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Club Atlético Newell's Old Boys is a football club from Rosariomarker, Argentinamarker, founded in 1903. The club plays the Rosario derby against Rosario Central, a club with which it has a huge historical rivalry.


The club was named by ex-pupils of the English High School of Rosario in homage to its director and football coach, English immigrant Isaac Newell. Newell's Old Boys has an historic rivalry with Rosario Central, the other club from Rosario.

The team colors are black and red, taken from the flags of Englandmarker and Germanymarker (Isaac Newell being English and his wife German). The team is often referred to as leprosos (lepers) because they played in a charity match to raise funds for a leprosy clinic back in the 1920s.

Newell's Old Boys have won the Argentine Championship five times (Metropolitano 1974, 1987/88, 1990/91, Clausura 1992 and Apertura 2004) and were the runners-up of the Copa Libertadores de América twice (1988 and 1992). The 1990/91 Championship was contested between the 1990 Apertura (Newell's) and 1991 Clausura (Boca Juniors) Champions, which Newell's won in home-and-away matches. Even though the 1990 Clausura was not considered official by itself, it is considered by Newell's supporters to be their "sixth" championship.

Newell's also won a friendly mini-tournament called the Little World Cup in 1988, against River Plate, Milan, Juventus, Real Madrid and Manchester United, and is, together with Boca Juniors, San Lorenzo and Racingmarker one of the few Argentinemarker clubs that made a long and successful tour over Europe (in 1941), in which they defeated several important teams such as Valencia, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Real Madrid and the Spanish National "A" Team. These are the only major international achievements of the club until now (although several minor international summer tournaments were won). So as yet the club have not won an official international championship.

Newell's Old Boys is one of a very few teams to have had all their players represent the National team in a single game (another is Queen's Park of Scotlandmarker whose first team represented Scotland in the very first International match against England), when they represented Argentina in a Pre-Olympic Tournament with their undefeated Reserva Team. It classified third all over America, after Brazilmarker and Uruguaymarker (references).

The team has also contributed an important number of players to the Argentina national team, and exported many players to Europe's top leagues, mostly to Italymarker and Spainmarker. Among its great players were Gabriel Batistuta, Abel Balbo, Jorge Valdano, Américo Gallego, Mario Zanabria, Gustavo Dezotti, Roberto Sensini, Walter Samuel, Mauricio Pochettino, René Pontoni, Diego Maradona, Gerardo Martino, Ángel Perucca and several more. It has recently produced players like Argentine internationals Gabriel Heinze, Maxi Rodriguez and Lionel Messi.

El Coloso del Parque
The club's president is Guillermo Lorente who was recently elected. Former player Roberto Sensini has been appointed as manager.


The Newell's Old Boys stadium has been in the Parque Independencia neighborhood of Rosariomarker since 1911, and is commonly called El Coloso del Parque (the Colossus of the Independence Park). Capacity was increased from 30,000 to 39,121 in 1997. On December 22, 2009 the stadium will be renamed to Marcelo Bielsa, in honor to the current coach of the Chilean national football team and a former player and coach of the team

Newell's Old Boys squad in 1974


National honours

Argentine First Division

International record

Current Squad

Notable former players

see also

Famous Hinchas


External links

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