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Club Atlético Unión (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkluβ aˈtletiko uˈnjon]; mostly known as Unión de Santa Fe [uˈnjon de santa ˈfe], CA Unión de Santa Fe or simply Unión) is a sports club from Santa Fe, the capital city of the Santa Fe Province, in Argentina. The club was founded in April 15, 1907 and plays in the Argentine Primera División.

Unión
Escudo del Club Atlético Unión.svg
Full nameClub Atlético Unión
Nickname(s)Tatengues, El Tate
Founded15 April 1907; 112 years ago (1907-04-15)
GroundEstadio 15 de Abril,
Santa Fe, Argentina
Capacity26,500
PresidentLuis Spahn
ManagerLeonardo Madelón
LeaguePrimera División
2018–198th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Although Unión is mostly known for its football team, that currently plays in Primera División, the club hosts other sports such as archery, basketball, field hockey, gymnastics, martial arts, roller skating, swimming and volleyball.

HistoryEdit

 
Team of 1975 that made a great campaign in Primera División, finishing 4th

In 1965, the squad was promoted to the Segunda División Argentina for the first time. The team has played there for many years, alternating with periods in the second division. Unión's supporters are called "unionistas", "tatengues", while the squad is usually nicknamed "El Tate". The colours of the club consist of red and white vertical stripes.

Managed by Juan Carlos Lorenzo in 1975, Unión made a great campaign in the 1975 championship with a group of notable players such as goalkeeper Hugo Gatti, midfielders Victorio Cocco and Rubén Suñé and forwards Ernesto Mastrángelo and Leopoldo Luque among others.[1]

In 1979 Unión played the final matches of the Nacional championship, but lost at the hands of River Plate, because the goal scored by River in the first match (with a final score of 1–1) ended up in an average over Union according to the away goals rule applied to that tournament.

The most famous footballers who played for Unión are Leopoldo Luque, World Cup winner with Argentina in 1978, and Nery Pumpido, the goalkeeper of the national team that won the World Cup in Mexico 1986.

Apart from football, basketball is the foremost sport practised at the institution, with Union's team currently in the third division. Carlos Delfino is its most famous basketball player, and Mario Elie, champion in NBA (1994, 1995 y 1999), also played briefly in the Argentine League, for Unión de Santa Fe.

RivalryEdit

Unión and Colón are the two largest football clubs in Santa Fe. The Clásico Santafesino is known as one of football's fiercest and most important rivalries in Argentina. Unión and Colón have played 105 games all time against each other in the Professional Era, with Unión winning 37, Colón winning 31 and 37 draws.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 7 April 2019.[2]

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Nereo Fernández
2   DF Franco Calderón
3   DF Claudio Corvalán
4   DF Damián Martínez (on loan from Independiente)
5   MF Nelson Acevedo
6   DF Jonathan Bottinelli
7   FW Franco Fragapane
8   MF Lucas Ríos
9   FW Federico Andrada
10   FW Pablo Cuadra (on loan from Racing Club)
11   MF Diego Zabala
12   FW Nicolás Mazzola
13   GK Marcos Peano
14   DF Bruno Pittón
15   MF Darío Bottinelli
No. Position Player
16   MF Matías García
17   DF Brian Blasi
18   MF Braian Álvarez (on loan from Racing Club)
19   MF Santiago Lebus
20   DF Santiago Zurbriggen (on loan from Defensa y Justicia)
21   FW Augusto Lotti (on loan from Racing Club)
22   FW Franco Troyansky
24   DF Franco Godoy
25   GK Joaquín Papaleo
27   MF Javier Méndez
28   DF Yeimar Gómez
30   MF Mauro Pittón
31   MF Gastón González
32   GK Alan Sosa

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
22   DF Emanuel Brítez (at Independiente until 31 December 2018)
  DF Jonatan Fleita (at Nueva Chicago until 31 December 2018)
  MF Mariano Mauri (at Unión de Sunchales until 30 June 2018)
No. Position Player
  MF Lucas Algozino (at Sportivo Belgrano until 30 June 2018)
  MF Matías Fantín (at Santamarina until 30 June 2019)
9   FW Federico Anselmo (at Quilmes until 30 June 2018)

Notable playersEdit

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To appear in this section a player must have played at least 50 games for the club and/or played officially for their national team.

ManagersEdit

HonoursEdit

NationalEdit

RegionalEdit

  • Liga Santafesina de Fútbol (36): 1915, 1917, 1919, 1920, 1924, 1926, 1928, 1932, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1942, 1953, 1954, 1955,
    1956, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, Classificatorio 1971, Selectivo 1971, 1971, 1974, 1979, 1994, Apertura 2000, Apertura 2003, Apertura 2010

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ A 40 años de la "revolución", El Litoral, 13 Feb 2015
  2. ^ "Unión squad". Soccerway. 22 August 2017. Retrieved 22 August 2017.

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