The city of Rosario is famous for its club by the same name. But emerging from the lower levels of football in the city, is Tiro Federal Argentino, a club that currently plays in Primera B Nacional, a step below their more illustrious city cousins.
Tiro Federal was founder in 1905 and was extremely influential in creating the Rosario amateur league in 1907. In 1944, rather late by normal terms, they joined the Argentine FA and competed in the Primera B. Restructuring of the Argentine leagues was not something the clubs looked forward to and like many, Tiro Federal were also sent to compete in a lower division in 1949. The team was heading towards bad times.
In 1962, they withdrew from the league, 12 games before the end of the season, resulting in an expulsion from the Argentine Football Association. The team was forced to play only in the Rosario league but financial problems meant that even that had to stop after a short while. Carlos Davola, a local businessman, took over the reins of the club in 1990 and thus began a huge revolution in the club’s history. Davola’s plans were ambitious to say the least but when results starting coming, it didn’t seem so bad after all.
In 1997, Tiro Federal won the local league’s Second Division title. Then in the First Division, they won the title for three consecutive years while participating in the Torneo Argentino B (Fourth Division – regional). They came second in the Torneo and were promoted to Torneo Argentino A. In 2003, the team won the Torneo Argentino A tournament and reached the Primera B Nacional. Davola’s plan was getting laid perfectly as the team then went on to win the Apertura 2004 of the Primera B Nacional league and were, after just 14 years, playing at the Primera Division Argentina, the highest level in the country.
Their first season in the top flight was disappointing as they ended at 19th place out of 20 teams despite having the season’s top scorer in their squad. The team was relegated to the Primera B Division and is still playing at the level
The team plays its home games at the El Fortin de Luduena or Luduena’s Fortress. Since the stadium doesn’t comply with the higher division’s norms, they play their matches at the Club Real Arroyo Seco’s stadium or even at the Newell’s Old Boys’ Stadium
The team has had some good players in their ranks including the likes of:
• Edgardo Adinolfi• Javier Campora• Walter Paz• Fabian Garfagnoli