Saturday, May 27, 2017

Racing Club de Avekkaneda Greatest All-Time Team


Copa Libertadores 1967
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This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the club.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.

Racing Club de Avellaneda, also known simply as Racing, is an Argentine professional sports club based in Avellaneda, a city of Greater Buenos Aires. Founded in 1903, Racing has been historically considered one of the "big five" clubs of Argentine football.   They won Copa Libertadores and Intercontinental Cup in 1967.

2014 Primera Divsion
Team
GK: Agustin Cejas (Argentina)
Cejas made his first team debut with Racing Club in 1962 at the age of 17. In 1967, Racing won the Copa Libertadores in1967, and then, the following Intercontinental Cup to become the first Argentine club champions of the world. In 1970, Cejas joined Santos in Brazil where he played with Pelé. In 1973, Cejas helped Santos to win the Campeonato Paulista and received the prestigious Bola de Ouro as the best player in Brazil. 
Agustin Cejas

GK: Ubaldo Fillol (Argentina)
Fillol was considered one of the greatest Latin American keeper. He was the 1978 WC winning goalkeeper for Argentina.  He also went to the WC Finals in 1974 and 1982. In 1977, he became the first keeper to win the Player of the Year award in Argentina. For his club career, he started with Quilmes.  He played mainly for River Plate.  He also had spells with Racing Club, Flamengo, Atletico Madrid, etc.

GK: Rogelio Domínguez (Argentina)
Rogelio Dominguez played around the same time as Carrizo.  He earned 59 caps.  He missed the 1958 World Cup Finals because he moved to Real Madrid in 1957, and Argentina did not select overseas players.  He was Argentina's 1962 World Cup team. With Real Madrid, he won two European Cups.  Before Real Madrid, he played for Racing Club in Argentina.

RB: Carlos Squeo (Argentina)
Squeo started his career with Racing Club in 1969, he went on to become one of the clubs longest serving players, notching up 305 games and 35 goals for the club in three spells. He was with Boca Juniors when they won the Copa Libertadores in 1978. He also played for Oro de Jalisco in Mexico, Loma Negra and Belgrano de Córdoba. He also made 2 appearances in the 1974 World Cup,.

CB: Roberto Perfumo (Argentina)
Roberto Perfumo is considered one of Argentina's greatest centerbacks. At club level, he played for Racing, River Plate and Brazilian team Cruzeiro. He was a legend with Racing Club in Argentina winning the Primera title, the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup.  He was considered their greatest player. At the international level, he played 37 times for Argentina. He played in 1966 and 1974 World Cup Finals. 
Roberto Perfumo
CB: Federico Sacchi  (Argentina)
Sacchi joined Racing Club de Avellaneda in 1961 and was part of the team that won the Argentine Primera in his first season with the club. He joined Boca Juniors in 1965 and won another league title in his debut season with the club. In 1967, he joined Sporting Cristal of Peru. Sacchi played 15 times for the Argentina, scoring one goal. He was a member of the 1962 World Cup team.

CB: Alfio Basile (Argentina) 
Alfio Basile started his playing career at the Bella Vista club in his home city. From 1964 to 1970 he played for Racing Club, where he was moved to play in the defence partnering Roberto Perfume. Later with Huracán, he was a mainstay of the 1973 Metropolitano champions under coach César Luis Menotti. He also played for the Argentina national football team 8 times.  

CB: Pedro Dellacha (Argentina)
In 1952, Pedro Dellacha joined Racing Club from Quilmes Atlético Club where he won the 1958 league championship. He played 35 times for Argentina. He played in three editions of the Copa América winning the tournament twice in 1955 and 1957. In 1957 he was the captain of the team and was awarded the Olimpia de Oro for his role in leading them to victory. He also played in the 1958 World Cup.

CB: Claudio Úbeda (Argentina)
Claudio Ubela played with Central Córdoba de Rosario, Rosario Central, and Tampico Madero before going to Racing Club in 1995. He won first local title of the club after 35 years, the Apertura Tournament of 2001 as the captain of the team.  He is the all time leading appearance for the club as a field player.  He also played for Huracán and Tokyo Verdy 1969. He never represented Argentina at the senior level, but he played at the World Youth Championship in 1989.
Claudio Úbeda 
RB/LB/RM: Julio Olarticoechea (Argentina)
Julio Olarticochea played for Argentinos Juniors, Deportivo Mandiyu, River Plate, Boca Juniors and Racing Club in Argentina as well as for FC Nantes in France. He was capped over 30 times.  He represented Argentina at the 1986 and the 1990 World Cups, winning the former edition of the tournament.  Against England in the quarterfinal of the 1986 World Cup Finals, he blocked a certain goal from Gary Lineker.
Julio Olarticoechea 
LB: Ernesto Gutierrez (Argentina)
Ernesto Gutiérrez started his career in 1944 with Ferro Carril Oeste. In 1947, he joined the Racing Club de Avellaneda.  After Copa America of 1956, he joined Celta Vigo in Spain. After returning to his homeland, Gutiérrez ended his career at Argentinos Juniors. With Argentina, he won the Copa América in 1947 and 1955 tournament.  In 1956, he played all matches as Argentina came second.

