Club Atlético Belgrano

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Belgrano
Escudo de Belgrano de Córdoba.svg
Full name Club Atlético Belgrano
Nickname(s) Piratas, Celestes
Founded 19 March 1905; 110 years ago (1905-03-19)
Ground Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes
Ground Capacity 46,083
Chairman Armando Pérez
Manager Ricardo Zielinski
League Primera División
2015 9th
Website Club home page

Club Atlético Belgrano (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkluβ aˈtletiko βelˈɣɾano]; mostly known simply as Belgrano [belˈɣɾano] or Belgrano de Córdoba [belˈɣɾano ðe ˈkorðoβa]) is an Argentine sports club from the city of Córdoba, best known for its football team, which currently plays in Primera División, the top level of Argentine football league system.

Other activities held in the club are basketball, chess and volleyball.

History[edit]

Belgrano was founded in 1905.[1] It was named in commemoration of the Argentine historical figure General Manuel Belgrano, and its colours were taken from the flag of Argentina, created by Belgrano himself.[citation needed]

The first photo of a Belgrano team, taken in 1906.

The team started playing in the second division of the Córdoba league in 1908, winning that championship and the following two, to reach the first division of the local league.[citation needed]

After the foundation of the Federación Cordobesa de Fútbol ("Córdoba Football Association"), Belgrano won the first championship of 1913. The following season gave birth to the Córdoba Derby between Belgrano and Talleres.[citation needed]

On 17 March 1929 the Gigante de Alberdi opened, one of the first cement stadiums in Argentina. It underwent renovation in 1997.[citation needed]

Within the Córdoba league, Belgrano won all the championships between 1929 and 1937, except for 1934, that was won by Talleres. Then, it won the 1940, 1946, 1947, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1956 (Unión Cordobesa de Fútbol) and 1957.[citation needed]

Belgrano played in the Nacional tournament of 1968, and reached the Argentine second division in 1986. The club finally reached first division in 1992, where it played until 1996. In 1998 the team was promoted again to first division, to be relegated after the 2001–02 season.[citation needed]

Beating Club Olimpo at the 2005–06 Promoción, Belgrano returned to first division for the 2006–07 season. Belgrano were relegated to the second division after narrowly missing out on a Promotion play-off berth. Belgrano played another promotion series in 2011, against River Plate, which they won.[citation needed]


A Belgrano jersey by Topper, worn during the 1980s.

Honours[edit]

Regional[edit]

  • Liga Cordobesa de Fútbol: (31)
1913, 1914, 1917, 1919, 1920, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1940, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1984, 1985, 2003
  • Segunda División Liga Cordobesa:
1908, 1909, 1910
  • Unión Cordobesa de Fútbol:
1956
  • Primera División ACF:
1984, 1985
  • Campeonato Provincial ACF:
1983, 1984, 1985
  • Torneo Regional (Córdoba): (9)
1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1981, 1985 [2]
  • Torneo del Interior (Córdoba):
1985–86 [2]
  • Torneo Regional de AFA: (10)
1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1981, 1985, 1986

Fans[edit]

The spiritual home of Belgrano is the barrio Alberdi. Fans take great pride in the roots from the area of the city, and indeed a banner is displayed at every game supporting 'The Pirates of Alberdi'.

The barra brava of Belgrano was the first barra in Argentina. It is called "Los Piratas Celestes de Alberdi" and its main functioning wing is "La Banda del Loco Tito". At every home game the barra populate the stand named Luis Fabián Artime and conduct songs with the use of a band in the centre of the group.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Current squad of Club Atlético Belgrano as of 19 January 2016 (edit)
Sources: Official website and Argentine Soccer

No. Position Player
1  ARG GK Juan Carlos Olave
2  ARG DF Pier Barrios
3  ARG DF Federico Álvarez
4  ARG DF Renzo Saravia
5  ARG MF Guillermo Farré
6  ARG DF Cristian Lema
7  ARG MF Sebastián Prediger
8  ARG MF Iván Etevenaux
9  ARG FW Fernando Márquez
10  ARG MF Lucas Zelarrayán
11  ARG MF César Mansanelli
13  CHI DF José Rojas
15  ARG GK Lucas Acosta
16  ARG FW Santiago Giordana
No. Position Player
17  ARG GK Pablo Heredia
18  ARG FW Nahuel Luján
19  ARG MF Jorge Velázquez
20  ARG FW Iván Obolo
21  ARG FW Germán Cochis
22  ARG MF Lucas Parodi
23  ARG DF Claudio Pérez
24  ARG MF Emiliano Rigoni
25  ARG DF Gastón Turus
26  ARG DF Esteban Espíndola
28  ARG FW Maximiliano Zárate
29  ARG MF Gabriel Alanís
30  ARG MF Mario Bolatti

Manager: Ricardo Zielinski


Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CA Belgrano de Córdoba". Soccerway. Global Sports Media. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Argentina. Torneo del Interior. Lista de Campeones y Clubes Promovidos.

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