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Tigre

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About Tigre

Club Atlético Tigre is an Argentina sports club from Victoria, Buenos Aires. The club is mostly known for its association football team, which currently plays in Argentine Primera División. The club has participated in 28 seasons in the Primera División Argentina. The years in which Tigre played in the Primera were: 1931-33, 1935–42, 1946–50, 1954–58, 1968 and 1980 and 2007–present.

History

Founded on August 3, 1902 in the city of Tigre, Buenos Aires, the football team began to dispute official tournaments in 1911 at the second division. In 1912 Tigre won its first title (in the Intermediate category of the Federación Argentina de Foot-Ball) defeating Argentinos de Vélez Sársfield (now Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield) 4-2 and promoting to the first division where the team lasted until 1931 where professiona era began.

In 1931 the "Liga Argentina de Fútbol" is founded and Tigre affiliated to it along with other 17 teams. Tigre's first professional match was on May 31, 1931, playing against San Lorenzo de Almagro in the Viejo Gasómetro stadium. The first win came in the 3rd fixture when defeated Racing Club de Avellaneda 1-0.

The 14th fixture (played on August, 30) was the debut of legendary striker Bernabé Ferreyra, which scored all the goals in the 4-1 victory over Quilmes Atlético Club. Ferreyra soon became an outstanding scorer playing for Tigre (before being traded to Club Atlético River Plate). One of his most memorable games was the disputed against San Lorenzo on September 27, when Ferreyra scored 3 goals in the last 15 minutes, giving Tigre a victory after losing 2-0 at the first half. The performance of Bernabé in that match gained him the nickname "La Fiera" ("The Fierce") which remained during the rest of his career as footballer.

Bernabé totalized 19 goals over 13 matches played before being sold to River Plate, which acquired him in $35,000, a record in those years. In 1935 Tigre began to built its stadium in Victoria and that same year the team was relegated to Primera B Metropolitana along with Quilmes, returning the next year to the first division. That year Tigre also opened its stadium in Victoria.

In 1937 Juan Marvezzi (Tigre's all-time top scorer) arrived to the club. He would score 116 goals over 173 matches within 1937 and 1943.

In 1940 Tigre began to wear the traditional blue jersey with a horizontal red stripe, although sometimes the team wore the blue with red collar or the blue with red vertical stripes (similar to San Lorenzo's). That year Tigre also got its biggest victory ever, a 7-2 over Rosario Central. In 1942 Marvezzi is acquired by Racing: the squad lost its most important player and made a poor campaign that year, being relegated to the Segunda de Ascenso again.

In 1945 Tigre won the second division championship promoting to the top level again, with 28 victories, 4 draws and 8 losses, scoring 128 goals (an average of 3 per game). In 1950 Tigre was relegated for the 3rd time in its history, returning to Primera after winning the 1953 title, with 87 goals scored and only 44 received.

In 1956 Tigre went on a tour over United States, playing matches against clubs and national teams. The tour (where Tigre played 25 games) was a great success, with 16 wins, 4 draws and only 3 losses, having scored 87 goals and received 37. The biggest victory was an 8-1 to Haiti national football team, apart from other great results such as a 7-1 over Club Kingston of Jamaica, a 6-0 to Selección del Valle de Cali (Colombia), and a 4-1 over Deportes Tolima.

After some seasons alternating promotions and relegations to the second division, in 1970 Tigre was relegated to Primera C Metropolitana, the third division of the Argentine football league system, returning to Primera B two years after, with a record of 21 matches without receiving any goal. Goalkeeper Pepe achieved a record of 906 unbeaten.

In 1979 and after a great campaign, Tigre returned to Primera División, with Juan Carlos Lorenzo as the sports director. A curious data about that season: Tigre (being in second division) sold more tickets that first division teams Racing, San Lorenzo and Independiente. Nevertheless, Tigre finished last in 1980 Argentine Primera División returning to Primera B, although the squad achieved some wins against Boca Juniors (2-0) and Vélez Sársfield (3-2).

In 1986 the Argentine league system is restructured and Tigre got a place in the Primera B Nacional which became the second division of Argentine football. Five years later Tigre was relegated to Primera B Metropolitana (now the third division), returning to Nacional B in 1995 defeating Argentino de Rosario 2-1 in the third match (after two tied games). Juan Carlos Kerle was the coach. But the following year Tigre was relegated to Primera B Metropolitana again after a poor campaign in the second division. In 1998 Tigre won another promotion to Primera B Nacional, being Argentino de Rosario the rival again.

