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Club Atlético Banfield is an Argentine sports club located in the city of Banfield, Buenos Aires, part of Lomas de Zamora, Buenos Aires province. Founded on 21 January 1896 by residents of the town of British origin (mostly English with some Scottish and Irish), its main activity is football. It plays in the Primera División Argentina.

The club's greatest sporting achievement was obtained in 2009, when it became champion of the Apertura, the first official national championship won by the club in the professional era of Argentine football. In the First Division the club has also achieved two runners-up places, in 1951 and 2005.

The club's main rival is Club Atlético Lanús.


Origin and foundation

Club Atlético Banfield is one of the oldest football clubs in Argentina. In the second half of the 1880s, many British families settled in the village of Banfield, Buenos Aires, located 14 miles south of Buenos Aires. These families, with their houses in the style of English 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 resident 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 (railroad engineer), the first manager of Great Southern Railroad Company. 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, Burton was a Cambridge University graduate.

The court was a field for grazing located two blocks north of the railway station, next to the tracks on the east side.

Amateur era

With Kingsland as president, Banfield prioritized the practise of cricket, leaving football relegated to a background, which explains the poor performances of the club in football championships from 1897 to 1898.

This situation lasted until 1899, when Alfredo Goode (a football enthusiast) was named president. In 1899 Banfield played in the first second division football league of Argentina, proclaiming 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 nineteenth century.

The 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 were still no promotion, Banfield retained Second Division championship. That time the club won the title without being defeated. Key players included the goalscorer Edward "Invincible" Potter, the dribbling of 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, being all its assets liquidated to meet a hopeless bankruptcy. During those years, the figure of George Burton, another true lover of football, presided 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 formed by William Peterson, Roger Jacobelli, Amador García, Carlos Lloveras, Galup Lanus and Bartholomew, amongst others, faced Racing Club de Avellaneda in a two legged playoff for a place in the top division. The first match ended 0-0, being finally Racing the winner, 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 made good performances in 1913 and 1914 tournaments, but when First World War began, many of team's players, who were of British origins, were enrolled in the British Army and sent to the battlefront in Europe. In 1919 Banfield returned to first division after beating defunct club Del Plata in the final game.

First local title

Newly promoted, Banfield was runner-up after champion Boca Juniors. In 1921 the team won the "Copa de Honor" beating Boca Juniors 2-1.
George Burton had chaired the club for over 20 years with a paternalistic attitude, cultivating and fervently supporting the amateur spirit of sport. His death occurred at the institution a huge vacuum of power that plunged into a constitutional crisis and sport for a decade.

Professional era

1930s & 1940s

In 1931 a group of clubs, led by the main attractions, decided to professionalize the football, which meant ultimately whiten the situation and end the covert professionalism.

Banfield was invited to join the professional Primera División but its leaders believed that professionalism would fail in the short term, chose to continue participating in amateur tournaments. Immediately Banfield players received offers from Primera División clubs and left.

With a decimated roster, Banfield participated in tournaments until 1934. In 1935 Banfield joined the Argentine Football Association (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 second division.

In late 1938 a group of members proposed to young entrepreneur Florencio Sola to take over the presidency of the club. Banfield was in critical situation but Sola accepted. Taking advantage of Club Estudiantil Porteño (that played in second division) had been disaffiliated from the AFA, Florencio Sola Banfield act prevented in the Third Division. To tackle the championship in 1939 obtained the loan of many players who were substitutes in First and assembled a quality team that became champions winning the right to play in the Primera División.

Banfield featured a completely new team for 1940 season. With players like Rafael Sanz, Eduardo Silvera, John Baptist Busuzzo, Alfredo De Teran, Armando Farro and others, the newspaper El Pampero nicknamed the team "El Taladro (The Drill)", which has remained to date as is regarded as 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 Club Atlético 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 school suffered several casualties and the team was relegated in 1944. The chair was occupied by Joseph Agulla in 1945, the year he did a good campaign in Second Division, but after a constitutional crisis later that year became president Remigio Sola, brother of Florencio. Chaired by Remigio 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 overcome.

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, being near to be 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 9/10 points which allowed Banfield to remain at first division.

1950s & 1960s

In 1951, Felix Jose Ildefonso Martinez and Felix Zurdo in the coach equipper, ranked first but had to tie with Racing Club although they had the better goal difference and wins. The two finals were played in the defunct stadium of San Lorenzo (known as the "Gasometer"). The first ended goalless draw and in the second Racing won by the minimum difference. Featuring almost the same team, Banfield took fifth in the championship in 1952.

