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Godoy Cruz
Full nameClub Deportivo Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba
Expreso (Express)
Bodeguero (Wine-Producer)
Founded1 June 1921; 100 years ago (1921-06-01)
GroundEstadio Feliciano Gambarte,
Godoy Cruz, Mendoza, Mendoza Province
ChairmanJosé Eduardo Mansur
ManagerRodolfo Diego Flores
LeaguePrimera División
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Club Deportivo Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba, known simply as Godoy Cruz, is an Argentine sports club from Godoy Cruz, Mendoza. The club is best known for its football team, that plays in the Primera División, the top level of the Argentine football league system.

Other activities practised at Godoy Cruz are basketball, team handball, field hockey, tennis and volleyball.


Godoy Cruz was born as an institution in 1921. It all started when a group of friends, gathered in the "Victoria Bar" (located opposite the departmental square at that time), decided to found a club, taking advantage of the boom at the time . Thus was born on 1 June 1921, the Club Sportivo Godoy Cruz with the novice presidency of Don Romero Garay.

The team of 1954.

The club was founded on 21 June 1921 under the name sportivo Godoy Cruz, and changed to its current name on 25 April 1930 after the fusion with Deportivo Bodega Antonio Tomba. In 1959, Godoy Cruz' stadium, the [Estadio Feliciano Gambarte], was constructed. The stadium is nicknamed La Bodega (Spanish for "wine cellar") and holds 21,000 people.

Godoy Cruz played in the regional league for several years before reaching the national level. The club won the Mendoza first division championship in 1944, 1947, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1968, and also in 1989 and 1990 that qualified to play in the defunct Torneo del Interior national-level tournament.

Winning the Torneo del Interior in 1994, Godoy Cruz reached the Primera B Nacional (Argentine second division) that year. After more than ten years in the second division, the club was finally promoted to the Primera División in 2006, after winning the 2005–06 season of the Primera B Nacional, defeating Nueva Chicago in the final.

Twenty-year-old Enzo Pérez scored the first goal by Godoy Cruz in the Argentine Primera, in a 1–1 draw with Belgrano on 9 September 2006.

At the end of the 2006–07 season, Godoy Cruz was relegated from the Primera after losing their promotion/relegation play-off with Huracán. Their stay in the second division was short, as they earned automatic promotion to the first division after finishing runners-up to San Martín de Tucumán during the 2007–08 season.

Godoy Cruz under Omar Asad's management during the 2010 Clausura can be considered as a turning point in the club's success in top-level competition, earning accolades from both fans and sport journalists alike. In that tournament, they achieved the best-ever point total (37) at the time, for a team indirectly affiliated to the Argentine Football Association (meaning clubs under the administration of the Consejo Federal (Federal Council) branch of AFA, which are teams outside Buenos Aires, Greater Buenos Aires, Rosario and Santa Fe). These results qualified them for the 2011 Copa Libertadores, their first appearance in this tournament.

The club's Superliga Argentina 2017/18 season, can be considered as the club's finest performance in Primera Division, finishing second place. After an erratic start to the season which lead to the sacking of Lucas Bernardi and his Uruguayan replacement, Mauricio Larriera, Godoy Cruz —placed midtable (twelfth after Matchday 12) in league standing at the time— improvised to begin the 2018 half of the season by promoting manager Diego Dabove who had been coaching the reserve team since 2017. Dabove restructured the starting 11 into an efficient counter-attacking unit. Although the club rarely dominated possession statistics game after game, "El Tomba" amassed 56 points in 27 games played, with in-form striker Santiago García —who converted 17 goals; earning him the Top Goals Scored and Best Forward awards— helping the team set their own club record of 6 consecutive wins during a late season push (Matchday 18 to 23) to keep eventual title winners Boca Juniors unable to clinch the division title until the penultimate matchday. Perhaps in hindsight, Godoy Cruz's early season inconsistency and Matchday 24 draw away at Banfield with a last-gasp 90'+3 goal-line save by Banfield defender Adrián Sporle, were key factors in finishing only two points behind Boca's 58 points.

South American Tournament Qualification[edit]

Godoy Cruz is the first club in Mendoza and the fifth indirectly-affiliated (to AFA) club to play in CONMEBOL tournaments.

The club's absolute debut in the 2011 Copa Libertadores Group 8, pitted the club against a trifecta of historic Libertadores champions: 2008 winners LDU Quito from Ecuador, 5-time champions Peñarol of Uruguay, and the record-holding 7-time champions (as the most successful club in the cup's history) Independiente. The opening match (and resulting 2-1 home win) on 17 February 2011 against LDU Quito marked a historic moment; Godoy Cruz had become the second indirectly affiliated side ever to represent Argentina in the Copa Libertadores (Talleres de Córdoba qualified to the 2002 Copa Libertadores), however was the first of these to win their debut match. The "Tomba" was eliminated in the group stage.[1]

Later in 2011, the club debut in the 2011 Copa Sudamericana tournament in the Second Stage round, defeating Lanús on an away goal tiebreaker (2-2 away / 0-0 home), arriving until Round of 16, losing in Peru to Universitario on penalties (2-3; after drawing both home & away legs 1-1) on 20 October 2011.

