Country: Argentina City: Godoy Cruz
Founded: 21 June 1921 Colors: Blue and white
Stadium: Estadio Feliciano Gambarte
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.
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