Club Atletico Platense is an Argentine sports club based in Florida, Buenos Aires. The club nickname is Calamar (Squid) after the journalist Palacio Zino said that the team moved "like a squid in its ink".
Although the club hosts many activities, Platense is mostly known for its football team. Despite being relegated from the Primera Division in 1999, it still remains on the top 20 of the All-time Argentine Primera Division table. Platense currently competes in the Argentine Primera Division, the top division of the Argentine league system. The team was recently promoted after beating Estudiantes de Rio Cuarto in the "Torneo Reducido" final.
Founded on 25 May 1905, Platense played in the second division from 1956 to 1964, and from 1972 to 1976, when the team finally won its first title, the Primera B championship that allowed Platense to play in the Primera Division. The club achieved cult status in the late 1970s as they repeatedly staved off relegation through a series of "last-day miracles" (relegating other teams as Temperley after defeating them in decisive matches played to keep a place in the first division. Platense survived at the top level of Argentine football until finally succumbing to relegation in 1999.
This would be the beginning of a steep decline: Platense was subsequently relegated to the regionalised third division, Primera B Metropolitana, at the end of the 2001–02 season. On 17 May 2006, Platense won its second title and was promoted back to the Argentine second division Nacional B. But soon later The Squid would be relegated again to the third category (more precisely on 8 May 2010). On May 2, 2018, Platense was directly promoted to the second division after winning the Primera B Metropolitana title in a victory over club Estudiantes de Caseros. In 2021, Platense would make their return to the Primera Division for the first time in 22 years after defeating Estudiantes de Rio Cuarto on penalties to earn promotion.
The club's main claim to fame during these lean years is the success of David Trezeguet, who had debuted at Platense but after playing only 5 matches in Argentine Primera Division was transferred to AS Monaco.
Platense's fans base can be found in Vicente Lopez, Olivos and Florida towns (all of them part of the Vicente Lopez Partido), as well as in Villa Urquiza and Saavedra neighbourhoods. The club is also cited in Bioy Casares's book El Sueno de los heroes ("Dream of Heroes" ISBN 0-7043-2634-5). Among its supporters, the Tango music singer Roberto Goyeneche and the British author Chris Moss were probably the most notable fans.
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