Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Vélez Sarsfield All-Team Team

 
1994 Copa Libertadores


Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the club.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.

Vélez Sarsfield had their first major success in 1968, when they won the league championship, and subsequently made regular seasons between 1970 and 1990. The club have enjoyed their greatest period of success in the past two decades, winning 15 major trophies since 1993. They won the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup in 1994.

2013 Primera Divison
Team
GK:  Jose Luis Chilavert (Paraguay)
Known for his free kicks, he was an icon of his generation.  He was South American Player of the Year in 1996. Against Argentina in a WCQ in 1997, he promised to score a goal before the match and he did score one.  He led Paraguay to the round of 16 at both WC Finals in 1998 and 2002.  He won 12 club titles, including the 1994 Copa Libertadores and the 1994 Intercontinental Cup, whilst playing for Vélez Sarsfield.
 Jose Luis Chilavert

GK: Miguel Ángel Rugilo (Argentina) 
Rugilo made his debut in first division in 1937 playing for Vélez Sársfield, where he spent most of his career.   He also played for Leon, Palmeiras,Tigre and O'Higgins of Chile. Rugilo retired in 1958 at 41.  He was capped 4 times for Argentina. On May 9, 1951, when Argentina played against England at Wembley Stadium, he earned the nickname "El León de Wembley" ("The Lion of Wembley") for his performance and he would be called that way until his death in 1993.

GK: Miguel Marín (Argentina)
Marín began his career with Vélez Sarsfield, where his club won its first ever Championship in 1968. Marín played for Cruz Azul of Mexico form 1971 until he retired in 1980, appearing in 309 Primera División de México matches. Marín was selected in the Argentina national football team squad for the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, but did not appear in any matches. He also made two appearances for the senior side.

RB/RW: Fabián Cubero (Argentina)
Cubero has played most of his professional career for Vélez Sársfield, winning five league titles with the team (spread over three different decades) and becoming the most capped player in the club's history (counting both domestic and international competitions). He played for them between 1996 and 2008, but played 2007-2008 season in Mexico. He was never capped at the senior level, but he won the Under 20 World Cup in 1997 with Argentina.
Fabián Cubero

CB: Islet Ovejero (Argentina) 
Ovejero began his career with Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield, where he would win the 1968 Argentine first division. He played for Atlético Madrid between 1969 and 1974, winning the Spanish La Liga in 1970 and 1973, and the Copa del Rey in 1972. He also played for the Argentina national football team in the 1967 South American Championship.

CB: Roberto Trotta (Argentina)
Trotta played club football in Argentina, Spain, Italy, Mexico and Ecuador. During his time in the Argentine Primera he set the record for the highest number of red cards ever with 17. Trotta was a member of several championship winning teams, the highlight of his career was helping Vélez Sársfield to win the 1994 Copa Libertadores.


CB: Victorio Spinetto (Argentina) 
 He played as a centre half, mostly for Vélez Sársfield in the Argentine Primera División, debuting with the club in 1932 and retiring in 1940. Apart from his career in Vélez, Spinetto played briefly for Platense and Independiente.  Spinetto played for the Argentine national team between 1934 and 1936.

CB: Ángel Allegri (Argentina) 
He played during his entire 14-year professional career for Vélez Sársfield in the Argentine Primera División, totaling 384 games and 36 goals. He is the third player with most appearances in the club's history, behind Fabian Cubero (who have 458) and Pedro Larraquy (who has 457).  Allegri also has the negative record of most own goals scored in the Argentine Primera, with 7
Ángel Allegri 

CB: José Luis Cuciuffo (Argentina) 
El Cuchu started his professional career at Chaco For Ever, but also played in Argentine Talleres de Córdoba, Vélez Sársfield, Boca Juniors and Belgrano de Córdoba. He also played in the French league with Nîmes Olympique.  He earned 21 caps and best remembered for being a part of Argentina's World Cup winning team in 1986.

CB: Oscar Ruggeri
Oscar Ruggeri played in 3 World Cup Finals, winning the one in 1986 and finishing second in 1990. He was La Liga Foreign Player of the Year in 1989 and South American Player of the Year in 1991. He played for both River Plate and Boca Juniors as well as Real Madrid in Spain.
Oscar Ruggeri

LB: Raul Cardozo (Argentina)
Cardozo, nicknamed Pacha started his playing career with Vélez Sársfield during the 1986-87 season. He went on to play over 350 games for the club. He played during the golden era of the club in the mid-1990s when they won 9 major titles, including the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Intercontinental in 1994.  He also played for Newell's Old Boys, Chacarita Juniors, Nacional in Uruguay, Olimpia in Paraguay and finally Villa Dálmine in the lower leagues of Argentine football. He earned 4 caps.

DM: Christian Bassedas (Argentina)
He was an important part of Vélez Sarsfield's most successful years during the 1990s. He won four national championships with the club, and five international (including the 1994 Intercontinental Cup, where he was a starter in the 2-0 victory over A.C. Milan). In 2000, he joined Newcastle United for £3,500,000. He played for them in the period 2000–2003, though on loan to Tenerife briefly during the 2001–02 season. In 2003, he joined Argentine Newell's Old Boys, but he decided to retire from football soon after. Capped 22 times.

