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Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield is a sports club based in the Liniers neighborhood of western Buenos Aires, Argentina. Vélez is best known for its association football team, that plays in the Argentine Primera División, the top level of the Argentine football league system. Vélez has won the Argentine Primera División 8 times, and has also won 5 international cups (including both the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup (football)). The club's home stadium is the Estadio José Amalfitani, in the borough of Liniers. Both the club and its stadium are nicknamed el Fortín (in English: "the Small Fort"), while its fans are called Fortineros ("from the small fort").

Vélez was founded in 1910 in the Floresta, Buenos Aires neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, next to the formerly called "Vélez Sársfield" railroad station of the Buenos Aires Western Railway. The club first participated in the Argentine league in the 1919 in Argentine football (finishing runner-up), and was one of the 18 clubs that joined to form the Football in Argentina Professional era in 1931. Relegated only once (in 1941 Argentine Primera División, returning to the top level in 1943 Argentine Primera División), Vélez is a regular fixture of the Argentine Primera ever since and is positioned 5th in the All-time Argentine Primera División table.

Vélez clinched their first title in the 1968 Argentine Primera División Campeonato Nacional, and spent 25 years without silverware until 1993, when the team won the 1992–93 Argentine Primera División Torneo Clausura. The 1990s were the most successful period in Vélez' history, as they won a total of 4 domestic titles and 5 international. These included both the 1994 Copa Libertadores, where they defeated defending champions São Paulo FC in the final, and the 1994 Intercontinental Cup, where they defeated A.C. Milan. Vélez Sársfield is also one of eight teams to have won CONMEBOL's Treble (association football).

The club clinched its most recent league title in the year 2011, when they won the 2010–11 Argentine Primera División season Torneo Clausura.

History

1910–1920

Vélez foundation dates back to the last days of 1909, when rain interrupted an informal football game played near the Vélez Sársfield railway station (nowadays Floresta, Buenos Aires station) of the Buenos Aires Western Railway. Three of the young men whose game got interrupted, Julio Guglielmone, Martín Portillo and Nicolás Marín Moreno, sheltered in the station and discussed the possibility of founding a football club to practice the sport more seriously. The founders decided to call the new club Club Atlético Argentinos de Vélez Sarsfield (in English: Argentines of Vélez Sarsfield Athletic Club), and appointed Luis Barredo as their first chairman.

Lineup:
- Acacio Caballero
- Atilio Braneri
- Atilio Barderacco
- Miguel Fontana
- José Luis Boffi
- Julio Giachi
- Juan Bru
- Humberto Bassadone
- Marcelino Martínez
- Martín Salvarredi
- Alberto Granara

, Vélez finished 6th, and the team's Forward (association football) Salvador Carreras was the first player of the club to become top scorer in an Argentine league. In 1921, José Luis Boffi became the first player of the club to represent the Argentina national football team, playing against Chile national football team in Valparaíso, a game which Argentina won 4–1.

On March 13, 1923, José Amalfitani was elected president club for his first two-year period. Vélez would eventually finish the competition in the 9th place.

In 1932, the club's nickname el Fortín (in English: "the Small Fort") came to be, after being used by Crítica newspaper's journalist Hugo Marini in reference to the club's Villa Luro stadium, to describe Vélez strength while playing at home. for the first and only time to date. Vélez finished penultimate, one point behind Club Atlético Atlanta that defeated Club Atlético Independiente on their final fixture for 6–4 (being 6–0 at the end of the first half, on a Match fixing). With the club on the second division, it entered a crisis and was forced to vacate the stadium's lot. José Amalfitani returned to the club's presidency, and eventually the team moved to the Liniers neighbourhood.

Vélez stayed three seasons in the second division, returning to the Primera División in 1943 after winning the Segunda División championship on the category's first professional season. Vélez confirmed the championship on November 20 by defeating Sportivo Dock Sud 5–2 at home at Estadio Arquitecto Ricardo Etcheverry. The team's manager during the season was the former club captain Victorio Spinetto, while Juan José Ferraro was the top goal scorer. During that same 1943, the club inaugurated the Liniers' stadium on the ground over the Maldonado Stream, the same spot where now stands the subsequently rebuild Estadio José Amalfitani. On 1945, Vélez achieved its biggest win in history by defeating Club Atlético Independiente 8–0 (goals from Salvador di Bella (3), Isaac Scliar (3), Osvaldo Bottini and Jorge Cano (footballer)).

