG DF Carlos Arano
 ARG DF Juan Bouvier
 ARG DF Leonardo Correale
 ARG DF Eduardo Domínguez
 ARG DF Federico Mancinelli
 ARG DF Guillermo Sotelo
 ARG DF Leonardo Zaragoza
 ARG MF Ivan Moreno y Fabianesi
 ARG MF Rodrigo Erramuspe
 ARG MF Gabriel Robledo
 ARG MF Cristian Espinoza
No. Position Player
 ARG MF Lucas Fernández
 ARG MF Ivan Borghello
 ARG MF Santiago Echeverria
 ARG MF Germán Mandarino
 ARG MF Lucas Villafañez
 ARG MF Lucas Favalli
 ARG MF Alejandro Romero Gamarra
 ARG MF Lucas Villaruel
 ARG FW Federico Vismara
 ARG FW Agustín Torassa
 ARG FW Cristian Milla
 ARG FW Patricio Toranzo
 ARG FW Ramón Ábila
 ARG FW Gonzalo Martinez

Manager: Néstor Apuzzo

Gallery[edit]

Managers[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Proclaimed champion after the other finalist, Uruguayan team Peñarol, decided not to play.

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