Why do the Estudiantes fans celebrate the arrival of the new member of the AFA?

The affiliation of mercedes club to Argentine Football Association It has already generated controversy in the sports world. Not because of its affiliation per se, but because of what the arrival of this new institution means for the great history of our football. It is that after AFA will announce the invitation for Merce to participate in the First D Opening Tournament, which will begin on May 7, a milestone in the history of the club set off the alarms in La Plata.

The Mercedina entity, which was chosen among 30 other clubs that presented records at the beginning of 2021 to achieve affiliation, was founded in 1875, thus making it the oldest football club in the country directly affiliated with the AFA. And that is where the controversy arises. Who is now the Dean of Argentine soccer?

On the one hand, from Quilmes, one of the deans of our football, they quickly made it clear that, if the date of affiliation is taken to bear the “dean” label, the Brewer would continue to hold the title. Now, if the founding date is taken to define who is the dean of our football, With the arrival of Club Mercedes, there is an important change.

It is that until yesterday, it was Gym, was founded in 1887, who was recognized as the dean of Argentine football, for being the longest-lived AFA affiliated club. But of course, the incorporation of the Merce would change everything and, as expected, the worn ones of the neighbors of the Wolf were not lacking.

On social media, fans of Students They quickly reacted to the news and let their classic rival know.

Surprise in the First D: the AFA affiliated another team

While all the categories study how to lower the number of competitors, The First D has just added a new team. It is great news for an entire city, but it reopens the controversy in a tournament that is overcrowded. In this case, it is the Mercedes Club, from that city in the Province of Buenos Aires. It is the oldest in Argentina, with 146 years of history, and it should be clarified that in this 2022 it will not be able to ascend to C. In addition to the Mercedino club, Everton de La Plata and Estrella de Berisso were also on the waiting list, but the AFA decided on the oldest club in the country. He doesn’t retire…

D is the only championship that hasn’t started yet, but the wait is coming to an end. The championship already has its scheduled fixture and they reported that it will start the first weekend of May.


Claudio Tapia posing with the shirt together with part of the Board of Directors of Club Mercedes. (Photo: clubmercedes_oficial)

The draw was attended by Claudio Tapia, who offered a few words of congratulations to the clubs in the category: “La D has always been very responsible. In the most difficult moments they have grown and worked very well”. He also mentioned that “this category gives many guys the opportunity to be able to train and show themselves. We are trainers, it is the essence of Argentine football”. And he closed: “Work is being done to have a more competitive tournament.”

But the biggest surprise was not that the tournament will be in the Opening and Closing format, granting only one promotion, but the incorporation of an affiliate (now there are 11 teams). Club Mercedes was founded by Dr. Manuel Lanchenhein under the name Club Social, on May 12, 1875.

In those days it was only used for meetings, conferences, banquets and balls in a lavishly decorated room that was located in its headquarters, located on 29th and 20th streets.. In 1935, the Social Club merged with the Sports Club, giving rise to the current Mercedes Social Club. His colors are black and white and from there came his nickname of Black and White.

Claudio Tapia posing with the shirt together with part of the Board of Directors of Club Mercedes.  (Photo: clubmercedes_oficial)

Claudio Tapia posing with the shirt together with part of the Board of Directors of Club Mercedes. (Photo: clubmercedes_oficial)

The oldest club in Argentine soccer has some fans who are quite well known. The first of them is Eduardo Wado de Pedro, Minister of the Interior of the Government of Alberto Fernández. Although he recognizes himself as a fan of San Lorenzo, being a native of Mercedes, he is also a supporter of Black and White. Another is Mariano Elizondo, former CEO of the Super League. In this case, he played in the youth teams and also played in the Senior tournament with the team.

Players like Matthias Silvestre, defender who debuted in Mouth in 2003 and currently plays for Virtus Entella, of the Italian Third. Y further back in time, midfielder Santiago Sosa, who appeared in River’s Primera in 2018.

In his history he played Federal C and Federal B on some occasions, but he could never reach Federal A. He also had a good run in the Mercedina League, because He won the title 25 times. Currently the club has a very large infrastructure, since it has three locations and more than 2,000 members, something that is not very common in institutions of the D and which ended up convincing the AFA authorities for the election.

Wado De Pedro recognized Mercedes supporter, along with the leaders.  (Photo: clubmercedes_official).

Wado De Pedro recognized Mercedes supporter, along with the leaders. (Photo: clubmercedes_official).

Previously, the institution had made four previous presentations to achieve affiliation but they had never given the ok. Last year he did the last one and this time it was considered in Viamonte street. To date, Mercedes is the second team in more than 40 years to enter the Dfollowing the path of Real Pilar, who entered in 2007. Until then, the last to enter was Defense and Justice, who was given the go-ahead on December 20, 1977.

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