Club Atlético Newell's Old Boys (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkluβ aˈtletiko ˈɲuls olˈβojs]) is an Argentine sports club based in Rosario, Santa Fe. The club was founded on 3 November 1903, and is named after Isaac Newell of the English county of Kent, one of the pioneers of Argentine football.

Newell's Old Boys
Full nameClub Atlético Newell's Old Boys
Nickname(s)La Lepra (lit.'The Lepers')
Founded3 November 1903; 120 years ago (1903-11-03)
GroundEstadio Marcelo Bielsa
ChairmanIgnacio Astore
ManagerMauricio Larriera
LeaguePrimera División
WebsiteClub website
Current season

A founding member of Liga Rosarina de Football,[2] the club affiliated to the Argentine Football Association (AFA) in 1939. Since then, Newell's Old Boys has taken part in tournaments organised by the body. The club has won six Argentine Primera División championships plus three National cups throughout their history. Newell's has also been twice Copa Libertadores runner-up (in 1988 and 1992).

The club's football stadium is the Estadio Marcelo Bielsa, named after the team's former player and manager Marcelo Bielsa (twice champion, and runner-up of one Copa Libertadores). Newell's plays the Rosario derby against Rosario Central, a club with which they have a huge historical rivalry.

Newell's is also notable for its youth divisions, being one of the clubs with most national titles in AFA's youth tournaments.[3] Players from the club's youths who have represented Argentina at World Cups are Gabriel Batistuta, Éver Banega, Walter Samuel, Américo Gallego, Jorge Valdano, Gabriel Heinze, Roberto Sensini, Mauricio Pochettino, Lionel Scaloni and Maxi Rodríguez, among others. Lionel Messi also played in the club's youths, but left at a young age to Barcelona to seek treatment for his growth hormone deficiency, while Diego Maradona played briefly for the first team in 1993.[4]

Other sports practised at this club are ice hockey, skiing, snowboarding, ice climbing, basketball, boxing, field hockey, martial arts, roller skating, volleyball and American football.

History edit

Origins edit

Claudio Newell, founding member of Newell's Old Boys

Club Atlético Newell's Old Boys was established on 3 November 1903. Claudio Newell was one of the founding members. Newell called teachers, pupils and alumni of the school his father had established to sign the act of foundation of the club. The name chosen paid tribute to Isaac Newell's life. The first president was Víctor Heitz.

The name "old boys" refers to former pupils of a school. In fact, the players of the first football team were graduates of the school Isaac Newell had established, the Colegio Comercial Anglicano Argentino.

The colours of the club were taken from the Colegio Comercial Anglicano Argentino emblem (designed by Isaac Newell himself) that were red and black inspired in the colours of the flag of England and the Flag of the German Empire.

Newell's Old Boys is often referred to as "leprosos" ("lepers"). The club got its nickname, the lepers, after playing in a charity match for a leprosy clinic in the 1920s.[5]

Liga Rosarina (1905–1930) edit

The team that played their first official match on 21 May 1905, v. Argentino

On 30 March 1905, the Liga Rosarina de Football (Rosarian Football League) was established, following a proposal by Newell's president Heitz, who invited representatives of Rosario Athletic, Rosario Central and Atlético Argentino for that purpose. The main objective was to organise a championship, so a trophy was donated by the intendant of Rosario, Santiago Pinasco. The trophy was later named in his honour. Newell's was the winner of the first edition, having won eight games and finishing unbeaten. The team also scored 39 goals, conceding just 4.[6]

Previously, the historic first Rosarino derby had been held. Newell's won 1–0 with a goal scored by Faustino González. The next year Newell's won its second championship.

In 1907, the Liga Rosarina established a second division. The Copa Santiago Pinasco tournament moved to that division and "Copa Nicasio Vila" (named in honour of then mayor of Rosario) was created to be played by the first division teams. Newell's won the first edition of this trophy, which they won a total 9 times between 1907 and 1930.[7]

The Copa de Honor Municipalidad de Buenos Aires allowed teams from Buenos Aires and Rosario to take part in the competition. Newell's won the 1911 edition defeating Porteño 3–2 at the final. Other trophy were teams of both cities played together was the Copa Dr. Carlos Ibarguren, won by Newell's in 1921, defeating Huracán by 3–0.

