Banfield

Country: Argentina                       City: Banfield, Buenos Aires

Founded: 21 January 1896                          Colors: Green and white

Stadium: Estadio Florencio Sola

Web: clubabanfield.org

One of the oldest clubs in Argentina, Club Atletico Banfield has spent 44 years in the Argentine first division, but only have one title (2009). They do have 9 second division titles. They reached the quarter final of Libertadores in 2005. Famous Banfield players include James Rodriguez, Rodrigo Palacio, Mauro Camoranesi, Julio Cruz, Ricardo La Volpe, and none other than the current vice-president of Internazionale, Javier Zanetti.

The club was founded by a group of English settlers in Argentina. The original pitch was a field for grazing next to the train station. They are named after the neighborhood in Buenos Aires which is named after Edward Banfield. Mr. Banfield, born in London in 1837, was a railroad engineer who went to Argentina to help establish the Buenos Aires Great Southern Railway.

James Rodriguez starts his career at Banfield:

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A young Zanetti:

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Puskás Akadémia FC

 

Country: Hungary                      City: Felcsut

Founded: 2007                           Colors: Blue and white

Stadium: Pancho Arena          Web: Puskas Akademia

Puskas Akademia FC is a fairly new team with very little history. It was started as an academy team for Videoton. Puskas Akademia FC has spent three of it’s nine seasons in existence playing in the Nemzeti Bajnokság I, Hungary’s top-flight professional league. It has never finished above tenth. They were relegated following the 2015-2016 season. Probably the most famous Puskas Akademia FC player is Werder Bremen‘s László Kleinheisler. He is part of Hungary’s Euro 2016 team.

While the team may still be in its infancy, the man, Ferenc Puskas, is an absolute legend of the game. Easily one of the best players and scorers of all time. Puskas, a striker, was part of the Mighty Magyars that won the gold medal at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki and were runners-up to West Germany at the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland. Puskas had 85 caps for Hungary scoring 84 goals.

Puskas started his career at Budapest Honved FC. In twelve seasons with Honved he scored 352 goals, won five titles, and was the top scorer in Hungary four times. During Honved’s 1956 European Cup campaign, the Hungarian revolution broke out and the players refused to immediately return home. Eventually some of the players returned to Hungary, but Puskas declined and in 1958 he signed with Real Madrid. In eight seasons with Real Madrid he scored 225 goals, won five Spanish titles, three European Cups, an Intercontinental Cup, and was the top scorer (Pichichi) in Spain four times.

Pele named him to his FIFA 100.  Puskas was also named the #6 best player in the world and the #4 best European player of the 20th century. While not very successful as a manager, Puskas was able to win two titles in Greece with Panathinaikos, a Paraguayan title with Sol de America, and an Australian title with South Melbourne Hellas.

Puskas died in 2006 of pneumonia. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2000.

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Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba

 

Country: Argentina                      City: Godoy Cruz

Founded: 21 June 1921                          Colors: Blue and white

Stadium: Estadio Feliciano Gambarte

Web: clubgodoycruz.com

Club Desportivo Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba is one of our favorite teams because they are actually named after two different people! They were founded in a bar in 1921 by a group of friends. They’ve spent most of their time in regional leagues where they won quite a few titles. They reached the Argentine second division in 1994 and the first division in 2006. They made their Copa Libertadores debut in 2011. Their nickname is the “Bodoguero”, or “the wine producers” due to the large amount of wine that is produced in the region.

Lets start with Tomas Goday Cruz (1791 – 1852) – an Argentine politician and businessman from the Mendoza region. He was elected to the state congress at just 24 years of age and later served as governor of Mendoza province. His business interests included a gunpowder factory and silkworm cultivation.

Now on to Antonio Tomba. It’s a little more difficult to find information about him, but from what we can piece together, he was an Italian immigrant to Argentina. He was born in Valdangno and may have fought along with Garibaldi as a young man. He immigrated in 1824 to Mendoza, where he started a successful vineyard. At the age of 50, he planned to return to Italy, but he died on the high seas before he got there. The vineyard doesn’t seem to exist anymore, but you can read about it here.

The fans doing their thing:

The hymn:

A tribute: