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|Argentina Liga Profesional||08/28 20:00||16||Banfield vs Defensa y Justicia||-||View|
|Argentina Liga Profesional||09/04 18:00||17||Atlético Tucumán vs Banfield||-||View|
|Argentina Liga Profesional||09/11 18:00||18||Banfield vs Colon||-||View|
|Argentina Liga Profesional||09/14 18:00||19||River Plate vs Banfield||-||View|
|Argentina Liga Profesional||08/12 22:00||13|| CA Platense v Banfield ||L||3-1|
|Argentina Liga Profesional||08/06 00:30||12|| Banfield v Patronato Parana ||D||0-0|
|Argentina Liga Profesional||07/30 21:00||11|| Estudiantes LP v Banfield ||D||0-0|
|Argentina Liga Profesional||07/25 22:00||10|| Banfield v Argentinos Jrs ||D||1-1|
|Argentina Liga Profesional||07/21 22:00||9|| CA Talleres de Córdoba v Banfield ||L||1-0|
|Argentina Liga Profesional||07/17 18:30||8|| Banfield v San Lorenzo ||D||1-1|
|Argentina Cup||07/13 00:10||5||Banfield v Union Santa Fe||W||2-1|
|Argentina Liga Profesional||07/09 21:00||7|| Banfield v Union Santa Fe ||L||2-3|
|Argentina Liga Profesional||07/02 00:30||6|| Boca Juniors v Banfield ||W||0-3|
|Argentina Liga Profesional||06/24 22:00||5|| Banfield v Barracas Central ||D||1-1|
|Argentina Liga Profesional||06/19 16:00||4|| CA Tigre v Banfield ||W||0-1|
|Argentina Liga Profesional||06/15 19:30||3|| Banfield v Central Cordoba SdE ||W||2-1|
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Club Atlético Banfield is an Argentine sports club based in the Banfield district of Greater Buenos Aires. It was founded on 21 January 1896, by the British–origin inhabitants of that city (mostly English, and some Scots and Irish). The club is mostly known for its football teams, that currently competes in Primera División, the top division of the Argentine football league system.
In 2009 Banfield obtained their first Primera División title after winning the 2009 Apertura. Banfield had previously achieved a national cup title in 1920, when the club won the Copa de Honor Municipalidad de Buenos Aires after beating Boca Juniors 2–1. The club also won 10 titles in Second Division.
The so-called "Southern Classic" ("Clásico del Sur"), considered a modern classic in Argentine football, is contested against Lanús, and thanks to the good results of both in recent years it is also considered one of the most attractive clásicos of Primera División. They also have rivalries with Los Andes, Temperley, Talleres (RdE), Quilmes. In October 2018, with the appointment of Lucía Barbuto, the club became the first in the history of the Argentine highest division to elect a woman as president. Banfield also has a women's football section, which started in 1997 and affiliated to AFA in 2018.
Other sports practiced at the club include boxing, chess, field hockey, futsal, gymnastics, handball, roller skating, taekwondo, tennis and volleyball.
In the second half of the 1880s, many British families settled in the village of Banfield, located 14 miles south of Buenos Aires. These families, with their English-style houses and Victorian social dynamics, gave the suburbs a distinctly British profile. The history of the club began on 21 January 1896, when a group of professionals and English merchants residing in Banfield decided to found a club which they named after the village, which had been named after the railway station, established in 1873, which in turn was named after Edward Banfield, the first manager of the Buenos Aires Great Southern Railway. Heading the group of founders were Daniel Kingsland and George Burton, vice president and first. Kingsland was an exporter of cattle in Britain and an accountant while Burton was a Cambridge University graduate.
The pitch was a field for grazing located two blocks north of the railway station, next to the tracks on the east side. With Kingsland as president, cricket was the major sport, leaving football relegated to the background, which explains the poor performances of the club in football championships from 1897 to 1898, where the team finished in last place even suffering some of the largest defeats ever such as a 0–10 at the hands of defunct Flores AC.