The arrival to Primera División edit

The team that debuted in Primera División in 1939

In 1939, Newell's asked the Argentine Football Association to play in the Primera División championship. The AFA accepted the request, so Newell's played its first tournament in 1939, along with Rosario Central which was also added to the competition. Despite playing in the national tournaments, Newell's continued participating in the regional leagues of Rosario, but with youth amateur players. Newell's debuted in the AFA tournaments on 19 March 1939, defeating San Lorenzo by 2–1. The line-up was: Heredia; Gilli, Soneyro; Sisniega, Perucca, Reynoso; Belén, Fabrini, Gómez, Franco, Sánchez.

National titles edit

The Newell's O.B. team that won the 1987-88 Primera División championship

Newell's Old Boys have won the Primera División championship six times (1974 Metropolitano, 1987–88, 1990–91, 1992 Clausura, Apertura 2004 and 2013 Final) and were the runners-up of the Copa Libertadores de América twice (1988 and 1992). The 1990–91 championship was contested between the 1990 Apertura (Newell's) and 1991 Clausura (Boca Juniors) champions, which Newell's won in home-and-away matches. Even though the 1990 Apertura was not considered official by itself, it is considered by Newell's supporters to be their "seventh" championship.

Newell's also won a friendly youth mini-tournament called the Little World Cup in 1988, against River Plate, Milan, Juventus, Real Madrid and Manchester United, and is, together with Boca Juniors, San Lorenzo and Racing Club one of the few Argentine clubs that made a long and successful tour in Europe (in 1949), in which they defeated several important teams such as Valencia, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Real Madrid and the Spanish National "A" Team. These are the only major international achievements of the club until now (although several minor international summer tournaments were won, with the 1943 Copa de Oro Rioplatense standing up). So far the club has not won an official international championship.

Newell's Old Boys is one of a very few teams to have had all their players represent the national team in a single game, when they represented Argentina in a Pre-Olympic Tournament with their undefeated reserve team. It finished third in America, after Brazil and Uruguay.

The team has also contributed a great number of players to the Argentina national team, and exported many players to Europe's top leagues, mostly to Italy and Spain. Among its great players were Gabriel Batistuta, Abel Balbo, Jorge Valdano, Américo Gallego, Mario Zanabria, Gustavo Dezotti, Roberto Sensini, Walter Samuel, Mauricio Pochettino, René Pontoni, Gerardo Martino, Ángel Perucca and several more. It has recently produced Argentine internationals Gabriel Heinze, Maxi Rodríguez and Lionel Messi.

The club's president is Dr Ignacio Astore, a former team doctor, who was elected in September 2021.[8]

Kit and badge edit

Uniforms edit

Period Kit manufacturer
1979–1999   Adidas
1999–2000   Luanvi
2000–2002   Mitre
2002–2005   TBS
2005–2015   Topper
2015–2017   Adidas
2018–2021   Umbro
2022–2023   Givova
2024–Present   Aifit

Colors and badge edit

Coat of arms designed for Isaac Newell for his school served as inspiration for NOB shirt colors

The origins of Newell's Old Boys colors can be traced to the 19th century, when Isaac Newell founded the "Colegio Comercial Anglicano Argentino" in 1884. The school's coat of arms had four panels, each depicting a different element, such as Mercury wings, a lamp (representing wisdom), the flag of the United Kingdom, and the flag of Argentina.

The black and red colors used in the coat were extracted from the flags of England (where Newell was born) and the German Empire (country of origin of his wife, Anna Jockinsen).[9]

The red and black colors would be also adopted by the club as its colors. The first NOB emblem was designed by Ernesto Edwards, and (with few variations) has remained since then.

Stadium edit

The Newell's Old Boys stadium has been in the Parque Independencia neighborhood of Rosario since 1911, and is commonly called El Coloso del Parque (the Colossus of the Independence Park). The capacity was increased from 31,000 to 42,000 in 1997. On 22 December 2009 the stadium was renamed after Marcelo Bielsa, in honour of the former player and coach of the team.[10]

