Columbian Football Club
|Full name||Columbian Football Club|
(merged to Club Almagro)
|1919||5th (as Sportivo Almagro)|
Around 1911, a group of young immigrants from Galicia who owned a store in Buenos Aires established a club under the name "Pontevedra Sporting Club". In 1913 the club joined the recently formed Federación Argentina de Football (a dissident association from the official Argentine Football Association) under the name "Club Hispano Argentino". In its first year of official competition, the team finished 6th out of 10.
That same year the club took on some members from Argentino de Quilmes who were in disagreement with the executives of that club. In 1914 the team finished 6th again, out of 8 participating teams . The club's player Norberto Carabelli was also the top scorer of the tournament, with 11 goals.
In 1915 when the two associations Asociación Argentina de Football and Federación Argentina de Football merged into one, the number of teams participating in the league increased to 25. Hispano Argentino finished 16th. The next year the club changed its name to "Columbian Football Club".
The team did not have much success during the succeeding years, and was about to be relegated to a lower division in 1918 when it finished 18th out of 20 (Ferro Carril Oeste and Argentino de Quilmes were sent to the second division that year).
In 1919 there was a new split in Argentine football, so both leagues played at the same time: the official Asociación Argentina de Football (with Columbian as one of its teams) and the dissident "Asociación Amateurs de Football". During that season, the club was going through a severe economic crisis, playing its last game as "Columbian" vs. Boca Juniors in the 6th match. Some executives of recently promoted Club Almagro, led by Miguel de Zárate, made Club Columbian a merger proposal which was accepted. Almagro was renamed "Sportivo Almagro" and continued playing in the Primera División (debuting in the 7th match vs Platense under its new denomination, which saved the club from being disaffiliated.
- a "Hispano Argentino".
- b "Columbian".
- Argentina 1919 at RSSSF.com
- Argentina 1913 at RSSSF
- Argentina 1914 at RSSSF
- Argentina – List of topscorers 1891–present at RSSSF
- Argentina 1915 at RSSSF
- Historia del club Almagro
- "Una historia en tres colores", Clarín, 24 Jul 2000
- "Orígenes del Club Almagro", Almagro Mi Pasión (Archivo, 23 Abr 2009)
- "Tigre Campeón Intermedia 1912 – F.A.F." (Archivo, 2011)
- 1919 en El Sitio de Almagro
- Fútbol extinto: Columbian