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The best left wing of all time

Get to know a little more about Felix Loustau, a member of the famous “Machine” of River.

Félix Loustau

Félix Loustau, “Chaplin”, was born in Avellaneda, Province of Buenos Aires, on December 25, 1922. He started playing at the Unión de Crucecita Social and Deportivo Club, in the same Avellaneda. He passed through the lower divisions of Racing without sorrow or glory. He debuted in the first division of River Plate on June 28, 1942, against Platense, integrating “La Máquina”, one of the most famous forwards of all time, a formidable quintet that played the best collective football ever seen by Argentine fans.

It was a happy stage, as he won eight titles of the Argentine Championship in 1942, 1945, 1947, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956 and 1957. He played 365 games with 101 goals. In the Argentine National Team he played 27 games and scored 10 goals. He built a legend based on his unpredictable gambetes with his left leg. He was considered the perfect player: a phenomenon that gambled, slowed, overflowed, lowered, helped his teammates and scored many goals. He was coming down the left line at full speed and braking, the scoreboard was still long, and when he managed to brake and return, Loustau had already started in another direction, until suddenly he stepped on the ball, leaving it still in the past, next to the lime line. The scoreboard remained with him, without having the ball either, and after a few meters, Chaplin was looking for it again.

He shared his quality with other great strikers like Alfredo Di Stéfano, Walter Gómez, Luis Vernazza and Eliseo Prado. For many, it was the best left wing in the history of Argentine football. He played by heart with Angel Labruna, running a succession of walls like never seen before. He had fun in the stands with his great show on the left line. He was the most humble idol, the one of the most skilled and talented feet of our football in that Buenos Aires yesterday. He died on 5 January 2003.

Publication Date: 06/04/2019

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