DM: Diego Simeone (Argentina)
Simeone started his career with Velez Sarsfield before moving to Europe. He first joined Pisa and Sevilla before going to Atletico Madrid.  He won the Double with them in 1995-1996.  He then moved to Inter Milan, where he won the UEFA Cup in 1998.  In 1999, he moved to Lazio.  Again, he won the Double.  He returned to Atletico Madrid in 2003 and played for Racing Club before his retirement.  For Argentina, he was capped 106 times. He won Copa America in 1991 and 1993.  He went to play in three WC Finals; 1994, 1998 and 2002.  In 1998, he had the famous incident with David Beckham.  

CM: José Basualdo (Argentina)
He played with many clubs in Argentina and Spain, and a brief stint with Stuttgart in Germany.  He was remembered for winning two Copa Libertadores: one with Velez Sarsfield in 1994 and another one with Boca Juniors in 2000.  Basualdo played 31 games for the Argentina between 1989 and 1995.  He went to both 1990 and 1994 World Cups.

DM/CM: Pedro Larraquy (Argentina)
He spent the majority of his playing career at Vélez Sársfield, where he set a record number of appearances with 455.  He also scored 82 goals. His goals tally leaves him in 5th place in the club's all-time scorers list. Between 1987 and 1988 Larraquy played for San Lorenzo de Almagro, he retired in 1988. He was capped 4 times.
Pedro Larraquy 

DM: Carlos Ischia (Argentina)
He started with Chacarita Juniors and then joined Velez Sarsfield in 1979.  In 1984, he moved to Colombia.  He played Junior de Barranquilla and America of Cali. With America, he reached the Copa  Libertadores Final in 1986, but losing to River Plate. In 1989, he returned to Argentina.  Again, he would play for the same two clubs before retiring.

LW: Juan Carone (Argentina)
Carone is nicknamed "Pichino", that means "Kid" in Italian. He is most notable for his period in Vélez Sársfield (1964–1969), where he scored 76 goals in 149 games in the Argentine Primera División. With Vélez, he was the top goalscorer of the Argentine Primera División in the 1965 championship (with 19 goals), and was part of the league title winning team in 1968, though he played rarely in the latter due to an injury. He played for Argentina during the WC qualifiers in 1966, but did not travelled to England for the Finals.

AM/CM: Daniel Willington (Argentina)
He started his playing career in the late 1950s with local club Talleres de Córdoba. In 1962 he joined Vélez Sársfield where he became a regular member of the first team, in 1968 he was part of the team that won Nacional 1968, the first league title obtained by the club. After leaving Velez, Willington played for Huracán and Instituto de Córdoba before returning to Talleres de Córdoba in 1974.  Capped 6 times.
Daniel Willington 
FW: Norberto Conde (Argentina)
Norberto Conde is best remembered for his career with Velez Sarsfield where he formed a partnership with Ernesto Sansone, Juan José Ferraro, Osvaldo Zubeldía, and Juan Carlos Mendiburu. Conde was subsequently Argentine Primera División top scorer in the 1954 season. He also played for Huracán and Atlanta.  He was a part of the national team that won South American Championship(now Copa America) in 1955.

FW: Ivan Mayo (Chile)
Mayo is remembered for being the first Chilean to shine in Argentine football.  Mayo started his career with San Luis de Quillota in 1925 before moving to Colo-Colo in 1931.  In 1933, he joined Vélez Sarsfield of Argentina , eventually became a captain of the team.  After an injury he suffered in 1938, he moved back home.   Club Deportivo Ivan Mayo of Villa Alemana in Chile is named after him. 

FW: Omar Asad (Argentina) 
As a player, Asad spent all of his career in Vélez Sársfield, winning 8 titles with the club (including both the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup).  He was chosen Man of the Match for the victory against A.C. Milan at the Intercontinental Cup. .Asad is nicknamed el Turco (in English: "the Turk") because he has Syrian and Lebanese ethnicity.  His uncle Julio Asad is an all-time great at the club.  He was capped twice.
Omar Asad 


ST: Agustín Cosso (Argentina)
Cosso started his career as a left back, but later converted to a forward.  He began with Club River Plate of Junín.  In 1933, he joined Velez Sarsfield. By 1937, he joined Flamingo in Brazil. He also played Banfield and San Lorenzo before returning Velez Sarsfield.

ST:  José Oscar Flores (Argentina)
Flores started his career with Vélez Sarsfield in 1990, going on to play a major part in the clubs most successful era in the mid-1990s. He won seven major titles, including the 1994 edition of the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup. In 1996, Flores went to Spain.  Las Palmas, Deportivo de La Coruña, Real Valladolid, RCD Mallorca and Ciudad de Murcia before returning to Argentina in 2004 with Club Atlético Independiente. With Deportivo, he won the club's first ever La Liga title in 2000.  Capped twice for Argentina.

ST: Juan José Ferraro (Argentina)
Ferraro started his youth career with Vélez Sársfield, and debuted with the first team in the early 1940s. He holds the distinction of scoring the first goal in the Estadio José Amalfitani's history. In 1949, Ferraro joined Boca Juniors, who was struggling to avoid relegation from the first division. The forward helped Boca avoid relegation, and stayed in the club until 1953. He also played for Independiente Santa Fe in Colombia. Ferraro played with the Argentine national team in the 1940s and 1950s, winning the 1945 South American Championship.

