Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba

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Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba
Full nameClub Deportivo Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba
Expreso ("Express")
Bodeguero ("Wine-Producer")
Founded1 June 1921; 97 years ago (1921-06-01)
GroundEstadio Feliciano Gambarte,
Godoy Cruz, Mendoza, Mendoza Province
Capacity14,000, 40,000
ChairmanJosé Eduardo Mansur
ManagerDiego Dabove
LeaguePrimera División
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Club Deportivo Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba, known simply as Godoy Cruz, is an Argentine sports club from Godoy Cruz, Mendoza. The club is best known for its football team, that plays in the Primera División, the top level of the Argentine football league system.

Other activities practised at Godoy Cruz are basketball, team handball, field hockey, tennis and volleyball.


Godoy Cruz was born as an institution in 1921. It all started when a group of friends, gathered in the "Victoria Bar" (located opposite the departmental square at that time), decided to found a club, taking advantage of the boom at the time . Thus was born on 1 June 1921, the Club Sportivo Godoy Cruz with the novice presidency of Don Romero Garay.

The team of 1954.

The club was founded on 21 June 1921 under the name sportivo Godoy Cruz, and changed to its current name on 25 April 1930 after the fusion with Deportivo Bodega Antonio Tomba. In 1959, Godoy Cruz' stadium, the [Estadio Feliciano Gambarte], was constructed. The stadium is nicknamed La Bodega (Spanish for "wine cellar") and holds 21,000 people.

Godoy Cruz played in the regional league for several years before reaching the national level. The club won the Mendoza first division championship in 1944, 1947, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1968, and also in 1989 and 1990 that qualified to play in the defunct Torneo del Interior national-level tournament.

Winning the Torneo del Interior in 1994, Godoy Cruz reached the Primera B Nacional (Argentine second division) that year. After more than ten years in the second division, the club was finally promoted to the Primera División in 2006, after winning the 2005–06 season of the Primera B Nacional, defeating Nueva Chicago in the final.

Twenty-year-old Enzo Pérez scored the first goal by Godoy Cruz in the Argentine Primera, in a 1–1 draw with Belgrano on 9 September 2006.

At the end of the 2006–07 season, Godoy Cruz was relegated from the Primera after losing their promotion/relegation play-off with Huracán. Their stay in the second division was short, as they earned automatic promotion to the first division after finishing runners-up to San Martín de Tucumán during the 2007–08 season.

Godoy Cruz secured their best ever league position of 3rd place under Omar Asad's management during the 2010 Clausura. In that tournament, they also achieved the best-ever point total (37) for a team indirectly affiliated to the Argentine Football Association (meaning clubs under the administration of the Federal Council branch of AFA, which are teams outside Buenos Aires, Greater Buenos Aires, Rosario and Santa Fe). These results qualified them for the 2011 Copa Libertadores, their first appearance in this tournament.

In his participation in the Superliga Argentina, in the season 2017/18, Godoy Cruz, with his coach Diego Dabove achieved an excellent campaign, obtaining the second place in the season. The "Tomba" got 56 points in 27 games played, one of the milestones of the team in this championship was to get a record of 6 consecutive wins, in addition to having had the scorer of the season, Santiago García, who converted 17 goals.

South American Tournament Qualification[edit]

Godoy Cruz is the first club in Mendoza and the fifth regional to play CONMEBOL tournaments. When Godoy Cruz made their Copa Libertadores debut in February 2011 in a 2–1 win against 2008 champions LDU Quito they became the first indirectly affiliated side ever to represent Argentina in the Copa Libertadores. In that same group I dispute parties with Peñarol of Montevideo and Independente of Avellaneda. The "Tomba" was eliminated in the group stage.[1]

In September 2011 plays the Copa Sudamericana, arriving until Round of 16, after losing by penalties with Universitario of Perú.

In 2012 he plays his second Copa Libertadores, playing in the group stage against Peñarol, Universidad de Chile and Atlético Nacional The "Express" could not pass another instance more than this phase.

In 2014, Godoy Cruz would play the second Copa Sudamericana, being eliminated before Club Atlético River Plate (champion of the edition of this tournament) in parties of ida (0:1) and return (0:2).

In 2017, Tomba will play for the third time in its history of the Copa Libertadores, fruit of the good championship that secured in 2016, and thus achieving the classification of the name of the tournament.

