Racing Club de Avellaneda

Racing Club de Avellaneda, officially known as Racing Club or shortened to just Racing, is an Argentine professional sports club based in Avellaneda, a city of Buenos Aires Province. Founded in 1903, Racing has been historically considered one of the "big five" clubs of Argentine football. Racing currently plays in the Primera División, the top division of the Argentine league system.

Racing
Full nameRacing Club
Nickname(s)La Academia (The Academy)
Founded25 March 1903; 118 years ago (1903-03-25)
GroundEstadio Presidente Perón,
Avellaneda
Capacity61,000
PresidentVíctor Blanco
ManagerClaudio Úbeda
LeaguePrimera División
2019–203rd (aggregate table)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Racing has won the Primera División 18 times (with a record of seven consecutive championships between 1913 and 1919, five of which were won undefeated), apart from winning 13 National cups such as five Copa Ibarguren, four Copa de Honor Municipalidad de Buenos Aires and one Copa Beccar Varela.[1] Due to those achievements the team was nicknamed La Academia ("The Academy of Football") which still identifies the club and its supporters.[2]

On the international stage, the club has won 6 titles, with 3 of them organised by CONMEBOL and other international bodies.[3] Those achievements include one Copa Libertadores, one Intercontinental Cup and the first edition of the Supercopa Sudamericana. In addition, Racing won AFA-AUF competitions, played against the Uruguayan champions: Copa Aldao twice and Copa de Honor Cousenier once.[4]

The first team plays its home games in the Estadio Presidente Perón, nicknamed El Cilindro de Avellaneda (in English: "The Cylinder of Avellaneda"). The team is identified by the colors light blue and white, in honor of Argentina. The shirts are sky blue and white striped similar to the national team. The shorts and socks have shifted between black, navy blue or white. Apart from football, other sports practised at Racing are artistic gymnastics, basketball, boxing, field hockey, handball, martial arts, roller skating, tennis and volleyball.[5]