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The National team: yesterday and today

Those good old days of the National Team...


“Without collective play, the team was drifting in the World Cup. The Technical Director did not know how to achieve cohesion among the eleven players who went on the court. The televised parties constituted a stage of suffering in installments, with an announced ending”, were some of the expressions recorded in the media.

These experiences led me to evoke the 1953 team. Simply, unforgettable. On that occasion, Technical Director Guillermo Stábile quickly put together a team to face the England National Team, combining the Racing Club's defense with Independiente's lead. Simplified the selection system to the maximum, without making any changes. Personal skill, team understanding and excellent performance were the attributes they showed in their confrontation with the English at the River Plate stadium, fully occupied. There wasn't a pin fit. I was located on the last step of the high stand, very close to the spotlights. Players seemed to have the size of a metegol. When Ernesto Grillo turned “his goal impossible”, the tremor of the cement stands was fierce, such as the magnitude of the jumps of the swollen. It was shocking. The tremor of the court scared me, but we enjoyed it to the fullest. The National Team won 3-1, demonstrating the effectiveness of their forward and the strength of their defense.

It was the time when giving the ball to the goalkeeper, caused a generalized squifla. It was playing ahead, as we had learned in the paddock. We can't compare that style of play with that of the current era, but as we enjoyed it. It was other times, in that Argentina yesterday.

Publication Date: 24/06/2018

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