Racing Club: an exciting story
Racing Club, one of the two most important teams in the province of Buenos Aires and one of the top five of Argentine football , is also known as Racing Club of Avellaneda or just Racing. Founded in 1903 (one of the first teams in the country), it is one of the most sports clubs offering its members: from boxing to volleyball, hockey, handball, judo, artistic skate, aikido, artistic gymnastics, taekwondo, muay thai, sipalki-do, athletics and even ornamental jumps.
The famous “Cylinder”, called Presidente Perón, is the second largest stadium in the country: 66,000 spectators enter , but AFA, for safety reasons, allows only 60 thousand (leave “lungs” among the popular ones). It is said that the first leg against Celtic (for the 1967 World Final) was attended by 120 thousand people. There’s no way to check it out anymore, but it wouldn’t catch my eye.
In amateurism won nine titles ,seven consecutive: 1913 to 1919 (four of them unbeaten). It was at this time that they began to say “The Academy”, considering it a real football school.
Already during professionalism, he won nine other championships: 1949, 1950, 1951, 1958, 1961, 1966, 2001, 2014 and 2018. In addition to being the second Argentine team to be champion of the Libertadores and the first to be champion of the World, it was the first to get a three-time local champion.
But the cutest detail of this team, one of the largest on the continent, is as follows. On May 12, 1901, a group of students from the National Central College founded the team Football Club Barracas al Sud (which after some breaks and later pacts would end up being called Racing Club). These students had made a very important decision: the club (both the team and the leadership) would be made up of Creoles, the English were not allowed. Not for nothing the shirt is, almost from day one, light blue and white.
Hipólito Azema nació en Buenos Aires, en los comienzos de la década del 80. No se sabe desde cuándo, porque esas cosas son difíciles de determinar, le gusta contar historias, pero más le gusta que se las cuenten: quizás por eso transitó los inefables pasillos de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la Universidad de Buenos Aires. Una vez escuchó que donde existe una necesidad nace un derecho y se lo creyó.
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