Country: Argentina                      City: Buenos Aires

Founded: 1912                         Colors: Blue and White

Stadium: Estadio Alfredo Beranger

Web: www.temperly.org.ar

Club Atletico Temperley has been around for quite a while, and while most of their time has been spent in lower divisions, they made it to Argentina’s Primera twice before going into bankruptcy in 1991. They came back to the fourth level of Argentine football in 1993 and has since then worked their way back up to the newly expanded first division where they currently play. They have two titles: a Primera B in 1974 and a Primera C in 1994-95. The club is known as La Celeste or Gasolero.

They are named after the  city of Temperley in the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area, which is named after George Temperley, who arrived in Argentina from England in 1838. After working in various businesses, Temperley purchased a plot of land where he started a small farm. This area eventually grew into the city now known as Temperley. Goerge Temperley is also know as being one of the founders of the Rural Society of Argentina. He passed away in 1900.

Here’s a video that shows the city. Looks quite nice:

A great video showing the club’s return to the top:



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:

The fans:

A young Zanetti:

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:

Guillermo Brown

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Country: Argentina   City: Puerto Madryn
Founded: January 14, 1945     Colors: Blue and White
Stadium: Estadio Raul Conti  Web: Brown 2000

Club Social y Atletico Guillermo Brown, also known as Guillermo Brown de Puerto Madryn is a team that currently plays in the Torneo Argentino A, which is a regionalized third division. Their titles include a Torneo Argentino A2 in 2007 and 2010 and a B1 in 2003. According to their website, in 2002 they played River Plate at the Estadio Monumental and tied 2 x 2. Their founder was a member of the Argentine Navy and a great admirer of Almirante Guillermo Brown.

Guillermo Brown, also known as William Brown, led a fascinating life. He was born in Foxford, County Mayo, Ireland in 1777. He immigrated to Philadelphia as a young boy along with his father, and soon after they arrived, his father contracted yellow fever and died, leaving young Brown alone. The story goes that Brown was wandering the banks of the Delaware River when a ship’s captain who was passing by took pity on him and signed him on as cabin boy. This would be the beginning of Brown’s illustrious career on the high seas, a career that would take him all over the world and end with his becoming a national hero in Argentina. You may be wondering how a young boy born in county Mayo, Ireland and stranded penniless in Philadelphia became an Argentine national hero? Read on:

Brown spent his youth sailing on many different kinds of ships, and eventually worked his way up to  captain of a merchant vessel sailing between Europe and the Americas. Even though he wasn’t a British citizen, he was press-ganged into the British Navy and made to fight the French during the Napoleonic Wars. Brown escaped the British only to be put in jail by the French. The ever resourceful Brown attempted to escape from French jail many times, finally succeeding in 1809 dressed as a French officer. It was at this time that he decided to leave Europe and sail for Rio de la Plata to try his fortunes.

In Argentina, Brown set up a very successful trading business sailing between Buenos Aires and Montevideo. The Spanish colonial government was trying to block trade from Argentina and destroyed Brown’s ship, an action that would result in Brown’s commission into the Argentine Navy as Commander in Chief of the Argentine fleet. He immediately began to attack the Spanish fleet and had great success. He was responsible for freeing the Rio de la Plata area from Spanish rule and capturing Montevideo for Argentina. Brown never forgot his Irish heritage, however,  and during battle he had the fife and drums play “St Patrick’s Day in the Morning.”

Brown’s career as a naval officer continued though two more wars, and in 1847 he retired. He died in 1857 at 80 years of age and was given full military honors and a state funeral. Brown is definitely an Argentine national hero to this day. In Argentina, there are 1112 streets, 415 schools, 320 parks, 6 towns, 4 stadiums, and a couple of football clubs named after him (more on those later.) The “Master of the River Plate” as he is known led a truly remarkable life.

A little bit about the man:

A little bit about the Club:

Club Atletico General Lamadrid

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Country: Argentina       City: Villa Devoto, Buenos Aires
Founded: May 11, 1950          Colors: Blue and White
Stadium: Estadio Enrique Sexto        Web: lama.com.ar

General Lamadrid currently plays in the Argentine Primera C, which is a regional 4th division competition. They have two titles: Primera C in 2010-11 and Primera D in 1977.  They are famous for having 18 players sent off in one match because of a brawl with opposing fans in 2009. The club also offers other sports, such as handball, taekwondo, volleyball and boxing.

They are named after Gregorio Araoz de Lamadrid, born in San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina in 1795. He joined the military in 1811 and fought under General Belgrano and General Martin in the Argentine War of Independence against royalists who were loyal to the Spanish monarchy. Later, as a general, he commanded troops in the Argentine Civil War on the side of the Unitarians, who wanted a centralized government based in Buenos Aires.

He’s remembered as a skilled and courageous fighter. One story goes that he once stumbled upon a platoon of 15 mounted Federal soldiers during the Civil War, taking them on single-handedly. After suffering a broken nose, broken ribs, a knife wound to the stomach, and a flesh wound from a gunshot to the head, he was left for dead, only to survive and escape to safety. It was this incident that earned him the nickname, La Madrid inmortal, or the immortal Lamadrid.

He died in 1857 and is buried at the San Miguel de Tucuman Cathedral.

Here’s a nice video posted by a fan:

Match Alert – Name vs Name

J.J. Urquiza vs Club Atletico General Lamadrid

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Where: Buenos Aires, Argentina

League: Primera C

When: June 2, 2015 @ 3 pm

Stadium: Estadio Ramón Roque Martín

Team websites: J.J. UrquizaClub Atletico General Lamadrid

Listen live: Artaxradio.com

Who is J.J. Urquiza?: Justo José de Urquiza y García was the third president of Argentina from 1854-1860. Under his governance, Argentine foreign relations improved, a plan for railroads was introduced, and public education was promoted.


Who is General Lamadrid?: Gregorio Aráoz de Lamadrid was a successful military officer who fought in the Argentine War of Independence against the Spanish monarchy. Later, he was one of the most important generals in the Argentine Civil Wars.


Connection: In 1851, General Lamadrid was contacted by Urquiza to command one of the main wings of his “great army” that would end the Rosas period in the Battle of Caseros on February 3, 1852.

FTNADP prediction: J.J. Urquiza wins 2-1.

Club Atletico Newell’s Old Boys

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Country: Argentina        City: Rosario         Founded: November 3, 1903

Colors: Black and Red          Stadium: Estadio Marcelo Bielsa

Web: newellsoldboys.com.ar

This wonderfully named team has a well documented history. One of the top teams in Rosario, they have 6 AFA Primera Division titles. They are also well known for their youth division teams, producing many famous players such as Gabriel Batistuta, and Lionel Messi (for a short time anyway).

They were founded by Claudio Newell and actually named after Claudio’s father, Isaac Newell (1853 -1907). Isaac Newell was born in Strood, County Kent, England, and at the age of 16 he took a ship to Argentina. He worked as a telegraph operator for the Central Argentine Railway. He later founded a school called the Colegio Comercial Anglicano Argentino, where he was a teacher.

Here’s an awesome video direct from the club outlining the history: “Isaac Newell, El Gran Maestro”