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Vélez Sársfield
Full name Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield
Nickname(s) El Fortín (The Fort)
Founded January 1, 1910
Ground Estadio José Amalfitani
(Capacity: 49,540)
Chairman Argentina Fernando Raffaini
Manager Argentina Ricardo Gareca
League Argentine Primera División
Apertura 2009 5th
Home colours
Away colours

Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield[1], usually called Vélez Sársfield or Vélez Sarsfield, is an Argentine sports club best known for its football team, based in the Liniers neighborhood of western Buenos Aires.

The Club is also frequently referred to as The Fort. Its home stadium is the Estadio Jose Amalfitani, in the borough of Liniers. Vélez have won the Primera División Argentina 7 times and have also won 5 international cups.

Vélez was founded in 1910 in the Floresta neighborhood, next to the Ferrocarril del Oeste railroad station Vélez Sarsfield, named after the 1869 drafter of the Argentine Civil Code Dalmacio Vélez Sarsfield (since 1944 the station has been renamed Floresta). 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.

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 as they won many domestic and international titles. The summit of this came in the 1994 Copa Libertadores when they defeated the São Paulo. Vélez Sársfield is one of eight teams to have won CONMEBOL's treble (the others being Boca Juniors, Olimpia, São Paulo, Independiente, Cruzeiro, Internacional and LDU Quito). Velez has also won the Intercontinental Cup.

Vélez clinched their last Argentine title in the year 2009 when they won the Clausura tournament.



Vélez foundation dates back to 1910. It was on a rainy January 1 when three men sheltered from a summer storm in Vélez Sársfield Railway Station (nowadays Floresta station), from the Buenos Aires Western Railway. The three men were Julio Guglielmone, Martin Portillo and Nicolas Martín Moreno. They decided to create a new football club with the name and planned to join a local league.

After the storm subsided, the three headed for Martin Moreno's house, a stone's throw from the railway station, the last call of the Buenos Aires Western Railway, which connected downtown with the 'far west'.

Together, the friends established the Club Atlético Argentinos de Vélez Sarsfield (Argentines of Vélez Sarsfield Athletic Club) and appointed Luis Barredo as their first chairman. Their first home was the piece of land located at United Provincies St. (Provincias Unidas, currently Juan Bautista Alberdi), Convention St. (currently José Bonifacio), and Mariano Acosta and Ensenada. During its infancy, the team sported white shirts but soon changed to navy blue shirts with white shorts.

Vélez Sarsfield 1911

In late 1912, the board decided to rent a new field, located in the neighbourhood of Mataderos, at Tapalque St., between Escalada and Chascomus St. A wind mill provided water for the dressing rooms.

On May 14, 1914, owing to the great amount of Italian immigrants who were members of the club, the kit was changed again. The new colours adopted were green, red and white, the colours of the Italian flag. From then on the club played in green, red and white stripes.

The club was finally elected to the Argentine League in 1918. The club showed promise and played well in their first season, clinching 3rd position, ending the season just 4 points short of River Plate and Defensores de Belgrano. On their league debut, Vélez defeated Independiente 2-1. In 1921 the Argentina national football team selected the first Vélez player, José Bofia, who made his debut against Chile in Valparaiso, a game which Argentina won 4-1.

In 1928, Vélez Sarsfield played the first night game in Argentine football history at their new stadium in neighboring Villa Luro. This stadium would be nicknamed El Fortín (The Small Fort) by the press and is still often referred to that way. The nickname is also used in reference to the club.

In the 1930, Vélez managed to be a powerful force playing at home but struggled away from El Fortín. In 1938 the kit changed to its present colors when a sports-equipment merchant offered the club white jerseys with a blue V on the chest at a discount because a rugby club had not claimed them. The new design has remained unchanged to the present day, forgetting the red, white and green shirt used in the first years of the club.

Vélez clinched their first national championship on the 1968 Nacional. Vélez would have played their first international tournamente in the Copa Libertadores 1969, however they refused to play for economic reasons.

