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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
Chacarita Jrs..png
Full nameClub Atlético Chacarita Juniors
Nickname(s)Funebreros (Undertakers)
Tricolor (Three-color)
Founded1 May 1906; 113 years ago (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
Current season

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

HistoryEdit

 
Chacarita in 1924, when winning the División Intermedia title.
 
The 1969 Torneo Metropolitano champions.

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 evolutionEdit

 
 
 
 
 
 
1906
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1920–present
 
 
 
 
 
 
1931(1)

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

NicknameEdit

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.

StadiumEdit

 
Estadio Chacarita Juniors.

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]

Coordinates: 34°34′02.6″S 58°31′41.4″W / 34.567389°S 58.528167°W / -34.567389; -58.528167

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

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 loanEdit

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 playersEdit

ManagersEdit

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ a b 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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