In 2012 he plays his second Copa Libertadores, playing in the group stage against Peñarol, Universidad de Chile and Atlético Nacional The "Express" could not pass another instance more than this phase.

In 2014, Godoy Cruz would play the second Copa Sudamericana, being eliminated before Club Atlético River Plate (champion of the edition of this tournament) in parties of ida (0:1) and return (0:2).

In 2017, Tomba will play for the third time in its history of the Copa Libertadores, fruit of the good championship that secured in 2016, and thus achieving the classification of the name of the tournament.

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2011 Copa Libertadores Second stage Ecuador LDU Quito 2–1 0–2 4th
Uruguay Peñarol 1–3 1–2
Argentina Independiente 1–1 3–1
2011 Copa Sudamericana Second stage Argentina Lanús 0–0 2–2 2–2 (a.)
Round of 16 Peru Universitario 1–1 1–1 2–2 (p. 2–3)
2012 Copa Libertadores Second stage Chile Universidad de Chile 0–1 1–5 3rd
Colombia Atlético Nacional 4–4 2–2
Uruguay Peñarol 1–0 2–4
2014 Copa Sudamericana Second stage Argentina River Plate 0–1 0–2 0–3
2017 Copa Libertadores Group stage Brazil Atlético Mineiro 1–1 1–4 2nd
Paraguay Libertad 1–1 2–1
Bolivia Sport Boys 2–0 3–1
Round of 16 Brazil Grêmio 0–1 1–2 1–3
2019 Copa Libertadores Group stage Paraguay Olimpia 0–0 1–2 2nd
Peru Sporting Cristal 2–0 1–1
Chile Universidad de Concepción 1–0 0–0
Round of 16 Brazil Palmeiras 2–2 0–4 2–6


Godoy Cruz's classic rival is Andes Talleres Sport Club, a neighborhood classic that has not been played since 1993, thanks to the "Tomba" promotions and the "Azulgrana" soccer debacle. In addition, Godoy Cruz has provincial classics such as San Martín de Mendoza, Independiente Rivadavia and Gimnasia y Esgrima de Mendoza. They also have a rivalry with San Martin de San Juan, with whom they play the Cuyo Classic.


Godoy Cruz is nicknamed Tomba and Bodeguero, in reference to the wine selling activity of the Deportivo Bodega Antonio Tomba, one of the merging clubs of 1921. Since the stadium is located near a railway, the club is also called El Expreso ("The Express").


Current squad[edit]

As of 28 June 2021.[2]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Argentina ARG Roberto Ramírez
2 DF Argentina ARG Gonzalo Goñi
3 DF Argentina ARG Leonel González
4 DF Argentina ARG Pablo Peña
5 MF Peru PER Wilder Cartagena
6 DF Argentina ARG Ian Escobar
7 FW Argentina ARG Victorio Ramis
8 DF Argentina ARG Gabriel Carrasco (on loan from Lanús)
9 FW Argentina ARG Tomás Badaloni
10 MF Argentina ARG Valentín Burgoa
11 MF Argentina ARG Jalil Elías
12 GK United States USA Matías Soria
13 FW Argentina ARG Nahuel Ulariaga
14 DF Argentina ARG Marcelo Herrera (on loan from Lanús)
15 FW Argentina ARG Matías González
16 MF Argentina ARG Agustín Manzur
17 FW Argentina ARG Martín Ojeda
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 MF Argentina ARG Fabián Henríquez
20 FW Argentina ARG Alan Cantero
21 DF Argentina ARG Gabriel Alanís
22 DF Argentina ARG Gianluca Ferrari (on loan from San Lorenzo)
23 GK Argentina ARG Nelson Ibáñez
24 DF Argentina ARG Zaid Romero
25 GK Argentina ARG Juan Cruz Bolado
26 DF Argentina ARG Damián Pérez
27 FW Argentina ARG Sebastián Lomonaco
28 MF Argentina ARG Renzo Tesuri
29 DF Argentina ARG Hugo Silva
30 MF Argentina ARG Juan Andrada
31 MF Argentina ARG Agustín Álvarez
32 MF Argentina ARG Gonzalo Abrego
33 FW Argentina ARG Ezequiel Bullaude
34 MF Argentina ARG Luciano Pizarro
MF Argentina ARG Franco González
DF Argentina ARG Guillermo Ortiz

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Argentina ARG Brian Alferez (at Gimnasia (M))
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Argentina ARG Agustín Aleo (at Argentinos Juniors)

Retired numbers[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
18 FW Uruguay URU Santiago García (2016–21) (posthumous honour)[3][4][5]

Notable players[edit]

Friendly matches[edit]

Godoy Cruz played friendly matches against both domestic clubs and from other countries. A memorable friendly played in 1964, against Santos Football Club, with soccer star Pelé ended in favor of the Brazilian team by a score of 3-2. In 1969, against Universidad de Chile, the "Expreso" claimed a 3-0 victory. Another match in 1990, against Sevilla in which the team from Mendoza claimed victory by a score of 2-1. In 2007, a visiting Godoy Cruz squad were defeated 5-nil by Nacional de Montevideo. Godoy Cruz also played several friendly matches against national teams, such as Argentina in 1969, Chile in 1970, and Poland in 1977.

