Racing Club de Avellaneda

Full name Racing Club
Nickname(s) La Academia (The Academy)
Founded 25 March 1903 (1903-03-25)
Ground Estadio Juan Domingo Perón,
Avellaneda, Greater Buenos Aires, Argentina
Ground Capacity 55,000
President Víctor Blanco
Manager Ricardo Zielinski
League Primera División
2016 6° of Zona 2
Website Club home page

Racing Club, also known simply as Racing, is an Argentine professional sports club based in Avellaneda, a city of Greater Buenos Aires. Founded in 1903, Racing has been historically considered one of the "big five" clubs of Argentine football. Racing currently plays in the Primera División, the top division of the Argentine league system.

Racing has won the Primera División 17 times (with a record of seven consecutive championships between 1913 and 1919), apart from winning 12 National cups such as five Copa Ibarguren, four Copa de Honor Municipalidad de Buenos Aires and one Copa Beccar Varela.[1] Due to those achievements the team was nicknamed "La Academia" ("The Academy of Football") which still identifies the club and its supporters.[2]

On the international stage, the club has won 6 titles, 3 of them recognised by FIFA and CONMEBOL[3] including one Copa Libertadores, one Intercontinental Cup and the first edition of the Supercopa Sudamericana, therefore being the second Argentine team to become South American champion, and the first to become club world champion. In addition, Racing also won two Copa Aldao and one Copa de Honor Cousenier, both tournaments organized by AFA and AUF together.[4]

The first team plays its home games in the Estadio Presidente Juan Domingo Perón, nicknamed El Cilindro de Avellaneda (in English: "The Cylinder of Avellaneda"). Apart from football, other sports practised at Racing are artistic gymnastics, basketball, boxing, field hockey, handball, martial arts, roller skating, tennis and volleyball.[5]



Racing in 1906, wearing the blue and white jersey.

On 12 May 1901, a group of students of Colegio Nacional Central founded the Football Club Barracas al Sud, with Pedro Werner becoming its first president. Less than one year after the establishment, an internal conflict about what color of jersey should be adopted caused a group of members to found Colorados Unidos, due to wanting to use a red jersey uniform. This division did not last too long, and in March 1903, both clubs agreed to merge into a new club under the same name.

The club took its name from a French racing magazine, brought to Argentina by Germán Vidaillac (a founding partner of French ancestry). The suggestion was well received and the name "Racing Club" was immediately approved. Racing was the first football team integrally formed by criollos.

The first uniform worn by Racing was completely white, until 25 July 1904, when it was decided a yellow and black vertical striped jersey would be used. Nevertheless, the new jersey only lasted a week (It was very similar to Peñarol from Uruguay), being replaced by a design proposed by president Luis Carbone. The jersey had four squares, two lightblue and two pink. This lightblue and pink design would be worn until 1908, once again replaced by a design with three horizontal bars (2 blue and 1 white). Finally, Racing adopted the light blue and white colors in 1910 (when ascending, defeating Boca Juniors), in commemoration of the May Revolution's 100th anniversary that same year.

The first years in football

Racing affiliated to Argentine Football Association in 1905 to play at the lower divisions of Argentine football league system.

One year later Racing played another playoff for a place at Primera División, but lost to Gimnasia y Esgrima de Buenos Aires. The team was finally promoted to Primera in 1910, winning the final over Boca Juniors with an attendance of 4,000. The line-up that won the promotion was: Fernández; Seminario, Allan; Winne, Juan Ohaco, Angel Betular; Oyarzábal, A. Ohaco, Firpo, Frers and Juan Perinetti. Frers and Ohaco were the scorers for Racing. That same year the squad also changed its colors to the definitive light blue and white that have remained since.

"The Academy"

The 1913 team that won four titles in a year, including its first Primera División championship.

