Defensa y Justicia

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Defensa y Justicia
Escudo del Club Defensa y Justicia.svg
Full nameClub Social y Deportivo Defensa y Justicia
Nickname(s)Halcón (Hawk)
Founded20 March 1935; 84 years ago (1935-03-20)
GroundEstadio Norberto "Tito" Tomaghello
Florencio Varela, Buenos Aires
ChairmanJosé Lemme
ManagerMariano Soso
LeaguePrimera División
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Club Social y Deportivo Defensa y Justicia, commonly known as Defensa y Justicia or simply Defensa, is an Argentine football club from Florencio Varela, Buenos Aires. The team currently plays in the Primera División, the top division of the Argentine football league system. Home games are played at the Estadio Norberto "Tito" Tomaghello which has a capacity of approximately 18,000.


The institution was founded on 20 March 1935 by a group of friends who wanted to form a local team. There are no sources explaining how the name was given to the club.[2] Presided by Norberto Tomaghello, Defensa y Justicia affiliated to Argentine Football Association, built its stadium, which was opened in occasion of a friendly match against Boca Juniors reserve team in December 1977.

The club's original colors were blue with white collars and cuffs, which were changed to yellow with green details. These were the colors of the bus line "El Halcón", a company that belonged to the club president at the time. This company used its buses to bring the fans to away games, and thus received the nickname "Los Halcones de Varela".[2]

Even though the club was founded as early as 1935, Defensa y Justicia did not play in official tournaments until 1978, when the team debuted in Primera D, defeating Cañuelas.[2]


The team quickly promoted to upper divisions, first to Primera C Metropolitana in 1982 after winning the championship, and 3 years later reaching the next division, Primera B, while being coached by Hugo García. Defensa only played in Primera B one year and in 1986 were promoted to Primera B Nacional. As of May 17, 2014 Defensa y Justicia has been promoted to the Primera Division of the Argentina Football (the highest level in the country)


Current squad[edit]

As of 7 April 2019.[3]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Argentina GK Lucio Chiappero
4 Paraguay DF Julio González
5 Argentina MF Mariano Bareiro (on loan from Racing Club)
6 Argentina DF Alexander Barboza (on loan from River Plate)
7 Argentina FW Gastón Togni (on loan from Independiente)
8 Argentina MF Domingo Blanco (on loan from Independiente)
9 Argentina FW Fernando Marqués
11 Argentina MF Alexis Castro (on loan from San Lorenzo)
12 Argentina FW Ciro Rius
13 Argentina MF José Luis Fernández
14 Argentina DF Maximiliano Caire
15 Argentina MF Lucas Villarruel
17 Argentina GK Nicolás Avellaneda (on loan from Lanús)
18 Argentina MF Francisco Cerro
19 Argentina MF Nicolás Tripichio
20 Argentina MF Bautista Merlini (on loan from San Lorenzo)
No. Position Player
21 Argentina MF Fernando Barrientos (on loan from Lanús)
22 Argentina GK Ezequiel Unsain
23 Argentina MF Jonás Gutiérrez
24 Argentina DF Lisandro Martínez
25 Uruguay MF Juan Ignacio González
26 Paraguay MF Matías Rojas (on loan from Cerro Porteño)
27 Argentina DF Hugo Silva
28 Argentina GK Diego Rodríguez (on loan from Rosario Central)
29 Argentina FW Nicolás Fernández
30 Argentina FW Ignacio Huguenet (on loan from Newell's Old Boys)
31 Argentina FW Ignacio Aliseda
32 Argentina FW Mauricio Tévez (on loan from Newell's Old Boys)
33 Argentina DF Rafael Delgado
34 Argentina FW Ricardo Ramírez

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Argentina GK Fernando Pellegrino (at Huracán)
Uruguay DF Christian Almeida (at Belgrano)
Argentina DF Rafael Barrios (at All Boys)
No. Position Player
Argentina DF Santiago Zurbriggen (at Unión Santa Fe)
Argentina MF Eugenio Isnaldo (at Unión La Calera)
Argentina MF Fernando Elizari (at Johor Darul Ta'zim FC)




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  2. ^ a b c El Nacimiento de una Pasión, Alejandro Fabbri, CI editores, Buenos Aires (2006)
  3. ^ "Defensa y Justicia squad". Soccerway. Retrieved 9 August 2017.

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