Saturday, May 27, 2017

Racing Club de Avekkaneda Greatest All-Time Team

Copa Libertadores 1967
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

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

GK: Agustin Cejas (Argentina)
Cejas made his first team debut with Racing Club in 1962 at the age of 17. In 1966, he helped Racing Club to win the Argentine Primera. The following year Racing won the Copa Libertadores 1967 to become Libertadores champions of South America for the only time in the club's history. They followed this up by beating Celtic F.C. in the Copa Intercontinental to become the first Argentine club champions of the world. In 1970, Cejas joined Santos in Brazil where he played in the same team as Pelé. In 1973, Cejas helped Santos to win the Campeonato Paulista and received the prestigious Bola de Ouro as the best player in Brazil. Cejas also played for Club Atlético Huracán and Grêmio.
Agustin Cejas

GK: Ubaldo Fillol (Argentina)
He 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)
Domínguez was seventeen years old when he was discovered by Racing Club of Avellaneda and he was signed immediately.  In 1957, Domínguez signed for Real Madrid in Spain and was part of their European Cup victories in 1959 and 1960.  after several successful seasons with the club he returned to South America where he played for River Plate and Vélez Sársfield in Argentina, and then CA Cerro, Nacional in Uruguay and Flamengo in Brazil.  He was in Argentina's squad for the 1962 FIFA World Cup.  He was chosen Best America's Goalkeeper for two consecutive seasons, in 1956 and 1957 and was part of the triumphant team that claimed the 1957 Copa América title.

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. Squeo had a short spell with Vélez Sársfield.  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 was called up to play for Argentina in the 1974 World Cup, but he only made 2 appearances in the competition.

CB: Roberto Perfumo (Argentina)
At club level, Perfumo 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. He played in 1966 and 1974 WC Finals. 
Roberto Perfumo

CB: Federico Sacchi  (Argentina)
Sacchi started his career with Tiro Federal. In 1958 he was signed by Newell's Old Boys. 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 national team, scoring one goal. He was a member of the Argentina squad for the 1962 World Cup.

CB: Alfio Basile (Argentina) 
Basile started his playing career at the Bella Vista club in his home city. From 1964 to 1970 he played for Racing Club, and then for Huracán, where 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)
Dellacha joined Quilmes Atlético Club in 1945. In 1952, Dellacha joined Racing Club where he went on to make 184 appearances and help the club to win the 1958 league championship. Dellacha 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 FIFA World Cup.

CB: Claudio Úbeda (Argentina)
He began his career in the lower divisions of Central Córdoba de Rosario . He joined Rosario Central, in which he made his debut on November 18, 1990. He played with Mexico's Tampico Madero and in 1995, to Racing Club . Over time, he became a symbol of the Avellaneda club and achieved the 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.  In 2004, he had a move to Japan 's Tokyo Verdy 1969 and then returned to Racing in 2005. He also played for Huracán.

Claudio Úbeda 

RB/LB/RM: Julio Olarticoechea (Argentina)
Olarticochea played for Argentinos Juniors, Deportivo Mandiyu, River Plate, Boca Juniors and Racing Club in the Argentinian League as well as for FC Nantes in the French League. At international level, 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 WC Finals, he blocked a certain goal from Gary Lineker.
Julio Olarticoechea 
LB: Ernesto Gutierrez (Argentina)
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) 
Rastelli moved to Gimnasia y Esgrima (La Plata) in 1946. With the 1949 tournament already under way, he went to Racing Club.  He won 3 Campeonatos (1949, 1950, 1951) before injuries forced him to retire in 1955.

DM: Juan Barbas (Argentina)
Barbas started his career in 1977 at Racing Club de Avellaneda. He then went on to play for Real Zaragoza in Spain, U.S. Lecce in Italy, FC Locarno, and FC Sion in Switzerland. Barbas was a part of the Sion team that won the 1991–1992 Swiss Championship. After another spell at Locarno, Barbas returned to Argentina where he had a short spell with Club Atlético Huracán before dropping down to the lower leagues to play for Alvarado de Mar del Plata and then All Boys, where he retired in 1997.  Barbas was part of the Argentina Under-20 squad that won the 1979 FIFA World Youth Championship, he went on to play for Argentina 33 times[1] including appearances at the 1982 FIFA World Cup.

