Club Atlético Excursionistas (familiarly called Excursio by fans) is an Argentine football club based in the Belgrano neighbourhood of Buenos Aires. The squad currently plays in the Primera C Metropolitana, the fourth level of the Argentine football league system.
|Full name||Club Atlético Excursionistas|
|Nickname(s)||Excursio, Verde, Villeros|
|Founded||1 February 1910|
|Ground||Estadio de Excursionistas, Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Chairman||Javier Méndez Cartier|
|League||Primera C Metropolitana|
|2018-19||5° (2° in Play-off)|
The club was founded in 1910 in the Belgrano neighborhood of Buenos Aires. The name "Excursionistas" (which could roughly be translated as "Voyagers" in Spanish) was chosen due to the founders' constant trips (voyages) to the Paraná River and Isla Maciel to compete in athletic tournaments. They initially named the club "Club Unión Excursionistas".
The first jersey worn was green (for the color of grass) with a horizontal white stripe (white referred to the tablecloths used in the picnics they frequently had).
Entering the football leagueEdit
Excursionistas disputed its first tournament in 1911, playing its home games at "Club Florida", an institution of Florida neighborhood in Greater Buenos Aires. Before the 1912 season, the club acquired a land in Belgrano neighborhood, where its stadium was built, more precisely on the corner of streets La Pampa and Miñones.
In 1916, the team was promoted to the second division (then named División Intermedia) after defeating Palermo by 1–0. In 1919 the club changed its name to the current "Club Atlético Excursionistas", also modifying its jersey, which vertical stripes of white and green.
Promotion to the first division - 20s to 50sEdit
In 1924, in the old San Lorenzo de Almagro stadium, Excursionistas defeated Talleres de Remedios de Escalada 2–1, thus proclaiming themselves champion and earning the promotion to Primera División. More than 10,000 spectators attended the match.
In 1934 the Argentine Football Association (which Excursionistas was affiliated to) merged with dissident Liga Argentina de Football in a unified league. This restructuring sent Excursionistas to the second division along with many other teams that decided to continue as amateurs. Since then, the club has remained in the lower divisions of Argentine football.
In 1942 Excursionistas finished 2nd after Rosario Central. That team, coached by Pedro Tilhet, is regarded by fans as the best Excursionistas team of all-time. In 1957 Excursionistas had to play a playoff series against Argentino de Quilmes in order to define which team would be relegated to second division. After a 2–2 draw in the first game, Excursionistas achieved a great 6–1 win in the second match, so the team kept its place in Primera División and sent off Argentino to Primera B.
The 1970s - 2010Edit
In 1972 Excursionistas was relegated to Primera C, where they remained until 1995 when the team was promoted to Primera B, although they lasted there for just one season. During the 1998–99 season Excursionistas made a great campaign, putting together a 16 match unbeaten streak. The following season (1999–2000), the squad, coached by Néstor Rapa, achieved a historic landmark of 10 consecutive wins, finishing in 1st place and thus earning promotion. Nevertheless, the institution was punished with a 21-point deduction due to the riot caused by a portion of its fans during the match against Club Comunicaciones, in which the fans invaded the pitch and attacked the Comunicaciones players. As a result, Excursionistas missed the opportunity to earn promotion.
In 2001, Excursionistas won the Clausura tournament, although the team was not promoted due to the restructuring of the tournament format. That titled only earned Excursionistas the right to play a two-leg semi-final for the right to earn promotion. Their rival on the occasion was Deportivo Laferrere, who proceeded to eliminate Excursionistas on goal differential. The results were 2-0 for Laferrere in the first leg and 3-2 for Excursionistas in the second.
In the 2010-11 season, Excursio finished 8th in the division, thus qualifying for the second phase of the tournament. They then qualified for a subsequent round against Talleres de Remedios de Escalada after winning 3-1 at home and 0-1 away, before being eliminated by Argentino de Merlo due to a 1-2 home defeat and a 0-0 away draw. Excursionistas' defense remained the most invulnerable in the division that season, with only 27 goals scored against in 38 matches.