The first game in Primera was played on 7 May 1911 against San Isidro, which ended 1 to 1. The first goal in Primera was scored by Carlos Scarone. The first victory of Racing was on 18 June 1911, a 2 to 1 win over Quilmes. That season Racing also achieved a great victory over legendary team Alumni by 3 to 1, although the team from Belgrano would later defeat Racing 5 to 1 two months later. That was the last time both teams played against one another, because Alumni dissolved at the end of the championship.[6]

One year later, Racing won its first domestic cup, the Copa de Honor Municipalidad de Buenos Aires.

Racing won its first Primera División title in 1913, defeating San Isidro at the final in a playoff series after finishing first place, along with that team and River Plate. Racing first eliminated River Plate 3 to 0, and then played the final against San Isidro, which it defeated 2 to 0 (two goals by Ohaco). The line-up for that match was: Muttoni; Reyes, S. Ochoa; Floro, Betular, Olazar, Pepe; Viazzi, Ohaco, Marcovecchio, Hospital, J. Perinetti.

That same year Racing won another domestic cup, the Copa Ibarguren after beating Newell's Old Boys 3 to 1 in Avellaneda. The line-up was: Muttoni; Reyes, S. Ochoa; Pepe, Betular, Olazar; J. Viazzi, Ohaco, Alberto Marcovecchio, Hospital, Juan Perinetti.

In 1914 Racing won its second leaguetitle, having scored 42 goals and only 7 received in 12 games. The runner-up was Estudiantes (BA). That same year Racing won its second consecutive Copa Ibarguren, defeating another Rosarino team, Rosario Central, by 1–0 in Buenos Aires. The line-up for the match: Arduino; Reyes, S. Ochoa; Pepe, Olazar, Betular; Canavery, Ohaco, Marcovecchio, Hospital, Juan Perinetti.

The 1915 team achieved an outstanding mark of 95 goals in 24 matches.

Racing became Primera División tri-championship in 1915 when the squad won its 3rd consecutive title, defeating San Isidro 1–0 at a championship playoff as they had played two years before. The game was played at arch-rival Independiente stadium and Racing line-up was: Arduino; Presta, Reyes; Betular, Olazar, Pepe; Canavery, Ohaco, Marcovecchio (who scored the only goal), Hospital, Juan Perinetti. Racing finished unbeaten, with 22 games won and 2 drew over 24, with an outstanding record of 95 goals scored with only 5 conceded. The line-up vs. San Isidro was: Arduino; Presta, Reyes; Betular, Olazar, Pepe; Canavery, Ohaco, Marcovecchio, Hospital, J. Perinetti.[7]

In 1917 Racing won four titles in the year.

Racing won the following title, the 1916 championship, totalizing 34 points in 21 games with 39 goals converted and 10 received at the end of the tournament. Platense was the runner-up with 30 points. The 5th consecutive title was in 1917 after totalizing 35 points, being River Plate the runner-up with 30 points. The team also scored the mark of 58 goals with only 4 received in 20 fixtures. In addition, the squad achieved its third Copa Ibarguren with a smashing victory over Rosario Central by 6–0 in Avellaneda. The line-up was: Arduino; Ohaco, Reyes, Viazzi Olazar, Ricardo Pepe; Canavery, Vivaldi, Marcovecchi, Hospital, Juan Perinetti.

That same year Racing won another edition of Copa Ibarguren, defeating by 2nd. consecutive time Rosario Central by 3–2 at GEBA stadium. The line-up was: Crocce; Castagnola, Reyes; Vivaldi, Olazar, Pepe; Natalio Perinetti, Ohaco, Marcovecchio, Minondo, Juan Perinetti.

Racing won its 8th title in 1921 playing in the dissident "Asociación Amateurs".
Racing won the last title of the decade in 1925

One year later, Racing won its 6th. league title, remaining unbeaten after 19 games played, with 49 goals scored and 9 received. Racing also won another edition of Copa Ibarguren (5 in total) with a large victory over Newell's Old Boys by 4–0 at GEBA. The line-up: Crocce; Castagnola, Reyes; Ohaco, Marcovecchio, Macchiavello; Natalio Perinetti, Zabaleta, Vivaldo, Hospital, Juan Perinetti.

