Belgrano

Founded In
1905
Location
Ciudad de Córdoba, Provincia de Córdoba, Argentina

Belgrano

About Belgrano

Club Atlético Belgrano, commonly known as Belgrano and sometimes known as Belgrano de Córdoba, was first established in 1905 by a group of youngsters, which included Arturo Orgaz, the first club president, who took on the role at the age of 14. The team is named after Manuel Belgrano, an important figure in the Argentine Wars of Independence and the creator of the country's national flag. The Belgrano home kit was intentionally designed to resemble the flag. The team's main historic rivals are Talleres de Córdoba, with whom they contest the Córdoba Derby.

Nicknamed Los Piratas, Belgrano began play in the regional Segunda División Liga Cordobesa and gained promotion after winning the league three years in a row in 1908, 1909 and 1910. Over the next few decades, the club won the Liga Cordobesa de Fútbol on multiple occasions, before joining the national league in the 1960s. They reached the Argentine Primera División for the fist time in 1992 and have bounced between the first and second tiers several times since.

Major national honours have been out of reach for Belgrano so far and the honours they have won have all been in regional competitions. In total, the club have been crowned champions of the Liga Cordobesa de Fútbol 31 times, with their most successful period in the competition coming in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Their most recent win came in 2003.

Luis Fabián Artime is one of the most legendary footballers to have played for Belgrano and he holds the club's all-time goalscoring record, with 91 goals. Other notable talents to represent the team include José Luis Villarreal, Roberto Monserrat, Carlos Bossio, Franco Vázquez and Matías Suárez.

The team play their home matches at the Estadio Julio César Villagra, which is also known as El Gigante de Alberdi. The stadium opened its doors for the first time in 1929 and currently holds a maximum of 22,000 supporters.