History of Velez Sarsfield
Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield is an Argentine club founded on January 1, 1910, by Nicolás Marín Moreno, Martín Portillo and Julio Guglielmone, who chose that name because the field where they used to play was located in the surroundings of Western Railroads Vélez Sársfield Station (today, Floresta Station). Currently, the club is located in the neighborhood of Liniers, Buenos Aires; however, its first building was located in Villa Luro.
El Fortín, nickname of the club, appeared in newspapers in 1932, when journalist Hugo Marini described the stadium in Villa Luro as a little fortress, since it was very difficult to beat the team on their field. After the clubs relegation in 1940, it was vacated. Then, President José Amalfitani managed to obtain some lands ceded by Western Railway in Liniers, where El Fortín is currently located.
Before the glorious 90s, Vélez had only one First Division title obtained in 1968 by great players, such as Daniel Willington, José Miguel Marín and Carlos Bianchi. The main figure of this unprecedented era was, undoubtedly, José Luis Chilavert, famous for his domineering personality, his excellent saves, and his several free kick and penalty kick goals.
Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield won 5 international titles, including 1 Copa Libertadores (1994), 1 Copa Europeo-Sudamericana (1994), 1 Copa Interamericana (1996), 1 Supercopa (1996) and 1 Recopa Sudamericana (1997), apart from wining 7 local titles (1968, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2005 and 2009).