Defensores de Belgrano

Club Atlético Defensores de Belgrano (usually known as „Defensores de Belgrano“) is an Argentine sports club from Belgrano, Buenos Aires. The football team currently plays in Primera B, the regionalised second division of the Argentine football league system.

Defensores has never played in the top flight of Argentine football since the professional era begun, although it spent a number of seasons in Primera during the Amateur era before 1931.

Defensores de Belgrano was founded on 25 May 1906 by a group of young people who wanted to participate in the football league’s of Buenos Aires. The team made its debut in Primera División in 1915, being relegated to the second division at the end of that season. The team returned to Primera for the 1918 season, remaining there until 1934 when the Asociación Amateurs Argentina de Football (AAF) (where Defensores played) merged with the professional league, being all the AAF relegated to second division.

During the amateur era, the team’s color’s were light blue and light pink but would later be changed to the red and black colors that have remained since then. The stadium was at the Plaza Alberti in the suburb of Belgrano, Buenos Aires.

In 1934 two players of the club, Ernesto Belis and Luis Izetta went on to play for the Argentina national team in the 1934 FIFA World Cup held in Italy that year.

For many decades Defensores played the league games between the B and the C League’s, gaining promotion and also being relegated. Throughout that period a rivalry against Platense was developed.

On August 2011, the veteran 37-year-old player Ariel Ortega (who had been played for All Boys during the 2010–11 season) was signed by Defensores de Belgrano. The „Burrito“ made his debut in the match against Deportivo Morón scoring a goal by penalty shot.

The Estadio Juan Pasquale is located in the Nuñez district of Buenos Aires. It is approximately 10 walking blocks away from Monumental stadium. The street’s surrounding the Juan Pasquale contain many grafitied wall’s and objects in tribute of Defensores de Belgrano, and are the meeting points of many of the club’s supporters which begin walking in large groups upon their arrival to the stadium. The capacity of the stadium holds 9,000 people.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

The club operates its junior divisions, beginning from age categories of Sub-7 until Sub-20 level.