Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba

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Godoy Cruz
Escudo del Club Godoy Cruz de Mendoza.svg
Full name Club Deportivo Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba
Nickname(s) Tomba
Expreso ("Express")
Bodeguero ("Wine-Producer")
Founded 21 June 1921; 93 years ago (1921-06-21)
Ground Estadio Malvinas Argentinas,
Godoy Cruz, Mendoza
Ground Capacity 40,268
Chairman José Eduardo Mansur
Manager Carlos Mayor
League Argentine Primera División
2014 Final 4th
Website Club home page

Club Deportivo Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba, known simply as Godoy Cruz, is an Argentine sports club from Godoy Cruz, Mendoza. The club is best known for its football team, that plays in the Primera División, the top level of the Argentine football league system.

Other activities practised at Godoy Cruz are basketball, team handball, field hockey, tennis and volleyball.

History[edit]

The club was founded on June 21, 1921 under the name sportivo Godoy Cruz, and changed to its current name on April 25, 1930 after the fusion with Deportivo Bodega Antonio Tomba. In 1959, Godoy Cruz' stadium, the [Estadio Feliciano Gambarte], was constructed. The stadium is nicknamed La Bodega (Spanish for "wine cellar") and holds 14,000 people.

The team of 1954.

Godoy Cruz played in the regional league for several years before reaching the national level. The club won the Mendoza first division championship in 1944, 1947, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1968, and also in 1989 and 1990 that qualified to play in the defunct Torneo del Interior national-level tournament.

Winning the Torneo del Interior in 1994, Godoy Cruz reached the Primera B Nacional (Argentine second division) that year. After more than ten years in the second division, the club was finally promoted to the Primera División in 2006, after winning the 2005–06 season of the Primera B Nacional, defeating Nueva Chicago in the final.

20 year old Enzo Pérez scored the first goal by Godoy Cruz in the Argentine Primera, in a 1–1 draw with Belgrano on September 9, 2006.

At the end of the 2006–07 season, Godoy Cruz was relegated from the Primera after losing their promotion/relegation playoff with Huracán. Their stay in the second division was short, as they earned automatic promotion to the first division after finishing runners-up to San Martín de Tucumán during the 2007–08 season.

Godoy Cruz secured their best ever league position of 3rd place under Omar Asad's management during the 2010 Clausura. In that tournament, they also achieved the best-ever point total (37) for a team indirectly affiliated to the Argentine Football Association (meaning clubs under the administration of the Federal Council branch of AFA, which are teams outside Buenos Aires, Greater Buenos Aires, Rosario and Santa Fe). These results qualified them for the 2011 Copa Libertadores, their first appearance in this tournament. When Godoy Cruz made their Copa Libertadores debut in February 2011 in a 2–1 win against 2008 champions Liga de Quito they became the first indirectly affiliated side ever to represent Argentina in the Copa Libertadores.[1]

Nickname[edit]

Godoy Cruz is nicknamed Tomba and Bodeguero, in reference to the wine selling activity of the Deportivo Bodega Antonio Tomba, one of the merging clubs of 1921. Since the stadium is located near a railway, the club is also called El Expreso ("The Express").

Current squad[edit]

Current squad of Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba as of August 13, 2014 (edit)
Sources: Los Dorsales del Expreso (Spanish)

No. Position Player
1  ARG GK Rodrigo Rey
2  ARG MF Luis Jerez Silva
3  ARG DF Juan Ignacio Alvacete
4  ARG DF Lucas Ceballos
5  ARG MF Federico Lértora
6  ARG DF Emanuel Aguilera
7  ARG DF Sergio Velázquez
8  ARG MF Fernando Zuqui
9  ARG FW Leandro Miguel Fernández
10  ARG MF Jonathan Cháves
11  PAN FW Armando Cooper
12  ARG GK Roberto Ramírez
13  ECU FW Jaime Ayoví
14  ARG MF Santiago Galucci Otero
15  URU MF Diego Rodríguez
16  ARG FW Juan Fernando Garro
17  ARG MF Daniel González
18  ARG FW Rubén Ramírez
19  ARG MF José Luis Fernández
20  ARG MF Gonzalo Cabrera
No. Position Player
21  ARG MF Fabricio Angileri
22  ARG MF Claudio Aquino
23  ARG DF Guillermo Cosaro
24  PAR DF Rolando García Guerreño
25  ARG GK Sebastián Moyano
26  ARG DF Sebastián Olivares
27  ARG DF Juan Manuel Barrera
28  ARG MF Gabriel Moyano
29  ARG MF Sergio López
30  ARG MF Luis De Faria
31  ARG DF Juan Marital
32  ARG FW Joan Juncos
33  ARG MF Emanuel García
34  ARG MF Gonzalo Burgoa
35  ARG DF Exequiel Bonacorso
36  ARG DF Jonathan Bay
37  ARG DF Matías Contreras
38  ARG GK Alan Aldalla
40  ARG DF Esteban Burgos

Manager: Carlos Mayor

Friendly matches[edit]

A source of historical pride for the team's supporters are two friendly matches won against Argentine giants: in 1965, they defeated Boca Juniors 4–0, and in 1997 they defeated River Plate by the same margin.

Godoy Cruz won the summer 2009 edition of the friendly pentagonal cup known as the "Copa Ciudad de Tandil", after defeating both Chacarita Juniors and Quilmes in penalty shootouts.[2]

Managers[edit]

Honours[edit]

National[edit]

Regional[edit]

  • Mendoza Football League (12): 1944, 1947, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1968, Apertura 1987, Apertura 1989, 1989, 1990, Clausura 1993, Apertura 1993.

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