Founded In
Montevideo, Uruguay


About Racing

Racing Club de Montevideo, generally known by the simplified name of Racing, was first established in April 1919. The club made its debut in Uruguay's top division in 1924 and was active in the top tier in 1932, when the league turned fully professional. However, the club's time since then has been split between the first and second tiers of the country's league system, with Racing suffering multiple relegations to the Segunda División. Their biggest rivals are Centro Atlético Fénix, who have also traditionally bounced between the top two divisions.

The club's nickname is 'La Escuelita', which translates to 'The Little School'. This nickname was given to Racing in reference to their track record of producing top quality footballers over the years.

To date, Racing have failed to win any of the major national or international honours available to them and their primary source of success has been second tier titles. During the country's amateur era, Racing were crowned as champions of the Divisional Intermedia on three occasions, with those titles coming in 1923, 1929 and 1930. In the professional era, further second tier titles came in the 1955, 1958, 1974, 1989 and 2008 campaigns. The 2010 season saw Racing compete in the Copa Libertadores for the first time in history, bringing them some degree of international recognition. They reached the second round of the competition before being eliminated.

Victoriano Santos Iriarte is one of the club's best-known and most highly respected former players. The Uruguayan international was part of the 1930 World Cup winning squad and Iriarte scored one of the goals in the World Cup final. Some of Racing's other notable former players include Ladislao Mazurkiewicz, Julio Morales, Rubén Sosa and Marcelo Sosa.

Racing's home matches are played at the Estadio Osvaldo Roberto, named after the club's founder and former player, Osvaldo Roberto. The venue was built in 1941 and is able to hold up to 8,500 fans.