Keeping up with the blog

Unfortunately, I am finding increasingly difficult to keep up with the updates needed to maintain the blog. I am also very busy at the moment and will not be updating the blog for a while. I hope I will be able to keep this blog alive in the future since I would be disappointed to see this blog go off.  Good wishes. 

Belgrano 3 - 0 CAI

Belgrano were clear favourites for this match and the team made sure to back the pre-match odds. Although it wasn't always easy for Belgrano, they ended up controlling the match and the winning margin could have been larger. But the first half started with the CAI keeping Belgrano at bay by using a solid and intelligent display. The Belgrano wingers, Manzanelli and Garcia, were totally ineffectual and so Belgrano couldn't create any chances. And while the CAI didn't create any chances either, they seemed happy with the draw. Nearing the end of the half, the in-form Matias Gigli got himself in the scoresheet after stealing the ball from his opponent and sending the ball into the net. Suddenly, Belgrano were leading at halftime but they put on a poor display. After some brainwashing by Ferraro, the team went out decided to kill the match off. With the
more active Manzanelli and Garcia, Belgrano started to create chance after chance 
while the CAI tried to launch the odd counterattack. It didn't take long for the 
second goal to arrive. Martinez headed the ball into the net after a good cross. It
was 2-0. and game over. In the dying minutes, Hechalar, one of Belgrano's promising youngsters- put the icing on the cake with a fine header of his own. 
By this time, the fans were already celebrating another home victory. Belgrano 
was again top of the table. 

Godoy Cruz 1 - 0 Belgrano

Belgrano's unbeaten run came to an end at the hands of Godoy Cruz. Although it was expected to be an exciting and open match, both teams lacked quality and played a dull encounter. In fact, had Olave not faltered, the match should have been a goalless draw. The opening 10 minutes were the best of the match and both teams traded good scoring chances. After that initial period, Belgrano gave away posession but Godoy Cruz did not have any ideas. Nevertheless, it was Godoy Cruz which always seemed closer to scoring although their efforts limited to crosses and long-range shots. More worringly, Belgrano didn't have a single shot at goal. The second half promised more since both teams were bent on the attack. But the breakthrough for Godoy Cruz would come from a seemingly easy cross. Olave clashed with Gutierrez on the edge of the box, gave the ball away and Cappa placed the ball into the net with the goal at his mercy. Although Godoy Cruz had not shown much, they had looked more active. Ferraro sent Gigli and Bustos in but they didn't have much of the ball. Belgrano felt the absence of their main playmaker, Juan Casado, and they went down to an unimpressive opponent. Despite the defeat, there weren't signs of any slump in form. It was just an off-key performance.

Belgrano faces difficult away fixture

Belgrano will look to extend their unbeaten run when they travel to Mendoza to face Godoy Cruz at Malvinas Argentinas stadium .Belgrano have always struggled against El Bodeguero and they will need to put in a solid display if they want to come away with some points. Although Godoy Cruz have not impressed so far, they are always difficult to beat at their stadium. Ferraro has decided that talented youngster Mariano Aldecoa will replace Juan Casado switching back to a 442 formation. This is a good sign looking at the future as the two men upfront Aldecoa and Suarez have come through the youth ranks. Good luck to Aldecoa in his official debut. Come on guys, let's be 'avin them!

Casado out for a month

Juan Casado has been ruled out for a month after a scan revealed a tear in his left leg. This means a blow to the team who had gradually relied on Casado for the generation of play. The coach had made him an integral part of his team and now will have to look for a replacement. It is likely that there will be a change in formation as well as Ferraro may decide to go with a 442 instead of the preferred 4411 with either Gigli or Bustos replacing the injured Casado. It will be important for other players to step up in order to make up for his absence. But fear not, Belgrano has depth and quality players all around.

Belgrano on top

Three games into the season and Belgrano are already leading the table. While it's true that most teams are still in formation, only a few have appeared to be solid outfits. Belgrano is one of them and they have certainly gone from strength to strength. They followed a poor performance against Almirante Brown with a brave display against Chacarita and a consistent performance that saw them outplay Instituto. The players seem to be gelling together and the coach seems to know what his gameplan is. Furthermore, the fact that there are quality players beyond the first team adds a much-needed depth to the squad. Yet, there are still 35 matches to come and we'll have to see if Belgrano can keep their level. If they manage to do so, the promotion chances are better than ever.

Instituto 1 - 3 Belgrano

Belgrano produced a solid and efficient display emerging victorious in the derby against Instituto. The albirrojos started better holding the ball and pushing towards the goal but Belgrano held their nerve. While Instituto had some half-chances Belgrano waited patiently for the counter-attack. The first goal came courtesy of a fantastic play by Matias Suarez dribling past two defenders and nutmegging the goalkeeper. What a player! It was 1-0, and in truth, it wasn't fair. Instituto came at us looking for the equalizer and they were lucky to get it after a confusing situation. Saad pipped Olave to the ball and scored. Belgrano didn't panic and regained calm starting to control the ball. In the 40th minute, Casado took the ball and carried it for 60 meters in a dazzling play that saw him one-on-one against the Instituto keeper. He slotted the ball in and gave Belgrano the half-way lead. The second-half started with Instituto were desperately looking for an equalizer but Belgrano were very solid at the back. The denied the Instituto forwards time and again. A key moment was when Lima was shown a straight red card. With the extra man, Belgrano passed the ball around and waited to launch the counter-attack. One such break saw Suarez drop into the box and scoring the third with a low shot. It was game over. Instituto kept on trying but Belgrano hanged on well. In the end, Belgrano got a deserved victory against one of their rivals. As a a sidenote, the sight of empty stands on the visitors side is a painful one to watch. This was due to the prohibition on away fans to attend the match. Shame on you AFA guys, you're killing the football folklore.

Belgrano face Instituto in derby

Well, not really much of a derby as one of our city rivals. Instituto hosts Belgrano in Saturday's clash and it promises to be a big match. Instituto are looking for their first victory and Belgrano are trying to build on their recent good form. Ferraro has confirmed that he will play the same team that defeated Chacarita Juniors, while Instituto may have some changes. Everybody is expecting a close match and we hope that the likes of Casado and Suarez are able to make a difference. Come on guys!!!

Belgrano Art!