Players edit

Current squad edit

As of 1 February, 2024

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ARG Lucas Hoyos
2 DF   COL Carlos Ordóñez
4 DF   ARG Augusto Schott
5 MF   URU Rodrigo Fernández (on loan from Santos)
6 DF   COL Jherson Mosquera
9 FW   URU Guillermo May
10 MF   ARG Éver Banega
12 GK   ARG Ramiro Macagno
13 MF   ARG Juan Sforza
14 DF   URU Armando Méndez
15 MF   ARG Franco Díaz
16 DF   ARG Brian Calderara
18 FW   ARG Brian Aguirre
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 FW   ARG Ignacio Schor (on loan from Platense)
21 DF   ARG Leonel Vangioni
23 DF   ARG Ángelo Martino
24 FW   ARG Genaro Rossi
25 DF   PAR Víctor Velázquez
27 FW   ARG Jeremías Pérez Tica
33 MF   ARG Jerónimo Cacciabue
36 MF   ARG Esteban Fernández (on loan from River Plate)
37 DF   ARG Ian Glavinovich
38 FW   ARG Giovani Chiaverano
44 FW   ARG Francisco González
47 MF   ARG Guillermo Balzi
55 DF   ARG Tomás Jacob
99 FW   URU Ignacio Ramírez

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
DF   ARG Stefano Callegari (at Agropecuario until 31 December 2022)
DF   ARG Brian Calderara (at Barracas Central until 31 December 2022)
DF   ARG Facundo Nadalín (at Atlético Rafaela until 31 December 2022)
DF   ARG Manuel Llano (at Godoy Cruz until 31 December 2022)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   ARG Julián Marcioni (at Atlanta until 31 December 2022)
FW   ARG Alexis Rodríguez (at Deportivo Municipal until 31 December 2022)
FW   ARG Enzo Cabrera (at Ethnikos Achna until 30 June 2024)
MF   ARG Jerónimo Cacciabue (at Miedź Legnica until 30 June 2023)

Individual records edit

Most appearances edit

Gerardo Martino has the record of matches played for NOB
Víctor Ramos, all-time top scorer
No. Player Pos. Tenure Match.
1   Gerardo Martino MF 1980–90, 1991–94, 1995–96 505
2   Norberto Scoponi GK 1982–94 407
3   Juan Manuel Llop MF 1981–84, 1985–94 399
4   Fabián Basualdo DF 1982–88 307
5   José O. Berta MF 1970–78 299

Top scorers edit

No. Player Pos. Tenure Goals
1   Víctor Ramos FW 1978–84, 1987–89 104
2   Santiago Santamaría FW 1970–74, 1980–82, 1984 90
3   Alfredo Oberti FW 1970–72, 1974–75 89
4   Maxi Rodríguez FW 1999–2002, 2012–17, 2019–21 85
5   Ignacio Scocco FW 2004–06, 2012–13, 2014–17, 2020–21 79

Managers edit

Honours edit

League edit

National cups edit

Regional edit

  • Liga Rosarina:
    • Copa Nicasio Vila (9): 1907, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1913, 1918, 1921, 1922, 1929
    • Copa Santiago Pinasco (2): 1905, 1906
  • Asociación Rosarina:[note 1]
    • Trofeo Luciano Molinas (4): 1931, 1933, 1934, 1935
    • Copa Estímulo (2): 1925, 1933

Friendly edit

Notes edit

  1. ^ In 1939 the senior squad of Newell's Old Boys began to participate in the Argentine's top division, Primera División. From then on, Newell's has taken part in regional tournaments by the ARF with reserve teams only.[11]

References edit

  1. ^ "Estadio Marcelo A. Bielsa" (in Spanish). Newell's Old Boys. Archived from the original on 26 October 2019. Retrieved 9 August 2021.
  2. ^ Argentina – Provincia de Santa Fe – Rosario Archived 25 February 2023 at the Wayback Machine on
  3. ^ "Newell's es el equipo récord en inferiores de AFA" Archived 6 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine in La Capital.
  4. ^ "Lionel Messi Website". Archived from the original on 26 July 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  5. ^ Bell, Jack. "In Argentina, Banfield Wins First Title" Archived 17 December 2009 at the Wayback Machine, Goal (The New York Times football blog), Sunday, 13 December 2009
  6. ^ "Newell's Old Boys, primer campeón". Archived from the original on 8 September 2018. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Liga Rosarina de Fútbol at RSSSF". Archived from the original on 25 February 2023. Retrieved 2 February 2023.
  8. ^ newells_admin (20 September 2021). "Dr Ignacio Astore elected new president of Newell's Old Boys |". Retrieved 26 April 2023.
  9. ^ "El escudo de la institución". Archived from the original on 1 March 2021. Retrieved 5 December 2020.
  10. ^ "Confirmado: Estadio de Newell's se llamará Marcelo Bielsa | FÚTBOL |". Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 26 October 2009.
  11. ^ "Argentina – Leagues of Rosario". Archived from the original on 25 February 2023. Retrieved 2 February 2023.

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