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2011 Copa Libertadores Second stage Ecuador LDU Quito 2–1 0–2 4th
Uruguay Peñarol 1–3 1–2
Argentina Independiente 1–1 3–1
2011 Copa Sudamericana Second stage Argentina Lanús 0–0 2–2 2–2 (a.)
Round of 16 Peru Universitario 1–1 1–1 2–2 (p. 2–3)
2012 Copa Libertadores Second stage Chile Universidad de Chile 0–1 1–5 3rd
Colombia Atlético Nacional 4–4 2–2
Uruguay Peñarol 1–0 2–4
2014 Copa Sudamericana Second stage Argentina River Plate 0–1 0–2 0–3
2017 Copa Libertadores Group stage Brazil Atlético Mineiro 1–1 1–4 2nd
Paraguay Libertad 1–1 2–1
Bolivia Sport Boys 2–0 3–1
Round of 16 Brazil Grêmio 0–1 1–2 1–3


Godoy Cruz's classic rival is Andes Talleres Sport Club, a neighborhood classic that has not been played since 1993, thanks to the "Tomba" promotions and the "Azulgrana" soccer debacle.

In addition, Godoy Cruz has provincial classics such as San Martín de Mendoza, Independiente Rivadavia and Gimnasia y Esgrima de Mendoza.

He also has a rivalry with San Martin de San Juan, with whom he plays the Cuyo Classic.


Godoy Cruz is nicknamed Tomba and Bodeguero, in reference to the wine selling activity of the Deportivo Bodega Antonio Tomba, one of the merging clubs of 1921. Since the stadium is located near a railway, the club is also called El Expreso ("The Express").


Current squad[edit]

As of 7 October 2018.[2]

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 Roberto Ramírez
2 Argentina DF Joaquín Varela
3 Argentina DF Brian Alferez
4 Argentina DF Agustín Aleo
5 Paraguay DF Diego Viera
6 Argentina DF Tomás Cardona
7 Argentina MF Luciano Pizarro
8 Argentina MF Ángel González
9 Paraguay FW Gabriel Ávalos
10 Argentina MF Jalil Elías (on loan from Newell's Old Boys)
11 Argentina FW Victorio Ramis
12 Argentina GK Andrés Mehring
13 Argentina DF Marcos Rouzies
14 Argentina DF Pablo Peña
15 Paraguay MF Iván Ramírez (on loan from Libertad)
16 Argentina MF Agustín Manzur
17 Argentina MF Leandro Lencinas
No. Position Player
18 Uruguay FW Santiago García
19 Argentina MF Fabián Henríquez
20 Argentina MF Diego Sosa
21 Argentina MF Fabrizio Angileri
22 Argentina FW Tomás Badaloni
23 Argentina FW Fernando Núñez
24 Argentina FW Lucas Agüero
25 Argentina GK Juan Bolado
26 Argentina MF Agustín Verdugo
27 Paraguay FW Osmar Leguizamón (on loan from Olimpia)
28 Argentina DF Facundo Cobos
29 Argentina DF Luciano Abecasis
30 Argentina MF Juan Andrada
33 Argentina FW Ezequiel Bullaude
39 Argentina MF Valentín Burgoa
Argentina MF Luis De Faría

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 DF Sebastián Olivarez (at Belgrano)
No. Position Player
Paraguay DF Danilo Ortiz (at Banfield)

Friendly matches[edit]

Godoy Cruz played friendly matches against both domestic clubs and from other countries. A memorable friendly played in 1964, against Santos Football Club, with soccer star Pelé ended in favor of the Brazilian team by a score of 3-2. In 1969, against Universidad de Chile, the "Expreso" claimed a 3-0 victory. Another match in 1990, against Sevilla in which the team from Mendoza claimed victory by a score of 2-1. In 2007, a visiting Godoy Cruz squad were defeated 5-nil by Nacional de Montevideo. Godoy Cruz also played several friendly matches against national teams, such as Argentina in 1969, Chile in 1970, and Poland in 1977.

A source of historical pride for the team's supporters are two friendly matches won against Argentine giants: in 1965, they defeated Boca Juniors 4–0, and in 1997 they defeated River Plate by the same margin.

Godoy Cruz won the summer 2009 edition of the friendly pentagonal cup known as the "Copa Ciudad de Tandil", after defeating both Chacarita Juniors and Quilmes in penalty shootouts.[3]



Feliciano Gambarte, La Bodega, in 2015.

The official Stadium Club is the Estadio Feliciano Gambarte opened in 1959. In 2004, the team played his last professional match, pitting Tiro Federal, matching ending 0–0. Since that time, the team plays its home games at the provincial Estadio Malvinas Argentinas. Since 2014, the fans campaigned to return to play in the Stadium Club.




  • Mendoza Football League (12): 1944, 1947, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1968, Apertura 1987, Apertura 1989, 1989, 1990, Clausura 1993, Apertura 1993.


  1. ^ Rise of the interior? at Fútbol Fútbol Fútbol
  2. ^ "Godoy Cruz squad". Club Deportivo Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Godoy Cruz venció a Quilmes por penales y se trajo la Copa Tandil" (in Spanish). MDZ Online. 23 January 2009. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  4. ^ Mauricio Larriera (Soccerway)

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