5WFootball Crest of the Week: CA Hurucán, the Argentinian aviators

Welcome to a weekly feature on 5WFootball, where we will look at some of the best crests in football. When you think of past teams, the first thought may well be the players, but secondary, the thought turns to the identity: the kit, the crest, the stadium, the fans. The emblem, like many elements in football, is rather cliché like – yes, some look nice, but nobody really knows what they mean. They are the symbol for the passion shared between fans and teams. This weekly feature celebrates the best, from all over the world. Welcome to week 5: CA Hurucán.

We’re over to South America this week, and Buenos Aires to be specific, with CA Hurucán. Dubbed in translation as ‘The Little Balloons’ and it is obvious to see why.

The clubs name and logo come from a hot air balloon named ‘The Hurricane’, operated by early Argentine aviator and engineer, Jorge Newbery. In 1909, around the time of Huracán’s founding, Newbery set a South American record by flying the hot air balloon across Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil.

After this, he has granted the team permission to use the emblem and he even helped out with administrative matters. The supporters are nicknamed Los Quemeros (‘The Burners’) because of the hot air balloon, and also due to the fact the stadium – Parque Patricios – is located in a former garbage burning yard.

The club are far from Buenos Aires’ most historic club, but it still has a rich history, winning five Primera División championships.

Hurucán had a golden age in the 20’s and 30’s, but the 1971 team is highly regarded one of the best Argentinian teams ever. Led by the great César Menotti – who won the 1978 World Cup with Argentina – Hurucán went on to win the 1973 championship, with a team including key players such as René Houseman and Carlos Babington.

Check back next week for another crest from around the world, let us know if you have any suggestions!

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