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Godoy Cruz

Godoy Cruz is a football (soccer) club from Argentina.

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About Godoy Cruz

Club Deportivo Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba, known simply as Godoy Cruz, is a sports club from Godoy Cruz, Mendoza, Mendoza Province, Argentina. The club is best known for their Association football team, that plays in the Argentine Primera División, the top level of the Argentine football league system.

History

The club was founded on June 21, 1921 under the name Sportivo Godoy Cruz, and changed to its current name on April 25, 1930 after the fusion with Deportivo Bodega Antonio Tomba. In 1959, Godoy Cruz' stadium, the Estadio Feliciano Gambarte, was constructed. The stadium is nicknamed La Bodega (Spanish language for "wine cellar") and holds 14,000 people.

Godoy Cruz played in the regional league for several years before reaching the national level. The club won the Mendoza first division championship in 1944, 1947, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1968, and also in 1989 and 1990 that qualified to play in the defunct Torneo del Interior national-level tournament.

Winning the Torneo del Interior in 1994, Godoy Cruz reached the Primera B Nacional (Argentine second division) that year. After more than ten years in the second division, the club was finally promoted to the Argentine Primera División in 2006, after winning the 2005–06 in Argentine football of the Primera B Nacional, defeating Club Atlético Nueva Chicago in the final.

20 year old Enzo Peréz scored the first goal by Godoy Cruz in the Argentine Primera, in a 1–1 draw with Club Atlético Belgrano on September 9, 2006.

At the end of the 2006–07 Argentine Primera División, Godoy Cruz was relegated from the Primera after losing their promotion/relegation playoff with Club Atlético Huracán. Their stay in the second division was short, as they earned automatic promotion to the first division after finishing runners-up to San Martín de Tucumán during the 2007–08 in Argentine football.

Godoy Cruz secured their best ever league position of 3rd place under Omar Asad's management during the 2009–10 Argentine Primera División season Torneo Clausura. In that tournament, they also achieved the best-ever point total (37) for a team indirectly affiliated to the Argentine Football Association (meaning clubs under the administration of the Federal Council branch of AFA, which are teams outside Buenos Aires, Greater Buenos Aires, Rosario and Santa Fe, Argentina). These results qualified them for the 2011 Copa Libertadores, their first appearance in this tournament.

When Godoy Cruz made their Copa Libertadores debut in February 2011 in a 2–1 win against 2008 champions Liga de Quito they became the first indirectly affiliated side ever to represent Argentina in the Copa Libertadores.

Nickname

Godoy Cruz is nicknamed Tomba and Bodeguero, in reference to the wine selling activity of the Deportivo Bodega Antonio Tomba, one of the merging clubs of 1921. Since the stadium is located near a railway, the club is also called El Expreso ("The Express").


Friendly matches

A source of historical pride for the team's supporters are two friendly matches won against Argentine giants: in 1965, they defeated Boca Juniors 4–0, and in 1997 they defeated Club Atlético River Plate by the same margin.

Godoy Cruz won the summer 2009 edition of the friendly pentagonal cup known as the "Torneos de Verano (Argentina)", after defeating both Chacarita Juniors and Quilmes Atlético Club in penalty shootouts.

Notable players


To appear in this section a player must have either played at least 50 games for the club, set a club record or played for their national team.

- Daniel Oldrá (1990's)
- Alejandro Abaurre (1990–91), (1994–2002), (2005–06)
- Rafael Eduardo Iglesias (1990–97), (1998–2003)
- Rubén Almeida (1994–96), (2000–02)
- Martín Astudillo (1995–97)
- Diego Pozo (1995–2005)
- Rubén Paz (1996)
- Fabián Basualdo (1997–98)
- Nelson Ibáñez (2001–03), (2005–)
- Sebastián Torrico (2001–07), (2009–)
- Daniel Giménez (2002), (2004–06)
- Nicolás Olmedo (2002–04), (2005–)

- Mariano Torresi (2002–07)
- Enzo Pérez (2003–07)
- Gabriel Vallés (2003–09)
- Josimar Mosquera (2005–06)
- Mauro Poy (2005–07)
- Diego Villar (2005–)
- Martín Arzuaga (2007)
- Jorge Winston Curbelo (2007–08), (2009–)
- Diego Figueredo (2007)
- Leandro Caruso (2008–09)(2011-
- Jairo Castillo (2008–09), (2010–)
- Roberto Jiménez (2009)

Titles

National

- Primera B Nacional: 1

Regional

- Mendoza Football League: 8
- Torneo del Interior: 1




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