By 1919 Racing moved to dissident league "Asociación Amateurs de Football", where the team won the tournament unbeaten again. Racing played 23 fixtures, winning its 7th. consecutive title with 26 points, 43 goals scored and 10 received. The runner-up was Vélez Sarsfield which totalized 20 points.[8] River Plate finished the extraordinary sequence of Racing's 7 titles, when winning the 1920 championship. Racing was the runner-up only 2 points to River. Racing remained in the Asociación Amateurs league, where the team won the 1921 title after playing 38 matches and totalizing 66 points. Racing also scored 73 goals receiving 16.

Racing would crown champion again in 1925, totalizing 39 points in 24 matches played, with San Lorenzo being runner-up. During its first 22 years of existence, Racing won 9 Primera División championships (seven of them consecutively, which is still a record in Argentine football). Due to those extraordinary campaigns and its style of playing, the squad was nicknamed "The Academy of Argentine football", which has been adopted by its supporters as a mark of identity, still used nowadays.

To sum-up, Racing achieved a large amount of titles during the 1910s and 1920, including 7 Primera División championships, 9 national cups and 2 international titles. Some of the most notable players of the amateur era were Alberto Ohaco, Alberto Marcovecchio, Pedro Ochoa (known as "The King of dribbling" -"El Rey de la gambeta" in Spanish and a very close friend to Carlos Gardel who wrote the tango "Patadura" honoring Ochoa and other notable players in 1928) and Natalio Perinetti.

The 1930-1940s

The 1932 team that won the Copa Beccar Varela.

During those years Racing won the Copa Beccar Varela in 1932 (defeating Boca Juniors in the final) and the Copa de Competencia (LAF) one year later, thrashing San Lorenzo de Almagro by 4–0 in the final match. Despite the national cups won, Racing could not win any domestic championship during that period; its best performances were third places in 1932, 1933 and 1936. Evaristo Barrera was the top scorer with 34 goals in 1934 and 32 in 1936.

Some remarkable players of the time were Fernando Paternoster, Enrique Chueco García, Vicente Zito, and Barrera himself.

Racing would not win any domestic title during the 1940s; its best finish was a 5th place in 1940 and 4th places in 1946 and 1948. During the 1948 tournament Racing was leading followed by Independiente and River Plate until a strike took place. Most of the dissident players went to play outside Argentina and they had to be replaced by players from the youth divisions. Moreover, points awarded to Racing were deducted from the matches against Banfield and San Lorenzo; as a result, Racing lost the chance to be champion and arch-rival Independiente finally won the title.

In 1945 Racing won the Copa de Competencia Británica defeating Boca Juniors by 4–1 in the final. Some remarkable players for Racing were José Salomón, Chilean Sergio Livingstone and Paraguayan striker Delfín Benítez Cáceres.

The tri-championship

The 1949 Racing team won the first of three consecutive Primera División titles.

In 1949, Racing won its first Primera División championship in the professional era, with Llamil Simes as the top scorer of the tournament. Racing also won the 1950 title with Simes as scorer again with 20 goals. That same year Racing inaugurated its stadium, named "Presidente Perón", defeating Vélez Sarsfield 1–0

In 1951 Racing won its 3rd consecutive championship.

In 1951 Racing won its third consecutive title, playing two playoff matches against Banfield, which ended 0–0 and 1–0 (goal by Mario Boyé). With this victory Racing became the first ever three-time champion in the professional era of Argentine football. The coach was Guillermo Stábile.

In 1952 Racing finished 2nd after River Plate. The team was not able to win the title despite having the least goals scored against it during the championship. After another good performance in 1953 when the team finished 3rd, Racing placed 10th in 1954, far from champion Boca Juniors.

In 1955 a sort of amnesty allowed dissident players to return to Argentine football to play for any team. Racing won its 13th title in 1958, being coached by José Della Torre. In 1959 the team finished 2nd.

