Sunday, August 4, 2013

4 August 1905 - The Literal Translation Seems A Bit Misleading

On 4 August 1905, Estudiantes de la Plata were founded and went on to become one of Argentina's most successful clubs, with six league titles and four Copa Libertadores trophies.

Led by president Miguel Gutiérrez, the founders broke away from their previous club, Gimnasia y Esgrima, because they believed the latter did not emphasize football enough. They met at a shoe shore in La Plata, where they drew up a charter and elected Gutiérrez, although they did not play their first official match until that November.

They won their first league title in 1913, but enjoyed their most successful period in the late 1960s and early '70s, with another league trophy (the 1967 Metropolitano), the 1968 Intercontinental Cup, the 1969 Interamerican Cup, and three consecutive Copa Libertadores titles from 1968 to 1970 (they finished as runners-up in 1971).

A relatively fallow period followed, but Estudiantes rose to the top again in the 2000s, winning the Apertura in 2006 and 2010 and a fourth Copa Libertadores in 2009.

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