It was founded in 1910 in the Florestaneighborhood, next to the Ferrocarril del Oeste railroad station Vélez Sársfield, named after the 1869 drafter of the Argentine Civil CodeDalmacio Vélez Sársfield. The club first participated in the amateur first division league in 1919 (runners-up), and has been a professional first division fixture since the advent of professionalism in 1931. Relegated only once, in 1941, it returned to the first division in 1943. The club clinched their first professional title in the year 1968, after beating River Plate and Racing Club. After that title, the club spent 25 years without silverware until 1993 when the won the Clausura Tournament. The nineties were the most successful period in Velez's history. In that spell, they won domestic cups and international cups. Their international summit was when they defeated AC Milan in the European-South American Cup in Japan in the year 1994.
Velez clinched their last Argentine title in the year 2005 when they won the Clausura tournament.
Over the course of his professional club career Maradona played for Boca Juniors, FC Barcelona, and, most distinguishedly, SSC Napoli. In his international career, playing for Argentina, he earned 91 caps and scored 34 goals. He played in four FIFA World Cup tournaments, including the 1986 World Cup where he captained Argentina and led them to their victory over West Germany in the final, winning the Golden Ball award as the tournament's best player. In that same tournament's quarter-final round he scored two remarkable goals in a 2-1 victory over England which instantly cemented his fame. The first goal was an unpenalized handball known as the "Hand of God", while the second goal was a spectacular 60-metre weave through six England players, commonly referred to as "The Goal of the Century".
For various reasons, Maradona is considered one of the sport's most controversial and newsworthy figure. He was suspended from football for 15 months in 1991 after failing a doping test for cocaine in Italy, and he was sent home from the 1994 World Cup in the USA for using ephedrine. He retired from playing on his 37th birthday in 1997 and became head coach of the Argentina national football team in October 2008.