Club Ferro Carril Oeste, known simply as Ferro Carril Oeste or familiarly, Ferro, is an Argentine sports club from the neighbourhood of Caballito, Buenos Aires. Although many activities are hosted by the club, Ferro is mostly known for its football team, which plays in the Primera Nacional, the second division of the Argentine football league system.

Ferro Carril Oeste
Full nameClub Ferro Carril Oeste
Founded28 July 1904; 119 years ago (1904-07-28)
GroundRicardo Etcheverry,
Caballito, Buenos Aires
ChairmanDaniel Pandolfi
ManagerJuan Sara
LeaguePrimera Nacional
2023Primera Nacional Zone B, 8th
WebsiteClub website

Apart from football, Ferro Carril Oeste hosts a wide variety of sports that can be practised at the club, such as athletics, basketball, baseball, futsal, handball, field hockey, swimming, taekwondo, tennis, table tennis, volleyball.[1] and, since 2001, professional boxing shows, including world championship boxing contests.[2]

As its name indicates, the club had railway origins, being founded in 1904 by employees of the Buenos Aires Western Railway. The club had its glory days in the 1980s, having won numerous titles in several sports disciplines, being also recognised by Unesco as a model institution. Ferro Carril Oeste had 50,000 members by those years.[3]

History edit

The beginning edit

Ferro Carril Oeste in 1907, wearing the maroon and light blue jersey based on English club Aston Villa.

Always located in Caballito, the club was founded as "Club Atlético del Ferrocarril Oeste de Buenos Aires" on 28 July 1904, by a hundred employees of the Buenos Aires Western Railway (then Ferrocarril Domingo Faustino Sarmiento). The club was approved and supported by railway managers, so Ferro soon incorporated lands to build its headquarters and sports installations. In 1905 the club built its own stadium, Estadio Arquitecto Ricardo Etcheverry, financed by its main founding member, David Simpson. Ferro affiliated to the Argentine Football Association to register a team to play in the third division.

The first official match was played on 21 April 1907 v River Plate. In 1912, Ferro won the División Intermedia (then, the second division) title and promoted to Primera División. That same year the club won the Copa Bullrich title. Ferro C. Oeste would win another Copa Bullrich title the following year, but playing with reserve teams.

Ferro debuted in the top division in 1913 v Riachuelo (1–1 draw). By those years, the club also inaugurated running tracks, bocce, tennis courts, basque pelota courts but also closed the cricket section in 1914.

The Five Musketeers edit

At the end of the 1930s, the club emancipated from the railway company, changing its name to "Club Ferro Carril Oeste". In 1937 five talented players rose from the youth divisions, forming an offensive line which would be remembered as The Five Musketeers. They were Bernardo Gandulla, Juan José Maril, Luis Borgnia, Jaime Sarlanga and Raúl Emeal. But those skilled players only played together between 1937 and 1938, due to other clubs acquiring them (Sarlanga would have a memorable run with Boca Juniors). Both Gandulla and Sarlanga together scored more than the 50% of the goals scored by Ferro in the 1937 season.

Other notable player for the club was Delfín Benítez Cáceres, who played from 1941 until his retirement in 1944 scoring 20 goals. Gandulla and Emeal returned to Ferro in 1944 after their stint with Boca Juniors. But despite having such prominent players, Ferro finished last in 1946 and was relegated to Primera B for the first time in its history.

Apart from football, the club added several sections to its range of sports disciplines, such as swimming, water polo, and chess (starting after the club affiliated to Argentine Chess Federation). In 1933, Ferro C.O. formed its first basketball team. In the 1940s, Ferro also added fencing and roller skating. As a result, the club increased its number of members, with more than 6,000 by 1941.[citation needed]

1950–1970 edit

The 1958 team that won the Primera B championship

Ferro soon returned to the first division in 1949, when winning the Primera B title. Being presided by Atilio Renzi (a politician affiliated to Justicialist Party and private secretary of Eva Perón), the club added volleyball to its list of sports. The football team stayed in Primera until 1957, when its poor permformance during that championship caused Ferro C.O. was relegated for the second time in its history. Ferro only lasted one year in Primera B, returning in 1958 when the squad crowned champion. Ferro totalised 50 points in 34 matches played, followed by Nueva Chicago with 46.[4]

In the 1959 Primera División, Ferro finished 4th, being the best position in the top division until then. After being relegated again, Ferro won the Primera B championship in 1963, returning to Primera División. In the top level, Ferro reached another 4th place in the 1965 tournament. Ferro would be relegated again in 1968 after playing a "Reclasificatorio" tournament. In the 1969 Primera B season, Ferro C.O. won the tournament (with San Telmo as runner up) but none of them could promote to Primera after they lost in the Reclasificatorio tournament to Banfield and Deportivo Morón (the worst placed teams in 1969 Metropolitano).[4]

