Newell's Old Boys

Founded In
Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina

About Newell's Old Boys

Club Atlético Newell's Old Boys was first established in Rosario, Santa Fe back in 1903. The club is named after Isaac Newell, a British immigrant and the team's original coach. Historically, Newell's Old Boys have an intense rivalry with the other main team from the area, Rosario Central.

The team's golden era spanned the late 1980s and early 1990s, during which time Newell's Old Boys won Primera División titles in 1988, 1991 and 1992. During this period, the team were also runners up in the Copa Libertadores in 1988 and 1992, losing the two finals to Nacional and São Paulo, respectively.

In domestic football, the team has enjoyed some significant success, winning a total of five Primera División titles, with their most recent win coming in 2004. Other domestic honours include a Copa de Honor Municipalidad de Buenos Aires win in 1911 and a Copa Adrián C. Escobar win in 1949. To date, the club has not enjoyed any major international success, although they won a friendly tournament in 1988, against a number of South American and European clubs, including River Plate, Real Madrid, Milan and Manchester United.

Some of the best-known players to have played for Newell's Old Boys include Diego Maradona, Walter Samuel, Mauricio Pochettino and Ariel Ortega. Over the years, the club has been especially noted for its youth teams, which have produced some of the world's best players. Newell's Old Boys have won more national AFA youth tournaments than any other side and amongst the notable players to have come through the youth academy are names like Lionel Messi, Gabriel Batistuta, Maxi Rodríguez and Gabriel Heinze.

The team play their home matches at the Estadio Marcelo Bielsa, named in honour of the club's former head coach. The stadium opened in 1911 and was previously known as El Coloso del Parque. It is able to hold a maximum of 38,095 spectators.

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