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Platense

Platense is a football (soccer) club from Argentina.

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About Platense

Club Atlético Platense is an Argentina sports club based in Vicente López Partido, in the north side of Gran Buenos Aires. The club nickname is Calamar (Squid) after the journalist Palacio Zino said that the team moved "like a squid in its ink".

Platense's football (soccer) team currently plays in the Primera B Metropolitana division, the third tier of the Argentine football league system.

History

Founded on May 25, 1905, Platense played in the second division from 1956 to 1964,and from 1972 to 1976, when the team finally won its first title, the Primera B Nacional that allowed Platense to play in the Primera División Argentina. The club achieved cult status in the late 1970s as they repeatedly staved off relegation through a series of "last-day miracles" (relegating other teams as Club Atlético Temperley after defeating them in decisive matches disputed to keep a place in the first division. Platense survived at the top level of Argentine football until finally succumbed to relegation in 1999.

This would be the beginning of a steep decline: Platense was subsequently relegated to the regionalised third division, Primera B Metropolitana, at the end of the 2001–02 season. On May 17, 2006, Platense won its second title and was promoted back to the Argentine second division Argentine Nacional B. But soon later The Squid would be relegated again to the third category (more precisely on May 8, 2010).

The club's main claim to fame during these lean years is the success of David Trézéguet, who had debuted at Platense but after playing only 5 matches in Argentine Primera División was transferred to AS Monaco FC.

Platense's fans base can be found in Vicente López, Olivos and Florida towns (all of them part of the Vicente López Partido), as well as in Villa Urquiza and Saavedra, Buenos Aires neighbourhoods. The club is also cited in Adolfo Bioy Casares's book El Sueño de los héroes ("Dream of Heroes" ISBN 0704326345). Among its supporters, the Tango music singer Roberto Goyeneche was probably the most notable fan.




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