Belgrano is a football club. But is a whole lot more than that. Belgrano is history. Belgrano is passion. Belgrano is identity. Belgrano is a way of life. So much does it mean that a bunch of people have decided to start an interesting initiative. It's called Cultura Arte Belgrano and it aims at preserving the cultural and artistic traditions associated to the history of the club. Go check their website which is still under construction. You may look at the images below which are just a glimpse of their work. Fantastic job, well done guys!!!

Belgrano 1 - 0 Chacarita

Belgrano opened their home fixture in the best possible way by outplaying Chacarita Juniors and beating them by one goal to nil. Expectations were high and the fans wanted to see a good display by Belgrano. The players didn't disappoint as they started well controlling the ball in the midfield aided by Lux and Pietravallo. But it was soon clear that Suarez was not seeing enough of the ball and so chances were few and far between. Chacarita Juniors? Nil. With the defence and midfield doing well, all we needed was an extra man upfront. Ferraro decided to replace Lux with Gigli to aid his team's efforts. The gamble paid off as Gigli seemed to cause a lot more troubles to the Chacarita defense. Still, it was 0-0. The deserved goal came in the 80th minute after a perfect cross by Gigli which was headed into the net by our fast-rising star, Matias Suarez. Delirium in the stands, relief for the players and Ferraro. Chacarita could have levelled but Olave made two good saves leaving the score 1-0. Belgrano celebrated a deserved victory and their fans were more than happy with the performance. In fact, Belgrano should have won it by a larger difference.

Belgrano ready for Chacarita

After the somewhat disappointing draw against Almirante Brown, Belgrano are eagerly waiting for the next home match against Chacarita Juniors. The team is likely to go with a 4-4-1-1 due to the inclusion of Juan Casado (replacing Claudio Bustos) as the playmaker. Matias Suarez will be the man upfront. As always, Chacarita are contenders for promotion and we will have to play well if we want to get the three points. The match will be played next Saturday at the Gigante de Alberdi.

Almirante Brown 1 - Belgrano 1

In the opening fixture of the campaign, Belgrano and Almirante Brown ended up locked in a one-goal apiece draw in what was otherwise a dull encounter. Almirante Brown started well trying to push Belgrano backwards but after 20 minutes, Belgrano started to control the ball and to create chances. Suarez saw two good chances went begging and it was Suarez who got brought down in the box nearing the end of the half. Bustos took the penalty well and gave Belgrano the lead. Things looked good for our team in the second half but for some reason Belgrano played poorly and unambitiously in the second half. Almirante Brown got a deserved equalizer after some sloppy play from our defenders. There were only a few other chances for each side to win the match but the draw seemed to fit the bill perfectly. Not the best start for Belgrano play-wise, but it is certainly a an away draw that may be significant come the end of the season.

Back to business

I have had quite a few technical problems (PC broke down, new OS, lots of learning) over the last two weeks so I couldn't update the blog. Now that everything seems to be behind, we get back to business.

Belgrano set for opener

Belgrano open their promotion bid tomorrow against recently-prometed Almirante Brown at 20.35 pm (Argentinian time). Although the coach Ferraro has not confirmed the team, the likely eleven will be: De Giorgi; Martinez, Novaretti, Caceres, Pages; Mansanelli, Lux, Pietravallo, Garcia; Suarez and Bustos. The match will be played in Buenos Aires and Belgrano will fancy their chances against an inexperienced rival. We hope this the first positive step to gain promotion to the Premier Division. Come on guys! Let's get the ball rolling...

Latest arrivals: Farre and Crossa

Belgrano have strengthened their squad with the signings of Guillermo Farre and Martin Crossa. Farre, a 26-year old cultured midfielder, arrives on a one-year loan with the possibility of a permanent move. The player had been playing at Central Cordoba de Rosario but said he was delighted to agree terms with Belgrano. The arrival of Crossa to Belgrano means promise of goals as the 30-year old experienced striker has had a long and successful career in several clubs from Uruguay and Europe. Both players had been in Pancho Ferraro's shortlist and will play this season for Belgrano. It is rumoured that Belgrano are looking to sign a goalkeeper as a replacement for the likely departure of Montoya. We hope these two players will contribute to our cause, which is none other than winning promotion to the Premier Division.

And there you go again...

The transfer of highly-rated keeper German Montoya to Velez Sarfield is "almost done", according to Velez's president Balestrini. Belgrano had declared a $ 1.1m minimum price for the keeper -which Velez has offered- but said that they would like to see offers around the $ 2.5m mark. The complex judicial situation of the club makes everything more difficult. For instance, while the player and the judge are willing to accept the offer, the chairman Armando Perez has declared himself disgusted with the pressure being put on him to sell the player. Most likely, Montoya will be transferred, we'll have to look for a replacement, and the relationship between the management and the judge and trust will reach a worrying low. We are happy for German Montoya, who has certainly a great future, but we are unhappy at the way these transfers have been handled.

Luifa: the legend bids farewell

Luis Fabian Artime, known simply as el "Luifa", retired from football two years ago but never had the chance to say goodbye to the Belgrano fans. Next Sunday he will finally get to have his deserved farewell game. Organized by World Eleven, the match will see several former players and friends of Luifa play for the fun of it. Tickets are selling fast and a full house is expected. It has also been confirmed that el Luifa will arrive to the Stadium mounted in a firecar following a one-hour long procession escorted by the cheers of the fans. It should be quite an event. The kind of event one of our greatest glories deserves. Gracias Luifa!!!

The Rios saga continues

If Andres Rios thought his misconduct would have no consequences, well he should have thought better. The player was cited by the authorizing judge to declare on his abandonment of the club. Although Rios had been training with his "new" club Veracruz, he flew to Cordoba to comply with the judicial order. The player apologized over his actions but it appears that neither the judge nor Armando Perez will accept the offer for the player. It's been confirmed that Veracruz had a raise of their bid rejected again. And the Belgrano management have said that Rios will not be joining Veracruz. He will be cited to train with Belgrano and wait for new offers to come in. Although this is not an ideal situation for the player nor the club, we believe the player has brought it all on himself by refusing to comply with his obligations. As loyal and caring fans, we don't accept this behaviour and wish the best for the club. As for the player, he should better think twice before acting foolishly.

Belgrano sign Federico Garcia

Belgrano have secured the signing of the cultured 28-year left winger Federico Garcia (pictured). The Rafaela player spent last season on loan at newly-promoted Olimpo and joins Belgrano on a one-year loan. The player has already been training with his new teammates. With the arrival of Garcia, the squad is starting to look promising and our promotion hopes are becoming ever so real.