ST: Carlos Bianchi (Argentina)
Carlos Bianchi debuted with Vélez Sarsfield at the age of 18. In 1973 Bianchi was signed by Stade de Reims in France. He showed his scoring touch scoring 107 goals in four seasons and being the top scorer in the French championship in 1974, 1976 and 1977 marking 30, 34 and 28 goals, respectively. In 1977 he joined Paris Saint-Germain in which Bianchi was again the top scorer of the league in two seasons spent in the club.  he also played for Strasbourg and a return to Velez Sarsfield. Bianchi is the top scorer in the history of Vélez Sarsfield with 206.  Capped 14 times between 1970 and 1972.
Carlos Bianchi 

Honorable Mention
Claudio Husaín, Nicolás Otamendi, Oscar Ruggeri, Mauricio Pellegrino, Ricardo Gareca, Mauro Zarate, Rolando Zárate, Sergio Zárate, Lucas Pratto, Juan Carlos Bujedo, Julio Asad , Emiliano Papa, Carlos Ischia, Carmelo Simeone, Luis Gallo, Leandro Somoza, Roberto Pompei, Ernesto Sansone, Osvaldo Zubeldía, and Juan Carlos Mendiburu, Omar Wehbe, Patricio Camps, Agustín Cosso

Sqaud Explanation
-- Fabián Cubero played over 500 matches for the club.
-- I have limited information on Carmelo Simeone.
-- The centerback position is the most difficult to select.  Mauricio Pellegrino and Nicolas Otamendi were the last centerbacks dropped. 
-- Oscar Ruggeri seldom mentioned as an all-time great for the club, but he was South American Footballer of the Year while playing for them.   
-- Nicolás Otamendi played a single season, but he was sensational that year.
-- Diego Simone was home grown.
-- Miguel Marín, Luis Gallo, Iselín Ovejero, Daniel Willington, Omar Wehbe, Juan Carone and Carlos Bianchi were from their first championship team in 1968.
-- I rewarded many members of the 1994 Copa Libertadores winning squad on the team or at least received an honourable mention.
-- All three members of the Zárate brothers made the honourable mention list.
-- Ivan Mayo was the first player from Chile who made a name in Argentina.

Formation




Saturday, May 27, 2017

Racing Club de Avekkaneda All-Time Team


Copa Libertadores 1967
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the club.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.

Racing Club de Avellaneda, also known simply as Racing, is an Argentine professional sports club based in Avellaneda, a city of Greater Buenos Aires. Founded in 1903, Racing has been historically considered one of the "big five" clubs of Argentine football.   They won Copa Libertadores and Intercontinental Cup in 1967.

2014 Primera Divsion


Team
GK: Agustin Cejas (Argentina)
Cejas made his first team debut with Racing Club in 1962 at the age of 17. In 1966, he helped Racing Club to win the Argentine Primera. The following year Racing won the Copa Libertadores 1967 to become Libertadores champions of South America for the only time in the club's history. They followed this up by beating Celtic F.C. in the Copa Intercontinental to become the first Argentine club champions of the world. In 1970, Cejas joined Santos in Brazil where he played in the same team as Pelé. In 1973, Cejas helped Santos to win the Campeonato Paulista and received the prestigious Bola de Ouro as the best player in Brazil. Cejas also played for Club Atlético Huracán and Grêmio.
Agustin Cejas

GK: Ubaldo Fillol (Argentina)
He was considered one of the greatest Latin American keeper. He was the 1978 WC winning goalkeeper for Argentina.  He also went to the WC Finals in 1974 and 1982. In 1977, he became the first keeper to win the Player of the Year award in Argentina. For his club career, he started with Quilmes.  He played mainly for River Plate.  He also had spells with Racing Club, Flamengo, Atletico Madrid, etc.

GK: Rogelio Domínguez (Argentina)
Domínguez was seventeen years old when he was discovered by Racing Club of Avellaneda and he was signed immediately.  In 1957, Domínguez signed for Real Madrid in Spain and was part of their European Cup victories in 1959 and 1960.  after several successful seasons with the club he returned to South America where he played for River Plate and Vélez Sársfield in Argentina, and then CA Cerro, Nacional in Uruguay and Flamengo in Brazil.  He was in Argentina's squad for the 1962 FIFA World Cup.  He was chosen Best America's Goalkeeper for two consecutive seasons, in 1956 and 1957 and was part of the triumphant team that claimed the 1957 Copa América title.

RB: Carlos Squeo (Argentina)
Squeo started his career with Racing Club in 1969, he went on to become one of the clubs longest serving players, notching up 305 games and 35 goals for the club in three spells. Squeo had a short spell with Vélez Sársfield.  He was with Boca Juniors when they won the Copa Libertadores in 1978. He also played for Oro de Jalisco in Mexico, Loma Negra and Belgrano de Córdoba. He was called up to play for Argentina in the 1974 World Cup, but he only made 2 appearances in the competition.