During those years Racing Club had many notable players that made their contribution to the successful campaigns. Some of them were Norberto Mendez, Rubén Bravo, Llamil Simes, Mario Boyé, Alberto Rastelli, Pedro Dellacha, Ezra Sued, Manuel Blanco, Ernesto Gutiérrez, Pedro Manfredini, Arnaldo Balay, Juan José Pizzuti, Rubén Héctor Sosa and Omar Oreste Corbatta.

International success

In 1967 Racing achieved international success, winning the Libertadores and Intercontinental Cups.

Racing finished 4th in 1960 with a top scoring 72 goals. During this tournament Racing also achieved its largest victory in Primera División, an 11–3 against Rosario Central.[9]

In 1961 Racing won another championship totalizing 47 points when coached by Saúl Ongaro. The team was also the highest scoring team with 68 goals. The next year, Racing finished 9th and was also eliminated from the Copa Libertadores de América in the first stage.

In 1964 Santiago Sacol became President of the institution. Racing won a new title in 1966 totalizing 61 points and being the highest scorer team with 70 goals. Racing also received the least goals with only 24. Moreover, the team also remained 39 matches undefeated, a record by then although Boca Juniors later would break that mark. Racing was coached by Juan José Pizzuti.

In the 1967 Torneo Metropolitano Racing reached the final where the squad lost to Estudiantes de La Plata by 3–0. That same year Racing won the 1967 Copa Libertadores after beating Uruguayan team Nacional 2–1 in the final. Norberto Raffo was the top scorer with 13 goals.

At the end of the year Racing won the Intercontinental Cup defeating Celtic Glasgow in a playoff game. The first match had been played at Glasgow where Racing was beaten 1–0 while La Academia won by 2–1 the second game in Buenos Aires. The playoff was played in Montevideo where Racing achieved its second continental championship winning 1–0 with a goal scored by Juan Carlos Cárdenas.

Some notable players of that time were goalkeeper Agustín Mario Cejas, Rubén Sosa, Roberto Perfumo, Alfio Basile, Norberto Raffo, Rubén Díaz, Nelson Chabay, Jaime Martinoli, Juan Carlos Cárdenas, Juan Carlos Rulli, Juan José Rodríguez, Humberto Maschio, Federico Sacchi and Oreste Corbatta.


During the 1970s Racing did not win any title, although the team finished 2nd to San Lorenzo in the 1972 Metropolitano, with 43 points in 34 matches. That year was the debut of Ubaldo Fillol, who some regard as the best Argentine goalkeeper ever. Fillol set a record of 6 penalty shots stopped in the same season. From 1974 and 1978 Racing made poor campaigns and was near relegation in 1976 when the team finished next to last (San Telmo was finally relegated).[10]

In 1981 the stadium was closed due to its poor condition. Two years later, Racing was relegated to the Primera B. The first year in the second division, Racing finished second to champion Deportivo Español so the team had to play a promotion playoff, where Racing eliminated Deportivo Morón and Lanús but lost to Gimnasia y Esgrima (LP) in the finals (1–3 and 2–4).

One year later, after two seasons in the second division, Racing returned to the top division in 1985 after winning a playoff for the second promotion place against Atlanta; Racing won 4–0 the first game and the second match finished 1–1.[11]

Return to international success

Racing won its third international competition in 1988, when the team won the first edition of the 1988 Supercopa Sudamericana, defeating Brazilian team Cruzeiro in the finals, with Alfio Basile still as coach. That same year Racing won the Supercopa Interamericana beating Sportivo Herediano from Costa Rica 3–0.

Racing also played another Supercopa final and was defeated by Cruzeiro 4–0 in Belo Horizonte. Racing won the 2nd match 1–0 but the cup was awarded to the Brazilian team by goal difference.

