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 Daniel Oldrá
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 February 26, 2015 (edit)
Sources: Official website and Argentine Soccer

No. Position Player
1  ARG GK Rodrigo Rey
2  ARG DF Esteban Burgos
3  ARG DF Juan Ignacio Alvacete
4  ARG DF Lucas Ceballos
5  ARG MF Luis Jerez Silva
6  ARG DF Sebastián Olivares
7  ARG FW Juan Garro
8  ARG MF Fernando Zuqui
9  ARG FW Leandro Fernández
10  ARG MF Daniel González
11  ARG FW Leandro Caruso
12  ARG GK Roberto Ramírez
13  ECU FW Jaime Ayoví
14  ARG FW Luis Vila
15  ARG DF Mauro Visaguirre
16  ARG MF Gonzalo Burgoa
17  ARG DF Nahuel Zárate
No. Position Player
18  ARG MF Agustín Díaz
19  ARG FW Javier Correa
20  ARG MF Ángel González
21  ARG MF Fabricio Angileri
22  ARG MF Ezequiel Bonacorzo
23  ARG DF Guillermo Cosaro
24  ARG MF Iván Bella
25  ARG GK Sebastián Moyano
26  ARG GK Alan Aldalla
27  ARG DF Leonel Galeano
28  ARG MF Gabriel Moyano
29  ARG FW Fernando Brico
30  PAR DF Diego Viera
32  ARG DF Matías Contreras
33  ARG MF Emanuel García
40  ECU FW Kevin Mercado
 ARG MF Federico Lértora

Manager: Daniel Oldrá

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.

References[edit]

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