Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield
is an Argentine sports club
best known for its football
team, based in the Liniers
neighborhood of western Buenos Aires
. Velez have won the Argentine Primera
six times, as well as five international cups, in its history.
It was founded in 1910 in the Floresta neighborhood, next to the Ferrocarril del Oeste railroad station Vélez Sársfield, named after the 1869 drafter of the Argentine Civil Code Dalmacio Vélez Sársfield. The club first participated in the amateur first division league in 1919 (runners-up), and has been a professional first division fixture since the advent of professionalism in 1931. Relegated only once, in 1941, it returned to the first division in 1943. The club clinched their first professional title in the year 1968, after beating River Plate and Racing Club. After that title, the club spent 25 years without silverware until 1993 when the won the Clausura Tournament. The nineties were the most successful period in Velez's history. In that spell, they won domestic cups and international cups. Their international summit was when they defeated AC Milan in the European-South American Cup in Japan in the year 1994.
Velez clinched their last Argentine title in the year 2005 when they won the Clausura tournament.
Brazil plays Argentina in the Final of the 5-a-side football for the visually impaired at the 2007 Parapan American Games in Rio de Janeiro. The teams faced each other in both the 5-a-side and the 7-a-side tournaments, with Argentina finishing as runner up in both games.
(born February 1, 1969), nicknamed Batigol
, is a former professional footballer
. The prolific Argentine
striker played most of his club football at ACF Fiorentina
, and he is the eighth top scorer of all time in the Italian Serie A
league, with 184 goals in 318 matches between 1991 and 2003. On the international level, he is the all-time highest scorer for Argentina's national team
, with 56 goals in 78 national team matches, and he represented his country at three FIFA World Cups
. In 2004, he was named in the FIFA 100
list of the "125 Greatest Living Footballers".
When his club Fiorentina was relegated to Serie B in 1993, Batistuta stayed with the club and helped it return to the top-flight league a year later. A hero in Florence, the Fiorentina fans erected a life-size bronze statue of him in 1996, in recognition of his performances for Fiorentina. He never won the Italian league with Fiorentina, but when he moved to AS Roma in 2000, he finally won the Serie A championship to crown his career in Italy. He played his last professional season in Qatar with Al-Arabi before retired in 2005 and becoming a football commentator.