CB: Roberto Perfumo (Argentina)
At club level, Perfumo played for Racing, River Plate and Brazilian team Cruzeiro. He was a legend with Racing Club in Argentina winning the Primera title, the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup.  He was considered their greatest player. He played in 1966 and 1974 WC Finals. 
Roberto Perfumo

CB: Federico Sacchi  (Argentina)
Sacchi started his career with Tiro Federal. In 1958 he was signed by Newell's Old Boys. Sacchi joined Racing Club de Avellaneda in 1961 and was part of the team that won the Argentine Primera in his first season with the club. He joined Boca Juniors in 1965 and won another league title in his debut season with the club. In 1967, he joined Sporting Cristal of Peru. Sacchi played 15 times for the Argentina national team, scoring one goal. He was a member of the Argentina squad for the 1962 World Cup.

CB: Alfio Basile (Argentina) 
Basile started his playing career at the Bella Vista club in his home city. From 1964 to 1970 he played for Racing Club, and then for Huracán, where he was a mainstay of the 1973 Metropolitano champions under coach César Luis Menotti. He also played for the Argentina national football team 8 times.  

CB: Pedro Dellacha (Argentina)
Dellacha joined Quilmes Atlético Club in 1945. In 1952, Dellacha joined Racing Club where he went on to make 184 appearances and help the club to win the 1958 league championship. Dellacha played 35 times for Argentina. He played in three editions of the Copa América winning the tournament twice in 1955 and 1957. In 1957 he was the captain of the team and was awarded the Olimpia de Oro for his role in leading them to victory. He also played in the 1958 FIFA World Cup.

CB: Claudio Úbeda (Argentina)
He began his career in the lower divisions of Central Córdoba de Rosario . He joined Rosario Central, in which he made his debut on November 18, 1990. He played with Mexico's Tampico Madero and in 1995, to Racing Club . Over time, he became a symbol of the Avellaneda club and achieved the first local title of the club after 35 years, the Apertura Tournament of 2001 as the captain of the team.  He is the all time leading appearance for the club as a field player.  In 2004, he had a move to Japan 's Tokyo Verdy 1969 and then returned to Racing in 2005. He also played for Huracán.

Claudio Úbeda 

RB/LB/RM: Julio Olarticoechea (Argentina)
Olarticochea played for Argentinos Juniors, Deportivo Mandiyu, River Plate, Boca Juniors and Racing Club in the Argentinian League as well as for FC Nantes in the French League. At international level, he was capped over 30 times.  He represented Argentina at the 1986 and the 1990 World Cups, winning the former edition of the tournament.  Against England in the quarterfinal of the 1986 WC Finals, he blocked a certain goal from Gary Lineker.
Julio Olarticoechea 
LB: Ernesto Gutierrez (Argentina)
Gutiérrez started his career in 1944 with Ferro Carril Oeste. In 1947, he joined the Racing Club de Avellaneda.  After Copa America of 1956, he joined Celta Vigo in Spain. After returning to his homeland, Gutiérrez ended his career at Argentinos Juniors. With Argentina, he won the Copa América in 1947 and 1955 tournament.  In 1956, he played all matches as Argentina came second.

DM: Alberto Rastelli (Argentina) 
Rastelli moved to Gimnasia y Esgrima (La Plata) in 1946. With the 1949 tournament already under way, he went to Racing Club.  He won 3 Campeonatos (1949, 1950, 1951) before injuries forced him to retire in 1955.

DM: Juan Barbas (Argentina)
Barbas started his career in 1977 at Racing Club de Avellaneda. He then went on to play for Real Zaragoza in Spain, U.S. Lecce in Italy, FC Locarno, and FC Sion in Switzerland. Barbas was a part of the Sion team that won the 1991–1992 Swiss Championship. After another spell at Locarno, Barbas returned to Argentina where he had a short spell with Club Atlético Huracán before dropping down to the lower leagues to play for Alvarado de Mar del Plata and then All Boys, where he retired in 1997.  Barbas was part of the Argentina Under-20 squad that won the 1979 FIFA World Youth Championship, he went on to play for Argentina 33 times[1] including appearances at the 1982 FIFA World Cup.

RW: Omar Oreste Corbatta (Argentina)
Dubbed Arlequín and El dueño de la raya (The chairman of the sideline), Corbatta was known as one of Argentina's greatest right wingers.  He played for five teams in his country – six in total – mainly Racing Club and Boca Juniors, winning four major titles and scoring 86 official goals with both teams combined. Unfortunately, he lost the Copa Libertadores to Pele's Santos in 1963. Capped over 40 times. He was part of the Copa América-winning team in 1957 and 1959. Corbatta also played in the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden, contributing with three goals in three games in an eventual group stage exit.
 Omar Oreste Corbatta 
RM: Arnaldo Balay (Argentina)
Balay started his football career in 1947 with Los Andes Buenos Aires. In 1952 he made his debut in the first division with Racing Club.  He stayed there until 1958.  He also played for Ferro Carril Oeste Buenos Aires For Argentina, he took part in the 1955 Copa América, where Argentina won.

