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Arsenal Fútbol Club, usually referred as Arsenal de Sarandí, is a Association football club from the Sarandí neighbourhood in the city of Avellaneda, Argentina, which was founded in 1957 by the Grondona brothers. Arsenal currently plays in the top tier of Seasons in Argentine football, the Primera División Argentina. They play their home games at the Estadio Julio H. Grondona, named after one of the founders, which has a capacity of 16,000. It opened in 1964 but was not used in the First Division until 2004. The club's colours are red and light blue, in honour of the traditional teams of Avellaneda (Club Atlético Independiente and Racing Club de Avellaneda). They have never won an Primera Division Argentina championship. Arsenal's first major title was the Copa Sudamericana Copa Sudamericana 2007.

History

The club was founded in January 1957 by brothers Héctor and Julio Grondona, inspired by the English club Arsenal F.C.. The team's shirt colour is light blue with a diagonal red band (similar to the shirt used by Club Atlético River Plate). The colours were chosen as a combination of the two older clubs in Avellaneda – Racing Club de Avellaneda (light blue) and Club Atlético Independiente (red).

Julio Grondona went on to become the president of Independiente, and then, in 1979, president of the Argentine Football Association, a post he still holds. He is also a vice-president of FIFA. Héctor Grondona, and then son Julio Ricardo, became presidents of Arsenal.

The club's best known former player is Jorge Burruchaga, who started his career at Arsenal in 1979, and had several stints as coach. Burru, as he is nicknamed, scored the winning goal for Argentina in the Football World Cup 1986 final against Germany national football team.

Arsenal's football team was promoted to successively higher divisions in 1962, 1986 and 1992, finally reaching the Primera División Argentina in 2002.

On 6 September 2006, Arsenal and Spain club FC Barcelona (Barça) struck a deal whereby in exchange for the option to acquire young players that have not played more than one year in the Arsenal first team, Barça would help to improve Arsenal's infrastructure.

A member from Barça was to oversee the project, and visit the club on a monthly basis. This deal, however, fell through in 2007, reportedly because Arsenal could not afford the infrastructure to keep up with the plan.

International tournaments

The club's first appearance in an international tournament was in 2004, when, coached by Burruchaga, Arsenal reached the Quarter-finals of the Copa Sudamericana, eliminating Club Atlético Banfield and Club Atlético River Plate before losing to Bolivian club, Club Bolívar in its first ever official tie with a non-Argentine team.

Arsenal finished 5th in both the Apertura and Clausura of the 2006-2007 in Argentine football season, which gave it enough points to claim a place in the Copa Libertadores 2008, the first time in their history that Arsenal qualified for South America's premier club tournament. The team also qualified for the Copa Sudamericana 2007. Arsenal beat reigning Argentine champions Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro in the qualifying round to earn a place in the Round of 16 where it faced Brazilian team Goiás Esporte Clube. Arsenal won 3–2 in Brazil and recorded a 1–1 draw in the second leg to win the tie 4–3 on aggregate, achieving its first official victory over foreign opposition.

After the victory over the Brazilian team, Arsenal met Mexico side Club Deportivo Guadalajara in the Quarter-finals, with a 0–0 draw at home, and a 3–1 victory at Estadio Jalisco. Arsenal qualified for the Semi-finals, where they met the other Argentine team in the running, River Plate. Both games against River ended 0–0, Arsenal progressed to the final after winning the Penalty shootout (association football) 4–2, with a number of saves from Mario Cuenca, Arsenal's goalkeeper.

In the first leg of the final Arsenal beat Club Club América of Mexico city 3–2 at Estadio Azteca, giving it a good advantage for the 2nd leg. This advantage was mitigated by the fact that second match could not be held in the Estadio Julio H. Grondona stadium because its capacity of 16,300 did not meet the CONMEBOL criteria of 40,000 for major finals. The game was finally held at the Estadio Juan Domingo Perón in Avellaneda. Another mitigating factor was the fact that captain Carlos Castiglione was suspended for the last game, due to a red card in the first leg.

Arsenal needed to avoid defeat by a two goal margin, but the match started badly for the Argentine team when Christian Díaz scored an own goal inside the first 20 minutes. José Luis Calderón then hit the woodwork twice for Arsenal. In the 2nd half Arsenal conceded a second goal, but with only 7 minutes remaining Martín Andrizzi scored a famous goal to give Arsenal their first major title on the away goals rule.

On 30 July 2008, Arsenal won its second international cup, the Suruga Bank Championship, which earned to play as Copa Sudamericana champion. The rival was J. League Cup champions Gamba Osaka from Japan. After a hard match, captain Carlos Casteglione scored the only goal with a precise header on the 86th minute of play.

Stadium

The Julio H. Grondona stadium in Sarandí has a capacity of 16,300, and is known as el Viaducto (The Viaduct). It is located at 3660 Juan Díaz De Solís in Sarandí.

Arsenal's first stadium was constructed on 11 October 1962 and officially opened on 22 August 1964. When Arsenal won promotion to the Primera, their basic concrete stadium was deemed unfit for the league and they played at the grounds of Club Atlético Lanús and Racing Club de Avellaneda for two seasons until work on their stadium was complete. The remodeled stadium Estadio Julio Humberto Grondona was opened on 7 August 2004 with a party for the fans. The first game was against Club Atlético Banfield in the Copa Sudamericana. The new stadium has witnessed defeats of the biggest teams in Argentine football such as Boca Juniors and River Plate.


Titles

Domestic

- Primera C: 1
- Primera D: 1

International

- Copa Sudamericana: 1
- Suruga Bank Championship: 1

Notable players




- Antonio Valentín Angelillo (youth system: 1952–55)
- Raul Blanco (1962–66)
- Jorge Burruchaga (1979–81)
- Óscar Ibáñez (1986–92)
- Gustavo Grondona (1989–90), (2002–03)
- Carlos Ruiz (Argentine footballer) (1993-08)
- Darío Espínola (1993–10)
- Néstor Clausen (1997–98)
- Silvio Augusto González (1998–99), (2002–03), (2005–06)
- Alejandro Limia (1999–00), (2001–05)
- Gastón Esmerado (1999–05)
- Patricio González (1999–06)
- Javier Morales (2000–03), (2004–05)
- Matías Milozzi (2001)
- Martín Andrizzi (2002–03), (2007–08)
- Germán Denis (2003–05)
- Javier Gandolfi (2003–04), (2006–08)
- Santiago Hirsig (2003–06)
- Carlos Casteglione (2002–09)

- Jean-Jacques Pierre (2002)
- Sebastián Rambert (2002–03)
- José Luis Calderón (2004–05), (2007–08)
- Víctor Rubén López (2004–06)
- Cristian Llama (2004–07)
- Jorge Martín Núñez (2004–05)
- Alejandro Gómez (footballer) (2005–08)
- Ibrahim Sekagya (2005–07)
- Juan Pablo Caffa (2005–07)
- Javier Yacuzzi (2005–10)
- Wilfredo Caballero (2006)
- Mario Cuenca (2006–09)
- Luis Pedro Figueroa (2007)
- Aníbal Matellán (2007–)
- Josimar Mosquera (2007–09)
- Cristian Campestrini (2008–)
- José Manuel Contreras (2008–09)
- Franco Jara (2008–2010)
- Bryan Gerzičićh (2006)

Former coaches

- Gustavo Alfaro (2006–08) (2010– )
- Daniel Garnero (2008–09)
- Carlos Ruiz (Argentine footballer) (2009–10)




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