Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba

Club Deportivo Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba, known simply as Godoy Cruz, is an Argentine sports club from Godoy Cruz, Mendoza. The club is best known for its football team, that plays in the Primera División, the top level of the Argentine football league system.

Godoy Cruz
Full nameClub Deportivo Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba
Expreso (Express)
Bodeguero (Wine-Producer)
Founded1 June 1921; 102 years ago (1921-06-01)
GroundEstadio Feliciano Gambarte,
Godoy Cruz, Mendoza, Mendoza Province
ChairmanAlejandro Chapini
ManagerSergio Gómez
LeaguePrimera División
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Other activities practised at Godoy Cruz are basketball, team handball, field hockey, tennis and volleyball.


Godoy Cruz was born as an institution in 1921. It all started when a group of friends, gathered in the "Victoria Bar" (located opposite the departmental square at that time), decided to found a club, taking advantage of the boom at the time . Thus was born on 1 June 1921, the Club Sportivo Godoy Cruz with the novice presidency of Don Romero Garay.

The club was officially founded on 21 June 1921 under the name "Sportivo Godoy Cruz", and changed to its current name on 25 April 1930 after the fusion with "Deportivo Bodega Antonio Tomba". In 1959, Godoy Cruz' stadium, the [Estadio Feliciano Gambarte], was constructed. The stadium is nicknamed La Bodega (Spanish for "wine cellar") and holds 21,000 people.

The team of 1954

Godoy Cruz played in the regional league for several years before reaching the national level. The club won the Mendoza first division championship in 1944, 1947, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1968, and also in 1989 and 1990 that qualified to play in the defunct Torneo del Interior national-level tournament.

Winning the Torneo del Interior in 1994, Godoy Cruz reached the Primera B Nacional (Argentine second division) that year. After more than ten years in the second division, the club was finally promoted to the Primera División in 2006, after winning the 2005–06 season of the Primera B Nacional, defeating Nueva Chicago in the final.

Twenty-year-old Enzo Pérez scored the first goal by Godoy Cruz in the Argentine Primera, in a 1–1 draw with Belgrano on 9 September 2006.

At the end of the 2006–07 season, Godoy Cruz was relegated from the Primera after losing their promotion/relegation play-off with Huracán. Their stay in the second division was short, as they earned automatic promotion to the first division after finishing runners-up to San Martín de Tucumán during the 2007–08 season.

Godoy Cruz under Omar Asad's management during the 2010 Clausura can be considered as a turning point in the club's success in top-level competition, earning accolades from both fans and sport journalists alike. In that tournament, they achieved the best-ever point total (37) at the time, for a team indirectly affiliated to the Argentine Football Association (meaning clubs under the administration of the Consejo Federal (Federal Council) branch of AFA, which are teams outside Buenos Aires, Greater Buenos Aires, Rosario and Santa Fe). These results qualified them for the 2011 Copa Libertadores, their first appearance in this tournament.

The club's Superliga Argentina 2017/18 season, can be considered as the club's finest performance in Primera Division, finishing second place. After an erratic start to the season which lead to the sacking of Lucas Bernardi and his Uruguayan replacement, Mauricio Larriera, Godoy Cruz —placed midtable (twelfth after Matchday 12) in league standing at the time— improvised to begin the 2018 half of the season by promoting manager Diego Dabove who had been coaching the reserve team since 2017. Dabove restructured the starting 11 into an efficient counter-attacking unit. Although the club rarely dominated possession statistics game after game, "El Tomba" amassed 56 points in 27 games played, with in-form striker Santiago García —who converted 17 goals; earning him the Top Goals Scored and Best Forward awards— helping the team set their own club record of 6 consecutive wins during a late season push (Matchday 18 to 23) to keep eventual title winners Boca Juniors unable to clinch the division title until the penultimate matchday. Perhaps in hindsight, Godoy Cruz's early season inconsistency and Matchday 24 draw away at Banfield with a last-gasp 90'+3 goal-line save by Banfield defender Adrián Sporle, were key factors in finishing only two points behind Boca's 58 points.

South American Tournament QualificationEdit

Godoy Cruz is the first club in Mendoza and the fifth indirectly-affiliated (to AFA) club to play in CONMEBOL tournaments.

