A brief history...
Estudiantes de La Plata had to wait some fifty years before picking up their first domestic and international trophies. These successes represent something of a watershed in Argentinian football as El Pincha became the first of the country's so-called lesser lights to make its mark on the world stage.
The silverware harvested by the unglamorous Estudiantes side of the late 1960s brought about a revolution in football tactics. Such was the impact of the so-called Pincharrata School that its legacy still divides the country's football fans into two diametrically opposed camps: the proponents of the tactical over the technical, and the advocates of the player's freedom to move around the pitch as a basic concept of the game.
One of the prodigal sons of the Estudiantes side that humbled the mighty Manchester United to become world champions was Carlos Salvador Bilardo, the coach who led Argentina to glory at the 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico™ and to the runners-up spot four years later in Italy.
The origins of the club date back to 1905 when a group of university students from the city of La Plata, frustrated by the lack of opportunities to play the game they loved, decided to set up their own football club. On the night of 4 August that year they met at a city centre shoe shop and founded Club Atlético Estudiantes, the institution adopting its current name some 30 years later.
Ironically, several of the founders were also members of La Plata's other club, Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, who would over the years become Estudiantes' arch rivals.