DM: Alberto Rastelli (Argentina) 
Born in 1925, Alberto Rastelli started with Boca Juniors, but only played one game in 1945 for them before moving to Gimnasia y Esgrima (La Plata) in 1946. With the 1949 tournament already under way, he went to Racing Club.  He spent 7 years there and won 3 Campeonatos (1949, 1950, 1951) before injuries forced him to retire in 1955.

DM: Juan Barbas (Argentina)
Juan Barbas started his career in 1977 at Racing Club de Avellaneda. He then went on to play in Spain, Italy and Switzerland. Barbas was a part of the Sion team that won the 1991–1992 Swiss Championship. He was part of the Argentina Under-20 squad that won the 1979 FIFA World Youth Championship, he played 33 times the senior team, including at the 1982 World Cup Finals in Spain.

RW: Omar Oreste Corbatta (Argentina)
Corbatta is one of Argentina's greatest right wingers.  He played mainly for Racing Club and Boca Juniors, winning four major titles and scoring 86 official goals with both teams combined. Unfortunately, he lost the Copa Libertadores to Pele's Santos in 1963. Capped over 40 times. He was part of the Copa América-winning team in 1957 and 1959. Corbatta also played in the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden, contributing with three goals in three games in an eventual group stage exit.
 Omar Oreste Corbatta 
RM: Arnaldo Balay (Argentina)
Arnaldo Balay started his football career in 1947 with Los Andes Buenos Aires. In 1952 he made his debut in the first division with Racing Club.  He stayed there until 1958, where he won a championship under Raúl Della Torre.  He also played for Ferro Carril Oeste Buenos Aires For Argentina, he was capped three times.  He took part in the 1955 Copa América, where Argentina won.

RW: Natalio Perinetti (Argentina)
Perinetti came to Racing Club in 1915.  It was during those years when he met Pedro Ochoa (other skilled player who would be later nicknamed the king of the dribbling), who became Perinetti's partner inside the field and best friend in life. He played 17 consecutive years in Racing, winning 12 titles with the club (10 domestic and 2 international). He was capped 7 times between 1923 and 1930, including the first World Cup held in Uruguay in 1930.

LW: Enrique García (Argentina)
García is fondly remembered as one of the finest left sided players in the history of Argentine football. In 1933, he joined Rosario Central where he played until he joined Racing Club de Avellaneda for an Argentine record transfer fee of $38,931. He played 35 times for Argentina between 1935 and 1943. He was part of the Copa América winning squads of 1937 and 1941. Unfortunately the peak of his career coincided with World War II denying him the chance to play in a World Cup.
Enrique García
AM: Ruben Paz (Uruguay)
During his prime, Paz was known as the Uruguay's "Maradona".  He started his career with Penarol.  He also played for clubs in Brazil, France, Italy and Argentina.  In 1982, his transfer to Internacional de Porto Alegre was the most expensive for an Uruguayan. He was also South American Footballer of the Year in 1988 while playing for Racing Club. Capped 45 times, he represented Uruguay in the World Cup Finals of 1986 and 1990.

AM: Rúben Capria (Argentina)
Nicknamed "El Mago" because of his exquisite technique, Capria has played for six clubs in Argentina as well as Cruz Azul in Mexico, Barcelona Sporting Club in Ecuador, Universidad Católica in Chile and Peñarol in Uruguay. From 1995-1999, he played for Racing Club, where he has the longest career. With Newell's Old Boys, he won the Primera Division Argentina(Apertura) in 2004.

FW: Norberto Méndez (Argentina)
Méndez started his playing career with Huracán in 1941. In 1947 he moved to Racing Club where he helped the club become tricampeones (triple champions) by winning the Primera Division Argentina titles of 1949, 1950 and 1951. He played 33 games for Argentina and won 3 Copa América titles. He is perhaps most famous for being the all-time top scorer in the history of the Copa América with 17 goals.

