Defensa y Justicia

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Defensa y Justicia
Escudo del Club Defensa y Justicia.svg
Full name Club Social y Deportivo Defensa y Justicia
Nickname(s) Halcón (Hawk)
Founded 20 March 1935; 83 years ago (1935-03-20)
Ground Norberto Tomaghello
Florencio Varela, Buenos Aires
Capacity 10,500[1]
Chairman José Lemme
Manager Sebastián Beccacece
League Primera División
2017–18 9th
Website Club 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 3 September 2017.[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
2 Switzerland DF Dylan Gissi
4 Argentina DF Rafael Barrios
5 Argentina MF Luis Jerez Silva (on loan from Godoy Cruz)
6 Argentina DF Alexander Barboza
7 Argentina FW Juan Kaprof (on loan from River Plate)
8 Argentina MF Tomás Pochettino (on loan from Boca Juniors)
9 Argentina FW Fernando Márquez (on loan from Belgrano)
10 Argentina MF Leonel Miranda
11 Argentina MF Franco Cristaldo (on loan from Boca Juniors)
12 Argentina FW Ciro Rius
13 Uruguay DF Christian Almeida
14 Argentina MF Jonás Gutiérrez
No. Position Player
16 Argentina FW Horacio Tijanovich (on loan from Gimnasia y Esgrima)
17 Argentina FW Fabián Bordagaray (on loan from Rosario Central)
18 Argentina DF Nahuel Molina
21 Argentina DF Santiago Zurbriggen
22 Argentina GK Ezequiel Unsain
23 Argentina GK Nicolás Gastón Avellaneda
29 Argentina FW Nicolás Fernández
30 Argentina MF Fernando Elizari
35 Argentina MF Mariano Bareiro (on loan from Racing Club)

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
21 Argentina GK Gabriel Arias (at Unión La Calera until 30 June 2018)
Argentina GK Fernando Pellegrino (at Sarmiento until 30 June 2018)
Argentina DF Agustin Gómez (at AIK until 31 December 2017)
Uruguay MF Ignacio Rivero (at Club Tijuana until 30 June 2018)
Argentina FW Pablo Bueno (at Flandria until 30 June 2018)




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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. 9 August 2017. Retrieved 9 August 2017. 

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