Lineup:
- Miguel Ángel Rugilo
- Héctor Cuenya
- Blas Angrisano
- Armando Ovide
- Víctor Curuchet
- Héctor Herrero
- Marco Aurelio (footballer)
- Eduardo Heisecke
- Juan José Ferraro
- Ángel Fernández (Uruguayan footballer)
- Alfredo Bermúdez
- Coach: Victorio Spinetto

{, Jorge Cano (footballer), Alfredo Costa (footballer), Salvador di Bella, Emilio Díaz, Simón Fredotivich, Adriano Garrone, Luis Orué, Pedro Perrota, José Puisari, and José Scorzo.

1950–1960

During 1949, Vélez' Goalkeeper (association football) Miguel Ángel Rugilo, formed at the club's youth divisions, saved 5 penalty kicks in 5 consecutive games. Moreover, in 1950, he saved two penalties in a match against Club Atlético River Plate. The club's player represented Argentina national football team 5 times, most notably in a 1–2 away defeat to England national football team at Wembley Stadium (1923). Despite the defeat, journalist Luis Elías Sojit nicknamed him El León de Wembley (in English: "Wembley's Lion") for his performance.

On April 22, 1951, Vélez reinaugurated the Liniers' stadium, rebuild to be almost entirely of cement. On the reinauguration, the team defeated Club Atlético Huracán 2–0 with goals by Raúl Nápoli.

On the 1953 Argentine Primera División, Vélez Sársfield was runner-up for the first time in the professional era of Argentine football, finishing 4 point behind River Plate. The team was coached by Victorio Spinetto (the same who had achieved promotion in 1943), and had a strong Forward (association football) quintet formed by Norberto Conde, Ernesto Sansone, Juan José Ferraro, Osvaldo Zubeldía, and Juan Carlos Mendiburu. Conde was subsequently Argentine Primera División top scorer in the 1954 Argentine Primera División.
Lineup:
- Nicolás Adamo
- Oscar Antonio Huss
- Ángel Allegri
- Armando Ovide
- Jorge Ruiz (footballer)
- Rafael García Fierro
- Norberto Conde
- Ernesto Sansone
- Juan José Ferraro
- Osvaldo Zubeldía
- Juan Carlos Mendiburu
- Coach: Victorio Spinetto

{, Emilio Espinoza, Argentino Geronazzo, Roberto Iglesias (footballer), Pablo Mallegni, Joaquín Martínez, Carlos Sardá and José Viglienghi.

1960–1970

During the 1960s decade, Vélez finished among the top positioned teams in the 1966 Argentine Primera División (5th), the 1967 Argentine Primera División Campeonato Metropolitano (3rd in its group) 1967 Argentine Primera División Campeonato Nacional (3rd), and the 1968 Argentine Primera División Campeonato Metropolitano (1st in its group and eliminated in the semifinals by Estudiantes de La Plata). Moreover, in 1965 Argentine Primera División the team's striker Juan Carlos Carone finished as the league's top scorer.

Vélez Sársfield clinched its first national championship on the 1968 Argentine Primera División Campeonato Nacional. Coached by Manuel Giúdice, the team finished first on the final league standings, sharing the position with Club Atlético River Plate and Racing Club de Avellaneda. Therefore, the three teams had to play a championship playoff, where Vélez drew 1–1 with River (goal by José Luis Luna) and defeated Racing 4–2 (goals by Omar Wehbe (3) and Roberto Moreyra). Vélez finished tied with River, who had defeated Racing 2–0, in both points and goal difference. However, Vélez won the championship for having more goals for in the regular championship (39, over River's 35). During this tournament, Vélez also achieved its biggest victory in official matches, 11–0 against Huracán de Bahía Blanca. Moveover, Omar Wehbe was league top scorer with 16 goals. In total, the team played 17 games, winning 11, drawing 3, and losing another 3; with 44 goals for and 17 against.

In the local league, Vélez reached the semifinals of the 1981 Argentine Primera División Campeonato Nacional, where it was eliminated by Ferro Carril Oeste. Vélez' striker Carlos Bianchi, who had returned to the club after a period in French football, was for the third time league top scorer.

