Newell's Old Boys

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Newell's Old Boys
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Full nameClub Atlético Newell's Old Boys
Nickname(s)La Lepra ("The Lepers")
Founded3 November 1903; 116 years ago (1903-11-03)
GroundEstadio Marcelo Bielsa, Rosario, Santa Fe Province, Argentina
ChairmanEduardo Bermúdez
ManagerFrank Darío Kudelka
LeaguePrimera División
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Club Atlético Newell's Old Boys (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkluβ aˈtletiko ˈɲuls olˈβois]) is an Argentine sports club based in Rosario, Santa Fe. The club was founded on 3 November 1903, and is named after Isaac Newell, from the English county of Kent, one of the pioneers of Argentine football.

A founding member of Liga Rosarina de Football,[2] the club affiliated to the Argentine Football Association (AFA) in 1939. Since then, Newell's Old Boys has taken part of tournaments organised by the body. The club has won six Argentine Primera División championships plus three National cups throughout their history. Newell's has also been twice Copa Libertadores runner-up (in 1988 and 1992).

The club's football stadium is the Estadio Marcelo Bielsa, named after the team's former player and manager Marcelo Bielsa (twice champion, and runner-up of one Copa Libertadores). Newell's plays the Rosario derby against Rosario Central, a club with which they have a huge historical rivalry.

Newell's is also notable for its youth divisions, being one of the clubs with most national titles in AFA's youth tournaments.[3] Players from the club's youths who have represented Argentina at World Cups are Gabriel Batistuta, Éver Banega, Walter Samuel, Américo Gallego, Jorge Valdano, Gabriel Heinze, Roberto Sensini, Mauricio Pochettino and Maxi Rodríguez, among others. Lionel Messi also played in the club's youths, but left at a young age to Barcelona to seek treatment for his growth hormone deficiency, while Diego Maradona played briefly for the first team in 1993.[4]

Other sports practised at this club are basketball, boxing, field hockey, martial arts, roller skating and volleyball.



Claudio Newell, founding member of Newell's Old Boys.

Club Atlético Newell's Old Boys was established on 3 November 1903. Claudio Newell was one of the founding members. Newell called teachers, pupils and alumni of the school to sign the act of foundation of the club. The name chosen paid tribute to Isaac Newell's life. The first president was Víctor Heitz.

The name "old boys" is referred to graduates of a school. Therefore, "Newell’s Old Boys" would mean "Graduates of Newell's school" or something similar. In fact, the players of the first football team were graduates of the school Isaac Newell had established, the Colegio Comercial Anglicano Argentino.

The colours of the club were taken from the Colegio Comercial Anglicano Argentino emblem (designed by Isaac Newell himself) that were red and black inspired in the colours of the English and German flags respectively.

Newell's Old Boys is often referred to as "leprosos" ("lepers"). The club got its nickname, the lepers, after playing in a charity match for a leprosy clinic in the 1920s.[5]

Liga Rosarina (1905–1930)[edit]

The team that played their first official match on 21 May 1905, v. Argentino

On 30 March 1905, the Liga Rosarina de Football (Rosarian Football League) was established, since a proposal of Newell's president Heitz, who invited representatives of Rosario Athletic, Rosario Central and Atlético Argentino for that purpose. The main objective was to organise a championship, so a trophy was donated by the intendant of Rosario, Santiago Pinasco. The trophy was later named in his honour. Newell's was the winner of the first edition, having won eight games and finishing unbeaten. The team also scored 39 goals, conceding just 4.[6]

Previously, the historic first Rosarino derby had been held. Newell's won 1–0 with a goal scored by Faustino González. The next year Newell's won its second championship.

In 1907, the Liga Rosarina established a second division. The Copa Santiago Pinasco tournament moved to that division and "Copa Nicasio Vila" (named in honour of then mayor of Rosario) was created to be played by the first division teams. Newell's won the first edition of this trophy, which they won a total 9 times between 1907 and 1930.[7]

The Copa de Honor Municipalidad de Buenos Aires allowed teams from Buenos Aires and Rosario to take part in the competition. Newell's won the 1911 edition defeating Porteño 3–2 at the final. Other trophy were teams of both cities played together was the Copa Dr. Carlos Ibarguren, won by Newell's in 1921, defeating Huracán by 3–0.

The arrival to Primera División[edit]

The team that debuted in Primera División in 1939

In 1939, Newell's asked Argentine Football Association to play the Primera División championship. The AFA accepted the request so Newell's played its first tournament in 1939, along with Rosario Central which was also added to the competition. Despite playing in the national tournaments, Newell's continued participating in the regional leagues of Rosario, but with youth amateur players. Newell's debuted in the AFA tournaments on 19 March 1939, defeating San Lorenzo by 2–1. The line-up was: Heredia; Gilli, Soneyro; Sisniega, Perucca, Reynoso; Belén, Fabrini, Gómez, Franco, Sánchez.

National titles[edit]

The Newell's O.B. team that won the 1987-88 Primera División championship

Newell's Old Boys have won the Primera División championship six times (1974 Metropolitano, 1987–88, 1990–91, 1992 Clausura, Apertura 2004 and 2013 Final) and were the runners-up of the Copa Libertadores de América twice (1988 and 1992). The 1990–91 championship was contested between the 1990 Apertura (Newell's) and 1991 Clausura (Boca Juniors) champions, which Newell's won in home-and-away matches. Even though the 1990 Apertura was not considered official by itself, it is considered by Newell's supporters to be their "seventh" championship.

