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Football and politics in the 1940s

During the 1940s, several football clubs fulfilled the dream of their own field. Peronism, with an eye on the most popular sport.


The 1940s was of particular importance in the relationship between football and politics. It was especially evident in the collaboration received by different  football clubs, when it came to overcoming economic constraints.

The Minister of Economy, Accountant Ramón Cereijo, along with Major Carlos Aloé, obtained a decree whereby the  Racing Club  could build the new headquarters in Avellaneda, through an esrogation of 13 million pesos, which culminated in the stadium “Presidente Perón”. The Racing  team  was undoubtedly the most benefited. It was called “deportivo Cereijo” and won the championships of 1949, 1950 and 1951, sometimes with partially failed matches.

Evita helped the club Sarmiento de Junín, building a new stadium and the headquarters, the “Estadio Eva Perón”. The  Ferrocarril Oeste club  was protected by Atilio Renzi, butler of the Presidential Residence. Jose Amalfitani earned money for the  Vélez Sarsfield  club through Colonel Aníbal Imbert, a close friend of  General Perón  .

The President of the  River Plate club,  Antonio Liberti, was a Consul in Genoa and obtained the necessary credits to complete the construction of the “Monumental Stadium”. Raúl Mendé had influences that benefited the  club Boca Juniors  and the Minister of Industry and Commerce, Mr. Constantino Barro, was the leader of  San Lorenzo . The  Hurricane  club was punished with an intervention, but the good offices of Undersecretary of Education Oscar Pelliza managed to get him lifted.

When Mr. Valentín Suárez became president of the  Argentine Football Association , the  Independent Club benefited from the distribution of economic support. After the fall of General Perón in 1955, the  Chacarita  Juniors club received loans. Football and politics in that Argentina yesterday.

 We suggest you continue reading the following notes: 

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Publication Date: 31/05/2020

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