This situation lasted until 1899, when Alfredo Goode (a football enthusiast) was named president. In 1899 Banfield won its first title, proclaiming Second Division champion over Español High School. Banfield remains the only club currently affiliated with the Argentine Football Association (AFA), that had won a title in the 19th. century.
Banfield players were all born in Great Britain except the center half and captain James Dodds Watson, an Argentine native born in Buenos Aires. The following year (1900), as there was still no promotion, Banfield retained the Second Division championship. That time the club won the title without being defeated. Key players included the goalscorer Edward "Invincible" Potter, noted dribbler Charles Douglas Moffatt, captain Watson Dodds, and goalkeeper/president Goode.
After that success, the club began to decline until December 1904, when Banfield was reorganized, with all of its assets liquidated to meet a hopeless bankruptcy. During those years, the figure of George Burton, another true lover of football, presided over the club until his death in 1928.
In 1908, the club's first team, playing in the Third Division, won the championship. In December 1910, a Banfield squad including William Peterson, Roger Jacobelli, Amador García, Carlos Lloveras, Galup Lanus and Bartholomew, amongst others, faced Racing Club in a two legged playoff for a place in the top division. The first match ended 0–0, with Racing finally winning, with a goal in extra time during the second match. In 1912, with the leadership of Captain Adolfo Pellens, Banfield won the championship for the third category thus the club ensured its return to second division. However, a restructuring of the tournament caused the first split in Argentine football, sending Banfield directly to the top category.
Banfield performed well in the 1913 and 1914 tournaments, but when World War I began, many of the team's players, who were of British origin, were enrolled in the British Army and were sent to the battlefront in Europe. In 1919, Banfield returned to the first division after beating defunct Del Plata in the final game.
Recently promoted, Banfield was runner-up behind champion Boca Juniors. That same year, Banfield played the Buenos Aires municipal honor cup. His first match was against Almagro. The match ended 1–1, after a 30-minute stretch. In the tiebreaker, Almagro won 1–0 and Banfield was eliminated. Boca Juniors reached the semifinals against Newell’s Old Boys, one of those classified by the Rosario League. And Lanús, before the other Rosario, Federal Shot. But Lanús did not get to play, because he left the Argentine Football Association. Given this, the Tournament was rescheduled, among those who had been eliminated. Banfield won the points against Estudiantes de La Plata, who did not appear and defeated Sportivo Barracas and Porteño, to reach the semifinal against Tiro Federal. In the final, the Drill beat Boca. After losing 1–0 with a goal from Marcelino Martínez in the first half. For the complement, Banfield with goals from Bernardo Pambrún and Adolfo López, turned it around to be champion.
In 1928, club president George Burton died. He had chaired the club for over 20 years with a paternalistic attitude, cultivating and fervently supporting the amateur spirit of sport. His death created a large vacuum of power that plunged Banfield into a constitutional crisis for a decade.
In 1931, a group of clubs, led by the major teams, decided to establish a professional football league in Argentina. Therefore, "Liga Argentina de Football" was created. This association ended the covert professionalism that had occurred up till then, and remained as a dissident body so the official Argentine Football Association (AFA) was still amateur.
Banfield was invited to join the professional LAF to play its own competition (also named "Primera División"), but its leaders believed that professionalism would fail in the short term, and instead chose to continue participating in the amateur tournament. Immediately Banfield players received offers from now-professional clubs and left the team.
With a decimated roster, Banfield participated in amateur AFA tournament until 1934, when the LAF merged to it. In 1935, Banfield joined AFA and was assigned to the Second Division. The team made poor campaigns, with less than 300 supporters per game. In 1938, Banfield finished last, being relegated to a lower division.
