Deportivo Español

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Deportivo Español
Logotipo Oficial y Escudo del Club Deportivo Espanol.svg
Full name Club Deportivo Español
Nickname(s) Gallegos
Founded 12 October 1956; 57 years ago (1956-10-12)
Ground Estadio Nueva España, Parque Avellaneda, Buenos Aires
Ground Capacity 34,500
Chairman Eloy Alvaredo Rodriguez
Manager Jorge Franzoni
League Primera C
2011-12 16th
Website Club home page

Club Deportivo Español (commonly referred to as either Deportivo Español or simply Español) is an Argentine sports club from the Parque Avellaneda district of Buenos Aires. The club is mostly known for its football team, which currently will play in the Primera B Metropolitana, the thirth division of the Argentine football league system.

Apart from football, the club hosts many sports such as field hockey, roller skating.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1956 with the name Club Deportivo Español on October, 12. The date was chosen as its foundation date to commemorate the arrived of Christopher Columbus to Americas. Club's first headquarters was in the bar "La Mezquita" of Buenos Aires, and after two years of being founded Deportivo Español had about 2,000 members, mostly of them were Spanish descendant living in Argentina.

In 1957 Español affiliated to the Argentine Football Association and the football team began to participate in the fourth division ("Tercera de Ascenso", now Primera D). Since then, the team ascended the tiers in Argentine football: in 1958 (a year after joining the AFA) Español won the championship promoting to "Segunda de Ascenso" (now Primera C. Only 3 years after promoting to the upper category, Español won another title promoting to the second division of Argentine football, Primera B Metropolitana. The squad went on a tour that same year, playing some matches in Spain against teams such as Real Madrid.

The 1960 squad which were promoted to Primera B Metropolitana.

In 1967, ten years after its foundation, Español promoted to the Argentine Primera División, the top category of Argentine football. The club not only developed a competitive football squad but also became the most popular Spanish club in Argentina. During those years the Municipality of Buenos Aires gave the club 16 hectares located in the district known as "Bajo Flores", in the south of the city. In those lands Español began to built its sports installations with the help of the members themselves, who worked hard collaborating side-by-side with the club.

During the following years, Español would be successively relegated until the Primera C in 1972, returning to the upper division when the team proclaimed champion in 1979. In 1984 Español promoted to the first division, where the team made its best performance at the top level of Argentine football in the 1985-86 season. Español finished 2nd along with Newell's Old Boys, defeating Independiente, San Lorenzo de Almagro, former champion River Plate in the Estadio Monumental and remained unbeaten against Boca Juniors. In the next seasons, Español finished 3rd in 1988-89 season and 2nd in the 1992 Clausura.

After 14 years in Primera División, Español was relegated to Primera B Nacional at the end of the 1997/98 season, and then to the lower categories. The team currently plays in the fourth division of Argentine football, the Primera C Metropolitana.

Players[edit]

Current Squad 2011-2012[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Argentina GK Ezequiel Bustos
Argentina GK Carlos De Maneses
Argentina GK Maximiliano Lopreiato
Colombia GK Varcan Sterling
Argentina DF Sebastián Anaut
Argentina DF Cristián Pelaez
Argentina DF Javier Brienza
Argentina DF Javier Graieb
Argentina DF Franco Infantino
Argentina DF Patricio Jontade
Argentina DF Luciano Moreno
Argentina DF ArielJavier Nieres
Argentina DF Germán Scanavino
Argentina MF Facundo Agoglia
Argentina MF Cristian Amarila
Argentina MF Maximiliano Comparín
Argentina MF Patricio González
No. Position Player
Argentina MF Bruno Elorrieta
Argentina MF Luis Pérez
Argentina MF Mariano Díaz
Argentina MF Victor Gauto
Argentina MF Gastón Gomes
Argentina MF Andrés Grande
Argentina MF Eduardo Mendoza
Argentina MF Fernando Screpis
Argentina MF Leonardo Testone
Argentina FW Miguel Montes de Oca
Argentina FW Cristian Hernández
Argentina FW Matías Agoglia
Argentina FW Leonel Pienzi
Argentina FW Josué Sandoval
Argentina FW Lucas Tiedemann
Argentina FW Eric Sosa

Notable players[edit]

Titles[edit]

1984, 2001-02
1960, 1979
1958

External links[edit]