The Ferro C. Oeste squad in 1978 that won the Primera B title

Following with the good performance in 1969 season, Ferro C.O. won its second consecutive Primera B title in 1970, directly promoting to Primera División to play the 1971 season. By 1972, the club had 17,299 members and inaugurated the Gimnasio Héctor Etchart, home venue for the basketball team. In 1974 Ferro wore an orange jersey, paying tribute to World sub-champion Netherlands national football team, The Clockwork Orange, finishing 6th in the Torneo Nacional disputed that year. Gerónimo Saccardi was one of the most notable players for the club during those years. After some irregular campaigns, Ferro finished 23rd (last) in 1977, being relegated along with Lanús and Temperley.[5]

Ferro C. Oeste quickly returning to Primera so the team won the Primera B championship in 1978.[6]

The Golden Age: 1980s edit

Ferro had a prominent role in Argentine sports in the 1980s, more specifically in football and basketball. The football team won 2 titles of Argentine Primera División and played the Copa Libertadores. Otherwise, the basketball team won the Liga Nacional de Básquet (the Argentine first division league) championship 3 times.

Carlos Griguol (here in 1978) lead Ferro C.O. to win their first titles in Primera División during his two tenures on the club

In 1979 Carlos Griguol was hired as club manager. He would become the most successful coach in the club's history, winning 2 Primera División titles for the first time and also promoting players such as Alberto Márcico, Héctor Cúper and Oscar Garré. In the 1981 Metropolitano championship Ferro finished 2nd, totalling 49 points, just one less than champion Boca Juniors. In that season, goalkeeper Carlos Barisio set a national record by keeping his goal unbeaten for 1,075 minutes. This included a run of 10 complete games without conceding a goal.[7][8] That same year Ferro reached the Torneo Nacional final although the team was defeated by River Plate (by the same score: 1–0 in the two matches played).

In 1982, Ferro C. Oeste won its first title in Primera División

Ferro finally won its first title at Primera in 1982, winning the Nacional tournament after beating defending champions Quilmes in the finals (0–0, 2–0). The squad played a total of 22 matches, winning 16 with 6 draws so they won the championship remaining unbeaten.[9] Ferro scored 50 goals and conceded 13. Left wing Miguel Angel Juárez was the top scorer with 22 goals. Other notable players for the champion team were Adolfino Cañete, Alberto Márcico, Juan Domingo Rocchia, and Héctor Cúper.[10]

Although some key players during the 1982 tournament (Saccardi, Rocchia, Crocco) had left the club, Ferro won another Torneo Nacional in 1984, defeating River Plate (with Norberto Alonso and Enzo Francescoli) winning the two finals (3–0 and 1–0). The team played 14 matches, winning 8 and losing only 1, with 5 draws. Ferro scored 32 goals and only conceded 9, with Márcico being the top scorer with 5 goals. As one of the Argentine champions, Ferro debuted in Copa Libertadores playing the 1983 edition in a group with Estudiantes LP, and Chilean teams Colo Colo and Cobreloa, being eliminated after finishing last.[11]

The good performances by the squad in local football followed in the 1984 Metropolitano, where Ferro C.O. finished 2nd. (50 pts) after Argentinos Juniors (51 pts). Ferro returned to international competitions to play the 1985 Copa Libertadores, being eliminated in the first stage.[12]

During the 1980s, Ferro gained recognition not only in football but also in basketball, being the first winner of the recently created Liga Nacional in 1985 after beating Atenas 2–1 in the finals. Santiago Leyden was the president between 1964 and 1993. He is regarded as the man who led the club to a decade of greatness that included more than 100 titles in several sports disciplines.[13][14] Leyden was also vicepresident of CONMEBOL between 1976 and 1980.[15] Also in the 1980s. Ferro Carril Oeste reached its peak as sports and social club, with more than 50,000 members and was proclaimed as a "model institution" by Unesco.[3]

In 1987 Carlos Griguol left the club, and was hired by River Plate. He had won 2 titles in the first division (who still are the only two championships won by Ferro at the top level of Argentine football) and 2 sub-championships. Griguol returned in 1988, coaching Ferro until 1993.[citation needed]

Decline edit

On the other hand, Ferro had the longest run without scoring a goal. The team went 875 minutes without scoring between the end of the 1998 Apertura and the 1999 Clausura.[citation needed]

In the 1990s, Ferro's form gradually declined and relegated to third level in 2001 after two consecutive relegations. Ferro finally returned to second one in 2003.[citation needed]

Ferro has a strong rivalry with Vélez Sársfield, so both teams disputed what is known as Clásico del Oeste.[citation needed]

Kit uniform evolution edit

  1. ^ Inspired on the Aston Villa kit
  2. ^ Alternate kit.[16]
  3. ^ Inspired on the Celtic F.C. that was European Cup reigning champion by then.[16]
  4. ^ Inspired on the Netherlands national football team that had had an outstanding performance at the 1974 World Cup, it was worn only once that same year v. Rosario Central.[16]