Subsequently, the club was third in its group in the 1982 Argentine Primera División Campeonato Nacional, and fifth in the 1982 Argentine Primera División Campeonato Metropolitano. The following season, Vélez' was eliminated in the round of 16 of the 1983 Argentine Primera División Campeonato Nacional, and came fourth in the 1983 Argentine Primera División Campeonato Metropolitano, 4 points behind champions Club Atlético Independiente.

The team was again runner-up of the Argentine Primera División during the 1985 Argentine Primera División Campeonato Nacional, losing the final to Argentinos Juniors. Vélez striker Jorge Comas was the tournament's top scorer with 12 goals.

1990–2000

The 1990s decade started with Vélez finishing third in the 1990–91 Argentine Primera División Torneo Apertura. In the last fixture of the championship, Vélez defeated River Plate 2–1 (goals from Ricardo Gareca and Esteban González) at the Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti, thwarting River's chances of winning the title. Vélez goalkeeper, former Argentine international Ubaldo Fillol, saved a penalty kick during the game, and retired at the age of 41. The 1990–91 season also saw the team's striker Esteban González finish as league top scorer, with 18 goals. Subsequently, the club finished fourth in the 1991–92 Argentine Primera División Torneo Apertura and second in the 1991–92 Argentine Primera División Torneo Clausura.

On December 1992, former striker Carlos Bianchi was appointed as the club's manager. Bianchi, who had been league champion and three times top scorer with the team, had no coaching experience in Argentine football. In his first tournament as manager (the 1992–93 Argentine Primera División Torneo Clausura), Vélez won the Argentine Primera División title after 25 years. The championship was defined in the penultimate fixture (June 8), when the team drew 1–1 with Estudiantes de La Plata (with goalkeeper José Luis Chilavert scoring his first goal in Vélez). The team played 19 games, winning 10, drawing 7 and losing 2, with 23 goals for and 7 against.

Lineup:
- José Luis Chilavert
- Héctor Almandoz
- Roberto Trotta
- Víctor Hugo Sotomayor
- Raúl Cardozo
- José Basualdo
- Marcelo Gómez
- Christian Bassedas
- Walter Pico
- José Oscar Flores
- Omar Asad
- Esteban González
- Coach: Carlos Bianchi

{, Horacio Bidevich, Patricio Camps, Carlos Campagnucci, Juan Carlos Docabo, Cecilio Galeano, Claudio Husaín, Mauricio Pellegrino, Martín Posse, Leonardo Ramos, Fabián Vázquez and Sergio Zárate.

On that year's 1993–94 Argentine Primera División Torneo Apertura, the team was runner-up, one point behind Club Atlético River Plate. Vélez played the last games of the tournament with substitutes, as they were already participating in the 1994 Copa Libertadores (the 1993 Apertura finished in February 1994).

On its way to the championship, the team had finished first in their group, ahead Boca Juniors (with results of 1–1 and 2–1), and Brazilians Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras (1–0 and 1–4) and Cruzeiro Esporte Clube (1–1 and 2–0). Subsequently, Vélez had defeated Uruguayan Defensor Sporting in the round of 16 (1–1 and 0–0, 4–3 in penalties), Venezuelan Asociación Civil Minervén Fútbol Club in the quarter finals (0–0 and 2–0) and Colombian Junior Barranquilla in the semifinals (1–2 and 2–1, 5–4 in penalties).

As Copa Libertadores champion, Vélez played the 1994 Intercontinental Cup in Tokyo, Japan, facing Italian side A. C. Milan (winner of the 1993–94 UEFA Champions League). On December 1, 1994, Vélez defeated Milan 2–0, with goals from Roberto Trotta (from a penalty kick at the 5th minute of the second half), and Omar Asad (13th minute of the second half), successfully becoming List of world club champions (Association football) for the first time in history. Moreover, Asad was selected as the game's best player, and was awarded an automobile from Toyota, the tournament's sponsor.

Among the starting eleven of the Intercontinental Cup title, 7 players and the manager were from the club's youth divisions (Almandoz, Asad, Bassedas, Cardozo, Flores, Gómez, Pompei and Bianchi).