Bankruptcy and resurrection

Racing faced financial problems that erupted in 1998, when the club declared bankruptcy pursuant to the request of president Daniel Lalín. In 2000, Racing switched management to the Blanquiceleste S.A corporation. Despite the financial crisis that ruined the club, Racing won the 2001 Apertura title, 35 years after its last local championship in 1966. The team was coached by Reinaldo Merlo who became an idol due to this achievement. Maximiliano Estévez, Gabriel Loeschbor, Claudio Ubeda, Adrián Bastía, Francisco Maciel and Diego Milito were part of that team.

In 2012, Racing reached the final of the 2012 Copa Argentina Final although the squad lost to Boca Juniors by 2–1.[12]

In June 2014, Diego Cocca was hired as head coach.[13] Few days after Cocca signed his contract, former player and fans favorite Diego Milito left Inter Milan and returned to the club to play the 2014 Torneo de Transición.[14]

In December 2014, Racing won its Primera División 17th. title in the last fixture of the tournament. The team defeated Godoy Cruz by 1–0 to secure the 1st place and crowned champion.[15][16][17] Racing totalized 41 points over 19 games played, with 13 won, 3 drew and 4 lost. Racing scored 30 goals and conceded 16.[18] Forward Gustavo Bou was also the team's topscorer with 10 goals. The line-up for that match was: Saja; Pillud, Lollo, Cabral, Grimi; G. Díaz, Videla, Aued, Centurión; Diego Milito, Bou.[19]


Racing Club plays its home games at "Estadio Presidente Perón" (named in honor of former President of Argentina Juan Domingo Perón), popularly known as "El Cilindro de Avellaneda" (due to its cylindrical shape) and "the Coliseum". It was opened in 1950 and restructured in 1997.[20]

The field measures 105 x 70 m. The Racing stadium is the second largest in Argentina after the River Plate stadium. At first the venue could host a capacity of 120,000 but subsequent restructurings reduced its capacity to 64,161.[21]


Current squad

Current squad of Racing Club de Avellaneda as of October 16, 2016 (edit)
Sources: Official website and Argentine Soccer

No. Position Player
1  ARG GK Agustín Orión
2  ARG DF Nicolás Sánchez
3  ARG DF Leandro Grimi
4  ARG DF Iván Pillud
5  ARG MF Federico Vismara
6  ARG DF Miguel Barbieri
7  ARG FW Gustavo Bou
8  ARG MF Diego González
9  ARG FW Lisandro López
10  PAR MF Óscar Romero
11  ARG MF Luciano Aued
12  ARG GK Juan Musso
13  ARG DF Emanuel Insúa
14  ARG DF Sergio Vittor
15  ARG MF Ezequiel Videla
16  COL MF Wilder Guisao
No. Position Player
17  ARG MF Marcos Acuña
18  ARG MF Francisco Cerro
19  ARG FW Braian Mansilla
20  ARG DF Pablo Álvarez
21  PAR DF Danilo Ortiz
23  PAR MF Willian Candia
24  ARG DF Gastón Díaz
25  ARG GK Gastón Gómez
26  ARG MF Agustín Araujo
27  ARG FW Pablo Cuadra
28  ARG MF Federico Zaracho
30  ARG MF Santiago Rosales
31  ARG MF Mauro Leiva
32  ARG FW Lautaro Martínez
 ARG FW Brian Fernández

Manager: Ricardo Zielinski

All-time player records

Most appearances

Rank. Player Position Tenure Games
1 Argentina Agustín Cejas GK 1962–69, 1977–80 334
2 Argentina Claudio Ubeda DF 1995–2003, 2005–07 329
3 Argentina Juan Carlos Cárdenas FW 1964–72 321
4 Argentina Ezra Sued FW 1943–54 308
5 Argentina Carlos Squeo DF 1969–72, 1974–77, 1984 303
6 Argentina Gustavo Costas DF 1982–92, 1994–95 297
7 Argentina José García Pérez DF 1938–57 272
8 Argentina Rubén Díaz DF 1965–73, 1977–78 246
9 Argentina Roberto Díaz FW 1975–80, 1982–83 244
10 Argentina Julio Olarticoechea DF 1975–81, 1988–90 239