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)
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.  He also played for Ferro Carril Oeste Buenos Aires For Argentina, he took part in the 1955 Copa América, where Argentina won.

RW: Natalio Perinetti (Argentina)
Perinetti's first club was Talleres (BA) where he played with the youth teams. 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. Perinetti debuted in 1917.  He played 17 consecutive years in Racing, winning 12 titles with the club (10 domestic and 2 international).
Perinetti was part of the Argentina national tema where he played 7 games between 1923 and 1930, including the first FIFA World Cup held in Uruguay in 1930. He also played the 1929 South American Championship (current Copa América) with the national squad. In 1933 Perinetti was traded to River Plate but he only played a bunch of games there, retiring from football soon after.

LW: Enrique García (Argentina)
García was commonly known by the nickname "Chueco". He is fondly remembered as one of the finest left sided players in the history of Argentine football. He started playing for local club Las Rosas and was sold to Gimnasia y Esgrima de Santa Fe. 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 made a total of 233 appearances for "La Academia" between 1936 and 1944, scoring 78 goals. García played 35 times for Argentina between 1935 and 1943. He was part of the Copa América winning squads of 1937 and 1941, he also played in the 1942 edition of the tournament. 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 WC 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.

FW: Norberto Méndez (Argentina)
Méndez started his playing career with Club Atlético Huracán in 1941. In 1947 he moved to Racing Club de Avellaneda where he helped the club become tricampeones (triple champions) by winning the Primera Division Argentina titles of 1949, 1950 and 1951. In 1954 Méndez moved to Club Atlético Tigre, he returned to Huracán in 1956 and he retired from football in 1958 at the age of 35.  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 spotted in 1962 by Racing Club de Avellaneda playing as a teenager for Unión de Santiago del Estero. He spent one year in the Argentine 2nd Division with Nueva Chicago before joining Racing Club in 1964. He was part of the championship winning team of 1966. In 1967, he helped the club to win the Copa Libertadores and later that year he scored the decisive goal against Celtic F.C. 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.  For Argentina, he scored 12 goals in 12 games.  Later he played twice for Italy.
Humberto Maschio 
ST: Evaristo Barrera (Argentina)
Barrera started his professional career in 1932 with Racing Club, he was twice the topscorer in the Argentine Primera, in 1934 with 34 goals and in 1936 with 32 goals. By the end of his time with Racing Club, Barrera had scored 136 goals in 142 games. He still holds the record as the clubs highest scoring player. In 1938 Barrera moved to Italy, he played for Lazio and Napoli in Serie A before dropping down into the lower leagues where he played for Ascoli. During the war years he played for Novara and Gozzano in the Italian War Championships. After the end of the war he played for Cremonese and Mortara, retiring in 1948.

ST: Pedro Ochoa (Argentina)  
Ochoa played his entire club career for Racing Club, 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) due to his outstanding skills with the ball. He was admired by Carlos Gardel, who sang the tango "Patadura" (a lunfardo word for a "two left feet man") written by José López Ares and Enrique Carrera Sotelo. The tango mentions several notable footballers of those years, such as Ochoa (referring him as Ochoíta), Manuel Seoane, Luis Monti and Domingo Tarasconi (as Tarasca)

ST: Alberto Ohaco (Argentina)
Ohaco whose father was one of the founding members of Racing Club became one of the club's greatest players. He is still the most winning player in Racing Club' history having won a total of 20 titles with the club, including seven Primera División consecutive championships between 1913 and 1919. he was also four times top scorer in the Argentine league between 1912 and 1915. 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.

Squad Explanation
-- Most of the teams are older players.  It is one of the oldest team that I have selected.
-- Claudio Úbeda is Racing Club's all-time appearance leader.
-- Omar Oreste Corbatta and Humberto Maschio are big names star players.  Lisandro López. Diego Milito and Claudio Lopez should be recognised as well, but not enough spaces.
-- Fillol's prime was played elsewhere.  Cejas' prime was with the club.
-- Norberto Raffo should have been on this team for the 1967 Copa Libertadores winning performance, but I do not have enough space.


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