The club's absolute debut in the 2011 Copa Libertadores Group 8, pitted the club against a trifecta of historic Libertadores champions: 2008 winners LDU Quito from Ecuador, 5-time champions Peñarol of Uruguay, and the record-holding 7-time champions (as the most successful club in the cup's history) Independiente. The opening match (and resulting 2-1 home win) on 17 February 2011 against LDU Quito marked a historic moment; Godoy Cruz had become the second indirectly affiliated side ever to represent Argentina in the Copa Libertadores (Talleres de Córdoba qualified to the 2002 Copa Libertadores), however was the first of these to win their debut match. The "Tomba" was eliminated in the group stage.[1]

Later in 2011, the club debut in the 2011 Copa Sudamericana tournament in the Second Stage round, defeating Lanús on an away goal tiebreaker (2-2 away / 0-0 home), arriving until Round of 16, losing in Peru to Universitario on penalties (2-3; after drawing both home & away legs 1-1) on 20 October 2011.

In 2012 he plays his second Copa Libertadores, playing in the group stage against Peñarol, Universidad de Chile and Atlético Nacional The "Express" could not pass another instance more than this phase.

In 2014, Godoy Cruz would play the second Copa Sudamericana, being eliminated before Club Atlético River Plate (champion of the edition of this tournament) in parties of ida (0:1) and return (0:2).

In 2017, Tomba will play for the third time in its history of the Copa Libertadores, fruit of the good championship that secured in 2016, and thus achieving the classification of the name of the tournament.

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2011 Copa Libertadores Second stage   LDU Quito 2–1 0–2 4th
  Peñarol 1–3 1–2
  Independiente 1–1 3–1
2011 Copa Sudamericana Second stage   Lanús 0–0 2–2 2–2 (a.)
Round of 16   Universitario 1–1 1–1 2–2 (p. 2–3)
2012 Copa Libertadores Second stage   Universidad de Chile 0–1 1–5 3rd
  Atlético Nacional 4–4 2–2
  Peñarol 1–0 2–4
2014 Copa Sudamericana Second stage   River Plate 0–1 0–2 0–3
2017 Copa Libertadores Group stage   Atlético Mineiro 1–1 1–4 2nd
  Libertad 1–1 2–1
  Sport Boys 2–0 3–1
Round of 16   Grêmio 0–1 1–2 1–3
2019 Copa Libertadores Group stage   Olimpia 0–0 1–2 2nd
  Sporting Cristal 2–0 1–1
  Universidad de Concepción 1–0 0–0
Round of 16   Palmeiras 2–2 0–4 2–6


Godoy Cruz's classic rival is Andes Talleres Sport Club, a neighborhood classic that has not been played since 1993, thanks to the "Tomba" promotions and the "Azulgrana" soccer debacle. In addition, Godoy Cruz has provincial classics such as San Martín de Mendoza, Independiente Rivadavia and Gimnasia y Esgrima de Mendoza. They also have a rivalry with San Martin de San Juan, with whom they play the Cuyo Classic.


Godoy Cruz is nicknamed Tomba and Bodeguero, in reference to the wine selling activity of the Deportivo Bodega Antonio Tomba, one of the merging clubs of 1921. Since the stadium is located near a railway, the club is also called El Expreso ("The Express").


Current squadEdit

As of 11 September 2022.[2]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF   ARG Pier Barrios
3 DF   ARG Elías Pereyra
5 MF   ARG Nelson Acevedo
7 FW   URU Enzo Larrosa
8 MF   ARG Luciano Pizarro
9 FW   ARG Tomás Badaloni
10 MF   ARG Valentín Burgoa
12 GK   PAR Juan Espínola
13 DF   PAR José Canale (loan from Libertad)
15 DF   URU Juan Pintado (loan from Juventud)
16 MF   ARG Matías Ramírez
17 FW   ARG Tadeo Allende (loan from Instituto)
19 MF   ARG Manuel Llano (loan from Newell's Old Boys)
20 FW   URU Salomón Rodríguez
22 DF   ARG Gianluca Ferrari
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 FW   ARG Cristian Chávez (loan from Independiente)
24 DF   ARG Guillermo Ortiz
25 DF   ARG Néstor Breitenbruch
26 FW   ARG Nahuel Cainelli (loan from Estudiantes RC)
27 MF   ARG Tomás Castro Ponce (loan from River Plate)
28 MF   ARG Elías López (loan from River Plate)
30 MF   ARG Juan Andrada
31 DF   ARG Franco Negri
32 MF   ARG Gonzalo Abrego
35 GK   USA Matías Soria
36 MF   ARG Bruno Leyes
39 FW   URU Santiago Paiva
42 MF   ARG Gabriel Vega (loan from Boca Juniors)
50 GK   ARG Diego Rodríguez