In late 1938, a group of members proposed to young entrepreneur Florencio Sola to take over the presidency of the club; although Banfield was in a critical situation, Sola nonetheless accepted. Taking advantage of club Estudiantil Porteño (that played in second division and had been disaffiliated from the AFA) Sola acted to prevent Banfield dropping into the Third Division. The Second Division rules stated that the six teams best placed at the end of the championship, would play a tournament (torneo hexagonal) which winner would promote to Primera División. Banfield qualified for that tournament although it was then revealed that club's manager Alberto Torreaga had bribed two footballers of Barracas Central, which lost to Banfield 3–2. Banfield played the tournament with many players loaned from other clubs. The squad won the hexagonal, promoting to Primera División in the 4th. round.
Banfield started the 1940 season with a renovated team, with players like Rafael Sanz, Eduardo Silvera, John Baptist Busuzzo, Alfredo De Terán, Armando Farro and others, the newspaper El Pampero nicknamed the team "El Taladro" ("The Drill"), which has remained the club's official nickname.
Banfield's stadium (later named "Florencio Sola"), was built in 1940 in the city of Banfield. To celebrate its inauguration, a match against Independiente took place, which Banfield lost 1–0 with a goal by Arsenio Erico. In 1941, Banfield was punished with a 16-point deduction for attempted bribery, but after a great campaign, the team avoided being relegated in the last fixture, with a victory over Rosario Central.
After the campaigns of 1942 and 1943, the squad suffered several casualties and the team was relegated in 1944. The chair was occupied by Joseph Agulla in 1945. Meanwhile, Banfield made a good campaign in Second Division, but after a constitutional crisis later that year became Remigio Sola, brother of Florencio, became president. Chaired by Sola, the club formed a solid team for 1946 season, winning the second division championship with a season record that took over forty years to be broken.
In 1948, Florencio Sola became president for second time. Under his command, Banfield hired many players in order to form a strong team, although the club would not made a good campaign, nearly being relegated again. In the last five fixtures of that season, a strike of professional players was declared, thus all teams put youth players on the field. Renato Cesarini was Banfield coach during that period, obtaining 9 of 10 points which allowed Banfield to remain in the main division.
In 1950, Banfield finished seventh in the first division championship. In 1951, with José Ildefonso Martínez and Félix Zurdo in the technical direction, Banfield occupied the first position of the table, but had to tie the breaker with Racing Club although he was ahead of the latter in goal difference and games won. He should have been the champion for the best goal difference (average goal, which was implemented shortly after), but he had to play two finals with Racing and lost in the second game by 1 to 0. The newspaper "El Pampero" baptized him as a moral champion .
Featuring almost the same team, Banfield ranked fifth in the 1952 championship. In 1953, the key player Eliseo Mouriño was acquired by Boca Juniors, which significantly affected the team: the following year he finished last and was relegated to the second division. After seven years, Florencio Sola did not want to continue leading the club and in 1955 presidential elections were held for the first time in the history of the institution. The lists presented by the groups "Traditionalist" and "Mr. Burton ”, winning the first.
Between 1950 and 1953 they went undefeated at home for 49 consecutive games, spanning three years and 17 days. The most remarkable thing in these years was in the lower divisions, where a team was champion of sixth, fifth, fourth and reserve between 1955 and 1958, from which values such as goalscorer Luis Suárez, Oscar Calics and Ezequiel Llanos emerged.
But even if the team finished first in the first round, this "star team" did not achieve their main objective, promotion. Starting in 1960, under the guidance of Benicio Acosta, but also with the contribution of great football knowledge, Valentín Suárez had started a process that led to promotion after a great campaign in 1962. The arrival of quality players Ediberto Righi, Norberto Raffo, Oscar López, Luis Maidana and Roberto Zárate, were complemented by local players such as Adolfo Vázquez, Oscar Llanos Ezequiel Calics and created a remarkable team that was third in 1960, second in 1961 and first in 1962. Starting in 1963, the club began a period of 16 seasons in which they remained in the First Division, except for 1973.
