Club Atletico Independiente: A brief history (with thanks to FIFA.com)
In 1904, the managers of plush store "A La Ciudad de Londres" on the famous Avenue de Mayo founded the football club Maipu Banfield to participate in an inter-company league. However the younger employees of the store, despite having to pay their contributions, were only permitted to watch games and not to participate.
So on the 4th of August 1904 these disgruntled youngsters, led by Rosendo Degiorgi, met up in an old bar on the corner of the streets of Perú and Victoria, and decided to become "independents" by creating their own club. Little did they know they were on the threshold of forming one of the five great clubs of Argentina. Club Atletico Independiente was born.
Rosendo Degiorgi's family provided a small apartment on Montevideo street which became the club's first headquarters, and the club was officially registered on the 25th March 1905.
Initially, Independiente sported white shirts with blue sleeves. According to legend though, in 1908 the club's chairman Aristides Langone was so impressed by the football played by English team Nottingham Forest (on tour in Argentina) that he adopted their red colours. From the new red shirts the nicknames of Los Diablos Rojos (Red Devils) and El Rojo (literally, The Red One) caught on.
When the club moved to Avellaneda, the stadium was the first in South America to be constructed using cement. This led to the nickname of "Doble Visera de Cemento" despite the official name of "Libertadores de América". Today the capacity of the Doble Visera stands at around 57,000.
Independiente boast a partizan support and the fierce derby with local neighbours Racing Club stands as one of the most intense in both Argentina and in world football itself. Independiente's record in cup competitions is quite astonishing. Unquestionably the club's finest golden era came during the years of 1972-1975, where they won an incredible FOUR Copa Libertadores' in a row, a record never to have been bettered.
In addition to their triumphs in 1964 & 1965, as well as the more recent in 1984, the club has won this most prestigious trophy a total of SEVEN times. Again this has never been bettered by any side in the whole of South America.
In world football terms, Independiente have won the Intercontinental cup in 1973 by triumphing 1-0 over Juventus of Italy, and the 1984 Toyota Cup courtesy of a 1-0 victory over English side Liverpool.
Perhaps the most famous son of Independiente was the great Ricardo "El Bocha" Bochini, a mercurial playmaker who played 740 matches for the club between 1972 and 1991. He was unfortunate though to be rivalled by the legendary Diego Armando Maradona in his position, that he did not win more caps for his country. Other well known historical players include: Daniel Bertoni, Jorge Burruchaga, Ricardo Pavoni, Enzo Trossero and Jose Omar Pastoriza amongst many, many others.
More recently the club has provided European football with players such as Diego Forlan (Manchester United and Villarreal) and Gabriel Milito (Real Zaragoza) who was the defensive mastermind behind the club's most recent major trophy - the 2002 Apertura Championship - the latest of 14 National Championship victories.
Independiente have NEVER been relegated.
Today in 2006, the baton is now passed to potential legend-in-waiting Sergio "El Kun" Aguero (pictured above with the legendary Bochini) whom by great play or a huge transfer fee will surely make a major contribution to El Rojo. Let's dicuss El Kun and the club here in this thread :thumbsup: Thanks for reading