Newell's also won a friendly youth mini-tournament called the Little World Cup in 1988, against River Plate, Milan, Juventus, Real Madrid and Manchester United, and is, together with Boca Juniors, San Lorenzo and Racing Club one of the few Argentine clubs that made a long and successful tour in Europe (in 1949), in which they defeated several important teams such as Valencia, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Real Madrid and the Spanish National "A" Team. These are the only major international achievements of the club until now (although several minor international summer tournaments were won, with the 1943 Copa de Oro Rioplatense standing up). So far the club has not won an official international championship.

Newell's Old Boys is one of a very few teams to have had all their players represent the national team in a single game, when they represented Argentina in a Pre-Olympic Tournament with their undefeated reserve team. It finished third in America, after Brazil and Uruguay.

The team has also contributed a great number of players to the Argentina national team, and exported many players to Europe's top leagues, mostly to Italy and Spain. Among its great players were Gabriel Batistuta, Abel Balbo, Jorge Valdano, Américo Gallego, Mario Zanabria, Gustavo Dezotti, Roberto Sensini, Walter Samuel, Mauricio Pochettino, René Pontoni, Gerardo Martino, Ángel Perucca and several more. It has recently produced Argentine internationals Gabriel Heinze, Maxi Rodríguez and Lionel Messi.

The club's president is Eduardo Bermúdez who was elected during 2016.


El Coloso del Parque

The Newell's Old Boys stadium has been in the Parque Independencia neighborhood of Rosario since 1911, and is commonly called El Coloso del Parque (the Colossus of the Independence Park). The capacity was increased from 31,000 to 42,000 in 1997. On 22 December 2009 the stadium was renamed after Marcelo Bielsa, in honour of the former player and coach of the team.[8]


Current squad[edit]

As of 15 September 2019[9]

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 Alan Aguerre
2 Argentina DF Cristian Lema (on loan from Benfica)
4 Uruguay DF Ángelo Gabrielli
6 Argentina DF Santiago Gentiletti
7 São Tomé and Príncipe FW Luís Leal
8 Argentina MF Braian Rivero
10 Argentina MF Mauro Formica
11 Argentina FW Maxi Rodríguez
12 Argentina GK Ramiro Macagno (on loan from Rafaela)
14 Argentina MF Alexis Rodríguez
17 Argentina FW Cristian Insaurralde
19 Argentina FW Rodrigo Salinas (on loan from Vélez Sarsfield)
20 Argentina MF Julián Fernández
21 Argentina MF Denis Rodríguez
23 Argentina GK Nelson Ibáñez
24 Argentina DF Fabricio Fontanini
25 Argentina FW Enzo Cabrera
No. Position Player
26 Argentina MF Lucas Villarruel (on loan from Defensa y Justicia)
28 Argentina DF Mariano Bíttolo
29 Argentina DF Stefano Callegari
30 Argentina FW Lucas Albertengo (on loan from Independiente)
31 Argentina MF Jerónimo Cacciabue
33 Argentina DF Matías Orihuela
35 Argentina DF Facundo Nadalín
37 Argentina FW Ignacio Huguenet
38 Argentina MF Juan Manuel Requena
39 Argentina DF Alan Luque
42 Argentina DF Juan Pablo Freytes
43 Argentina MF Aníbal Moreno
44 Argentina FW Francisco González
Argentina MF Nahuel Cisneros
Argentina FW Lisandro Cabrera
Argentina FW Francisco Fydriszewski
Argentina FW Daniel Opazo

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 Nicolás Temperini (at Mitre until 30 June 2020)
Argentina DF Leonel Ferroni (at Central Córdoba (SdE) until 30 June 2020)
Argentina DF Francisco Manenti (at Central Córdoba (SdE) until 30 June 2020)
Argentina MF Maximiliano Ribero (at Sportivo Las Parejas until 30 June 2020)
No. Position Player
Argentina MF Joaquín Torres (at Volos until 30 June 2020)
Argentina FW Julián Marcioni (at Independiente Rivadavia until 30 June 2020)
Argentina FW Matías Tissera (at Platense until 30 June 2020)




National cups[edit]


  • Liga Rosarina:
    • Copa Nicasio Vila (9): 1907, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1913, 1918, 1921, 1922, 1929
    • Copa Santiago Pinasco (2): 1905, 1906
  • Asociación Rosarina:[note 1]
    • Trofeo Luciano Molinas (4): 1931, 1933, 1934, 1935
    • Copa Estímulo (2): 1925 and 1933
  1. ^ In 1939 the senior squad of Newell's Old Boys began to participate in the Argentine's top division, Primera División. From then on, Newell's has taken part in regional tournaments by the ARF with reserve teams only.[10]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Argentina - Provincia de Santa Fe - Rosario on
  3. ^ "Newell's es el equipo récord en inferiores de AFA" in La Capital.
  4. ^ "Lionel Messi Website".
  5. ^ Bell, Jack. "In Argentina, Banfield Wins First Title", Goal (The New York Times football blog), Sunday, 13 December 2009
  6. ^ Newell's Old Boys, primer campeón
  7. ^ Liga Rosarina de Fútbol at RSSSF
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Newell's Old Boys squad". Soccerway. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  10. ^ Argentina – Leagues of Rosario

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