Gandin, Garcia and Lujambio are Belgrano targets

Belgrano are desperately looking for a striker. After many speculations, it appears that it's a two-horse race between Gandin and Lujambio. While both have been given the nod by Pancho Ferraro, Gandin looks like the best long-term bet. Belgrano have made an offer for the player to Colon (said to be around U$S 1m) but Gandin is hoping to sign for a first Division team. If that doesn't go well, then he will most likely sign for Belgrano. Lujambio, a former Belgrano favorite and declared fan, is the alternative option. While he is not getting any younger, he is still scoring goals. Finally, Belgrano are looking for a left-winger after Romero decided to sign for Argentions in the end. The candidate: Federico Garcia. He would be a great signing but Rafaela is not willing to let him go. Apparently, Belgrano are decided to go for a big offer aiming to lure Garcia's interest. Finally, the coach Pancho Ferraro said that the squad is 80-85% of the way and that he needs "3 or 4 more players".

Pre-season friendlies

Belgrano are preparing for the start of the season with some friendlies against teams from lower divisions. On Tuesday, Belgrano defeated Villa del Parque, a Necochea outfit, by 1-0. The only goal was scored by Matias Suarez. Yesterday, they faced a stronger opposition in Argentino B-team Comunicaciones but made light work of them by winning 4-0. "El Pajaro" Matias Gigli scored a brace, Mansanelli got himself on the scoresheet and new signing Pages also scored. The coach declared himself happy with the pre-season training and the performance of the team in the preparation matches. The squad is returning to Cordoba today and will return to training tomorrow. Vamos Belgrano Carajo!!!

Rios, Lazaga leave the club

Andres "Pulga" Rios has left the club in a surprise decision. Although there was an interest from Veracruz, no official offer had been made to the Trust in charge of Belgrano. Despite the coach having Rios as one of his key players, the player left the camp and took off to Veracruz where he is training with his new teammates. The decision angered the fans and the chairman has declared that Belgrano will do their utmost to block the move. Lazaga also left Belgrano but in his case the reasons were that he never settled and fell out with the coach. Armando Perez argued that it was in both the Club and the player interest to look for a way out of this situation. Belgrano have part ownwership of the player and may be looking to loan him out.

Belgrano land Bustos and Romero

Belgrano have signed left-winger Andres Romero and centre-forward Claudio Bustos from Ben Hur. Both players featured in the Ben Hur squad that escaped relegation last friday. Although relatively unknown, both players have been in Ferraro's shortlist from the begining of the pre-season. A warm welcome to them!

Belgrano sign Casado and close in on Bustos

Belgrano have agreed terms with 27-year old attacking midfielder Juan Casado. The former Velez player had a previous spell at Belgrano and was a vital part of the Platense team that did so well during the last season. He arrives to Belgrano on a one-year long loan and has already joined the squad in the pre-season. The player said that he was delighted to sign for a famous club and that he was looking forward to help them earn promotion this coming season. Below you can check out some of his goals at Platense:

It has also been rumoured that Claudio Bustos, a powerful 30-year old experienced centre-forward, has also agreed terms with Belgrano and will be joining the squad during this weekend. Bustos, who has scored many goals in his career in the Ascenso, has fallen out with the management at Ben Hur and has declared himself delighted of being linked with Belgrano. This likely addition to the squad means experience and goals, attributes that are needed in order to push for the title and promotion to the First Division.

Peppino signs for Veracruz

Belgrano skipper Franco Peppino has finally signed a contract for Mexican outfit Veracruz. The 25-year old defender said he was looking forward to this new opportunity and declared himself delighted of joininng the Tiburones Rojos. Peppino, raised in Belgrano's Youth Team, became a solid and dependable performer and was among the best Belgrano players in the campaign that saw the team gain promotion and also during last year in the Premier Division. The official fee remains undisclosed but it is said to be around $ 350k. We wish Franco the best in his new club and hope to see him again in a Belgrano shirt in the future.

Javier Lux joins Belgrano

The former Racing central midfielder (pictured, left) has joined Belgrano on a one-year loan contract. Lux, the little known brother of goalkeeper German, had previous spells at Talleres, Instituto, Estudiantes and Arsenal for whom he played in the last year. The 30-year old midfielder has lots of experience and is certainly a quality signing for the second division. Lux has already joined the squad at the Necochea facilities where Belgrano sweat it out during the pre-season. Good luck to Javier in his time at Belgrano!

Offers for Rios and Peppino

Veracruz have declared their interest in Belgrano players Andres Rios and Franco Peppino. It appears they have penciled formal offers for the two players at $ 350k for Peppino and $ 700k for Rios. Other rumours around the Belgrano camp are that some La Liga outfits have also shown interest in both players. What remains to be seen is whether the club will be willing to sell the players considering the coach feels they are key first team players. Earlier this month, the chairman had agreed with the coach Ferraro that both players would stay. The players, on the other hand, have stated that this would be a good opportunity to emigrate. We are confident that the directors will double their efforts to convince the players to stay. After all, we are not selling them that cheap...

Belgrano sign Pietravallo

Belgrano have announced the signing of 25-year old tenacious midfielder Juan Martin Pietravallo. A product of the Velez youth academy, Pietravallo played for several different clubs including Quilmes, Olimpo and Gimnasia LP before joining Nueva Chicago during the last season. Pietravallo's natural role as a defensive midfielder does not impede him to be a good passer and has also great athletic ability. This move should allow Belgrano to cover for the departure of Mario Bolatti, now in Porto FC. You can see a compilation of his best moments over the last three years in this clip (give it a good 30 secs for the action to start):

New faces: De Giorgis and Pages

Belgrano have announced the first two signings of the pre-season: young goalkeeper Carlos De Giorgis and experienced left-back Rodrigo Hernan Pages. De Giorgis played for Gimnasia de Jujuy last season without making a single appearance while Pages was part of the rotation in Banfield. The coach Ferraro had hinted that he needed to strengthen the defense with experienced players. The addition of Pages will certainly provide more depth to the defense. De Giorgis is more of a mistery since he has only filled in as a backup player throughout most of his career. But then again, this may be a strategy to cover for the likely sale of German Montoya. Who knows...

We welcome these two players and hope they are succesful and bring effort and energy to the team. We can only hope that they learn quickly what playing for Belgrano means. We don't ask much, just a strong committment and playing your arse out there in the pitch!!!