RW: Natalio Perinetti (Argentina)
Perinetti's first club was Talleres (BA) where he played with the youth teams. Perinetti came to Racing Club in 1915.  It was during those years when he met Pedro Ochoa (other skilled player who would be later nicknamed the king of the dribbling), who became Perinetti's partner inside the field and best friend in life. Perinetti debuted in 1917.  He played 17 consecutive years in Racing, winning 12 titles with the club (10 domestic and 2 international).
Perinetti was part of the Argentina national tema where he played 7 games between 1923 and 1930, including the first FIFA World Cup held in Uruguay in 1930. He also played the 1929 South American Championship (current Copa América) with the national squad. In 1933 Perinetti was traded to River Plate but he only played a bunch of games there, retiring from football soon after.

LW: Enrique García (Argentina)
García was commonly known by the nickname "Chueco". He is fondly remembered as one of the finest left sided players in the history of Argentine football. He started playing for local club Las Rosas and was sold to Gimnasia y Esgrima de Santa Fe. In 1933, he joined Rosario Central where he played until he joined Racing Club de Avellaneda for an Argentine record transfer fee of $38,931. He made a total of 233 appearances for "La Academia" between 1936 and 1944, scoring 78 goals. García played 35 times for Argentina between 1935 and 1943. He was part of the Copa América winning squads of 1937 and 1941, he also played in the 1942 edition of the tournament. Unfortunately the peak of his career coincided with World War II denying him the chance to play in a World Cup.
Enrique García

AM: Ruben Paz (Uruguay)
During his prime, Paz was known as the Uruguay's "Maradona".  He started his career with Penarol.  He also played for clubs in Brazil, France, Italy and Argentina.  In 1982, his transfer to Internacional de Porto Alegre was the most expensive for an Uruguayan. He was also South American Footballer of the Year in 1988 while playing for Racing Club. Capped 45 times, he represented Uruguay in the WC Finals of 1986 and 1990.

AM: Rúben Capria (Argentina)
Nicknamed "El Mago", because of his exquisite technique, Capria has played for six clubs in Argentina as well as Cruz Azul in Mexico, Barcelona Sporting Club in Ecuador, Universidad Católica in Chile and Peñarol in Uruguay.

FW: Norberto Méndez (Argentina)
Méndez started his playing career with Club Atlético Huracán in 1941. In 1947 he moved to Racing Club de Avellaneda where he helped the club become tricampeones (triple champions) by winning the Primera Division Argentina titles of 1949, 1950 and 1951. In 1954 Méndez moved to Club Atlético Tigre, he returned to Huracán in 1956 and he retired from football in 1958 at the age of 35.  He played 33 games for Argentina and won 3 Copa América titles. He is perhaps most famous for being the all-time top scorer in the history of the Copa América with 17 goals.

ST: Juan Carlos Cárdenas (Argentina)
Cárdenas was spotted in 1962 by Racing Club de Avellaneda playing as a teenager for Unión de Santiago del Estero. He spent one year in the Argentine 2nd Division with Nueva Chicago before joining Racing Club in 1964. He was part of the championship winning team of 1966. In 1967, he helped the club to win the Copa Libertadores and later that year he scored the decisive goal against Celtic F.C. in the Copa Intercontinental to make Racing Club the first Argentine club to become club champions of the world. In 1972 Cárdenas moved to Mexico where he played for Puebla and Veracruz returning to Racing Club in 1976.

ST: Humberto Maschio (Italy) 
With Omar Sivori and Antonio Angelillo, Maschio earned the nickname "Angels with Dirty faces" collectively as a group. In 1957, he moved to Italy to play for Bologna after Argentina won the 1957 Copa America.  However, it was in Atalanta where he became a star and earned a bigger move to Inter Milan.  For Argentina, he scored 12 goals in 12 games.  Later he played twice for Italy.
Humberto Maschio 
ST: Evaristo Barrera (Argentina)
Barrera started his professional career in 1932 with Racing Club, he was twice the topscorer in the Argentine Primera, in 1934 with 34 goals and in 1936 with 32 goals. By the end of his time with Racing Club, Barrera had scored 136 goals in 142 games. He still holds the record as the clubs highest scoring player. In 1938 Barrera moved to Italy, he played for Lazio and Napoli in Serie A before dropping down into the lower leagues where he played for Ascoli. During the war years he played for Novara and Gozzano in the Italian War Championships. After the end of the war he played for Cremonese and Mortara, retiring in 1948.

ST: Pedro Ochoa (Argentina)  
Ochoa played his entire club career for Racing Club, where he won six league championships, 4 national cups and 2 international cups. He was nicknamed "Ochoíta" and El rey de la gambeta (The king of dribbling) due to his outstanding skills with the ball. He was admired by Carlos Gardel, who sang the tango "Patadura" (a lunfardo word for a "two left feet man") written by José López Ares and Enrique Carrera Sotelo. The tango mentions several notable footballers of those years, such as Ochoa (referring him as Ochoíta), Manuel Seoane, Luis Monti and Domingo Tarasconi (as Tarasca)

ST: Alberto Ohaco (Argentina)
Ohaco whose father was one of the founding members of Racing Club became one of the club's greatest players. He is still the most winning player in Racing Club' history having won a total of 20 titles with the club, including seven Primera División consecutive championships between 1913 and 1919. he was also four times top scorer in the Argentine league between 1912 and 1915. He scored a total of 244 goals for the club making him the highest scoring player in the history of the institution. Ohaco played for the Argentina national team between 1912 and 1918, playing in the first two editions of the Copa América in 1916 and 1917.
Alberto Ohaco 

Honorable Mention
Sergio Livingstone, Gustavo Costas, Jose Salomon, Oscar Martin, Enrique Wolff, Fernando Olazar, Miguel Colombatti, Alberto Marcovecchio, Juan José Pizzuti, Fernando Olazar, Raúl Belén, Diego Milito, Claudio Lopez, Lisandro Lopez, Juan Hospital,  Pedro Dellacha, Ezra Sued, Manuel Blanco, Norberto Raffo.

