Ferro Carril Oeste
Founded on the 28th of July, 1904, Club Ferro Carril Oeste, popularly known as Ferro, was started by a group of 95 railway workers, from Caballito in Buenos Aires. Apart from football, the club also actively participates in volleyball and basketball. Soon after its foundation, the club managed to obtain some company land to be used as the football stadium, and also for some facilities for other sports. By the late 1970s Ferro club had nearly 45,000 members and their football team dominated Argentine football for most of the 1980s.
Currently Ferro plays in the second division of Argentine football, and some of their titles include the First Division Nacional in 1982 and 1984. Second Division in 1912, 1958, 1963, 1970 and 1978 and the Third Division in the 2002-03 season.
Before the professional football setup happened in Argentina, Ferro joined the amateur second division in 1907 and went on to be promoted into the first division in 1912, after a win against Racing Club de Avellaneda. In 1947 they faced relegation, only to return to the first division in just two years.
With three noteworthy records in the Primera Division, which include:
• In 1981, in the Metropolitana, Carlos Barisio, team goalkeeper set a national record by not conceding a single goal for an impressive 1075 minutes of play, which included 10 games in a row. • Between the 1998 Apertura and Clausura 1999, the team went without scoring a single goal, making the total time to 875 minutes without a goal, another record. • The 1982 National championship win was a significant one for the team, as it was one where they did not lose a single game throughout. This made them the second team to have achieved such a feat, after San Lorenzo.
Some famous players to have played for the club are:
• Roberto Ayala • German Burgos • Hector Cuper • Mario Gomez • Nestor Lorenzo • Carlos Vidal
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