Newell's Old Boys

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Newell's Old Boys
Newells starslogo.svg
Full name Club Atlético Newell's Old Boys
Nickname(s) La Lepra ("The Leprosy")
Founded 3 November 1903; 110 years ago (1903-11-03)
Ground Estadio Marcelo Bielsa,
Rosario, Argentina
Ground Capacity 42,000[1]
Chairman Guillermo Lorente
Manager Ricardo Lunari
League Primera División
2013 Inicial 4th
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours

Club Atlético Newell's Old Boys is an Argentine sports club based in Rosario, Santa Fe. The club was founded on 3 November 1903, and is named after Isaac Newell, one of the pioneers of Argentine football. Newell's is best known for its football team, that plays in the Argentine Primera División, the top division of the Argentine league system.

Originally member of Rosario's Football Association, Newell's affiliated to the Argentine Football Association (AFA) in 1939. They are the reigning champions in Argentine football, and have won AFA's Primera División six times throughout their history. Newell's has also been twice Copa Libertadores runner-up (in 1988 and 1992).

The club's football stadium is the Estadio Marcelo Bielsa, named after the team's former player and manager Marcelo Bielsa (twice champion, and runner-up of one Copa Libertadores). Newell's plays the Rosario derby against Rosario Central, a club with which they have a huge historical rivalry.

Newell's is also notable for its youth divisions, being the club with most national titles in AFA's youth tournaments.[2] Players from the club's youths who have represented Argentina at World Cups are Gabriel Batistuta, Américo Gallego, Jorge Valdano, Gabriel Heinze, Roberto Sensini, Mauricio Pocchettino and Maxi Rodríguez, among others. Lionel Messi also played in the club's youths, but left at a young age to Barcelona to seek treatment for his growth hormone deficiency, while Diego Maradona played briefly for the first team in 1993 (5 games).

Other sports practised at the club are basketball, boxing, field hockey, martial arts, roller skating and volleyball.

History[edit]

Origins[edit]

Claudio Newell, founding member of Newell's Old Boys.
One of the first football teams of the club, 1905.

Club Atlético Newell's Old Boys was established on November 3, 1903. Claudio Newell was one of the founding members. Newell called teachers, pupils and alumni of the school to sign the act of foundation of the club. The name chosen paid tribute to Isaac Newell's life. The first president was Víctor Heitz

The name "old boys" is referred to graduates of a school. Therefore "Newells Old Boys" would mean "Graduates of Newell's school" or something similar. In fact, The players of the first football team were graduates of that school.

The colors of the club were taken from the Colegio Comercial Anglicano Argentino emblem (designed by Isaac Newell himself) that were red and black inspired in the colors of the English and German flags respectively.

Newell's Old Boys is often referred to as leprosos (lepers) because the team was invited to a charity match (against arch-rival Rosario Central) to raise funds for a leprosy sufferers of Hospital Carrasco, in the 1920s.[3] The club immediately accepted to take part of the event, but Rosario Central did not so, therefore the match was cancelled.

Liga Rosarina de Fútbol (1905-1930)[edit]

On March 30, 1905, the Liga Rosarina de Fútbol (Rosarian Football League) was established, since a proposal of Newell's president Heitz, who invited representatives of Atlético del Rosario, Newell's, Rosario Central and Atlético Argentino for that purpose. The main objective was to organise a championship, so a trophy was donated by the Intendent of Rosario Santiago Pinasco. The trophy was later named in his honour. Newell's was the winner of the first edition, having won 8 games and finishing unbeaten. The team also scored 39 goals and only received 4.

Previously, the historic first Rosarino derby had been held. Newell's won 1-0 with a goal scored by Faustino González. The next year Newell's won its second championship.

In 1907 the Liga Rosarina established a second division. The Copa Santiago Pinasco tournament moved to that division and "Copa Nicasio Vila" (named in honour of then Intendent of Rosario) was created to be played by the first division teams. Newell's won the first edition of this trophy, which they won a total 9 times between 1907 and 1930.[4]

The Copa de Honor Municipalidad de Buenos Aires allowed teams from Buenos Aires and Rosario to take part in the competition. Newell's won the 1911 edition defeating Porteño 3-2 at the final. Other trophy were teams of both cities played together was the Copa Dr. Carlos Ibarguren, won by Newell's in 1921, defeating Huracán by 3-0.

The arrival to Primera División[edit]

The team that debuted in Argentine Primera División in 1939.