Squad Explanation
-- Most of the teams are older players.  It is one of the oldest team that I have selected.
-- Claudio Úbeda is Racing Club's all-time appearance leader.
-- Omar Oreste Corbatta and Humberto Maschio are big names star players.  Lisandro López. Diego Milito and Claudio Lopez should be recognised as well, but not enough spaces.
-- Fillol's prime was played elsewhere.  Cejas' prime was with the club.
-- Norberto Raffo should have been on this team for the 1967 Copa Libertadores winning performance, but I do not have enough space.

Formation

Sunday, May 21, 2017

San Lorenzo All-Time team

2014 Copa Libertadores
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the club.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.

San Lorenzo is also considered one of the "big five" ("Los 5 Grandes") of Argentine football by Argentine press, with Independiente, River Plate, Boca Juniors, and Racing Club. San Lorenzo plays its home games at Estadio Pedro Bidegain, popularly known as Nuevo Gasómetro.   In 1968, San Lorenzo won the Metropolitano championship, and became the first team in the professional era of Argentine football to complete a season without losing a game. In 1972, they won both of the Argentine league titles, this time they completed the Nacional championship without losing a single game. In 2014, they won the Copa Libertadores.


1968 the  undefeated team
Team
GK: Agustín Irusta (Argentina)
Irusta made his professional debut for San Lorenzo in 1963. He went on to make 257 league appearances for the club, which is the club record for a goalkeeper, and the fifth highest tally of appearances in any position. Irusta also played for the Argentina national team.  Irusta was one of five players to win four league titles with San Lorenzo between 1968 and 1974. In 1977 Irusta joined Unión de Santa Fe before his retirement in 1978.

GK: Carlos Buttice (Argentina) 
He started his career with San Lorenzo.  He played for most of his career in clubs of Argentina, Brazil and Chile.In Chile Buttice played for Unión Española. He was part of the 1977 Unión Española team that won the Primera División de Chile.

GK: Sebastián Saja (Argentina) 
Saja had nearly 200 overall appearances for San Lorenzo de Almagro, being voted South America's best goalkeeper in 2002. In 2001, he helped the team win the Clausura and the Copa Mercosur, adding the following year's Copa Sudamericana.  From 2003 to 2007, he played in Spain, Brazil, Mexico and Brazil.  In 2007, he moved to AEK in Greece. Between 2011 and 2016, he played form Racing.  At the time of writing, he plays in Spain.  Capped 4 times.

CB/RB: Jorge Olguín (Argentina)
He started his career at San Lorenzo in 1971, he played for the club for 8 years, in that time they won three trophies (1972 Metropolitano, 1972 Nacional and 1974 Nacional). In 1978, Olguín was included in Argentina's world cup squad playing as a rightback. Following his success at the world cup he was sold to Independiente. In 1983 Olguín won his only trophy with Independiente, the 1983 Metropolitano. In 1984 Olguín was sold to Argentinos Juniors, where he helped Argentinos win their first and only Copa Libertadores title. 

RB: Antonio Rosl (Argentina)
Rosl played club football for Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro in Argentina where he was part of the team that famously went unbeaten for the whole of the 1972 Nacional championship. In 1976, he retires in Gimnasia y Esgrima La Pla.  He picked 13 caps.

CB: Rafael Albrecht (Argentina)
He started his career with Club Atlético Tucumán in 1957. In 1960, he was signed by Estudiantes, where he excelled and, thus, was called to play for the Argentina national team in 1961.  In 1962 he was transferred to San Lorenzo for 10 million pesos, a huge amount for those days. The 'Matadores' team won the 1968 Metropolitano Championship without losing a single game. In 1970, he moved to play for Leon in Mexico.  For Argentina, he went to both 1962 and 1960 WC Finals.
Rafael Albrecht 

CB: Ramón Heredia (Argentina)
Heredia started his playing career in 1969 with San Lorenzo in Argentina. He was part of the squad that won both league titles in 1972. He joined Atlético Madrid in 1973 and played in the 1974 European Cup Final. An undisputed starter in his first three years, he lost his regular place in the 4th due to injuries (as atletico won the league title). He then moved to Paris Saint-Germain, where again he would be used rarely. After two seasons with the latter, he chose to retire. He played 30 times for Argentina, including appearances at the 1974 FIFA World Cup.

CB: Angel Zubieta (Spain)
Zubieta started his playing career in the 1935–36 season at the age of 17.  He became the youngest player ever to play for Spain at the age of only 17 years and 9 months in 1936. During the Spanish Civil War,  he joined San Lorenzo during a tour of South America with the Basque Country national football team.  He stayed with the club for 13 seasons and he is the 3rd on the list of San Lorenzo players with most games for the club. In 1952 Zubieta returned to Spain, joining Deportivo de La Coruña where he played until his retirement in 1956 at the age of 38.