Ricardo Caruso Lombardi (who had been designed as coach in 2003) personally searched and chosen some players in order to form a competitive team to promote to upper categories. Tigre finally obtained the 2004 Primera B Metropolitana Apertura defeating Club Atlético Platense 2-0 in Vicente López Partido. During that season, a goalkeeper (Cristian Campestrini) scored a goal for Tigre for the first time in club's history, during a match against Ferro Carril Oeste.

Tigre also won the next tournament (2005 Clausura) proclaiming bi-champion and promoting directly to Primera B Nacional. The team also remained unbeaten during all season. Besides, the club achieved a record totalizing 93 over 120 points (a 77.50% accuracy, which became a record for Argentine football and second record internacional, after Manchester United).

At the end of 2006 Diego Cagna was hired as coach replacing Caruso Lombardi (who had left to coach Argentinos Juniors, recommended by Diego Maradona), being his first experience as coach in first division. With Cagna on the bench, Tigre remained 13 consecutive matches unbeaten during the Clausura tournament. In the 2005 Apertura the team finished 3rd. In the 2007 Clausura Tigre qualified to play the "Torneo Reducido", which won, giving it the chance to play with a team of Primera División (Club Atlético Nueva Chicago) in order to dispute a vacant place at the top level of Argentine football.

Tigre defeated Nueva Chicago 1-0 and 2-1, returning to Primera after 27 years. Some of its most relevant players were goalkeeper Daniel Islas, Alexis Ferrero, Diego Castaño and Leandro Lázzaro. During the second final game, hundreds of Chicago's hooligans jumped into the field without being stopped by the police (although there were 200 police man in the stadium), taking off the uniforms to players and then attacking Tigre's supporters which were peacefully celebrating their return to Primera División. The violent acts continued outside the stadium, where the hooligans of both teams clashed and a fan of Tigre, Marcelo Cejas, was killed.

Tigre disputed the 2007–08 Argentine Primera División season achieving some resounding results such as the 4-1 victory over Club Atlético River Plate apart from the wins over Racing Club de Avellaneda (3-2) and Boca Juniors (2-1). At the end of the tournament, Tigre finished 2nd (Club Atlético Lanús was the champion), which was club's best campaign ever in the top category.

In 2008-09 Argentine Primera División season Tigre made the best campaign of its history, sharing the 1st place with Boca Juniors and San Lorenzo with 39 points at the end of the season. Therefore, those teams had to play a mini-tournament in order to proclaim a champion, which would finally be Boca Juniors. Although Tigre defeated Boca 1-0, the Xeneize won the title due to its best goal average. During the regular season, Tigre achieved some highlights, beating all the most popular teams: Boca Juniors (3-2), River Plate (3-1), Independiente (1-0), San Lorenzo (1-0), Huracán (3-0), and former champion Lanús (3-0).

In 2009 Tigre made its first appearances in an international club competition playing two games in Copa Sudamericana 2009, having been defeated by San Lorenzo de Almagro in the first round due to the away goals rule.

Kit evolution and rare models

The first jersey worn by Tigre was blue with white collar. The original name of the club, "Juventud del Tigre" was embroidered on the chest. Then a blue jersey but with red collar would be wear by the team.

Between 1911 and 1919, Tigre began to wear a red and blue vertical stripes jersey (similar to San Lorenzo's and used in seen in the pictures of the 1945 and 1953 champion teams). Tigre would wear this pattern in 1945, when winning the Primera B title promoting to Primera División.

At the beginning of the 1960s Tigre occasionally wore another model, blue with many red horizontal stripes. Those jerseys had been donated by Ernesto Cucchiarioni, who had worn them in the Sampdoria of Italy. The currently jersey (blue with a horizontal sash) began to be worn at the middle of the 1940s, and is considered the traditional Tigre's jersey.

Other models were a blue jersey with a red "T" on the chest (worn during Tigre's run on Primera División in 1980), and the blue with red sleeves (used for just one match in 1979).

", which is the current venue. In the beginning, friendly matches were disputed in a field located in Tigre, Buenos Aires.

As years went by, Tigre moved to its first stadium, mostly known as "Los Perales". When Tigre promoted to Primera División, the team hosted all its games in the Club San Fernando (now a rugby union team).

Finally, on September 1, 1913, the club rent a land near Reconquista River in Tigre neighborhood, which was opened in December that same year. As Tigre became more popular, the managers decided to move to a more accessible zone in order to build a new stadium there. That was because Tigre's venue was located in a zone which often flooded so clubs from Buenos Aires had decided not to play there).

Titles

- Primera B Metropolitana: 6


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