Out on loanEdit

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 Roberto Ramírez (at Quilmes until 31 December 2022)
DF   ARG Gonzalo Goñi (at Arsenal de Sarandí until 31 December 2022)
DF   ARG Zaid Romero (at L.D.U. Quito until 31 December 2022)
DF   ARG Joaquín Varela (at Gimnasia (M) until 31 December 2022)
MF   ARG Gabriel Alanís (at Defensa y Justicia until 31 December 2022)
MF   ARG Iván Smith (at Estudiantes BA until 31 December 2022)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   ARG Alan Cantero (at Estudiantes BA until 31 December 2022)
FW   ECU Jeison Chalá (at Emelec until 31 December 2022)
FW   ARG Matías González (at Deportivo Maipú until 31 December 2022)
FW   ARG Sebastián Lomonaco (at Arsenal de Sarandí until 31 December 2022)
MF   ARG Juan Brunetta (at Santos Laguna until 30 June 2023)
DF   ARG Leonel González (at Argentinos Juniors until 31 December 2023)

Retired numbersEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
18 FW   URU Santiago García (2016–21) (posthumous honour)[3][4][5]

Notable playersEdit

Friendly matchesEdit

Godoy Cruz played friendly matches against both domestic clubs and from other countries. A memorable friendly played in 1964, against Santos Football Club, with soccer star Pelé ended in favor of the Brazilian team by a score of 3-2. In 1969, against Universidad de Chile, the "Expreso" claimed a 3-0 victory. Another match in 1990, against Sevilla in which the team from Mendoza claimed victory by a score of 2-1. In 2007, a visiting Godoy Cruz squad were defeated 5-nil by Nacional de Montevideo. Godoy Cruz also played several friendly matches against national teams, such as Argentina in 1969, Chile in 1970, and Poland in 1977.

A source of historical pride for the team's supporters are two friendly matches won against Argentine giants: in 1965, they defeated Boca Juniors 4–0, and in 1997 they defeated River Plate by the same margin.

Godoy Cruz won the summer 2009 edition of the friendly pentagonal cup known as the "Copa Ciudad de Tandil", after defeating both Chacarita Juniors and Quilmes in penalty shootouts.[6]



Feliciano Gambarte, La Bodega, in 2015.

The official club stadium is the Estadio Feliciano Gambarte opened in 1959. It was last used for AFA-sanctioned matches in 2004, hosting Tiro Federal, to a 0–0 draw. AFA applied changes to the "Reglamento General" competition rulebook in 2005, leading to the club's stadium no longer meeting the new standards indicated in Article 74. The club have since rented the provincial Estadio Malvinas Argentinas for use on matchdays.

A vocal group of fans, supported by a select group of local media personalities, began infrequent campaigns since 2014 to begin renovations to the club stadium, in a bid to gain AFA re-certification. These campaigns have accomplished to this date the repair and repainting of the grandstands, as well as some general refurbishments to the roof and unfinished pressbox structures and perimeter fencing of the turf.

An official request to play at the stadium was made during the 2021 Copa de la Liga Profesional as the turf of the Malvinas Argentinas required re-seeding among other refurbishments in preparation to host matches for the 2021 Copa América. The restrictions on stadium capacity were exempted amidst the on-going global COVID-19 pandemic which in Argentina implied severe reductions to public access at sporting events. The club, along with volunteering fans,[13] set forth on more renovations, which included full stadium repainting, rebuilding the previously unfinished press cabins, new pavement ingress areas for the club busses, new expansions to the dressing rooms, new pitch line dimensions (a 2m increase of length to 105m by 68m),[14] as well as new stadium LED floodlighting suitable for night-time HD broadcasts which was earmarked for future install.[15]

On 11 April 2021, Godoy Cruz hosted Arsenal de Sarandí at the Gambarte,[16] 5775 days after the previous official match there.

Coquimbito Practice FacilityEdit

The club owns a 12-hectare "High-Performance Sports Park" in the rural district of Coquimbito, Maipu. Incorporating hotel-styled player barracks, a multimedia library for team research, press/media rooms, and 11 separate fields —of various dimensions, field, and turf types— it is one of the largest practice facilities of this type in Argentina outside of Buenos Aires.




  • Regional Tournament (1): 1993–94
  • Mendoza Football League (12): 1944, 1947, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1968, 1987 A, 1989, 1989-A, 1990, 1993-C, 1993-A.


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