Club Atlético Rosario Central
is a football
club in Rosario
. It plays in the Primera B Nacional
, the second tier of Argentine football
, after being relegated in the 2009-10 season
. The club has won the Argentine's First Division
four times, and the Conmebol Cup
once. Its local historical rival is Newell's Old Boys
, with whom they contest the Rosario derby
The Central Argentine Railway Athletic Club
was founded on December 24, 1889 by English railway workers of the British-owned Central Argentine Railway
company. The first president was Colin Calder, and all club activities were carried out in the English language
. When the company took over the Buenos Aires and Rosario Railway
company in 1903, the name of the club was formally changed to Club Atlético Rosario Central.
The original jersey colors were red and white; later, the club would change to a checkered blue and white, and finally settle on the blue and gold vertical stripes design used to this day.
The team played in the local Rosario league until it joined the Argentine league in 1939 together with rivals Newell's Old Boys
. Rosario Central was relegated in 1942 and again in 1951; both times, it was promoted on the very next season.
Rosario Central won the Nacional championship
in 1971 with Angel Labruna
as coach, and again in 1973, being the first of many such achievements won by the coach Carlos Timoteo Griguol
For the 1974 season, Central acquired striker Mario Kempes
from Instituto Atlético......