Carlos Bianchi

The 1990s was undoubtedly the most successful era in Vélez's history. In the space of a few years, they clinched most of their silverware, having won 9 titles, both domestic and international. Many consider their successes was largely down to coach Carlos Bianchi. As a player he had been part of the Vélez team that obtained its first title in 1968, and Bianchi was Argentine Top scorer in 1970, 1971, and then again during his second tenure in 1981. As team coach, Bianchi drove Vélez to three titles (Clausura 1993, Apertura 1995, Clausura 1996) the 1994 Copa Libertadores, Copa Intercontinental 1994 and Supercopa Sudamericana 1996. Their most notable success to date came in 1994, when Vélez clinched the Copa Intercontinental defeating AC Milan by 2-0. Roberto Trotta (PK) and Omar Asad scored for Vélez. The Paraguayan goalkeeper José Luis Chilavert was the symbol of Vélez throughout those successful years.

During the 2000s Vélez won the 2005 Clausura and the 2009 Clausura.

For the 3rd game of the Apertura 2009 Vélez gave 5 players to the different South American national teams for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (Sebastián Domínguez, Nicolás Otamendi and Emiliano Papa for Argentina, Hernán Rodrigo López for Uruguay and Waldo Ponce for Chile). Still, Vélez defeated Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata on their league game.

The club's fans celebrated Vélez' 100th anniversary

On January 1, 2010 the club's fans celebrated Vélez' 100th anniversary by marching from Floresta to the José Amalfitani stadium in Liniers. A group of around 50,000 people took part of the celebration.[2][3]


Velez is one of the most popular teams in Argentina according to the last census. Their fans are usually known as 'Los Fortineros'.

Velez's fanbase is drawn from the west of Buenos Aires and the surroundings of Liniers, although Fortineros can be found in Moreno and Merlo as well.


Vélez Sársfield has no direct rival. Ferrocarril Oeste, based in the neighbourhood of Caballito, is sometimes said to be Velez's historical rival. However, this rivalry has faded out mainly because the teams play in different divisions. They have not faced each other since 2000, when Velez beat Ferrocarril Oeste away 1-0.


José Amalfitani Stadium

The José Amalfitani stadium (named after the club's president for over 30 years) holds 49,747 people, although it doesn't provide seating for all of them. It is also frequently used for concerts and Argentina rugby team matches. The stadium, often referred to as El Fortín, was built in 1947 and later remodeled in preparation for the 1978 FIFA World Cup.

The stadium is located on 9200 Juan B. Justo avenue, in the Liniers neighborhood, a short walk from the Liniers train station.


Amateur era

  • Primera División (Asociación Amateurs de Football)
    • Runners-up (1): 1919
  • Tercera División
    • Winners (2): 1914, 1922[4]
  • Campeonato Intermedia
    • Winners (1): 1926
  • Copa Competencia Intermedia
    • Winners (2): 1926, 1927

Professional era




Players in bold are still active with the club.

Most appearances

Player Nationality Appearances
1 Pedro Larraquy  Argentina 455
2 Ángel Allegri  Argentina 384
3 Raúl Cardozo  Argentina 353
4 Carlos Bianchi  Argentina 324
5 Luis Gallo  Argentina 317
6 Armando Ovide  Argentina 310
7 Fabián Cubero  Argentina 291
8 Juan Carlos Bujedo  Argentina 288
9 Mario Lucca  Argentina 281
10 José Luis Chilavert  Paraguay 270
11 Christian Bassedas  Argentina 267

Top Goalscorers

Player Nationality Goals
1 Carlos Bianchi  Argentina 206
2 Juan José Ferraro  Argentina 111
3 Norberto Conde  Argentina 108
4 Agustín Cosso  Argentina 95
5 Pedro Larraquy  Argentina 82
6 Juan Carlos Carone  Argentina 76
7 Miguel Ángel Benito  Argentina 74
8 Patricio Camps  Argentina 70
9 Daniel Willington  Argentina 65
10 Omar Pedro Roldán  Argentina 60
11 Omar Whebe  Argentina 56