In the first four years, the "Drill" had excellent seasons, finishing seventh in 1963 and 1964. Slowly, the team was also renewed. This is how people like Julio San Lorenzo, Anacleto Peanno Diego Bay, Nelson López, Rubén Hugo and José Sanfilippo arrived. It was in 1967 when Banfield's performances began to wane despite the team including quality players such as Jorge Carrascosa, Rubén Flotta and José Manuel Ramos Delgado.
In 1968, Banfield wins the 1968 Promotional Tournament.
In 1969, he avoided relegation to the Second Division after winning a reclassification at home.
In 1972, Banfield failed to avoid relegation. Coached by Oscar López and Oscar Cavallero, Banfield was proclaimed champion of First B (second division) in 1973. Ricardo La Volpe, Hugo Mateos, Silvio Sotelo, Eduardo and Juan Alberto Taverna were some of the team's outstanding players.
On October 6, 1974, through the National Tournament, he achieved the highest professional victory by defeating Puerto Comercial de Bahía Blanca by 13 to 1. Banfield was the first and only team to score 13 goals in a single game. It also maintains the highest goal difference, with 12, in confrontations between teams of the same category in all the AFA professional divisions.
In that same match, Juan Alberto Taverna established, with seven goals, the record for many goals scored by a player in a single match in all professionalism.
Upon returning to the First Division, over the years the performance of the Drill went from lowest to highest, reaching a peak of performance in the 1976 National Championship. With Adolfo Pedernera in the technical direction, this team had a notable forward integrated by Félix Lorenzo Orte, Roberto Sacconi, Pedro Raúl Gómez Vila, Miguel Ángel Corvo and Miguel González.
But the joy did not last long, because after a discreet campaign in 1977 Banfuekd's performance was very poor during 1978 and after losing a relegation tiebreaker against Platense, he lost the category again.
In 1985, the technical director Angel Cappa arrived at the club, who formed the base of the team that won the octagonal for promotion in 1987.
This team was made up of experienced players (Héctor Clide Díaz, José Luis Zuttión, Félix Lorenzo Orte), youth players who emerged in the lower divisions of the club (Horacio García, Marcelo Benítez, Daniel Aquino) and two Uruguayan players should be highlighted: Miguel Robinson Hernández and Rubén Solari, who had arrived with Hebert Birriel.
Banfield did not get off to a good start this decade, even playing in the relegation zone. The only notable moment was in the 1990–91 tournament, where the team reached the final although it could not be promoted to First. For the 1992–93 season and with Valentín Suárez again as president (having been elected in 1991 for the fifth time), Banfield appointed Carlos Babington as coach and acquired experienced players such as former River Plate goalkeeper Gabriel Puentedura, midfielder Fabio Lenguita and defender Ivar Stafuza (who had had a long tenure on Boca Juniors in the 1980s). Those footballers, plus some homegrown players such as Javier Sanguinetti (who has played the largest number of games with the club to date, with more than 450 games) and midfielder Jorge Jiménez, helped Banfield win the title and promotion to Primera División, after beating Colón de Santa Fe 5–4 on penalty shoot-out in the final.
Once the team returned to Primera, Banfield hired the duo Oscar López and Oscar Cavallero as coaches, reinforcing the squad with players such as former Ferro Carril Oeste's Oscar Acosta and the experienced goalkeeper Ángel Comizzo (who had been dismissed from River Plate by then-coach Daniel Passarella). But it was a young Javier Zanetti who would be the revelation of the team at the end of the season. Banfield made good campaigns during his first years in the top division, although the team could not repeat those good performances in successive tournaments, being finally relegated in 1997.
That same year Banfield hired Patricio Hernández as manager, but the team could not achieve good results under his coaching. The following year, businessman Carlos Portel took office as the new president of the institution, prevailing over the other candidate, Horacio Sola (son of Florencio Sola). The club was reported to be in a critical situation, so Portel announced that the main goal would be to reduce the club's debts.