In 1953 key player Elisha Mouriño was acquired by Boca Juniors, which significantly effected the team: the following year they finished last and relegated to second division.

After seven years, Florencio Sola would not continue to lead the club in 1955 and presidential elections were held for the first time in the history of the institution. They faced the lists submitted by the groups "traditionalist" and "Mr. Burton", beating the first.

Most notable in these years was in the lower divisions, where a team was champion of sixth, fifth, fourth and reserves between 1955 and 1958, which values emerged as the top scorer Luis Suarez Llanos Oscar Calics and Ezekiel.

Valentín Suárez, became president of the club in late 1958. Since the disappointment was the prevailing sentiment in a swollen he had stopped going to encourage the team to the 1959 championship Valentín Suárez assembled a team of first division players, mostly veterans.

But although pointer ended the first round, this "star team" did not achieve its main objective which was promotion. Beginning in 1960, led by Benicio Acosta but also with the contribution of the great football knowledge Valentin Suarez had started a process that led to the rise after a major campaign in 1962. The arrival of quality players Ediberto Righi, Norberto Raffo, Oscar Lopez, Luis Maidana and Roberto Zarate, supplemented with elements formed in the club like Adolfo Vazquez, Oscar Llanos Ezequiel Calics and gave way to a remarkable team that was third in 1960, second in 1961 and first in 1962.

From 1963 the club began a period of 16 seasons in which they remained in First Division with the exception of 1973.

In the first four years the drill made excellent seasons, finishing seventh in 1963 and 1964. Slowly, the campus is being renovated. Thus came the likes of Julio San Lorenzo, Anacleto Peanno Diego Bay, Nelson Lopez, Ruben Hugo and José Sanfilippo. It was in 1967 when Banfield performances began to decline even though the team included quality players like Jorge Carrascosa, Rubén Flotta and José Manuel Ramos Delgado.

In 1969 he avoided relegation to Second Division after winning a home reclasificatorio, but in 1972 failed to prevent the loss of status. In any case the drill took only one year to return to the higher division.

1970s & 1980s

Coached by Oscar López and Oscar Cavallero, Banfield became champion of Primera B Metropolitana (second division) in 1973. Ricardo La Volpe, Hugo Mateos, Silvio Sotelo, Eduardo and Juan Alberto Taverna were some notable players for the team.

During its run on Primera División, Banfield made its best campaign during the 1976 National Championship, with Adolfo Pedernera as manager. But after poor performances during 1977 and 1978 tournaments, the team was relegated after being defeated at the hands of Club Atlético Platense.

In 1985 Angel Cappa arrived to coach Banfield, forming the main structure of the team which would promote to Primera División two years later.


Banfield did not have a good beginning during this decade, even playing in relegation zone. The only notable moment was in the 1990-91 tournament, where the team reached the finals although it could not promote to Primera. For the 1992-93 season and with Suárez again as president (having been elected in 1991 for a 5th run), Banfield designed Carlos Babington as coach and incorporated experienced players such as former Club Atlético River Plate goalkeeper Gabriel Puentedura, midfielder Fabio Lenguita and defender Gabriel Stafuza (who had played for Boca Juniors in the 1980s). Those footballers, plus some youth players such as Javier Sanguinetti (who made the highest number of appearances for the club to date, with over 450 matches) and Jorge Jiménez, helped Banfield to win the title and also promoted to Primera División, defeating Colón de Santa Fe in the finals.

In Primera, Banfield was coached by Oscar López and Oscar Cavallero, with a renovated squad where ex-Ferro Carril Oeste Oscar Acosta and experienced goalkeeper Ángel Comizzo (who had been relegated from River by then coach Daniel Passarella were some of the incorporations. But it was a young player called Javier Zanetti who would be the revelation of the team at the end of the season. Banfield made good campaigns during its first years at Primera, although the team could not repeat those good performances in the sucessive tournaments, being finally relegated in 1997.

That same year Banfield hired Patricio Hernández as club's coach, but the team could not achieve good results under his direction. The next year, businessman Carlos Portel became new president of the institution, prevailing over the other candidate, Horace Sola (son of Florencio). The club was reported to be into a critical situation, so Portel announced that the main objective would be to reduce club's debts.