Lineup:
- José Luis Chilavert
- Héctor Almandoz
- Flavio Zandoná
- Roberto Trotta
- Víctor Hugo Sotomayor
- Raúl Cardozo
- José Basualdo
- Marcelo Gómez
- Roberto Pompei
- Christian Bassedas
- José Oscar Flores
- Omar Asad
- Coach: Carlos Bianchi

{, Roque Ávila, Patricio Camps, Carlos Campagnucci, Juan Carlos Docabo, Federico Domínguez, Fabián Fernández, Cecilio Galeano, Esteban González, Sandro Guzmán, Claudio Husaín, Guillermo Morigi, Martín Posse, Ricardo Rentera, Flavio Zandoná, Marcelo Herrera and José Luis Sánchez Moretti.

Subsequently, the team came third in the 1994–95 Argentine Primera División Torneo Apertura and in the 1994–95 Argentine Primera División Torneo Clausura. In this last championship, José Oscar Flores was the top scorer, with 14 goals.

The club won its third national championship in the 1995–96 Argentine Primera División Torneo Apertura, finishing 6 points above runner-up Racing Club de Avellaneda. Vélez won the last 6 games of the tournament, including a 3–0 away victory over Club Atlético Independiente in the final fixture (goals by Roberto Trotta (p.k.), Patricio Camps and José Basualdo). The team played 19 games, winning 13, drawing 2 and losing 4; with 29 goals for and 13 against.

On February 24, 1996, Vélez won its third international competition by defeating Costa Rican C.S. Cartaginés in the Copa Interamericana (0–0 away and 2–0 at home, with goals by José Oscar Flores). During that year, the team also won the 1995–96 Argentine Primera División Torneo Clausura, finishing one point above Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata. By winning successively the Apertura and Clausura of the 1995–96 season, Vélez became the sixth club in the Argentine professional football history to win two championships in a row. Osvaldo Piazza, a former club player, replaced Carlos Bianchi as coach for the last four fixtures of the season. In total, Vélez won 11 games, drew 7 and lost 1, scoring 40 goals and allowing 18.

Lineup:
- José Luis Chilavert
- Flavio Zandoná
- Roberto Trotta
- Mauricio Pellegrino
- Raúl Cardozo
- José Basualdo
- Marcelo Herrera
- Marcelo Gómez
- Christian Bassedas
- Patricio Camps
- Fernando Pandolfi
- Martín Posse
- José Oscar Flores
- Coach: Carlos Bianchi
- Coach: Osvaldo Piazza

{, Carlos Campagnucci, Pablo Cavallero, Daniel Cordone, Federico Domínguez, Fabián Fernández, Cecilio Galeano, Sandro Guzmán, Claudio Husain, Guillermo Morigi, Sebastián Méndez, Mauricio Pellegrino, Ricardo Rentera, Víctor Hugo Sotomayor, José Luis Sánchez Moretti, Rubén Rivero and Héctor Banegas.

Under Piazza's coaching, Vélez won the 1996 Supercopa Sudamericana Supercopa Sudamericana unbeaten, defeating Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense (3–3 and 1–0), Club Olimpia (3–0 and 1–0), Santos Futebol Clube (1–0 and 2–0) and Cruzeiro Esporte Clube (1–0 and 2–0). With 4 goals, Patricio Camps was the tournament's top scorer.

Lineup:
- José Luis Chilavert
- Flavio Zandoná
- Sebastián Méndez
- Mauricio Pellegrino
- Raúl Cardozo
- Guillermo Morigi
- Marcelo Gómez
- Claudio Husain
- Christian Bassedas
- Martín Posse
- Patricio Camps
- Coach: Osvaldo Piazza

{, Héctor Banegas, Gustavo Franco, Pablo Cavallero, Daniel Cordone, Federico Domínguez, Roberto Mauro Cantoro, Cecilio Galeano, Sandro Guzmán, Darío Husaín, Mario Maiorano, Fernando Pandolfi, Víctor Hugo Sotomayor, Mario Santa Cruz and Marcelo Herrera.

On April 13, 1997, the team won the 1997 Recopa Sudamericana, defeating Club Atlético River Plate 4–2 in the penalty shootout, after drawing in the regular time 1–1 (goal by José Luis Chilavert, from a penalty kick). This was Vélez 5th and, to date, last international championship.