ST: Juan Carlos Cárdenas (Argentina)
Cárdenas was part of the championship winning team of 1966 for Racing Club. In 1967, he helped the club to win the Copa Libertadores and later that year he scored the decisive goal against Celtic FC in the Copa Intercontinental to make Racing Club the first Argentine club to become club champions of the world. In 1972 Cárdenas moved to Mexico where he played for Puebla and Veracruz returning to Racing Club in 1976.

ST: Humberto Maschio (Italy) 
With Omar Sivori and Antonio Angelillo, Maschio earned the nickname "Angels with Dirty faces" collectively as a group. In 1957, he moved to Italy to play for Bologna after Argentina won the 1957 Copa America.  However, it was in Atalanta where he became a star and earned a bigger move to Inter Milan.  However, he was misused at Inter under manager Helenio Herrera. For Argentina, he scored 12 goals in 12 games.  Later he played twice for Italy.
Humberto Maschio 
ST: Evaristo Barrera (Argentina)
Evaristo Barrera started his professional career in 1932 with Racing Club, he was twice the topscorer in the league(1934 and 1936). He still holds the record as the clubs highest scoring player. In 1938 Barrera moved to Italy. In Italy, he played for Lazio, Napoli, Ascoli, Novara, Gozzano, Cremonese and Mortara, retiring in 1948.

ST: Pedro Ochoa (Argentina)  
Pedro Ochoa played his entire club career for Racing Club between 1916 and 1931, where he won six league championships, 4 national cups and 2 international cups. He was nicknamed "Ochoíta" and El rey de la gambeta (The king of dribbling). The tango "Patadura" written by José López Ares and Enrique Carrera Sotelo mentioned him along with Manuel Seoane, Luis Monti and Domingo Tarasconi (as Tarasca).

ST: Alberto Ohaco (Argentina)
Alberto Ohaco whose father was one of the founding members of Racing Club. He is still the most winning player in Racing Club' history having won a total of 20 titles with the club. He scored a total of 244 goals for the club making him the highest scoring player in the history of the institution. Ohaco played for the Argentina national team between 1912 and 1918, playing in the first two editions of the Copa América in 1916 and 1917.
Alberto Ohaco 

Honorable Mention
Sergio Livingstone, Gustavo Costas, Jose Salomon, Oscar Martin, Enrique Wolff, Fernando Olazar, Miguel Colombatti, Alberto Marcovecchio, Juan José Pizzuti, Fernando Olazar, Raúl Belén, Diego Milito, Claudio Lopez, Lisandro Lopez, Juan Hospital,  Pedro Dellacha, Ezra Sued, Manuel Blanco, Norberto Raffo, Llamil Simes, Mario Boye, Ezra Sued, Roberto Blanco, Juan Jose Pizzuti.

Squad Explanation
-- Most of the teams selected are older players.  It is one of the oldest team that I have selected.
-- Racing Club won Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup in 1967.  They were the first Argentine club to become world champion. I included the following players from that team: Humberto Maschio, Agustin Cejas, Alfio Basile, Roberto Perfumo and Juan Carlos Cárdenas. 
-- In the 1950's, Racing Club had a great team.  Humberto Maschio, Norberto Méndez, Rogelio Dominguez and Omar Oreste Corbatta made my all-time team.
-- Maschio was well-known because he was a member of Argentina's "Angels with Dirty faces" in the 1957 South American Championship. He was playing here at the time.  Later, he returned to play for them again after his career in Italy.
-- Rogelio Dominguez often played ahead of Amadeo Carrizo on the national team for reasons I did not know.  He must have been rated as high as Carrizo.
-- Omar Oreste Corbatta was considered Argentina's greatest wingers.  He played with Pedro Dellacha, Rogelio Dominguez and Humberto for Argentina in the 1957 South American Championship.  
-- Norberto Raffo should have been on this team for the 1967 Copa Libertadores winning performance, but I do not have enough space.
-- Claudio Úbeda is Racing Club's all-time appearance leader. He also captained the club to win the Apertura Tournament of 2001, their first domestic title since the 1960's.
-- Lisandro López. Diego Milito and Claudio Lopez should be recognised as well, but I do not enough space to take them.
-- Fillol's prime was played elsewhere, but Cejas' prime was with the club. 
-- Roberto Perfumo is considered to be one of the greatest centerback in Argentine history.  He had a famous partnership here with Alfio Basile.


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