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Vélez Sarsfield stadium in Liniers, Buenos Aires

Velez Sarsfield: El Fortín (The Fort)

Velez Sarsfield is living proof that with hard work and self-belief, anything is possible. In the space of just a couple of years in the early 1990s, the Buenos Aires outfit went from being a modest club side to conquering first Argentina, then South America, and finally the world.

Until the unforgettable glory days of the 90s, the side from Liniers – a suburb in the east of Greater Buenos Aires – had only once before won a national league championship, way back in 1968. But, as fate would have it, it was the club’s leading goalscorer that season, Carlos Bianchi, who would lead the side to undreamt of success after taking the reins in 1993. Under Bianchi, Velez Sarsfield emerged as a genuine player on the world stage, and their packed trophy cabinet is testimony to the coach’s remarkable success.

The club was officially founded on New Year’s Day 1910 at the house of Nicolás Marin Moreno in Buenos Aires. The founding members named Club Atlético Argentinos de Velez Sarsfield after the train station opposite the pitch where they played. By 1913, Velez Sarsfield had ten new associate members, including José Amalfitani, who would later become the most influential president in the club’s history. Collectively the members decided to abbreviate the official name to Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield.

Jose Amalfitani

In 1923, Jose Amalfitani finally became president of his beloved Velez Sarsfield. He will forever be remembered for the expression, “Every young man that comes to this club is another title won.” In addition to the team’s achievements on the pitch, Velez Sarsfield’s 27,500 members are proud of the club’s impressive sporting and cultural facilities used by thousands of local people for a wide variety of amateur events.

Velez have their home at the near 50,000-capacity Estadio José Amalfitani. In 1978, the remodeled stadium was chosen as one of the host venues at that year’s FIFA World Cup finals and the venue for the final of the FIFA World Youth Championship Argentina 2001.

Velez Sarsfield’s shirts and shorts are white, with some blue details. To modernize the club’s image, the club’s crest has been changed several times. The club is one of the most popular in Argentina.

Club Atlético Velez Sarsfield Facts

City: Buenos Aires

Founded: 1 January 1910

Honours:

  • 10 Argentine league championships
  • 1 Copa Libertadores
  • 1 Toyota Cup
  • 1 Supercopa
  • 1 Copa Interamericana
  • 1 Recopa Sudamericana

Velez Sarsfield Legendary Players:

Ángel Allegri, Omar Asad, Chrisitan Bassedas, José Basualdo, Carlos Bianchi, Raul Cardozo, Juan Carone, José Luis Chilavert, Norberto Conde, Agustín Cosso, Fabián Cubero, José Luis Cuciuffo, José Oscar Flores, Juan José Ferraro, Pedro Larraquy, José Marín, Miguel Marín, Ivan Mayo, Islet Ovejero, Oscar Ruggeri, Miguel Ángel Rugilo, Diego Simeone, Victorio Spinetto, Roberto Trotta, Daniel Willington.

Records:

  • Fabián Cubero – 633 appearances
  • Carlos Bianchi – 206 goals

Official Website: www.velezsarsfield.com.ar

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