Based in Cordoba, Instituto Atletico Central Cordoba, also known as Instituto, is an Argentine sports club, with a professional football team playing in the Primera B Nacional, or second division in Argentine football. Founded in 1918 by a group of railway workers, the club was initially named Instituto Ferrocarril Central Cordoba.
Six years after its founding year, the club witnessed a change in administration, which saw an increase in the number of members from the Alta Cordoba neighborhood. This led to its name being changed to Instituto Atletico Central Cordoba.
Instituto did not stay out of the first division of the Liga Cordobesa for long, and were soon winning. The years they won include 1925, 1926, 1927 and 1928. In 1931 professional football came in to the picture, but after this, the team lost steam and was soon out of notice.
In 1961 and 1966, the team managed to win the provincial league, and this resulted in their entry into the second division in Argentine football, in 1972. They finished in 8th place, among 15 teams, while playing in the top level in 1973. But their next break came only after six long years, when in 1979 they won their group to reach the Quarter Finals. Luck ran out for them at this point and they were eliminated 5-3, on aggregate against Club Atletico Tucuman.
1981-85, Instituto played in the Nacional, and 1981-83 they also played in the Metropolitano. 1985 witnessed the reorganization, after which they the team played in all five of the seasons, but faced relegation after the 1989-90 season.Only in the 1999-2000 season did the club manage to return to the top level again. This was the result of the 1998-99 Nacional B win, and soon they were playing in the second division once again.
They were relegated after just one season, where they finished in 16th place out of 20 teams in the Apertura, and in 12th place in the Clausura. The relegation occurred after they lost the playoff 2-1 to Almagro.
The team went on to win the second division Apertura in 2003. bagging their second title, and were soon promoted into the first division. Here they promptly defeated Club Almagro in a two legged play off in 2004. The team managed to survivie in the Primera only for one season, after they won a two legged promotion playoff against Huracan, by 3-1.
Their second season in the Primera Division was unsuccessful with a 19th place finish overall, and they were soon relegated back to the Nacional B division. Their best season so far, with an 8th place finish was in the 1986-87 season.
Some notable former players of the team include Armando Dely Valdes, Mario Kempes, Roberto Brunetto amongst many others.