Alineación:
- José Luis Chilavert
- Flavio Zandoná
- Víctor Hugo Sotomayor
- Mauricio Pellegrino
- Raúl Cardozo
- Guillermo Morigi
- Marcelo Gómez
- Claudio Husaín
- Christian Bassedas
- Martín Posse
- Patricio Camps
- Coach: Osvaldo Piazza

{, Pablo Cavallero, Carlos Campagnuci, Sergio Goycoechea, Sandro Guzmán, Sebastián Méndez, Fernando Pandolfi and Marcelo Herrera.

After the Recopa, Vélez finished fifth in the 1996–97 Argentine Primera División Torneo Clausura and fourth in the 1997–98 Argentine Primera División Torneo Apertura. Subsequently, under Marcelo Bielsa's coaching, the club won their fifth national championship by finishing first in the 1997–98 Argentine Primera División Torneo Clausura, 6 points above runner-up Club Atlético Lanús. Vélez secured the championship in the penultimate fixture, with a 1–0 home win over Club Atlético Huracán (goal by Martín Posse). The team played 19 games, winning 14, drawing 4 and losing 1; with 39 goals for and 14 against.

Alineación:
- José Luis Chilavert
- Flavio Zandoná
- Sebastián Méndez
- Víctor Hugo Sotomayor
- Mauricio Pellegrino
- Raúl Cardozo
- Lucas Castromán
- Claudio Husaín
- Carlos Campagnucci
- Christian Bassedas
- Martín Posse
- Patricio Camps
- Daniel Cordone
- Darío Husaín
- Coach: Marcelo Bielsa

{, Juan Batalla, Martín Bernacchia, Rodrigo Bilbao, Pablo Cavallero, Fabián Cubero, Ariel de Lafuente, Federico Domínguez, Ariel Ercoli, Juan Carlos Falcón, Marcelo Gómez, Aníbal Roy González, Guillermo Morigi, Fernando Pandolfi, Omar Ríos and Rolando Zárate.

2000–present

During the first years of the 2000s decade, Vélez was unable to finish in the league's top positions until the 2002–03 Argentine Primera División Torneo Clausura, when the team finished third behind Club Atlético River Plate (champion) and Boca Juniors. In the 2003–04 Argentine Primera División Torneo Clausura, striker Rolando Zárate was league top scorer with 13 goals, and in the 2004–05 Argentine Primera División Torneo Apertura Vélez was again runner-up. The team finished two points behind Newell's Old Boys, after drawing 1–1 in the last fixture with Arsenal de Sarandí.

In the following championship, the 2004–05 Argentine Primera División Torneo Clausura, Vélez won their 6th national championship. The team finished 6 points above Club Atlético Banfield, effectively winning the tournament in the penultimate fixture, after defeating Estudiantes de La Plata 3–0 (goals by Fabián Cubero, Rolando Zárate and Lucas Castromán). Vélez was coached by Miguel Ángel Russo, and had a team formed mostly by players formed in the club's youth divisions, who averaged 25 years of age. In the starting eleven, only Gastón Sessa and Fabricio Fuentes were not from Vélez' youths. The team played 19 games in total, winning 11, drawing 6 and losing 2, scoring 32 goals and allowing 14.

Lineup:
- Gastón Sessa
- Fabián Cubero
- Fabricio Fuentes
- Maximiliano Pellegrino
- Ariel Broggi
- Marcelo Bustamante
- Jonás Gutiérrez
- Leandro Somoza
- Marcelo Bravo
- Leandro Gracián
- Lucas Castromán
- Rolando Zárate
- Coach: Miguel Ángel Russo

{, Hernán Pellerano, Maximiliano Bustos, Emanuel Centurión, Juan Manuel Martínez, Mauro Zárate, Federico Arias, Sebastián Peratta, Santiago Bianchi, Pablo Batalla, Sergio Sena, Darío Ocampo and Mariano Uglessich.

Vélez subsequently finished third in the 2005–06 Argentine Primera División Torneo Apertura, reached the semifinals of the 2005 Copa Sudamericana and the quarterfinals in the 2006 Copa Libertadores. In the 2006–07 Argentine Primera División Torneo Apertura, Mauro Zárate was the 13th player in the club's history to finish as Argentine Primera top scorer (counting both professional and amateur eras), sharing the honour with Rodrigo Palacio.