A source of historical pride for the team's supporters are two friendly matches won against Argentine giants: in 1965, they defeated Boca Juniors 4–0, and in 1997 they defeated River Plate by the same margin.

Godoy Cruz won the summer 2009 edition of the friendly pentagonal cup known as the "Copa Ciudad de Tandil", after defeating both Chacarita Juniors and Quilmes in penalty shootouts.[6]



Feliciano Gambarte, La Bodega, in 2015.

The official club stadium is the Estadio Feliciano Gambarte opened in 1959. It was last used for AFA-sanctioned matches in 2004, hosting Tiro Federal, to a 0–0 draw. AFA applied changes to the "Reglamento General" competition rulebook in 2005, leading to the club's stadium no longer meeting the new standards indicated in Article 74. The club have since rented the provincial Estadio Malvinas Argentinas for use on matchdays.

A vocal group of fans, supported by a select group of local media personalities, began infrequent campaigns since 2014 to begin renovations to the club stadium, in a bid to gain AFA re-certification. These campaigns have accomplished to this date the repair and repainting of the grandstands, as well as some general refurbishments to the roof and unfinished pressbox structures and perimeter fencing of the turf.

An official request to play at the stadium was made during the 2021 Copa de la Liga Profesional as the turf of the Malvinas Argentinas required re-seeding among other refurbishments in preparation to host matches for the 2021 Copa América. The restrictions on stadium capacity were exempted amidst the on-going global COVID-19 pandemic which in Argentina implied severe reductions to public access at sporting events. The club, along with volunteering fans,[13] set forth on more renovations, which included full stadium repainting, rebuilding the previously unfinished press cabins, new pavement ingress areas for the club busses, new expansions to the dressing rooms, new pitch line dimensions (a 2m increase of length to 105m by 68m),[14] as well as new stadium LED floodlighting suitable for night-time HD broadcasts which was earmarked for future install.[15]

On 11 April 2021, Godoy Cruz hosted Arsenal de Sarandí at the Gambarte,[16] 5775 days after the previous official match there.

Coquimbito Practice Facility[edit]

The club owns a 12-hectare "High-Performance Sports Park" in the rural district of Coquimbito, Maipu. Incorporating hotel-styled player barracks, a multimedia library for team research, press/media rooms, and 11 separate fields —of various dimensions, field, and turf types— it is one of the largest practice facilities of this type in Argentina outside of Buenos Aires.




  • Regional Tournament (1) 1993/94
  • Mendoza Football League (12): 1944, 1947, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1968, 1987 A, 1989, 1989-A, 1990, 1993-C, 1993-A.


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  3. ^ "Godoy Cruz retira la camiseta de Morro García". argentina.as.com. 6 February 2021.
  4. ^ Godoy Cruz retirará la camiseta 18 on El Gráfico, 6 February 2021
  5. ^ Muerte de Morro García: Godoy Cruz retirará la camiseta 18 on TyC, 6 February 2021
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  7. ^ Mauricio Larriera (Soccerway)
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  11. ^ {{cite news | title=Sebastián Méndez inicia su segundo ciclo como DT de Godoy Cruz | url=https://www.lavoz.com.ar/deportes/futbol/sebastian-mendez-inicia-su-segundo-ciclo-como-dt-de-godoy-cruz/ | publisher=La Voz | language=es | access-date=18 Apr 2021 | date=18 Jan 2021 | archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20210419023100/https://www.lavoz.com.ar/deportes/futbol/sebastian-mendez-inicia-su-segundo-ciclo-como-dt-de-godoy-cruz/ | archive-date=18 Apr 2021 | url-status=live}
  12. ^ "Godoy Cruz announced Diego Flores, Marcelo Bielsa's assistant at Leeds United as DT". La Pelotita. 31 August 2021. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  13. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20210325195251/https://www.ciudadanodiario.com.ar/el-tapon/pasion-por-los-colores-hinchas-del-tomba-pintaron-el-gambarte
  14. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20210410235121/https://www.diariouno.com.ar/futbol/asi-luce-el-feliciano-gambarte-horas-la-vuelta-del-tomba-n823737
  15. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20210423225534/https://www.diariouno.com.ar/futbol/el-feliciano-gambarte-estreno-su-nueva-iluminaria-n826860
  16. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20210510035719/https://www.ole.com.ar/futbol-primera/godoy-cruz-vs-arsenal-feliciano-gambarte_0_oljzvBrzz.html

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