In 2001, Banfield returned to the Primera División after winning promotion playoff series v Quilmes, with playmaker José Luis Garrafa Sánchez as the most valuable player. The team was coached by Ramón Héctor Ponce. The first years in the top division of Argentine football, the club was frequently in the relegation zone, although it achieved some historic results such as 5–0 over River Plate in the 2002 Apertura. Uruguayan Luis Garisto was the team's coach during that period.
At the beginning of the 2003 Apertura, Julio César Falcioni was appointed as coach of the team. Falcioni promoted some players that would then be key players for the club, such as Daniel Bilos and Rodrigo Palacio. Banfield got 62 points in the 2003 Clausura, finishing third and qualifying for the international cups (2004 Copa Sudamericana and 2005 Copa Libertadores). In Copa Libertadores, Banfield qualified to the knockout stage after finishing 2nd. to UANL Tigres in its group. The team then eliminated Independiente Medellín in the Round of 16 with a 5–0 aggregate but lost in quarterfinals by River Plate. Banfield finished in 7th place in the Cup, reaching 23rd place in the FIFA Club World Ranking.
In this period, Banfield played 5 international cups in 3 years, sneaking into the top 8 teams on the continent and selling players to European clubs such as Villareal, Anderlech, Olympique de Marseille and Liverpool. These campaigns also allowed the construction of the current stalls and the Microstadium in front of the Headquarters.
In 2009, after an acceptable performance in that year's Clausura Tournament, Banfield played the Apertura, still with Falcioni as coach. The most frequent lineups were: Cristian Lucchetti, Julio Barraza, Sebastián Méndez, Víctor López, Marcelo Bustamante, Maximiliano Bustos, Walter Erviti, Marcelo Quinteros, James Rodríguez, Sebastián Fernández and Santiago Silva (who later became the top scorer of that tournament). Banfield got off to a successful start, defeating teams like 2009 Clausura tournament champion Vélez Sársfield, Newell's Old Boys and drawing 0–0 with Rosario Central.
As the season progressed, Banfield gradually consolidated his leadership, being challenged by Rosario's Newell's Old Boys team, who also emerged as another strong candidate to win the title. Finally, after Banfield and Newell's victories against Club Atlético Tigre and Gimnasia de La Plata, respectively, the two rivals went on to the last game of the season with Banfield with a two-point lead over Newell's.
On December 13, 2009, although Banfield was defeated by Boca Juniors 0–2, the club achieved the championship because Newell's Old Boys, its closest rival, was also defeated by San Lorenzo 2–0. These results allowed Club Atlético Banfield to win its first championship in the highest category of Argentine football. There, in Banfield, about 40,000 people received the brand-new champions, who finally made the Olympic turn before their public after having obtained the first title in their history. The fans of the Buenos Aires team eagerly awaited the arrival of the players, after the defeat suffered against Boca at the La Bombonera stadium. Beyond the fall, Banfield kept the title, and after having received the trophy in La Boca, the players and the coaching staff moved to their stadium. Around 10 pm, the delegation arrived at the stadium, where some 40,000 spectators waited to continue with the festivities. "It is a dream come true, It is a miracle ...", acknowledged captain Cristian Lucchetti, one of the most applauded by the crowd.
After winning his first title, Banfield played the 2010 Copa Libertadores where the team, second in the first round behind Nacional de Montevideo, qualified for the next stage, but Banfield was eliminated by Internacional de Porto Alegre (which would become champion). In the national tournament, Banfield finished fifth in the Clausura 2010.
Banfield also played some South American tournaments such as the Copa Sudamericana 2010 (defeating Vélez Sarsfield, but the team lost to Colombian Deportes Tolima. After finishing 15th in the 2010 Apertura, Falcioni resigned, ending his second successful tenure at the club later to be hired by Boca Juniors to replace Claudio Borghi as coach.
In January 2011 Sebastián Méndez was named manager of the club. Banfield finished eighth in the 2011 Clausura and started the following tournament (2011 Apertura) losing four consecutive matches, which led to Méndez's resignation. After some provisional replacements as coaches, Ricardo La Volpe was chosen as new manager. La Volpe was fired only three months after his hiring. He had been involved in some controversies with some representative players of the institution, who even called president Carlos Portell to tell him they "Could not stand La Volpe anymore".