Top scorers in a League


José Amalfitani. "Don Pepe"
  • 1910-1913: Luis Barredo
  • 1913-1914: Plácido Marín
  • 1914: Roberto Piano
  • 1914-1917: Eduardo Ferro
  • 1917-1919: Antonio Marín Moreno
  • 1919: Eduardo Ferro
  • 1920-1921: Antonio Marín Moreno
  • 1921-1923: Esteban Aversano
  • 1923-1925: José Amalfitani
  • 1925-1932: Enrique D'Elías
  • 1932-1935: Nicolás Marín Moreno
  • 1936-1937: Juan C. Sustaita
  • 1937: Narciso Barrio
  • 1938-1939: Nicolás Marín Moreno
  • 1937-1938: Inocencio Bienati
  • 1940-1941: Roberto L. Orstein
  • 1941-1969: José Amalfitani
  • 1969: Leonardo Pareja
  • 1969-1970: Domingo M. Trimarco
  • 1970-1976: José R. Feijóo
  • 1976: Domingo M. Trimarco
  • 1976-1979: Osvaldo Guerrero
  • 1979-1985: Ricardo Petracca
  • 1985-1991: Francisco Antonio Pérez
  • 1991-1993: Ricardo Petracca
  • 1993-1996: Héctor Gaudio
  • 1996-1999: Raúl Gámez
  • 1999-2002: Carlos E. Mousseaud
  • 2002-2005: Raúl Gámez
  • 2005-2008: Álvaro Balestrini
  • 2008- : Fernando Raffaini


Current squad

Current squad for Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield as of 5 March 2010 (edit)
Sources: [1]

No. Position Player
1  ARG GK Marcelo Barovero
2  ARG DF Marco Torsiglieri
3  ARG DF Emiliano Papa
4  ARG DF Gastón Díaz
5  ARG MF Fabián Cubero
6  ARG DF Sebastián Domínguez
7  ARG FW Juan Manuel Martínez
8  ARG MF Nicolás Cabrera
9  URU FW Hernán Rodrigo López
10  ARG MF Maximiliano Moralez
11  ARG FW Rolando Zárate
12  ARG GK Ezequiel Cacace
13  URU DF Pablo Lima
14  ARG MF Leandro Coronel
15  ARG DF Fernando Tobio
16  ARG MF Víctor Zapata
17  ARG MF Franco Razzotti
18  ARG MF Leandro Somoza
No. Position Player
19  ARG DF Nicolás Otamendi
20  ARG FW Leandro Caruso
21  ARG FW Jonathan Cristaldo
22  ARG MF Leandro Velázquez
23  URU FW Santiago Silva
24  ARG MF Iván Bella
25  ARG GK Germán Montoya
26  ARG MF Luciano Cigno
27  ARG MF Alejandro Cabral
28  ARG DF Mariano Bíttolo
29  ARG MF Ricardo Álvarez
30  ARG DF Emanuel Olivera
32  ARG FW Eduardo Berón
33  ARG MF Héctor Canteros
34  ARG FW Matías Conti
 ARG MF Luis Acuña
 ARG GK Alan Aguerre
 ARG FW Leonardo Piris

Manager: Ricardo Gareca

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Argentina DF Juan Ignacio Sills (at LD Alajuelense)
Argentina MF Darío Ocampo (at Rosario Central)
Argentina FW Facundo Coria (at Argentinos Juniors)
Argentina FW Emmanuel Fernandes Francou (at Gimnasia y Esgrima de Jujuy)
Argentina FW Maximiliano Timpanaro (at Dinamo Tirana)

Notable players

To appear in this section a player must have either played at least 100 games for the club and/or have played at least 20 international games for their national team.

1930s - 1980s

1980s - 1990s

1990s - 2000s

2000s - 2010s

Other sports

Vélez has both men's and women's volleyball teams in Argentina's first division. It also competes in basketball, field hockey, and other disciplines.


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