Newell's Old Boys

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
Escudo del Club Atlético Newell's Old Boys de Rosario.svg
Full nameClub Atlético Newell's Old Boys
Nickname(s)La Lepra ("The Lepers")
Founded3 November 1903; 119 years ago (1903-11-03)
GroundEstadio Marcelo Bielsa, Rosario, Santa Fe Province, Argentina
ChairmanIgnacio Astore
ManagerGabriel Heinze
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 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 basketball, boxing, field hockey, martial arts, roller skating, volleyball and American football.



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, since a proposal of 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 DivisiónEdit

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 titlesEdit

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 Eduardo Bermúdez who was elected during 2016.

Kit and badgeEdit


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–   Givova

Colors and badgeEdit

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 the United Kingdom (where Newell was born) and the German Empire (country of origin of his wife, Anna Jockinsen).[8]

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.


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.[9]


Current squadEdit

As of 12 September 2022[10]

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 Cristian Lema
3 DF   ARG Martín Luciano
4 DF   COL Willer Ditta (on loan from Atlético Junior)
6 MF   COL Fabián Ángel (on loan from Atlético Junior)
7 MF   ARG Juan Garro (on loan from Huracán)
8 MF   ARG Pablo Pérez
9 FW   ARG Juan Manuel García
12 GK   ARG Ramiro Macagno (on loan from Rafaela)
13 MF   ARG Juan Sebastián Sforza
14 DF   URU Armando Méndez
16 FW   ECU Djorkaeff Reasco
17 GK   ARG Lautaro Morales (on loan from Lanús)
18 FW   ARG Brian Aguirre
19 DF   ARG Facundo Mansilla
20 MF   ARG Julián Fernández
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 DF   ARG Leonel Vangioni
22 MF   ARG Marcos Portillo
23 GK   ARG Franco Herrera
24 FW   ARG Genaro Rossi
25 DF   PAR Víctor Velázquez
26 FW   ARG Ramiro Sordo
27 FW   ARG Luciano Cingolani
30 MF   ARG Cristian Ferreira (on loan from River Plate)
33 GK   ARG Felipe San Juan
39 FW   ARG Nazareno Fúnez
44 FW   ARG Francisco González
47 MF   ARG Guillermo Balzi
52 DF   ARG Marco Campagnaro
55 DF   ARG Tomás Jacob
FW   ARG Lucas Melano

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 Williams Barlasina (at Agropecuario until 31 December 2022)
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
MF   ARG Justo Giani (at Patronato until 31 December 2022)
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 Birkirkara until 30 June 2023)
MF   ARG Jerónimo Cacciabue (at Miedź Legnica until 30 June 2023)

Individual recordsEdit

Most appearancesEdit

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 scorersEdit

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




National cupsEdit


  • 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



  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]


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

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