In the 2016 "Campeonato Transición Primera C," Excursionistas was crowned Champion after beating Sacachispas 1-0, thus earning the only spot for promotion to Primera B in the season. The team reached 41 points in the season on a record of 12 victories, 5 draws, 2 defeats, 36 goals for and 24 against. Their standout player for the season was Leonardo Ruiz, who finished the season as top scorer with 16 goals.
- 1910–12 Oscar Piñera
- 1913–14 Raúl Gantes
- 1915–16 Eusebio Gorostidi
- 1917–19 Amadeo Aldini
- 1920–26 Julio Ferraris
- 1927 José David
- 1928 Francisco Greco
- 1929–30 Julio Ferraris
- 1931–35 Eusebio Gorostidi
- 1936–43 Armando Policella
- 1944–51 José David
- 1952–53 Pedro Guerra
- 1954 José Giordano
- 1955–56 Dr. Anselmo Bidoglio
- 1957 Dr. Germán Wernicke
- 1958 Antonio Lleira
- 1959–60 Dr. Anselmo Bidoglio
- 1961–63 Luis Martín
- 1964 Rogelio Fortunato
- 1965 –67 Jorge de Santo Monasterio
- 1968 Dr. Anselmo Bidoglio
- 1969–73 Rogelio Fortunato
- 1974–81 Carlos Ianowski
- 1982–85 Dr. Guillermo Black
- 1986–87 Enrique Viva
- 1988–91 Antonio Gorsd
- 1992 Raúl Padró
- 1993–98 Rogelio Pita
- 1998–02 Camilo Scorpaniti
- 2002–10 Armando Mainoli
- 2010 Angel Lozano
Composed by Professor Luis Ortigoza, in 1930 decade:
Es el nuevo Excursionistas que queremos/ el que empuja toda garra y corazón/ en el Bajo de Belgrano hay otro guapo/ y ese guapo es el cuadrito de mi amor/ Si la suerte se le niega el primer tiempo/ no da tregua, en el segundo ha de arrollar/ es el ritmo de ese nuevo Excursionistas/ el anhelo fabuloso de triunfar/ Palabra de orden es nunca aflojar/ jugar con fe y con valor/ Excursionistas con tu gran tesón/ ¡ataquen, más goles, hay que ganar!/
The Stadium does not have official name, it is informally known as "El Coliseo del Bajo Belgrano " or "Pampa y Miñones". It has capacity for 8,000 spectators.
This is the "Instituto Excursionistas "Oscar Piñera"", a cultural digital space that have virtual classrooms with many information, for reading and learning topics as Sports and Nutrition.
The club founded the "Museo "Julio Ferraris"", that have the history of the club in pictures and films.
In 2013, was born the "Biblioteca digital de Excursionistas "Raúl Gantes"", where users can read in Internet digital books.
Javier Pedro Saviola- Jugador de Fútbol, actualmente en River Plate (Argentina ) y ex-player of F.C. Barcelona, Real Madrid C.F., Sevilla F.C., Málaga C.F., A.S. Mónaco, S.L. Benfica, Olympiacos, Hellas Verona y de la Selección Argentina.
Victor Bo- Actor.
Ignacio Copani – Músician.
Academy and former playersEdit
Children between 3 and 18 years old learn and play representing the club in championships organized by AFA.
Indoor football or "Futsal"Edit
The Club organizes many tournaments and is affiliated to Federación Argentina de Box.
Affiliated to Lipac, el skaters female team of the club have achieved several tournaments.
Traditional in the club for several decades.
Projects: Chess/ AthletismEdit
New projects in the Club includes de development of Chess and the practice of Athletism.
- The "Asociación Amateurs de Football" (AAm) was an amateur league which organized its own championships from 1919 to 1926 when merging with rival Argentine Football Association.
- "La AFA atendió los reclamos y tomó una decisión histórica", La Nación, 2000-05-05
- La Banda de Emir Kusturica visitó el Bajo Belgrano at excursionistas.org.ar, 18-4-2012 (in Spanish)