A brief history...
With their long and illustrious history, Racing Club have rightfully taken their place among Argentina's elite. As well as a huge and passionate following, the club also boast the proud distinction of being the first Argentine club to lift the Intercontinental Cup, and winning, amongst other things, the now defunct Supercopa Sudamericano.
Although the club have enjoyed considerable success over the years, they have also faced their share of difficulties. As recently as December 2001, the club ended a hiatus of 35 years without a league title, this just two years after being forced to temporarily shut their doors after declaring bankruptcy. In the face of such adversity, the club's fans united even more behind their side, faithful to their reputation as one of most loyal bands of supporters in the country.
The club's origins date back more than a century to a meeting that took place at the Buenos Aires Mercado de Hacienda on 25 March 1903. It was there that officials from two of the district's rival clubs - Foot Ball Club Barracas and Colorados Unidos - sat down to discuss a possible merger. With neither club long established, the decision was taken to put aside their differences and join forces. After a call was made to give the new club "an original, distinctive and appealing" name, one of those present, Germán Vidaillac, showed his fellow officials a French automobile magazine called Racing. There and then, the decision was taken to go with this name, and Racing Club was founded.
The year 1945 saw the construction of the club's present-day ground, the Estadio Juan Domingo Perón in Avellaneda. Its 50,000-capacity "El Cilindro", as the fans call it, is located only two blocks away from the stadium of Racing's archrival: Club Atlético Independiente. Clashes between the two sides normally divide loyalties in the neighbourhood and have people taking sides across the city and beyond.
Racing Club, for nearly nine years, was administered by Blanquiceleste PLC, who took over the running of the club after it declared bankruptcy during the country's financial crisis in 1999. The outside oversight ended in July 2008, at which time Racing again became a non-profit entity. The normalisation of its institutional life was completed in December of that year, when members were once again able to cast their votes in the administration of their club.
9 Argentine league titles: 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1921, 1925
7 Argentine league titles: 1949, 1950, 1951, 1958, 1961, 1966, Apertura 2001
1 Copa Libertadores: 1967
1 Copa Intercontinental: 1967
1 Supercopa: 1988
*The honours listed above are considered to be the club’s major titles and, as such, are not intended to be a full list of achievements.
Enrique García, Juan José Pizzuti, Orestes Corbatta, Juan Carlos Cárdenas, Roberto Perfumo, Oscar Martín, Evaristo Barrera, Alfio Basile, Enrique Wolff, Humberto Maschio, Agustín Cejas, Ubaldo Fillol, Gustavo Costas, Rubén Paz.