Porto land Bolatti

After weeks of speculation, Bolatti has agreed conditions with Porto FC and will be heading to Portugal. The transfer fee is said to be around $2.7m which is a record transfer in the history of the Club Atletico Belgrano. Bolatti will receive $500k per year plus other financial incentives. The transaction will be confirmed when the authorizing judge sees over all the legal papers and contracts.

Although it's sad to see Mario leave, Belgrano fans are very grateful for his years in the club and wish him the very best at his new club. Porto has bought a real gem of a player with a glorious career ahead of him. Good luck Mario!!!

Final destination: Porto or Deportivo?

You know the plot: a highly-rated central midfielder -that is Mario Bolatti- has become hot property in the transfer market. Although several clubs have shown interest in Bolatti, it is clear that it all comes down to two clubs: Porto FC and Deportivo La Coruña. The plot has thickened due to Belgrano's financial situation and to an alleged clash between the player and the club's interests. Apparently, Bolatti had expressed his preference for Deportivo while Belgrano's chairman, Armando Perez, had been favouring Porto's smaller bid. Familiar? Uh...Belgrano are tight-lipped regarding the affair and so is Bolatti. Under these circumstances, we are left with several questions regarding this transfer. Will Bolatti end up in Portugal or Spain? Why is Perez willing to accept a lower bid for the player? What role is the authorizing judge playing? To what extent are the two bids comparable? Are there any future clauses or agreements between Belgrano and either of the clubs that may have a bearing on the transfer? As you can see, there are too many unanswered questions. Only time will tell whether this will result in a happy ending for Belgrano, the buyer and the player or whether this will be another obscure transaction that will hang from our club's wall of shame...

Looking ahead

With the relegation to second division consumated, Belgrano bosses and the coaching staff are working together to assemble the new squad for the forthcoming season. Several players, including Jorge Cervera, JJ Serrizuela and Ezequiel Medran, have had their loans terminated by the club. Matias Donnet and Marcelo Delgado, some of the most notable underperformers, have still 6 months remaining on their contracts but everything suggests they will have their contracts terminated. Other players have been released on free transfers and other will be loaned out. Belgrano are interested in renewing the contracts of 4 players -Juan Daniel Caceres, Miguel Martinez, Matias Oyola and Andres Yllana- although the cases are different. While both Caceres and Martinez are close to signing a new deal, Oyola will probably return to River Plate and Andres Yllana is seriously considering retirement. A big question mark hangs on the future of paraguayan forward Marco Antonio Lazaga, a promising striker who didn't play a single entire match during this season.

On the other hand, the head coach, Francisco Ferraro, will decide on a list of potential transfers next monday. We will be posting more news and rumours as soon as they become available.

Belgrano relegated

Belgrano were relegated to the Argentine Second Division despite winning 3-0 against Banfield. Nueva Chicago and Godoy Cruz will play promotion legs against teams from the Second Division. It's sad news for the fans but we have the will and desire to bounce back next year. We'll be back.

Waiting for the miracle

That is what we need today. To have a chance of avoiding direct relegation Belgrano must win in their clash against Banfield and both players and fans will eagerly await the result between Newells and Nueva Chicago since a Newells defeat will send Belgrano packing. There is optimism, the fans will fill the stadium as always but unfortunately our chances hinge on what will happen elsewhere. Belgrano have fought through and come out victorious on many other occassions in the past and we all hope there is another epic page to be written in our glorious history. Come on guys, do it for the fans. We deserve it!

[Youth Team - Game 12] Newells - Belgrano

The last two fixtures saw Belgrano Youths pick only two points out of 18 and they needed to start racking up the points again. They did just that against Newells and remained unbeaten through all three matches. Results:

4th Division: Newells 0 - 0 Belgrano

Goals: none

5th Division: Newells 0 - 1 Belgrano

Goals: Pereyra (B)

6th Division: Newells 3 - 4 Belgrano

Goals: Ortega (N), Falcone (N), Ortega (N), Amaya (B), Silva (B), Martinez (B), Amaya (B)

Boca Juniors 1 - 0 Belgrano

Belgrano were beaten by an alternative Boca Juniors side (the main players had been rested to play the final of the Copa Libertadores). This defeat meant that our hopes of avoiding direct relegation were left hanging by a thread. Bruno Marioni scored the only goal of the match. Belgrano looked lost and beaten during the first half and were unable to create anything in the second half. A woeful performance from the boys who don't really look to be deserving of the illustrious Belgrano shirt right now. Only one match to go. It will take a miracle to stay up.

Man of the match: Battaglia (BOC)
Attendance: not supplied

[Youth Team - Game 11] Belgrano - River Plate

Belgrano Youths had a difficult clash against River Plated Youths. Despite their home advantage, Belgrano could only manage to get two draws losing out the third match. Results:

4th Division: Belgrano 0 - 3 River Plate

Goals: Sotomayor (RP), Campo Dominguez (RP), Valor (RP)

5th Division: Belgrano 2 -2 River Plate

Goals: Pereyra (B), Villegas (B), Coronel (RP), Buba (RP)

6th Division: Belgrano 0 - 0 River Plate

Goals: none

Bolatti linked with Porto

Recent rumours have linked the cultured Belgrano midfielder with Porto FC by stating that the portuguese club had made an offer for the player. Bolatti had been subject to transfer speculation during the last transfer market attracting the interest of giants Boca Juniors, River Plate and Juventus. The Belgrano chairman dismissed those rumours stating that Bolatti would stay until the end of the season. Now that the time has arrived, it seems Bolatti won't be a Belgrano player for much longer. Other clubs that have shown interest are Racing de Santander, Murcia and Independiente. Whatever the outcome of the negotiations, we are sure that Bolatti would be a quality signing for any European club.

Belgrano facing uphill relegation battle

Even if Belgrano win the remaining two matches in the Clausura, they are not granted to stay in Primera Division. With Quilmes already relegated, the remaining place will be decided between Belgrano, Nueva Chicago and Godoy Cruz. Belgrano have a very difficult away fixture against Boca Juniors and finish against Banfield in Cordoba. The positives are that there are still chances and that Belgrano has always managed to overcome even the fiercest of obstacles. This is the Belgrano mystic. It is a long shot, but our players and fans are iron-willed and our determination and grit will keep us up!

