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Ferrocarril Oeste

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Club Ferro Carril Oeste, known simply as Ferro Carril Oeste or Ferro, is an Argentina sports club from the neighbourhood of Caballito, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Although many activities are hosted by the club, Ferro is mostly known for its
association football team, currently playing in the Primera B Nacional, the second division of the Argentine football league system.

History

The beginning

Always located in Caballito, the club was founded as Club Atlético del Ferrocarril Oeste de Buenos Aires on July 28, 1904, by a hundred employees of the Buenos Aires Western Railway (then Ferrocarril Domingo Faustino Sarmiento). The club was approved and supported by railway managers, so Ferro soon incorporated lands to build its headquarters and sports installations. In 1907, Ferro joined the amateur second division, and in 1912 the team won the promotion to the first division after beating Racing Club de Avellaneda in the final game.

The Five Mustketeers

At the end of the 1930s, the club emancipated from the railway company, changing its name to Club Ferro Carril Oeste. In 1937 five talented players rose from the youth divisions, forming an offensive line which would be remembered as The Five Musketeers. They were Bernardo Gandulla, Juan José Maril, Luis Borgnia, Jaime Sarlanga and Raúl Emeal. But those skilled players only played together between 1937 and 1938, due to other clubs acquired them to Ferro (Sarlanga would had a memorable run on Boca Juniors). Both Gandulla and Sarlanga together totalised more than the 50% of the goals scored by Ferro in the 1937 Argentine Primera División season

Other notable player for the club was Delfín Benítez Cáceres, who played from 1941 until his retirement in 1944 scoring 20 goals. Gandulla and Emeal returned to Ferro in 1944 after his run on Boca Juniors. But despite having such prominent players, Ferro finished last in 1946 Argentine Primera División season and was relegated to Primera B Metropolitana for the first time in its history.

1950s to 1970s

Ferro soon returned to the first division in 1949, when winning the Primera B title. During the 1950 Ferro finished 6th in 1954 and reached a memorable 4th position in 1959 Argentine Primera División, the best team campaign until then. After being relegated again, Ferro won the Primera B championship in 1963, returning to Primera División. In the top level, Ferro reached another 4th place in the 1965 Argentine Primera División tournament. Ferro would be relegated again, returning in 1970 to the first division.

In 1974 Argentine Primera División Ferro wore an orange jersey, paying tribute to World sub-champion Netherlands national football team, The Overclock Orange, finishing 6th in the Torneo Nacional disputed that year. Team's most notable player was central midfielder Gerónimo Saccardi, who had debuted in 1969 and became a legendary player for the institution.

The Golden Age: 1980s

Ferro had a prominent role in Argentine sports in the 1980s, more specifically in football and basketball. The football team won 2 titles of Argentine Primera División and played the Copa Libertadores. Otherwise, the basketball team won the Liga Nacional de Básquet (the Argentine first division league) championship 3 times.

In 1979 Carlos Griguol arrived to the club. He later became the most successful coach in the club's history, winning 2 Primera División titles for the first time and also promoting to Primera players such as Alberto Márcico, Héctor Cúper and Oscar Garré. In 1981 Ferro finished 2nd, totalizing 49 points, just one less than champion Boca Juniors. That same year Ferro reached the Torneo Nacional final although the team was defeated by Club Atlético River Plate (by the same score: 1-0 in the two matches disputed).

Ferro finally won its first title at Primera in 1982, obtaining the 1982_Argentine_Primera_División Nacional_Championship defeating Quilmes Atlético Club in the finals. The squad played 22 matches, won 16 and tied 6. Ferro scored 50 goals and received 13. Left wing Miguel Angel Juárez was the top scorer with 22. Other notable players for the champion team were Adolfino Cañete, Alberto Márcico, Juan Domingo Rocchia and Héctor Cúper.

Although some important players during the 1982 tournament had left (Saccardi, Rocchia, Crocco), Ferro won another Torneo Nacional in 1984, defeating River Plate (with Norberto Alonso and Enzo Francescoli) in the finals (3-0 and 1-0). The team played 17 matches, winning 14 and losing only 1, with 4 draws. Ferro scored 32 goals and only received 9, being Márcico the top scorer with 5 goals.

Another important achievement for Ferro was the 2nd place in the 1984 in Argentine football Torneo Metropolitano, finishing with 50 points, only one less than champion Argentinos Juniors. Ferro also played the 1985 Copa Libertadores, being eliminated in the first round by Argentinos Juniors.

But Ferro not only won 2 titles in first division, but also set three notable records in the Argentine Primera:
- In the 1981 Argentine Primera División championship, goalkeeper Carlos Barisio set a national record by keeping a clean sheet for 1,075 minutes of football. This included a run of 10 complete games without letting in a goal.
- When Ferro won the 1982 Argentine Primera División, Ferro also achieved it without losing a single game. In addition, the club was the second team to achieve the feat after San Lorenzo de Almagro. Club Atlético River Plate and Boca Juniors also achieved this feat later in the 1990s.

On the other hand, Ferro has the longest run without scoring a goal. The team went 875 minutes without scoring between the end of the 1998–99 Argentine Primera División Torneo Apertura and the 1998–99 Argentine Primera División Torneo Clausura.

In 1987 Carlos Griguol left the club, hired by River Plate. He had won 2 titles in the first division (who still are the only two championships won by Ferro at the top level of Argentine football) and 2 sub-championships. Griguol returned in 1988, coaching Ferro until 1993.

Ferro has a strong rivalry with Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield, so both teams disputed what is known as Clásico del Oeste.

Kit uniform evolution

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In 1968 Ferro promoted to the first division of the Buenos Aires Association. In 1971 the Héctor Etchart court is opened and Ferro developed a strong rivalry with Obras Sanitarias. In 1976 León Najnudel arrived to the club and under his coaching (and the collaboration of talented players such as Miguel Cortijo) Ferro won its first championships, obtaining the Torneo Oficial, Apertura and Metropolitano. Ferro was also the first Argentine team to win the Campeonato Sudamericano de Clubes in 1981.

When the Liga Nacional began in 1985, Ferro's main rival became Atenas de Córdoba. Ferro won the 1985 and 1986 championships and finished 2nd in 1987, apart from a new Sudamericano title in 1987. León Najnudel returned to the club in 1989, winning a third title with the team although he left the following year. Miguel Cortijo left the club as well.

At the finishing of the 2003-04 season Ferro was relegated to TNA (Torneo Nacional de Ascenso, the second division of Argentine basketball. Some financial problems continued relegating Ferro from the top level and the team currently plays in the Capital Federal tournament.

Titles

- Liga Nacional de Básquet: 3
- Campeonato Sudamericano de Clubes: 3
- Torneo Metropolitano: 1
- Torneo Oficial de la Federación de Buenos Aires: 3
- Torneo de Apertura de la Federación de Buenos Aires: 3

Notable players


- Miguel Cortijo (1976–90, 1991–92)
- Luis Oroño
- Sebastián Uranga
- Javier Maretto
- Diego Maggi

- Daniel Aréjula
- Horacio López
- Luis Scola (1996–98)
- Federico Kammerichs (1998–2001)
- Erron Maxey (2001–02)

Volleyball

Men

Starts playing in 1953, and in 1960 arrived to first division.
- First Division: 1977, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985
- Copa Morgan: 1966, 1977, 1977, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986
- South American Championship: 1987, 1998

Famous players: Hugo Conte, Waldo Kantor, Esteban Martínez, Carlos Getzelevich, Daniel Castellani.

Women

Started playing also in 1953 and reaches first division in 1957.
- First Division: 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1990
- Copa Morgan: 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1998, 2004




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