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; 92 years ago (1921-06-21)
Ground Estadio Malvinas Argentinas,
Godoy Cruz, Mendoza
Ground Capacity 45,000
Chairman Mario Contreras
Manager Jorge Almirón
League Argentine Primera División
2013 Inicial 14th
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

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 February 12, 2014 (edit)
Sources: Argentine Soccer

No. Position Player
1  ARG GK Jorge Carranza
2  ARG DF Leonardo Sigali
3  ARG DF Leandro Grimi
4  ARG DF José San Román
5  ARG MF Federico Lértora
6  ARG DF Nicolás Sánchez
7  ARG FW Facundo Castillón
8  ARG MF Claudio Aquino
9  ARG FW Mauro Obolo
10  ARG MF Gonzalo Castellani
11  URU MF Jonathan Ramis
12  ARG GK Ignacio Acordino
14  ARG DF David Achucarro
15  URU MF Diego Rodríguez
No. Position Player
16  ARG MF Luis Jérez Silva
17  ARG MF Fernando Zuqui
18  ARG FW Cristian García
19  ARG MF José Luis Fernández
20  ARG MF Díaz Gonzalo
21  ARG MF Fabrizio Angileri
22  ARG DF Lucas Ceballos
23  ARG MF Gonzalo Cabrera
24  ARG MF Santiago Gallucci
25  ARG GK Sebastián Moyano
26  ARG DF Sebastián Olivares
27  ARG DF Juan Manuel Barrera
28  ARG FW Juan Fernando Garro
29  ARG DF Juan Manuel Marital

Manager: Jorge Almirón

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 (8): 1944, 1947, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1968, 1989, 1990
  • Torneo Argentino C (1) 1994

References[edit]

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