[Youth Team - Game 10] Boca Juniors - Belgrano

Belgrano Youths travelled to Buenos Aires to face Boca Juniors Youths. Belgrano didn't do much to revert the odds as they were thoroughly beaten by superior Boca divisions. Results:

4th Division: Boca Juniors 2 - 0 Belgrano

Goals: not supplied

5th Division: Boca Juniors 3 - 1 Belgrano

Goals: not supplied

6th Division: Boca Juniors 3 -1 Belgrano

Goals: not supplied

[Youth Team - Game 9] Belgrano - Independiente

Belgrano Youths made light work of Independiente Youths as they beat them comfortably in two of the three matches. The 5th division match ended in a draw. Results:

4th Division: Belgrano 3 - 0 Independiente

Goals: Maidana (B), Sorasio (B), Landa (B)

5th Division: Belgrano 0 - 0 Independiente

Goals: Vazquez (B), Churin (B)

6th Division: Belgrano 2 - 0 Independiente

Goals: Silva (B), Amaya (B)

[Youth Team - Game 8] Racing Club - Belgrano

Belgrano Youths travelled to Avellaneda to face a strong opposition in Racing Club Youths. Despite having the odds against them, Belgrano managed to get two draws while losing out the remaining game. Results:

4th Division: Racing Club 1 - 1 Belgrano

Goals: Sanchez Sotelo (R), Ramos (B)

5th Division: Racing Club 0 - 0 Belgrano

Goals: none

6th Division: Racing Club 4 - 2 Belgrano

Goals: Respuela (R), Perez (R), Mango (R), Rivero (R), Ortiz (B), Lujan (B)

Updates back in June !

Due to a number of urgent and non-urgent matters we have been unable to keep up with the blog during the last month or so. Fortunately, I will be able to resume the updates from June so do pay us a visit in the next weeks. We'll try to keep this page updated regularly in the future so visitors from around the world get the latest news, updates and match reports on Belgrano de Cordoba.

[Youth Team - Game 7] Belgrano - Huracan

Belgrano and Huracan shared the points in their last encounter. While Huracan snatched a narrow win in the 4th division, Belgrano trashed Huracan in the 5th and were held to draw in the 6th division. Results:

4th Division: Belgrano 0 - 1 Huracan

Goals: Vizcarra (H)

5th Division: Belgrano 4 - 1 Huracan

Goals: Pereyra (B), Canelo (B), Vazquez (B), Rodriguez (B), De Federico (H)

6th Division: Belgrano 0 - 0 Huracan

Goals: none

[Youth Team - Game 6] Defensa y Justicia - Belgrano

The teams travelled to Buenos Aires to face Defensa y Justicia and there were plenty of goals in most of the matches. Belgrano returned home unbeaten in all three divisions. Results:

4th Division: Defensa y Justicia 1 - 1 Belgrano

Goals: Carrasco (DyJ), Echevarria (B)

5th Division: Defensa y Justicia 4 - 4 Belgrano

Goals: Kesseler (DyJ), Kesseler (DyJ), Rodriguez (DyJ), Lopez (DyJ), Vazquez (B), Vazquez (B), Pereyra (B), Vazquez (B)

6th Division: Defensa y Justicia 1 - 4 Belgrano

Goals: Pereyra (DyJ), Amaya (B), Martinez (B), Altamirano (B), Amaya (B)

[Youth Team - Game 5] Belgrano - Nueva Chicago

Belgrao youths hosted Nueva Chicago and failed to get the best ot the Matadero team. Belgrano only managed to snatch a goalless draw out of three matches. Results:

4th Division: Belgrano 0 - 0 Nueva Chicago

5th Division: Belgrano 1 - 2 Nueva Chicago

6th Division: Belgrano 0 - 1 Nueva Chicago

River Plate 1 - 1 Belgrano

Belgrano were just 11 minutes short of causing a major upset against River Plate in their last match. Although River Plata had suffered a string of bad results, they have players of inmense quality. Belgrano took to the pitch with a defensive formation with only one forward. During the first half, River controlled possession but lacked ideas to overcome the solid scheme devised by Primo. Gradually, Belgrano started to find spaces and twice were able to score in counterattacks. Lussenhoff handled the ball after a corner kick and the referee didn't think twice. Delgado (pictured), who is sort of a River nemesis, scored from the spot and Belgrano went ahead. River players and coach were jeered by their fans. The second half brought more of the same and when it seemed that River would have a hard time finding the equalizer, Caceres was sent-off (wrongly) and this forced Belgrano to hold with guts and spirit. Belgrano had three great opportunities to finish the match off but lacked the final touch. In the 36th minute, a defensive blip gave Fernandez the chance to get inside the box scoring from close range. After that, it was all River's who could have won it in the end but Montoya had some key saves. Belgrano felt a little disappointed right after the final whistle, but it is a very good result against a team who are always title candidates. The Best: The Belgrano fans, who travelled in hords to Nunez, with some reports stating the presence of 6.000 supporters. No doubt one of the best hinchadas of Argentine football.

Man of the match: Mario Bolatti
Attendance: 26.000

[Youth Team - Game 4] Talleres - Belgrano

Belgrano youths kept the tradition of having the best against our fiercest rivals in the local derby. Belgrano got 5 points out of three matches. Results:

4th Division: Talleres 0 - 0 Belgrano

5th Division: Talleres 2 - 3 Belgrano

Goals: Gonzalez (T), Reyes (T), Malano (B), Malano (B), Vazquez (B).

6th Division: Talleres 1 - 1 Belgrano

Goals: Cetero (T), Garcia (B)

Historic Squads

This is a collection of photos of several Belgrano squads from the past ranging from 1915 to 2006. Memorable squads, fantastic and not-so-fantastic players, but always 11 gladiators that left everything in the football ground. This is a small tribute from El Bergantin Pirata to our great Club. For all Belgrano fans to enjoy !!! (Photo source: Official Club Page and Portal Celeste)

More information about each squad will be added soon. In the meantime, enjoy the pictures. If you have additional photos of historic squads or would like to contribute with information about them, please send us an email at

Belgrano 3 - 0 Velez Sarfield

Velez Sarfield were soundly beaten by Belgrano last Sunday. The first 20 minutes of the match were completely dominated by Belgrano producing no less than 4 clear scoring chances. One of these was taken by Oyola who took advantage of a poor clearance and put Belgrano ahead with a neat half-volley. Velez controlled the ball for the rest of the half but were unable to create many clear chances. Montoya was excellent denying Mauro Zarate in the only real chance for Velez. In the second half, Belgrano opted for a counter-attacking style which suited them. Velez got hold of the ball but were passing it around ineffectively. Another mistake by Velez gifted the ball to Oyola who made a perfect cross headed into the net by 18-year old Suarez. Soon after, Delgado headed the counterattack for Belgrano and when it seemed that the ball was being cleared, he made a superb tackle stealing the ball from the defender and giving the assist to Porcari who neatly pushed the ball into the net. It was 3-0. By that time, Velez had already given up and Belgrano were just passing the ball around waiting for the final whistle. It was a very good victory against a good team, with passages of good play, and a much-needed stimulus for the players who now travel to face River Plate.