By the end of 2008, Christian Bassedas, former player of the club during the successful 1990s era, was appointed as director of football; while Ricardo Gareca, former club player in the late 1980s and early 1990s, was contracted as manager. In the first tournament under Gareca's coaching, Vélez became Argentine league champion for the seventh time in history, by winning the 2008–09 Argentine Primera División Torneo Clausura. In the final fixture of the tournament, the team played against Club Atlético Huracán (who was first, one point above Vélez) at home, winning 1–0 (goal by Maximiliano Moralez) and therefore securing the championship. In total, the team won 11 games, drew 7 and lost 1, scoring 29 goals and allowing 13. Moreover, goalkeeper Germán Montoya was awarded the Ubaldo Matildo Fillol Award for having the lowest goals-to-games ratio in the tournament.

Lineup:
- Germán Montoya
- Gastón Díaz
- Sebastián Domínguez
- Nicolás Otamendi
- Emiliano Papa
- Fabián Cubero
- Franco Razzotti
- Víctor Zapata
- Maximiliano Moralez
- Joaquín Larrivey
- Jonathan Cristaldo
- Hernán Rodrigo López
- Coach: Ricardo Gareca

{, Nicolás Cabrera, Leandro Coronel, Darío Ocampo, Roberto Nanni, Juan Manuel Martínez, Leandro Velázquez, Alejandro Cabral, Iván Bella, Ricardo Gabriel Álvarez, Marcelo Barovero, Marco Torsiglieri, Mariano Bíttolo and Leonardo Piris.

During the 2009–10 Argentine Primera División season Vélez Sársfield contributed with 8 players to the different South American national teams: 6 for Argentina national football team (Emiliano Papa, Nicolás Otamendi, Sebastián Domínguez, Jonathan Cristaldo, Gastón Díaz and Franco Razzotti), one for Chile national football team (Waldo Ponce) and one for Uruguay national football team (Hernán Rodrigo López).
On January 1, 2010 the club's fans celebrated Vélez' 100th anniversary by marching from Floresta, Buenos Aires to the Estadio José Amalfitani in Liniers. A group of more than 50,000 people took part of the celebration.

During 2010, the team's best tournament was in the 2010–11 Argentine Primera División season Torneo Apertura, in which they were runners-up. Vélez made a 43-points campaign, 3 more than in their latest Clausura championship, but finished 2 points behind Estudiantes de La Plata. In that tournament, the Uruguayan forward Santiago Silva was the joint-top scorer, while goalkeeper Marcelo Barovero won the Ubaldo Fillol Award.

On the first semester of 2011, Vélez contested both the national championship and the 2011 Copa Libertadores. In the latter, after qualifying second in their group, they defeated LDU Quito in the round of 16 and Club Libertad in the quarterfinals with overall scores of 5–0 and 7–2 respectively. Vélez reached the semifinals for the first time since 1994, however, they were eliminated by Club Atlético Peñarol on away goals rule, after losing 0–1 in Montevideo and winnin 2–1 in Buenos Aires. It should be noted that in this second match, Vélez' forward Santiago Silva missed a penalty with the game 2–1.

Despite being eliminated from the Copa Libertadores, Vélez had managed to maintain themselves as serious contesters of the 2010–11 Argentine Primera División season Torneo Clausura. On the penultimate fixture, Vélez defeated Club Atlético Huracán 2–0 and, after Club Atlético Lanús' defeat to Argentinos Juniors 4 hours later, won the national championship for the 8th time in their history.

Lineup:
- Marcelo Barovero
- Fabián Cubero
- Sebastián Dominguez
- Fernando Ortiz
- Emiliano Papa
- Augusto Fernández
- Franco Razzotti
- Víctor Zapata
- Maximiliano Moralez
- Juan Manuel Martínez
- Santiago Silva
- DT: Ricardo Gareca

{, Fernando Tobio, Juan Ignacio Sills, Gastón Díaz, Mariano Bíttolo, Agustín Vuletich, David Ramírez, Leandro Desábato (footballer born 1990), Iván Bella, Maximiliano Giusti, Ezequiel Rescaldani, Héctor Canteros, Guillermo Franco and Ricardo Gabriel Álvarez.

Supporters

Vélez 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.

However, due to the important success achieved since 1990 that included obtaining multiple local and international tournaments, Velez´s fanbase grew significantly. Nowadays it is not uncommon to find Velez´s fans all over Argentina as "Fortineros de Tucumán" group, 1600 km from Buenos Aires.

