Instituto Atlético Central Córdoba
|Full name||Instituto Atlético Central Córdoba|
|Founded||8 August 1918|
|Ground||Estadio Presidente Perón, Córdoba, Argentina|
|League||Primera B Nacional|
|Website||Club home page|
Instituto Atlético Central Córdoba (commonly referred as Instituto or Instituto de Córdoba) is an Argentine sports club from the city Córdoba, which professional football team currently plays in the Primera B Nacional, the second division of the Argentine football league system.
Famous players who have played at Instituto include Osvaldo Ardiles, Mario Alberto Kempes, José Luis Saldaño, Alberto Beltran, Raul Chaparro La Cruz, Salvador Mastrosimone, Mauricio Caranta, Oscar Dertycia, Alejandro Faurlín, Paulo Dybala, Daniel Ángel Jiménez, and Marcelo Bielsa.
As many other football clubs in Argentina, Instituto was founded by railway workers. The club was initially established in 1918 as Instituto Ferrocarril Central Córdoba. With the re-organization of the administration of the club 6 years later, due to the number of members in the Alta Córdoba neighbourhood, the name was changed to the current Instituto Atlético Central Córdoba.
After its foundation, Instituto quickly reached the first division of the Liga Cordobesa, which the team won in 1925, 1926, 1927 and 1928. With the professionalization of the game in 1931, Instituto lost momentum and sunk into an unsuccessful period. But years later the team revived, conquering the provincial league again in 1961, 1966, and finally in 1972, reaching the Argentine second division.
Instituto played its first ever season at the top level in 1973 where the team finished 8th out of a group of 15 teams, but it had to wait six years to try again. In 1979 Instituto won its group to reach the Quarter-Finals where the club was eliminated 5–3 on aggregate by Club Atlético Tucumán. Instituto also played the Torneo Nacional from 1981 to 1985, and the Metropolitano in 1981, 1982 and 1983. After the reorganisation of 1985 Instituto played all 5 of the long seasons although it was relegated at the end of the 1989–90 season.
The club then had to wait until the 1999–2000 season to play in the top flight again. Instituto promoted to Argentine Primera División after winning the 1998–1999 Nacional B tournament. Nevertheless, the club would be relegated from the first division the next season, finishing 16th out of 20 teams in the Apertura and 12th in the Clausura, but Instituto was finally relegated after a 2–1 playoff defeat at the hands of Almagro. The club won its second title, the Primera B Nacional 2003 Apertura, and promoted back to first division after getting the revenge over Club Almagro in a 2 legged playoff in 2004. The club survived one season at the top level after winning a two legged promotion/relegation playoff against Huracán by a score of 3–1. In its 2nd season in the first division, Instituto finished 19th overall and was automatically relegated back to B Nacional. The 1986–87 season was probably the most successful season in team's history, having finished 8th overall.
The club currently plays in Estadio Presidente Perón in which is located in the neighborhood of Alta Cordoba.The origin of its name comes from Juan Perón, President of Argentina during the construction stage. The club has had a number of other homes in their history, all based in the city of Cordoba.
As of August 23, 2013.
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Primera B Nacional (2): 1998–99, 2003–04
- Liga Cordobesa de Fútbol (7): 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1961, 1966, 1972
- Liga Cordobesa Segunda División (4): 1919, 1920, 1941, 1946
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