Man of the match: Matias Oyola
Attendance: 27.000

[Youth Team - Game 3] Belgrano (bye)

Belgrano were not scheduled to play this fixture as they were the odd team.

No updates until next Sat. (31/03/07)

Unfortunately I will not be able to update the page during the next days but I will start posting again next Saturday. Cheers to all and good luck to the Belgrano during this week. We all to need to pull together to overcome this difficult situation.

[Youth Team - Game 2] Belgrano - Arsenal

Belgrano Youths hosted Arsenal for the 2nd fixture of the 2007 season. Belgrano got the better of Arsenal by winning the three matches. Results:

4th Division: Belgrano 3 - 0 Arsenal

Goals: Hechalar (B), Gonzalez (B), Chavarria (B)

5th Division: Belgrano 2 - 0 Arsenal

Goals: Bellino (B), Malano (B)

6th Division:
Belgrano 2 - 0 Arsenal

Goals: Fernandez (B), Lujan (B)

Pre-match report

Bollati returns to the team replacing Bustos while Novaretti makes his Belgrano debut replacing Caceres (out, suspended). While the midfield sees Donnet and Oyola stay in the team, there are doubts concerning the two upfront. Rios is almost surely playing but Delgado has a muscle strain. If he is out, then Gigli is the candidate to replace him. For the first time since he arrived to the club, Marcos Lazaga is included into the squad. The possible team for tomorrow: Montoya; Serrizuela, Peppino, Novaretti, Martinez; Donnet, Yllana, Bolatti, Oyola; Rios and Gigli. In Nueva Chicago, Donda replaces Zarif (out, suspended).

Party in the stands !!! Happy 102 years !!!

These two short clips offer a glimpse of the fantastic party held both in the pitch and in the stands in the last match which Belgrano won 3-2. The fans had an additional reason to celebrate: It was Belgrano's 102nd Anniversary. The first clip shows Belgrano fans chanting and cheering for team as they were coming into the pitch. The second clip reproduces the moments after the match had finished (total madness!!!). The quality and recording is not professional (but props to the guy who made it!) as you can see but is good enough as to confirm the buzz: Belgrano are the biggest club in Cordoba and their people are truly unique. We may suffer, we may cheer, we may cry, we may celebrate, we may win, we may lose, we may shine, we may suck, we may chant, we may rumble...But no matter what, we will always be there with you, our beloved Club Atletico Belgrano.

Belgrano 3 - 2 Godoy Cruz

Belgrano defeated Godoy Cruz in an exciting match that could have gone either way. Belgrano scored in quick sucession in the second half and put themselves ahead 3-1. Moments later, Caceres (B) was sent off and Belgrano were pushed all the way by Godoy Cruz who took advantage of the extra man. In the end, Belgrano were able to cling on to the lead even when Godoy Cruz scored a late goal. When the referee blew the final whistle, the stadium burst in joy and the celebrations started. Belgrano had obtained their first win in this tournament and one that will surely count in later stages when relegation is decided. Yllana, Rios and Donnet (pictured) were the goalscorers for Belgrano while Torresi and Miranda scored for Godoy Cruz.

Man of the match: Matias Donnet
Attendance: 35.000

Belgrano 3 - 2 Godoy Cruz - LIVE UPDATES

94': Final whistle. Belgrano win 3-2. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

17.50: All set for kick-off. A full-house and a great atmosphere for this huge match.

17.55: Our support is fantastic: almost bottom of the league and yet we packed the stadium. Un-freaking-believable!!!

17.59: Teams ready to come out into the pitch.

18.01: Terrific. Amazing. Awesome. Unbelievable. Speechles. Belgrano were received by their fans in spectacular fashion.

18.05 The match starts.

3': Both teams hustle it out in the midfield. Rios (B) shoots but misses.
5': Belgrano controls the ball.
7': Cross from Oyola (B). Misses the goal by a mile.
8': Godoy Cruz counterattack but the danger is cleared. Belgrano bent on attack.
10': Herbella (G) with a last-ditch tackle on Rios (B)
12': Corner to Belgrano.
13': GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOALLLLLL!!! Yllana scores for Belgrano.
16': Party in the stands. Belgrano are winning and playing well.
17': Delgado (B) heads just above the woodwork
20': Godoy Cruz try to find the equalizer
23': Belgrano in control. The ball passes through the midfielders.
25': The Belgrano defenders are looking solid
26': Arzuaga (G) shoots wide. Godoy Cruz are playing better
28': Caceres (B) clears the danger. Corner to Godoy Cruz
31': Arzuaga (G) dives and...where's the yellow card??? Come on ref!
34': Martinez (B) is booked
36': Good counterattack by Belgrano cleared by Godoy Cruz defenders
38': GOAL. Torresi scores for Godoy Cruz.
42': Corner to Belgrano. Cleared by defenders.
44': Torresi (G) misses a sitter. Godoy Cruz playing better at the moment
46': Half-time whistle. Good match so far.

[Youth Team - Game 1] Gimnasia LP - Belgrano

Belgrano Youth Team traveled to La Plata to play Gimnasia LP. Belgrano got some good points in the bag as they started the Youth League in good shape. Results:

4th Division: Gimnasia LP 2 - 0 Belgrano

Goals: Lopez (G), Jaime (G)

5th Division: Gimnasia LP 2 - 2 Belgrano

Goals: Galassi (G), Saporale (G), Macavo (B), Casado (B)

6th Division:
Gimnasia LP 1 - 2 Belgrano

Goals: Mazolati (G), Altamirano (B), Garcia (B)

Pre-match report

Belgrano make some changes to face Godoy Cruz. Primo has confirmed that Rios and Yllana will replace Cervera and Bolatti while Bustos and Martinez are likely to play. The coach has not confirmed the team but it looks as the team will be: Montoya; Serrizuela, Peppino, Caceres, Martinez; Donnet, Yllana, Bustos, Oyola; Rios and Delgado. Godoy Cruz will play the same team who beat Colon. A huge crowd is expected for this match considered a crucial battle between two teams struggling to find their feet and biding to escape the threat of relegation.