Uruguayan manager Jorge da Silva (who had previously worked in Godoy Cruz achieving a qualification to the Copa Libertadores) was hired to replace La Volpe since the 2012 Clausura. Banfield did not achieve good results, what precipitated Da Silva's resignation and his return to his country of origin. Eduardo Acevedo succeeded Da Silva but the team had another bad campaign, earning only 7 points from a possible 42.
In June 2012, Banfield was relegated to the second division (Primera B Nacional) after being defeated by Colón de Santa Fe 3–0. Banfield had placed last (19th of 19 teams) in the last two tournaments of Argentina. The team only won five games in both competitions, with 7 ties and 26 losses. Two days after, president Carlos Portell resigned, being accused of corruption by the fans and members of the club. Apart from Portell, of the managing left the club (including vice-president and treasurers), so a new election had to be held in order to choose a new chairman and managing for Banfield. The election was finally held in July 2012, being Eduardo Spinosa chosen as new chairman of the club. Espinoza won with a big margin of 77%.
In the season (2012–2013), playing in the National B tournament, where the form of dispute to 38 dates, Banfield is at the door of promotion, a new team led by Daniel Garnero, who then due to the poor results will give a step to side, then the assumption of Matías Almeyda at the head of the professional team in the middle of the second round, infuses him with a new look, Banfield ends in 4th place, where the most outstanding thing is the promotion of many youth who begin to have filming in the first team.
For the 2013/14 Season, with Matías Almeyda as coach, he formed a very competitive squad. Looking to return to the First Division, players such as Nicolás Bertolo, Nicolás Tagliafico and Enrique Bologna returned. In addition, men of great value such as Nicolás Domingo, Nicolás Bianchi Arce and Santiago Salcedo joined. In the mid-tournament break, Walter Erviti returned to the club. The quality of the squad not only made Banfield obtain the title in an unobjectionable way but also valued the players of his quarry such as Chávez, Toledo and Tagliafico. The promotion came in the 1–1 draw against Douglas Haig and the title in the 2–1 victory against Talleres. Already in the First Division, Banfield kept the base and his coach. The campaign in the 2014 Transition Tournament had the logical ups and downs of any newly promoted team. In any case, the victory against the American champion San Lorenzo and the draw against Boca stand out.
By 2015, with 30 teams in the First Division, the goal was to return to international competitions. After a long tournament and a Liguilla in which they eliminated Argentinos Juniors and Aldosivi, the Drill again qualified for a cup. In this case, the Sudamericana 2016.
For that year, in which Banfield turned 120 years of life and in which Argentine soccer was turning towards a new rearrangement of the calendars, the transition tournament in the first semester was used to promote youth.
In that tournament, values such as Iván Rossi, Jorge Rodríguez, Alexis Soto, Emanuel Cecchini, among others, were affirmed in the First Division. Also in that tournament, Julio Falcioni returned to the technical direction to replace Claudio Vivas, who in turn had taken the place of Matías Almeyda in 2015.
The 2016/17 season saw Banfield return to the international level with his brief participation in the Copa Sudamericana. The most unsettling of that year was the great campaign, supported by many youth players and the contribution of referents such as Renato Civelli and Darío Cvitanich that allowed Boca to fight for the championship and qualify for the Copa Libertadores.
In the 2017/18 season, Banfield prepared to face the sporting challenge imposed by a competition like the Copa Libertadores with a competitive squad and the return of Jesús Datolo, another man from the house. In continuity with the institution's project, multiple youths were promoted to the first team and as many as Remedi, Sporle and Carranza managed to consolidate and become important pieces of the team. After participating in the Copa Libertadores, Banfield accessed the second phase of the Copa Sudamericana 2018 through the competition system, which would be played the following semester.