In 1939 Newell's asked Argentine Football Association to play the Primera División championship. The AFA accepted the request so Newell's played its first tournament in 1939, along with Rosario Central which also added to the competition. Despite playing in the national tournaments, Newell's continued participating in the regional leagues of Rosario, but with youth amateur players. Newell's debuted in the AFA tournaments on March 19, 1939, defeating San Lorenzo de Almagro by 2-1. The line-up was: Heredia; Gilli, Soneyro; Sisniega, Perucca, Reynoso; Belén, Fabrini, Gómez, Franco, Sánchez.

Newell's Old Boys have won the Argentine Championship six times (Metropolitano 1974, 1987–88, 1990–91, Clausura 1992, Apertura 2004 and Torneo Final 2013) and were the runners-up of the Copa Libertadores de América twice (1988 and 1992). The 1990-91 championship was contested between the 1990 Apertura (Newell's) and 1991 Clausura (Boca Juniors) champions, which Newell's won in home-and-away matches. Even though the 1990 Clausura was not considered official by itself, it is considered by Newell's supporters to be their "seventh" championship.

Newell's also won a friendly mini-tournament called the Little World Cup in 1988, against River Plate, Milan, Juventus, Real Madrid and Manchester United, and is, together with Boca Juniors, San Lorenzo and Racing one of the few Argentine clubs that made a long and successful tour in Europe (in 1941), in which they defeated several important teams such as Valencia, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Real Madrid and the Spanish National "A" Team. These are the only major international achievements of the club until now (although several minor international summer tournaments were won). Sofar the club has not won an official international championship.

Newell's Old Boys is one of a very few teams to have had all their players represent the National team in a single game, when they represented Argentina in a Pre-Olympic Tournament with their undefeated Reserva Team. It finished third in America, after Brazil and Uruguay.

The team has also contributed an great number of players to the Argentina national team, and exported many players to Europe's top leagues, mostly to Italy and Spain. Among its great players were Gabriel Batistuta, Abel Balbo, Jorge Valdano, Américo Gallego, Mario Zanabria, Gustavo Dezotti, Roberto Sensini, Walter Samuel, Mauricio Pochettino, René Pontoni, Gerardo Martino, Ángel Perucca and several more. It has recently produced Argentine internationals Gabriel Heinze, Maxi Rodríguez and Lionel Messi.

El Coloso del Parque

The club's president is Guillermo Lorente who was recently elected.

Stadium[edit]

The Newell's Old Boys stadium has been in the Parque Independencia neighborhood of Rosario since 1911, and is commonly called El Coloso del Parque (the Colossus of the Independence Park). Capacity was increased from 30,000 to 38,095 in 1997. On 22 December 2009 the stadium was renamed to Marcelo Bielsa, in honor to the former player and coach of the team.[5]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Current squad of Newell's Old Boys as of February 13, 2014 (edit)
Sources: Official website and Argentine Soccer

No. Position Player
1  ARG GK Nahuel Guzmán
3  ARG DF Franco Lazzaroni
4  PAR DF Marcos Cáceres
5  ARG MF Diego Mateo
6  ARG DF Víctor López
7  ARG MF Lucas Bernardi
8  ARG MF Alexis Castro
10  ARG MF Damián Manso
11  ARG MF Maxi Rodríguez
12  ARG GK Rodrigo Rey
13  ARG MF Carlos Leonel Torres
15  ARG MF Milton Casco
16  ARG MF Víctor Figueroa
17  FRA FW David Trezeguet
18  ARG MF Horacio Orzán
19  ARG MF Ever Banega
20  ARG DF Gabriel Heinze
No. Position Player
21  ARG GK Adrian Gabbarini
23  PAR GK Víctor Aquino
24  ARG DF Leonel Hernán González
25  ARG MF Eugenio Isnaldo
26  ARG DF Cristian Díaz
27  ARG MF José Agüero
28  ARG MF Martín Tonso
29  ARG MF Juan Ignacio Vieyra
30  ARG DF Guillermo Ferracutti
31  ARG DF Jonathan Valle
33  ARG MF Raúl Villalba
36  ARG MF Marcos Pérez
37  ARG FW Ezequiel Ponce
38  ARG DF Enzo Beloso
39  ARG FW Fabián Nicolás Muñoz
42  ARG DF Guillermo Ortiz

Manager: Ricardo Lunari

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