New signings - How have they fared so far?

New signigs are always a talking point specially during the first matches of the season where the expectation to see them perform is high. After 5 fixtures, El Bergantin Pirata takes stock and assesses the performance of the 4 high-profile players that Belgrano signed during the off-season.

Marcelo DELGADO: Missed the first match, then played all four matches. Only glimpses (and not many) of the player he once was. True, he hasn't yet fit into the team and he has a special training regime. Credit is still open but he better start showing more of his famed pace and "three-finger" shots. RATING: 2/5

Matias DONET:
Started all 5 matches but was subbed in most of them. Sometimes this was due to poor form, other due to exhaustion. He was in very bad shape when he arrived but now he is showing good progress. Had a good outing against Estudiantes and a better one against Gimnasia scoring one gol in this match. RATING: 3/5

Matias OYOLA: The pint-sized winger was the latest to arrive and the first to make a positive impression. Apart from the first match against Rosario Central, he has been one of best players in each match. Had a decent game against Independiente and San Lorenzo, was the man of the match against Independiente and was okay against Gimnasia (where he was forced to play in an unfamiliar defensive position). He scored a goal against Estudiantes. RATING: 4/5

Marcos LAZAGA:
The paraguayan forward has not had the opportunity to play since he caught an injury soon after signing. He is now back into the squad and will be in the bench against Godoy Cruz. RATING: N/A

What do you think? Do you agree with this assessment? Post your comments below.

Belgrano prepares for celebration

Belgrano will celebrate its 102 years of existence (yeah, we're one of the oldest and most traditional clubs in Argentina) with a big party in the stands promoted by fans and supporters. Although the official date is on Monday 19th of March, every effort is being made to make sure this Sunday the Olimpico de Cordoba will be dressed with our team colors. Flags, balloons, drums, banners, trumpets, paper rolls and everything else that you can think of, will feature in this party to make sure we celebrate in style. Can we also add the icing on the cake by beating the mendocinos and finally kickstart our campaign? We sure can. The ball is now rolling. Pictures, clips and fan reactions to follow in this site.

Belgrano facing uphill relegation battle

With 5 fixtures into the Clausura 2007, it is clear that the relegation battle is shaping up to be fiercely contested. True, Belgrano have not performed well by any standards and the team still have time to turn things around. But other relegation candidates are obtaining wins and this adds to the pressure. Both Argentinos Juniors and Godoy Cruz have got 9 points out of 15 and they have certainly leapfrogged other teams in the dreaded relegation table. With Quilmes almost condemned to playing next season in the Nacional B, there is still to be be decided who will join them and which two teams will have to play two qualification legs. Belgrano and Nueva Chicago have been disappointing so far but they have potential to avoid relegation. They need to start racking up the points sooner rather than later though. While other teams -think Colon, Newells and Gimnasia de Jujuy- may be drawn into this relegation battle, they will not have to worry unless Godoy Cruz, Belgrano and Nueva Chicago produce all very good campaigns. In this context, the next two matches are absolutely crucial for Belgrano. We host Godoy Cruz at the Gigante de Alberdi next sunday and then travel to Mataderos to face Nueva Chicago. Much of our chances to stay in the top division of Argentine football will be decided in these two matches.

Gimnasia 2 - 2 Belgrano

Gimnasia and Belgrano played a vibrant and attractive match that ended in a somewhat heroic draw for the visitors. After a poor first half where both teams tried to get hold of the ball and the goallies saw very little action, the second half turned out to be a see-saw contest where anyone could have ended the winner. Gimnasia struck first through a well-placed shot by Piatti and this was a huge blow to Belgrano who looked disorientated. Belgrano forwards had been very ineffective until Rios replaced Cervera and the pint-sized forward created all sorts of trouble for the Gimnasia defenders. In the 33 minute, Rios held the ball long enough for Donnet to come racing down the middle to place a left-footed shot into the net. It didn't last long for Belgrano though as Gimnasia took advantage of some sloppy defending and Perguidi headed a cross from the right into the net. Belgrano were down and out and Gimnasia had a few more chances to finish the match but they seemed to aim for the fancy rather than the effective. Perguidi went from heroe to villain when he was unable to score and his pass was intercepted by the Belgrano defenders. The counterattack was commanded by Rios who used lightning pace to race past the defenders and place the ball swiftly into the net in the last minute. Belgrano celebrated the unlikely draw and Gimnasia were left to rue their attacking defficiencies. Belgrano didn't play well but were able to stop a losing streak and gather optimism for the next match against Godoy Cruz.

Gimnasia vs Belgrano - LIVE UPDATES

48': The referee blows for full time. Match ends 2-2.
47': Montoya (B) secures the ball after a desperate attempt.
47': Montoya (B) traps the ball in his hands after a cross.
45': Gimnasia 2 - Belgrano 2. 3 minutes of extra time.
45': Belgrano draw level again in the dying moments.
43': Belgrano can't find a way to the leveller.
42': Counterattack by Gimnasia is cleared.
41': Free kick blocked by Gimnasia wall.
40': Dangerous free kick to Belgrano.
39': Basualdo (G) replaces Alderete (G).
38': Gimnasia leads 2-1.
38': GOAL (G). Perguidi (G) after cross from Silva (G).
36': Montoya saves a shot by Silva (G).
34': Belgrano draw level. Gimnasia 1 - 1 Belgrano.
34': GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!!!! Donnet (B).
33': Corner kick to Belgrano.
32': Montoya (B) holds a cross from Perguidi (G).
31': Rios (B) caught offside.
30': Suarez (B) replaces Maldonado (B).
30': Oyola (B) fouled by Cornejo (G).
28': Shot by Silva (G) blocked by Serrizuela (B).
28': Perguidi (G) replaces Leguizamon (G).
27': Maldonado (B) booked.
27': Rios (B) shoots at goal but Kletnicki controls easily.
26': Bolatti (B) misses a header and a great chance.
25': Maldonado (B) is fouled near the box. Cross to Belgrano (B).
24': Leguizamon (G) misses an easy chance.
22': Cornejo (G) replaces Dubarbier (G).
21': Donnet (B) booked.
19': Rios (B) forces Kletnicki (G) to rush for the ball.
16': Cross by Rios (B) controlled by Kletnicki (G).
16': Rios (B) replaces Cervera (B).
15': Delgado (B) misses a good opportunity.
13': Belgrano are stunned and looking badly.
11': Corner to Gimnasia cleared by Belgrano.
10': Montoya (B) saves twice from Leguizamon (G) and Dubarbier (G).
9': Gimnasia leads 1-0.
9': GOAL - Piatti (G). Neat shot hit the post and went in.
7': Corner kick to Gimnasia.
5': Slow start to the 2nd half. Both teams lack ideas.
3': Dubarbier (G) shoots wide after cross from the left.
0': 2nd half starts. Bustos (B) replaces Oses (B).