In those years Banfield returned to Primera División, with playmaker and idol José Luis Sánchez (footballer) as its most notable player. The first years at the top division of Argentine football the club was frequently in relegation zone, although the club achieved some historic results such as the 5-1 over River Plate in 2001-02 Argentine Primera División. Uruguayan Luis Garisto was the coach of the club during that period.

At the beginning of 2003 Apertura, Julio César Falcioni replaced Garisto. Under his direction, the club qualified to play continental tournaments for the first time in its history, taking part in 2004 Copa Sudamericana and 2005 Copa Libertadores, where the team reached the quarterfinals. In the domestic tournament, Banfield finished 5th at 2005–06 Argentine Primera División.

Banfield also played the 2005 Copa Sudamericana and 2006 Copa Sudamericana editions of Copa Sudamericana, as well as the 2007 Copa Libertadores. Although this participations in South American championships, Banfield did not achieve good results at domestic seasons, with the exception of an outstanding 5-0 over arch-rival Club Atlético Lanús, the Argentine champion at that time.

From 2008-09 Argentine Primera División until the next season, former World Champion Jorge Burruchaga coached Banfield. After poor campaigns during that period, Julio Falcioni returned to the club to take over the team again.

First professional title

In 2009, after an acceptable performance in the Torneo Clausura of that year, Banfield disputed the Apertura, still with Falcioni as coach. The most frequent line-up was: Cristian Lucchetti, Julio Barraza, Sebastián Méndez, Víctor López, Marcelo Bustamante, Maximiliano Bustos, Walter Erviti, Marcelo Quinteros, James Rodríguez (footballer), Sebastián Fernández and Santiago Silva (who later became the league top scorer). Banfield had a devastating start, defeating teams like 2009–10_Argentine_Primera_División_season champion Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield, Newell's Old Boys and drawing 0–0 with Rosario Central.

As tournament went by, Banfield was gradually consolidating its leadership, being followed by Rosarian team Newell's Old Boys which also emerged as the another strong candidate to win the title. Finally, after victories for Banfield and Newell's against Club Atlético Tigre and Gimnasia de La Plata, respectively, the two rivals came to the 19th fixture with two points adrift of the cast for Green&White.

On December 13, 2009, although Banfield was beat by Boca Juniors 0–2, the club proclaimed champion due to Newell's Old Boys, his nearest rival, was also defeated by Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro 2–0. Thus leading to a new champion in Argentine football, Club Atlético Banfield won its first professional title in the first division, which adds up to one dating during the amateur era.


(- ) Died on 29 June 1928
(- - ) Resigned
(- - - ) No mandate ended


The stadium Estadio Florencio Sola was built in 1940 and is named after former President of the institution in the most glorious period in its history: Don Florencio "Lencho" Sola.

To celebrate its inauguration took place a match against Independiente de Avellaneda which the team went 1–0 on a goal by Arsenio Erico. At this stage the drill got a record 39 matches unbeaten from 1950 to 1953. The stadium was considered advanced for its time because it was the first club of so-called "medium" to possess concrete grandstands, even before some of the big teams.

It is situated on the corner of Peña and Arenales in the city of Banfield. It recently opened a new area of 2 with silver trays, boxes, changing rooms and booths for radio and TV. The stadium holds 37,245 spectators. 1

Roofed stalls of Sola

Put together a project to extend the stadium. The Board of Directors of the club, decide whether to approve the project and begin work in 2011. The extension is to build a second tray on the podium Eliseo Mouriño and also perform a second tray in the visitor sector. Also be rounded elbows, and would get the transmission towers. Therefore the stadium's capacity would be 45,326 spectators.

Head Office

The Head Office is located in Vergara 1635 (Banfield) and is the headquarters where athletes meet various activities. Also, here are held steering committee meetings.

At headquarters trainings are also held in other sports such as volleyball, futsal, skate, chess, children's football, gymnastics, taekwondo and the club has a training gym and a circle of lifetime partners, as well as a teamroom open to general public, where supporters gather.


The Supporters of the "Drill" according to its own definition, is the term used to refer to organized group of amateur and part of the team, whose performance is characterized by the use of chants of encouragement. However, like the vast majority of Argentine football team, Banfield has swollen in the presence of hooligans. Historically had several fractions: Banfield The people made up Roma y Lynch, Villa Benquez (suburb Banfield fund) and the Belgranito (area behind the stadium), the West Banfield (with greater influence in Santa Marta and other neighborhoods such as Sitra, Ferroviarios, Villa Niza and Centenario) and Florencio Varela. Currently the "La Banda de Villa Niza" is one which has greater presence and influence. All these hooligans are known as "La Banda del Sur" and make the name of the fans.