CB: Oscar Calics (Argentina)
He started his career at Banfield in 1958, where he grained promotion to the first division in 1962. In 1966 he moved to San Lorenzo where he was called to the Argentine national team for the 1966 World Cup. In 1968 he won the title of the Metropolitan Tournament with San Lorenzo, with the team known as Los Matadores. In 1970, he went to Atletico Nacional in Colombia. He went there to play a friendly tournament, but stayed until 1973. 

CB: Oscar Ruggeri
Oscar Ruggeri was considered one of the greatest defenders from Argentina. He played in 3 World Cup Finals, winning the one in 1986 and finishing second in 1990. He was La Liga Foreign Player of the Year in 1989 and South American Player of the Year in 1991. He played for both River Plate and Boca Juniors as well as Real Madrid in Spain.
Oscar Ruggeri

LB: Sergio Villar (Uruguay)
Villar is at the top of the San Lorenzo all-time appearances list. In 1968, San Lorenzo won the Metropolitano championship, and became the first team in the professional era of Argentine football to complete a season without losing a game. In 1972, Villar was part of the San Lorenzo team that won both of the Argentine league titles, this time they completed the Nacional championship without losing a single game. Villar won his fourth title with San Lorenzo in 1974 when the club won the Nacional championship. 

DM: Luis Monti (Argentina/Italy)
The ruthless central midfielder led Argentina to the WC Final in 1930 where they lost to Uruguay.  Four years later, he became an Oriundo and won the World Cup with Italy.  He was also remembered for getting injured at the Battle of Highbury in 1934 when England played Italy.
Luis Monti

DM/CM: Roberto Telch (Argentina)
Tech has the second most appearances for San Lorenzo behind Sergio Villar. Telch is one of only five players to have won four league championships with San Lorenzo, the others being Sergio Villar, Victorio Cocco, Carlos Veglio and Agustín Irusta, including  the first team in the professional era of Argentine football to complete a season without losing a game. He also played Unión de Santa Fe and Colón de Santa Fe.  He retired at the end of the 1980 season with a total of 630 appearances in the Argentine Primera, a record only surpassed by Hugo Gatti and Ricardo Bochini.  In 1974 Telch played for the Argentina national team at the 1974 World Cup.

DM/CM: Nestor Gorosito (Argentina)
Néstor Pipo Gorosito began his playing career at River Plate, and subsequently had 3 spells at San Lorenzo where he scored 72 goals in 241 appearances. His other main club was Chile's Universidad Católica, where he contributed with 149 appearances and retired with the side in 2000. Gorosito had a spell playing for Swarovski Tirol in Austria between 1989 and 1991, and in Japan with Yokohama Marinos in 1996. He also made 19 appearances for Argentina national team between 1989 and 1997.

CM: Victorio Cocco (Argentina)
Cocco made his professional debut playing for Unión de Santa Fe in the Argentine 2nd division in 1964. He was part of the team that won the championship and promotion to the Primera in 1966. Cocco was signed by San Lorenzo in 1968 and was a part of the team's great team of the 1970's.  In 1975 Cocco played for Deportivo La Coruña in Spain, but he returned to Argentina in 1976 to play for River Plate. In 1977, he joined Club Atlético Atlanta where he got his first taste of management as a player manager in the last few games of the Metropolitano 1977. He also played for Boca Juniors.  Capped 6 times.

AM: Leandro Romagnoli (Argentina)
He was a homegrown talent of San Lorenzo.  He played over 200 matches before he signed with Mexico's Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz in 2005.  A year later, he joined Sporting Clube de Portugal.  He rejoined San Lorenzo in 2009.  in 2014, he helped them to win the Copa Libertadores. He earned one senior cap.
 Leandro Romagnoli 

AM: José SanFilippo (Argentina)
During his club career he played for San Lorenzo, Boca Juniors and Banfield in Argentina, Nacional in Uruguay, and Bangu and SC Bahia in Brazil. He is the 5th highest scoring player in Argentine football.  At the international level, Sanfilippo played for the Argentina in the 1958 and 1962 World Cup Finals. He was also part of the Argentina squads that won the 1955 Pan American Games and the 1957 South American Championship.
 José SanFilippo

SS: Rinaldo Martino (Argentina/Italy)
Martino was signed by San Lorenzo de Almagro in 1941 at the age of 19 from Belgrano de Rosario.  In 1949 Martino moved to Italy joining Juventus and helping them to record their first championship since the 1930s. Martino then moved to Uruguay to play for Nacional helping them to win the Uruguayan Championship. In 1951 Martino returned to Argentina to play for Boca Juniors but he was sold back to Nacional in 1952. He played there until 1953, helping the team to win another Uruguayan league title and several other minor titles. In 1953 he joined C.A. Cerro who were his last club.  He earned over 20 caps for Argenti a before moving to play in Italy, where he earned a single cap for Italy.

ST: Lobo Fischer (Argentina)
Nicknamed "El Lobo" (the "Wolf"). With San Lorenzo de Almagro in Buenos Aires,  he won three championship and he remains one of the foremost strikers in the club's history. Among others, he also played for Botafogo FR in Brazil and CD Once Caldas in Colombia. From 1967 onward he also played 35 matches for the national team for which he scored 12 goals. 

