Club Atlético Colón

Colón
Escudo del Club Atlético Colón.svg
Full nameClub Atlético Colón
Nickname(s)Los Sabaleros[1]
FoundedMay 5, 1905; 113 years ago (1905-05-05) [2]
GroundEstadio B.G. Estanislao López,
(Cementerio de los Elefantes),[3]
Santa Fe
Capacity47,000
ChairmanJosé Nestor Viganatti
ManagerEduardo Domínguez
LeaguePrimera División
Club website
Current season

Club Atlético Colón (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkluβ aˈtletiko koˈlon]), commonly referred to as Colón de Santa Fe [koˈlon de santa ˈfe], is a sports club from Santa Fe, Argentina. The football team plays in the first division of the Argentine football league system, the Argentine Primera División.

History

The club was founded on 5 May 1905, as "Colón Foot-ball Club" by a group of friends that were enthusiastic about football. It was named after Cristóbal Colón (Christopher Columbus), whose biography was being studied by one of the boys at the time.[4]

In 1965 Colon won the Primera B title.[5]

The 1965 team that won the Primera B title promoting to Primera División.

The first game played by Colón in Primera was v Chacarita Juniors on 6 May 1966. After the first season in the top level Colón finished 16th,[6] but the following year the structure of Argentine football was changed so as there were two championships each season, the Metropolitano and the Nacional, with entrance to the latter originally only available to the higher placed Metropolitano teams. Colon did not qualify for the Nacional until 1968, although the squad did then managed a 6th place finish.

Colón finished 2nd in their group in the 1972 Nacional.[7]

In 1975 the team made a good campaign in the Metropolitano, finishing in 6th place. This got better two years later, when Colón finished 5th in the Metropolitano, although the team then struggled in the Nacional. In 1978 Colón reached the knockout stages of the Nacional but was beaten in the quarter-finals by Independiente.[citation needed]

Colon was relegated from the Metropolitana in 1981 having won only 6 games that season It was to take 14 years for Colón to return to the top division (for the 1995–96 season). During the intervening period the team came close to promotion on a number of occasions, and lost Promotion Play-off games in 1988–89 to arch-rivals Union 3–0 on aggregate, and in 1992–93 Colón lost the championship play-off, being defeated by Banfield and then failed to qualify through the secondary play-offs.[citation needed]

After a few mid-table finishes Colón was placed 2nd in the 1997 Clausura tournament, which is team's highest placed finish to date. As River Plate won both titles that season, a play-off was required between the two runners-up.[8] In December 1997 Colón defeated Independiente 1–0 to qualify for the Copa Libertadores 1998.[8] In the 2016-17 season, Colón drew an average home league attendance of 25,000.

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