Rivalries

Vélez Sársfield has no direct rival. Ferro Carril Oeste, based in the neighbourhood of Caballito, Buenos Aires, was Vélez's historical rival. The matches played between them were known as the Clásico del Oeste (in English: "Western Derby"). However, this rivalry has faded since, as of Ferro's relegation, the teams play in different divisions. They have not faced each other since 2000, when Vélez beat Ferro away 1–0.

Stadium

The Estadio José Amalfitani (named after José Amalfitani, club's president for 30 years) holds 49,540 people, although it does not provide seating for all of them. It is also frequently used for concerts and Argentina national rugby union team test matches. The stadium, nicknamed el Fortín (in English: "the Small Fort"), was built between 1941 and 1943, later rebuild in cement between 1947 and 1951, and again remodeled in preparation for the 1978 FIFA World Cup.

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

Titles

National

Amateur

- Tercera División: 2
- Campeonato Intermedia: 1
- Copa Competencia Intermedia: 2

Professional

- Argentine Primera División: 8
- Primera B Metropolitana: 1

International

- Copa Libertadores: 1
- Intercontinental Cup (football): 1
- Supercopa Sudamericana: 1
- Copa Interamericana: 1
- Recopa Sudamericana: 1

Chairmen

{ playing for the club.

Amateur era
{ while playing for the club. The player in bold was part of a squad that also won that edition of the World Cup.

{ (1931–39)
- Manuel de Sáa (1931–33, 1935–40)
- Victorio Spinetto (1932–37, 1939–40)
- Emilio Reuben (1933–36)
- Miguel Ángel Rugilo (1938–44, 1946–52)
- Luis de la Fuente (1940–41)
- Oscar Huss (1945–57)
- Osvaldo Zubeldía (1949–55)
- Antonio Cielinsky (1957–65)

- Florial Hugo Rodriguez (1955–58,)
- Julio Asad (1962–77)
- Rogelio Domínguez (1964–65)
- José Solórzano (1966–69)
- Ermindo Onega (1972)
- Julio César Falcioni (1976–80, 1991)
- Jorge Bartero (1977–85, 1986–89)
- Carlos Ischia (1979–84)
- Osvaldo Piazza (1979–82)

1980s–1990s

- Jorge Comas (1981–85)
- Carlos Trucco (1981–84)
- Daniel Killer (1982–83)
- Vicente Pernía (1982)
- Mario Vanemerak (1982–87)

- Jorge Amado Nunes (1987–88)
- Leonardo Rodríguez (1988–89)
- Ubaldo Fillol (1989–91)
- Ricardo Gareca (1989–92)
- Alejandro Mancuso (1989–93)

1990s–2000s

- Marcelo Gómez (1990–98)
- Mauricio Pellegrino (1990–98, 1999)
- Oscar Ruggeri (1990–92)
- Omar Asad (1992–00)
- Martín Posse (1992–99)
- Víctor Hugo Sotomayor (1992–99)
- Roberto Trotta (1992–96)

- Sebastián Méndez (1993–02)
- Guillermo Morigi (1993–97, 1999–02)
- Fernando Pandolfi (1993–97, 1998–00, 2001–02)
- Flavio Zandoná (1994–98, 1998–00)
- Sergio Goycochea (1996–97)
- Lucas Castromán (1997–01, 2004–07)

2000s–2010s

- Jairo Castillo (2000–01)
- Nelson Tapia (2000–01)
- Fabricio Fuentes (2001–03, 2004–05)
- Leandro Somoza (2001–06, 2008–11)

- Leandro Gracián (2001–06)
- Martín Hidalgo (2001–03)
- Mario Méndez (Mexican footballer) (2007)
- Waldo Ponce (2008–09)

Other sports

Basketball

Vélez Sársfield has both men's and women's basketball teams. The men's team currently plays at the Liga Nacional B (3rd level). On the other hand, the women's team is the most successful in Argentina, having won the Liga Nacional de Básquet Femenino (Argentine first division) 6 times, including the latest 2010 season. Vélez's starting five during the 2010 championship (Sandra Pavón, Marina Cava, Paula Gatti, Paula Reggiardo, and Florencia Fernández) were selected to represent Argentina women's national basketball team at the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women.

Volleyball

The club also has men's and women's volleyball teams in Buenos Aires' metropolitan leagues.




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