Rank. Player Position Tenure Goals
1 Argentina Alberto Ohaco FW 1912–1923 244
2 Argentina Alberto Marcovecchio FW 1911–22 207
3 Argentina Evaristo Barrera FW 1932–38 136
4 Argentina Juan José Pizzuti FW 1952–54, 1956–62 125
5 Argentina Natalio Perinetti FW 1917–33 112
6 Argentina Albérico Zabaleta FW 1916–23 111
7 Argentina Pedro Ochoa FW 1916–31 108
8 Argentina Llamil Simes FW 1948–55 106

1 There are no records about the period 1903–30, so this rank only consists of records from 1931 to date.[22]

Topscorers by season

Player Season Goals
Argentina Alberto Ohaco 1912 9
Argentina Alberto Ohaco 1913 20
Argentina Alberto Ohaco 1914 20
Argentina Alberto Ohaco 1915 31
Argentina Alberto Marcovecchio 1917 18
Argentina Albérico Zabaleta 1918 13
Argentina Alberto Marcovecchio 1919 36
Argentina Albérico Zabaleta 1921 32
Argentina Martín Barceló 1923 15
Argentina Evaristo Barrera 1934 34
Argentina Evaristo Barrera 1936 32
Paraguay Delfín Benítez Cáceres 1940 33
Argentina Llamil Simes 1949 26
Argentina Juan José Pizzuti 1953 22
Brazil Walter Machado da Silva 1969 Metropolitano 14
Argentina Lisandro López 2004 Apertura 12
Colombia Teófilo Gutiérrez 2011 Clausura 11

Coaches since 2000

Kit evolution

1904 (1)
1904–08 (2)

(1) This model was worn again in 1973, although just for one match.
(2) A new version of this model was the away jersey in the 2005–06 season, paying tribute to the historic kit.




National cups


FIFA / Conmebol





  1. The "Asociación Amateurs de Football" (AAmF) was a dissident association that organized its own championships from 1919 to 1926, being Racing one of their founding members.


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Campeones del fútbol argentino on AFA website
  2. Los apodos de los clubes on Fútbol de Argentina, 21 September 2008
  3. Las competiciones oficiales de la CONMEBOL on Conmebol website, 19 Ago 2015
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Racing titles at official website
  5. "Polideportivo" at official website
  6. Argentina 1911 at RSSSF
  7. Argentina 1915 at RSSSF
  8. Argentina 1919 at RSSSF
  10. Argentina 1976 at RSSSF
  12. Historia de Racing at official website
  13. "Diego Cocca es el nuevo entrenador de Racing", La Voz, 15 Jun 2014
  14. "Milito arregló con Racing, firmó y en su presentación reconoció: "Desde que me fui, supe que iba a volver", Infobae, 17 Jun 2014
  15. "Racing es campeón del fútbol argentino después de 13 años" on, 14 Dec 2014
  16. "Racing campeón: brilla blanca y celeste" on Olé, 14 Dec 2014
  17. "Tras 13 años, Racing se desahogó con un campeonato histórico",, 14 Dec 2014
  18. "Primera División Torneo 2014" on Ole, 15 Dec 2014
  19. Racing-Godoy Cruz match details, 14 Dec 2014
  20. "Estadio Presidente Perón". Soccerway. Global Sports Media. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
  21. Características del estadio at Club's official website.
  22. "More games played" at Claudio Ubeda webpage
  23. Segunda División – Campeones on AFA website
  24. Campeones Argentinos – CIHF
  25. Copa Beccar Varela at RSSSF
  26. 1933 Copa de Competencia at RSSSF
  27. Copa de Competencia Británica at RSSSF
  28. "¿La Conmebol reconocerá las copas internacionales de América de Quito (1971) y Racing de Avellaneda (1988)?" on PasionLibertadores website, 9 Jan 2014
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