Gimnasia y Esgrima de Comodoro Rivadavia

Club Gimnasia y Esgrima de Comodoro Rivadavia is an Argentine basketball and team handball club based in the city of Comodoro Rivadavia in Chubut Province. The basketball team currently plays in the Liga Nacional de Básquet, the top level of the Argentine league system. Its home arena is the Estadio Socios Fundadores.

Gimnasia y Esgrima (CR)
Gimnasia y Esgrima (CR) logo
NicknameEl Verde[1] (The Green)
LeaguesLiga Nacional de Básquet
Liga Sudamericana
Founded13 February 1919; 101 years ago (1919-02-13)
ArenaEstadio Socios Fundadores
(capacity: 2,276)
LocationComodoro Rivadavia, Chubut Province, Argentina
PresidentJuan Pablo Luque
Head coachGonzalo García
Championships1 Liga Nacional de Básquet
Websitegimnasiacomodoro.com

HistoryEdit

A group of inhabitants of Comodoro Rivadavia (most of them with Spanish ancestors) established Club Gimnasia y Esgrima on February 13, 1919. Eloy Cánovas was elected president of the club although the club was registered 20 years later. At the beginning, Gimnasia was a social club rather a sports institution. Gimnasia was first based on España street, moving then to San Martín street of the same city.

Gimnasia y Esgrima organized the traditional "Maratón de los Barrios" (Marathon of the neighborhoods) for the first time in 1942. This competition was one of the most notable running events in Comodoro Rivadavia. The club was also a tennis pioneer in the city, apart from many sports activities hosted by the club, such as athletics, football, rugby union, fencing, roller hockey, martial arts, chess, roller coaster and volleyball.

The club inaugurated its headquarters on San Martín street in 1953, being erected for over 50 years. Due to serious economic problems, Gimnasia had to sell the building in 1994, causing that all the sports departments of the club (with the exception of basketball) were closed.

Basketball began to be practised at Gimnasia in 1930. The club won its first Chubut Basketball Federation championship in 1941. The club later registered to Liga Nacional de Básquetbol where it still competes. In 1985 Gimnasia y Esgrima inaugurated its own stadium, named "Socios Fundadores" (Founding Members). Four years later Gimnasia won the second division title, therefore promoting to the top level, just two weeks before the end of the championship.

 
The 1992–93 team

During the 1992–93 season Gimnasia y Esgrima (coached by León Najnudel) finished 4th in the Liga Nacional. Another great campaign was in the 1999–00 season when the team finished 3rd. This performance allowed Gimnasia to play the Liga Sudamericana de Clubes (South American championship), being the first time a team from Patagonia played an international competition. Gimnasia y Esgrima was a finalist, finally losing to Estudiantes de Olavarría.

Nevertheless, the most important achievement to date was the Primera División championship won in 2005–06. The team, coached by Fernando Duró, defeated Libertad de Sunchales by 4–2 at the finals. Previously, Gimnasia had eliminated Boca Juniors and Ben Hur. The roster was: Sebastián Festa, Santiago Haag, Nicolás de los Santos, Gabriel Cocha, Pablo Moldú, Charles Jones, Leandro Masieri, Matías Barberis, Jervaughn Scales, Ruperto Herrera, Diego Romero and Bruce Zabukovic. Cocha was also named MVP of the finals.

In July 2011, Grupo Indalo (a group of companies based on Comodoro Rivadavia) associated with the club, which changed its name to "Gimnasia Indalo" before the 2011–12 season. Marcelo Richotti came back as coach of the team.[2]

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Gimnasia y Esgrima (CR) roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Age
SG 3   Barrera, Bernardo 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 23 – (1997-10-04)4 October 1997
G 4   Rivero, Juan Manuel 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 35 – (1985-02-02)2 February 1985
SF 6   Ferraría, Franco 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 19 – (2002-Missing required parameter 1=month!-00)Missing required parameter 1=month! 2002
C 9   Bombino, Pedro 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 21 – (2000-Missing required parameter 1=month!-00)Missing required parameter 1=month! 2000
PG 10   Buendia, Carlos 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) 25 – (1995-03-13)13 March 1995
PG 11   Treise, Jonatan 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 35 – (1985-02-01)1 February 1985
SF 17   Vega, Sebastian 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 32 – (1988-07-09)9 July 1988
SF 22   Giorgetti, Franco 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 28 – (1992-12-02)2 December 1992
PG 33   Luchino, Gaston 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 38 – (1982-02-06)6 February 1982
C 35   Acuña, Roberto 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 23 – (1997-09-14)14 September 1997
C 77   Romero, Diego 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 38 – (1982-09-07)7 September 1982
C 79   Fogel, Leandro 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 20 – (2000-05-14)14 May 2000
SF 88   Shaw, Matthew 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 32 – (1988-02-23)23 February 1988
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  •   Martín Villagran

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: 2020-3-19

Retired numbersEdit

Gimnasia y Esgrima retired numbers
Player Pos. Tenure N° Ret. Ref.
7
  Pablo Moldú SG 1994–2006 2019 [3] [4]
8
  Gabriel Cocha SG 1991–92, 1994–98, 2003–07 2019 [3] [4]

HonoursEdit

2005–06

Notable playersEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

  •   Federico Aguerre
  •   Diego Alba

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Gimnasia cortó a Luchino e incorporó a Jonathan Machuca, Cronica, accessed 16 May 2017.(in Spanish)
  2. ^ ""Historia del club" at Gimnasia y Esgrima website". Archived from the original on 2013-01-04. Retrieved 2013-05-14.
  3. ^ a b Pablo Moldú: «Me llena de orgullo, es un reconocimiento enorme el que nos hace Gimnasia» on Meridiano Digital, 13 Feb 2019
  4. ^ a b Básquet: Emotivo homenaje de Gimnasia de Comodoro Rivadavia al tornquistense Pablo Moldú on Noticias Tornquist, 15 Feb 2019

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