46': Maglio (ref) whistles for half time.
44': Both sides look for the goal.
43': Kletnicki (G) clears a cross from Serrizuela (B)
41': Oyola (B) is booked.
39': Donnet (B) shoots but Kletnicki controls well.
37': Kletnicki (G) saves from Donnet (B).
34': All Gimnasia efforts pass by Leguizamon (G)
31': Gimnasia getting closer to the goal. Missed shot on goal.
29': Serrizuela (B) misses out wide from long range.
27': Belgrano counterattack via Delgado (B) and Cervera (B).
20': Montoya (B) closes in on Silva (G) and clears.
15': Gimnasia has Belgrano in their back foot.
8': Gimnasia attempts are long-range shots.
5': Belgrano control the ball in the midfield.
0': 1st half starts.

Belgrano looking for first win

Belgrano travel to La Plata to face Gimnasia y Esgrima this Sunday. Belgrano are trying to get the first win in the tournament to kickstart their campaign. The threat of relegation is ever so present and the team can't afford losing more points. Gimnasia is usually a tricky customer but they have been very irregular the past months. Gimnasia got a very important away win in their last fixture against Colon while Belgrano were unlucky to go down to Estudiantes. The mood in the Belgrano camp is as good as ever although this may change if Belgrano are beaten by Gimnasia. The time has come for the fans, the players and the coach to carry the team forward and start turning in the points. The match against El Lobo sounds just like the right time.

Belgrano 1 - Estudiantes 2

Belgrano played the best match in the tournament yet they were left wondering what went wrong as Estudiantes took the win. Belgrano controlled the ball, created the best chances, always showed positive attitude but Estudiantes made the most of their chances. In the 38 minute, Piatti stunned the crowd when he placed the ball past Montoya against the run of play. Belgrano took the blow and they looked puzzled heading into the dressing room. Belgrano went all guns blazing in the second half and finally scored the first goal in this tournament when Matias Oyola, the shortest player on the pitch, headed the ball into the net. From that moment, both teams had chances although it was Belgrano who seemed to have a more positive approach. When the match was dying, Pavone made a cross that somehow found its way into the Belgrano goal. It was lucky for Estudiantes and devastating for Belgrano. It was obviously disheartening for the fans who nevertheless cheered the team for their game and effort. Belgrano are playing better each game and the players are all gelling together. It's just a matter of time to get the first win.

Round 4

Belgrano (CBA)
Estudiantes LP

3.00 (H) - 3.25 (D) - 2.35 (A)
VENUE : Chateau Carreras (Belgrano)
LAST 5.: --LXL / --WXX
KEY PL.: Mario Bolatti (B) - Mariano Pavone (E)
WHEN. : Saturday 03/03/07
K-TIME: 21.10
M.I.T.M: Pablo Lunati
MY SAY: Belgrano wins 2-1

Round 3

San Lorenzo
Belgrano (CBA)

not yet available
VENUE : La Bombonera (San Lorenzo)
LAST 5.: ---XW / ---XL
KEY PL.: Ezequiel Lavezzi (S) - Marcelo Delgado (B)
WHEN. : Sunday 25/02/07
K-TIME: 19.30
M.I.T.M: Gabriel Favale
MY SAY: Belgrano win 3-1

Belgrano 0 - Independiente 0

In a tightly contested match, El Pirata and El Diablo showed little ambition and ended in a goalless draw. Belgrano started well and soon created some half-chances but were unable to break Ustari's resistance. Independiente also saw a few chances go begging due to efficient action by Montoya. The first half ended 0-0 although it was highly emotive. The second half saw Belgrano's best scoring chance and it was woefully misjudged by Rios. Little else came after that and both teams seemed to settle for the draw. In the end, it was the result that best reflected the poor display by both teams. Undoubtedly, the presence of Marcelo "Chelo" Delgado in his official debut was the highlight for Belgrano and their fans. He played the whole match and looked the part, although he is capable of much more. On the bright side, Belgrano got a point against a difficult opposition, and it counts towards the main objective this season, to avoid relegation. There were some positive signs of associated team-play and good touches but much improvement is still needed in order to achieve a safe mid-table position.

Round 2

Belgrano (CBA)

2.65 (H) - 3.25 (D) - 2.40 (A)
VENUE : Chateau Carreras (Belgrano)
LAST 5.: ----L / ----L
KEY PL.: Marcelo Delgado (B) - Rolfi Montenegro (I)
WHEN. : Friday 16/02/07
K-TIME: 21.10
M.I.T.M: Saul Laverni
MY SAY: 1-1

Rosario Central 1 - Belgrano 0

Belgrano got off to a bad start of the season by losing to Rosario Central by one goal to nil. Both teams looked rusty and the level of play was poor. Central started strong but it was soon clear that they lacked precision and team play. Belgrano were pretty much holding up and waiting. As a result of this, both teams created very few chances during the first half. The second half saw Belgrano start brightly controlling the ball and trying to involve the midfielders into the attack. Rios wasted the best chance after a fine play and there was little else from Belgrano. Rosario Central hustled their way into the Belgrano's half but were short of ideas. Only a mistake or a set play could alter the previsible draw. And it was a bit of both since Rosario Central got the lead after a well placed corner kick and a poor clearance by Peppino that left Ledesma time and space to head the ball into the net. After this, the match became even duller and Belgrano's desperate attempt to snatch a leveller all but failed. Despite the defeat, there were a few positives to take into the future as Belgrano tried to control and pass the ball, play wide open by the wings with Oyola and Donnet and never looked inferior to their much more experienced opponents.