ST: Alfredo Carricaberry (Argentina)
Caricaberry started his career at the youth divisions of Club Floresta of Buenos Aires, then moving to Estudiantil Porteño of Ramos Mejía where he played at intermediate division. In 1919 he joined San Lorenzo de Almagro, where he spent most of his career playing until 1930 with a total of 297 games and 104 goals, where he won two titles in 1923 and 1924. Caricaberry also played for the Argentina national team, winning the Silver medal at the 1928 Olympic Games and one Copa América in 1927. 

ST: Rene Pontoni (Argentina)
Pontoni started his career with Gimnasia y Esgrima de Santa Fe before joining Newell's Old Boys in 1940. Pontoni made his debut for the Argentina national team in 1942. He went on to score 19 goals in 19 games for his country, helping them to become South American champions in 1945, 1946 and 1947. In 1944 Pontoni joined San Lorenzo where he helped the team to win the Primera División in 1946.  In 1949, he joined Independiente Santa Fe in Colombia where he remained until 1952. In 1953 Pontoni moved to Brazil, where he spent one season with Portuguesa in São Paulo before returning to Argentina for one last season with San Lorenzo in 1954.

ST: Hector Scotta (Argentina)
Scotta started his career in 1970 with Unión de Santa Fe but after only one season he moved to San Lorenzo de Almagro. In 1975 Scotta was the topscorer of the Nacional championship with 28 goals and Metropolitano champion with 32 goals, this made him the topscorer in South America and in world football for 1975. Scotta was awarded the Olimpia de Plata as the Argentine sports writer's footballer of the year. He later joined Grêmio in Brazil, where he helped them to win the Campeonato Gaúcho in 1977. In 1979 Scotta returned to San Lorenzo. He also played for Ferro Carril Oeste, Boca Juniors and Sevilla FC.

ST: Hector Veira (Argentina)
Veira started his professional career in 1963 with San Lorenzo, in 1964 he became the topscorer in the Argentina Primera División at the age of only 18. In 1967 Veira received his first call up to the national team and in 1968 he helped San Lorenzo to win the Metropolitano championship without losing a game, to become the first team in the professional era of Argentine football to become unbeaten champions. In 1970 Veira joined Huracán, the club he had supported as a boy. He also played for Laguna in Mexico, Club Atlético Banfield in Argentina, Sevilla in Spain, Corinthians in Brazil, CSD Comunicaciones in Guatemala and Universidad de Chile.

ST: Isidro Lángara (Spain)
He started with Real Oviedo in Spain. At Oviedo, he was the winner of the Pichichi Trophy in three straight seasons.  Due to the Spanish Civil War, he first joined Euzkadi in Mexico and then, San Lorenzo in Argentina.  With San Lorenzo, Lángara was San Lorenzo's star player alongside René Pontoni and Reinaldo Martino.  In 1943, he joined Club Espana in Mexico, where he was top scorer twice, in 1944 and 1946. Still today he is the only footballer in history to be top scorer in major leagues on three different continents. 
Isidro Lángara

ST: Beto Acosta (Argentina)
In a professional career which spanned 18 years (nearly 700 official games and more than 250 goals), he played for San Lorenzo in four different spells. Additionally, he represented clubs in France, Chile, Japan and Portugal.  In 1994, he was crowned the top scorer in South American football, netting 33 times in only 25 matches. Acosta appeared with Argentina in two Copa América tournaments in 1993 and 1995.
Beto Acosta

Honorable Mention
Bartolome Colombo, Horacio Ameli, Paulo Silas, Rubén Cousillas, Oscar Passet, Mirko Blazina, Jose Chilavert, Rolando Escudero, Bernardo Romeo, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Julio Buffarini, Eduardo Tuzzio, Horacio Ameli, Rubén Ayala, Arturo Arrieta, Pablo Michelini, Norberto Boggio.

Squad Explanation
-- There are plenty of available goalkeepers: Rubén Cousillas, Oscar Passet, Mirko Blazina and Jose Chilavert.
-- The third keeper was between Sebastian Saja and Sebastián Torrico.  They were about the same.  Saja at the time of writing has played longer for the club so I gave him the third spot.
-- Jose Chilavert's career was much better elsewhere.
-- Mirko Blazina was a keeper from Yugoslavia playing in the 1940's.
--  I was deciding between Oscar Calics and Oscar Ruggeri. Oscar Calics was with that great team of 1970's, but Ruggeri is a more famous name(but for his career elsewhere). I could not decide.  So I took both.
-- Another "Oscar" was also considered.  I dropped Oscar Basso because I don't have much information with him. I also do not know much about Arturo Arrieta.
-- Leandro Romagnoli won the 2014 Copa Libertadores.  Julio Buffarini is too young and his career here was too brief.
-- Ezequiel Lavezzi spent a short spell with the club.  He was sensational, but not enough to make the all-time team.
-- Pablo Michelini appeared in some lists, but I do not know what he actually did, despite being a modern player.
-- Luis Monti seemed to have been forgotten.  His name does not appear in a lot of San Lorenzo's all-time list.  People forgot that he started with the club.
-- The team has too many strikers, but it is difficult to drop anyone. 

Formation