According to a study conducted by economists at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (Claus Bittner and Jose Saracut, coordinated by Ernesto Schargrodsky) located a Banfield the fans as one of the most loyal of Argentine football, because its audience increased as the team got worse.

Team's historic records

- Seasons at first division: 46
- Biggest win achieved:
- - in first division: 13–1 over Club Atlético Puerto Comercial (October 6, 1974) (biggest score ever in first division).
- - in National B: 10–2 over Unión de San Juan (1987)
- - in Primera B: 8–0 over All Boys (1962)
- - in international tournaments: 4–1 over Club Deportivo El Nacional (February 27 2007)
- Biggest defeats:
- - First division: 1–8 to Estudiantes de La Plata (1 June 1947)
- - Primera B: 0–6 to Argentino de Rosario (1945)
- - In international tournaments: 0–4 to Club América (March 7 of 2007)
- Best historical place in domestic leagues: 1st (champion) in 2009 Apertura
- Worst historical place in the league: 19th
- Top Scorer: Gustavo Albella: 71 goals (1945–51, 1954).
- Player with most matches disputed: Javier Sanguinetti: 423 games (1993–2008).
- International participations:
- - Copa Sudamericana 2004: first round (eliminated by Arsenal de Sarandí)
- - Copa Libertadores 2005: quarterfinals (eliminated by Club Atlético River Plate).
- - Copa Sudamericana 2005: eliminated by Fluminense.
- - Copa Sudamericana 2006: first round (eliminated by San Lorenzo de Almagro).
- - Copa Libertadores 2007: first round
- - Copa Libertadores 2010: round of 16 (eliminated by SC Internacional).
- - Copa Sudamericana 2010: round of 16 (eliminated by Deportes Tolima).


Amateur era

- Segunda División: 3
- Tercera División: 2
- Copa de Honor Municipalidad de Buenos Aires: 1

Professional era

- Argentine Primera División: 1
- Primera B Nacional: 2
- Primera B Metropolitana: 4


Notable players

- Played at least 100 games for the club.
- Set a club record.
- Played for their national team while at the club.
- Played at least 15 games with their national team at any time.
- Been part of a World Cup squad.

- Jorge Alcalde (1943–45)
- Herminio Masantonio (1944)
- Gustavo Albella (1945–51), (1955–56)
- Juan José Pizzuti (1947–50)
- Ernesto Álvarez (1948–56)
- Eliseo Mouriño (1948–52)
- Oscar López (born 1937) (1960–65), (1970–71)
- Norberto Raffo (1961–66)
- José Ramos Delgado (1966–67)
- José Sanfilippo (1966–67)
- Sergio Vázquez (1966)
- Jorge Carrascosa (1967–69)
- Ricardo Lavolpe (1971–75)
- Silvio Sotelo (1971–78)
- Héctor Veira (1974)
- Carlos Buttice (1981–82)

- Daniel Delfino (1988–90), (1991–93), (1995–96)
- Javier Sanguinetti (1990–93), (1994–08)
- Ángel Comizzo (1993–96)
- Julio Ricardo Cruz (1993–96)
- Javier Zanetti (1993–95)
- Néstor Lorenzo (1994–95)
- Guido Alvarenga (1995–96)
- Pablo Paz (1995–96)
- Cristian Lucchetti (1996-02), (2005–10)
- Walter Peletti (1996–97)
- Pedro Sarabia (1996–97)
- Mauro Camoranesi (1997–98)
- Andrés San Martín (1997–99), (2002–05)
- Carlos Fabián Leeb (1997-02)
- José Luis Sánchez (footballer) (1999-05)

- Daniel Bilos (2000–05), (2009)
- Julio Barraza (2001–11)
- Cristian Leiva (2001–02), (2003–06)
- Josemir Lujambio (2001–02), (2005–07)
- Roberto Colautti (2002–03)
- Marcos Galarza (2002–09)
- Darío Cvitanich (2003–08)
- Jorge Martín Núñez (2003–04)
- Rodrigo Palacio (2003–04)
- Walter Ervitti (2008–10)
- Sebastián Fernández (2008–10)
- Santiago Silva (2009)
- James Rodríguez (footballer) (2008–10)

Filial clubs

Other Banfield clubs affiliated to AFA (Argentine Football Association).

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