Players edit

Current squad edit

As of 17 July 2022

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   ARG Marcelo Miño (loan from Rosario Central)
GK   ARG Luciano Jachfe
DF   ARG Gabriel Díaz
DF   ARG Alexis Sosa (loan from Banfield)
DF   ARG Franco Godoy (loan from Unión Santa Fe)
DF   ARG Misael Tarón
DF   PAR Darío Cáceres (loan from Lanús)
DF   ARG Nahuel Arena
DF   ARG Hernán Grana
MF   ARG Andrés Ayala (loan from Estudiantes)
MF   ARG Kevin Duarte (loan from Boca Juniors)
MF   ARG Claudio Mosca
MF   ARG Lautaro Torres
MF   ARG Federico Murillo
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   ARG Emiliano Ellacopulos
MF   ARG Nicolás Gómez
MF   ARG Lautaro Giaccone (loan from Rosario Central)
MF   COL Jhon Granados
MF   ARG Gastón Moreyra
FW   ARG Braian Álvarez (loan from Racing Club)
FW   ARG Juan Pablo Ruíz (loan from Estudiantes BA)
FW   ARG Gonzalo Rodríguez
FW   ARG Daniel Villalva
FW   ARG Brian Fernández (loan from Colón)
FW   ARG Lautaro Gordillo
FW   ARG Walter Núñez
FW   ARG Enzo Díaz (loan from Tigre)

Out on loan edit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   ARG Iván López (at Huracán until 31 December 2022)
MF   ARG Federico Fattori (at Huracán until 31 December 2022)
MF   ARG Fernando Miranda (at Estudiantes BA until 31 December 2022)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   ARG Lucas Román (at Talleres de Remedios until 31 December 2022)
FW   ARG Emanuel Del Bianco (at Los Andes until 31 December 2023)

Notable former players edit

Managers edit

Other sports edit

Basketball edit

Ferro Carril Oeste was one of the most successful basketball clubs in Argentina during the 1980s, being the first champion of Liga Nacional de Básquet in 1985. The club has won a total of three LNB and one Campeonato Argentino title.

At international level, Ferro won three South American Championship titles (being also the first Argentine team to win that competition). Ferro remains (along with Boca Juniors) as the most winning Argentine team.[17]

2019–20 Ferro Carril Oeste season

Honours edit

Football edit

Volleyball edit

  • Primera División (6): 1977, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985
  • Copa Morgan (7): 1966, 1977, 1977, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986
  • Campeonato Sudamericano (2): 1987, 1998
  • Primera División (8): 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1990
  • Copa Morgan (11): 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1998, 2004

Notes edit

  1. ^ Official competition contested by teams playing in Second Division. The 1912 edition was won by the senior squad. As Ferro C.O. had promoted to Primera División in 1913, the cup was played by a reserve squad.

References edit

  1. ^ "Deportes federados", club website Archived 29 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 21 December 2012
  2. ^ "BoxRec: Venue". Archived from the original on 19 June 2022. Retrieved 19 June 2022.
  3. ^ a b Ferro vuelve a sus socios Archived 26 May 2021 at the Wayback Machine on Página/12, 17 Oct 2014
  4. ^ a b "Argentina: 1ra. "B" AFA 1958" by José Carluccio on Historia y Fútbol, 17 Jul 2009
  5. ^ Argentina 1977 Archived 5 December 2022 at the Wayback Machine at the RSSSF
  6. ^ "Argentina: 1ra. "B" AFA 1978" by José Carluccio, 1 Aug 2010
  7. ^ Murió Carlos Barisio, histórico jugador récord de Boca y River Archived 9 March 2021 at the Wayback Machine on El Destape, 5 Feb 2020
  8. ^ Barisio, el símbolo de un Ferro inolvidable, Página/12, by Alejandro Duchini
  9. ^ El día que Ferro se consagró campeón invicto Archived 11 August 2020 at the Wayback Machine on Solo Ascenso, 27 Jun 2020
  10. ^ La primera vez: Ferro campeón Archived 7 May 2021 at the Wayback Machine. El Gráfico, 27 Jun 2021
  11. ^ Copa Libertadores de América 1983 Archived 25 September 2022 at the Wayback Machine by John Beuker and Pablo Ciullini on the RSSSF
  12. ^ Copa Libertadores de América 1985 Archived 25 December 2022 at the Wayback Machine on the RSSSF
  13. ^ Su vida fue para Ferro Archived 29 March 2022 at the Wayback Machine on La Nación, 11 Aug 2002
  14. ^ Murió Leyden, símbolo de Ferro on Clarín, 2002
  15. ^ Santiago Leyden on Conmebol website
  16. ^ a b c El Nacimiento de una Pasión, Alejandro Fabbri, Capital Intelectual ediciones (2006) – ISBN 9876142011
  17. ^ "Yo vi al Ferro campeón 1986" on Basquet Retro blogsite (archived)

External links edit