Chacarita Juniors

Club Atlético Chacarita Juniors (usually known simply as Chacarita) is an Argentine football club headquartered in Villa Crespo, Buenos Aires, while the stadium is located in Villa Maipú, General San Martín Partido of Gran Buenos Aires.

Chacarita Juniors
Full nameClub Atlético Chacarita Juniors
Nickname(s)Funebreros (Undertakers)
Tricolor (Three-color)
Founded1 May 1906 (1906-05-01)
GroundEstadio de Chacarita Juniors, Villa Maipú,
General San Martín Partido
Capacity24,300
ChairmanHéctor López
ManagerJorge Vivaldo
LeaguePrimera B Nacional
2017–18Primera División, 26th (Relegated)
WebsiteClub website

The squad currently plays at Argentine Primera División, the top division of the Argentine football league system.

History

The club was founded on 1 May 1906, in an anarchist Library[1] on the boundary between the Villa Crespo and Chacarita neighbourhoods. After a short period of institutional crisis, the club was re-opened in 1919.

The football squad promoted to Primera División in 1924, and continued playing at the top level after football became professional in 1931.

In 1940 Chacarita was relegated to the second division, but it lasted only one season. The team then moved to the General San Martín Partido in Greater Buenos Aires, next to the autonomous city of Buenos Aires.

In 1956 Chacarita was relegated to the second division again, and won that championship the following year returning to Primera División. After 10 consecutive years at the top level, Chacarita won its only first division title, the 1969 Metropolitano championship.

In the following years the team performed badly and was relegated all the way down to the 3rd division in 1980. In 1984 Chacarita came back to the first division, but because of Hooliganism by some of its fans, the club was punished with a suspension for a month and a lost of 10 points; having missing those points, Chacarita couldn't avoid a new relegation to the second division.

After a long tenure in lower divisions (including the Primera C), Chacarita came back to the top division in 1999, where the team remained until 2004 Torneo Clausura, when it was relegated to the Primera B Nacional.

In the 2008–09 season the club finished 2nd, after a 1–0 victory against Platense, with a goal scored in the last seconds of the match. This victory secured Chacarita a return to Primera División after five years of being relegated.[2]

At the end of 2011–12 season, Chacarita finished 20th and therefore the Funebreros had to play two matches against Nueva Chicago (winner of Primera B Metropolitana's Torneo Reducido) to avoid being relegated to the lower division. Nueva Chicago won the series (1–0 and 1–1) and Chacarita was subsequently relegated.[3]

Kit evolution

1906
1920–present
1931(1)

(1) Used during the 1931 championship as a tribute to club's first jersey.[4]

Nickname

The team got the nickname of Funebreros ("Undertakers") because its ground was near the La Chacarita Cemetery. The red color in its jersey (apart from black and white) is a reference to its anarchist origins.

Stadium

Chacarita's stadium was reopened on 30 January 2011, after its closure for a total rebuilt (which consisted in replacing the old wood seats for the more modern cement structures, according to safety regulations) since May 2008. As part of the celebration for the reopening, the club organized a friendly match between Chacarita and Argentinos Juniors (which ended 0–0). For this special event only 13,260 seats were available. Once the remodelling is totally finished, the stadium will be able to host an attendance of 35,000.[5]

The Governor of Buenos Aires Province, Daniel Scioli, was the most notable presence in the event and was the person who cut the ribbon to declare the stadium officially reopened. This act was made in front of the Isaac López stand, named as a tribute to the legendary goalkeeper who played the most games for Chacarita (343 matches, from 1937 to 1952).[6] Finally, a colorful set of fireworks closed the ceremony in Villa Maipú.[7]

The new stadium was erected in the same location where the old one was, in the Villa Maipú neighborhood, General San Martín Partido. The last game played by Chacarita before the remodelling had been on 21 October 2005, during a match for the Primera B Nacional championship. The rival was Tigre (which has a strong rivalry with Chacarita) and El Funebrero won 3–0.[5]

Players

Current squad

As of 26 August 2017.[8]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
GK Cristian Campestrini
GK Facundo Ferrero
GK Lucas Álvarez
GK Pedro Fernández
DF Alan Robledo
DF Federico Rosso
DF Germán Ré
DF Gian Croci
DF Joaquín Ibáñez
DF Juan González
DF Lautaro Montoya (on loan from San Lorenzo)
DF Nahuel Tribulo
DF Gastón Martínez
MF Agustín Módula
MF Alejandro Gagliardi (on loan from Patronato)
MF Cristian Erbes
MF Diego Rivero
MF Gabriel Lazarte
MF Javier Mendoza
MF Juan Álvarez
MF Julio Zuñiga
MF Matías Medina
No. Position Player
MF Matías Rodríguez
MF Matías Sánchez
MF Miguel Mellado
MF Nahuel Menéndez
MF Leonardo Baima
MF Gonzalo Groba
MF Yefri Reyes
MF Federico Vismara
MF Juan Vera
MF Yair González
FW Elías Alderete
FW Juan Imbert
FW Leandro Barrera
FW Leandro Martínez (on loan from San Martín)
FW Maximiliano Casa
FW Matías González
FW Pablo Vegetti
FW Francisco Vazzoler
FW Wilson Gómez (on loan from Villa San Carlos)
FW Lucas Lezcano
FW Tomás Segovia
FW Ariel López

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
FW Facundo Melivilo (at Defensa y Justicia until 30 June 2018)
MF Matías Nizzo (at Instituto until 30 June 2018)

Former players

Managers

Honours

References

  1. Zmag.org Archived 7 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  2. "Un equipo de Primera" (in Spanish). Diario Olé. 8 June 2009. Retrieved 16 March 2010.
  3. "En un final para el infarto, Chicago se quedó con el ascenso y condenó a Chacarita" Archived 1 July 2012 at the Wayback Machine, Clarín, 30 June 2012
  4. El Nacimiento de una Pasión: Historia de los Clubes de Fútbol, Alejandro Fabbri, editorial Capital Intelectual (2006) ISBN 987-1181-83-3
  5. Chacarita anuncia inauguración del nuevo estadio Archived 20 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  6. Aniversario del fallecimiento de Isaac López Archived 6 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  7. Chacarita estrenó su nuevo estadio Archived 6 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  8. "Chacarita Juniors squad". Soccerway. 9 August 2017. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
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