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Amadeo Carrizo: goodbye to the greatest

Amadeo Carrizo passed away. The greatest goalkeeper in football history. A big one in and out of the court. A teacher for future generations.

The  River  world is moved by the painful news of Amadeo Carrizo's death.  The greatest archer in Argentine history . And if you hurry me, from the world. See if it will have been unique, that  Archer's Day  is celebrated commemorating his birthday. June 12. Yeah, there's a goalkeeper's day.

He had arrived from his native Rufino, where he asked to be veiled. He started at BAP in Rufino and on May 6, 1945 he made his debut in  River . In that year, there was already local Champion and International Cup Aldao (Libertadores was not played, yet). He joined the most mythical team in the history of football:  “La macina” . And he repeated laurels in '47 (also local and Aldao), '52 (local and Copa Ibarguren), '53, '55, '56 and '57 (three-time championate). And if he had won in '54, he would have been heptacampeon (achievement that only  Racing  has and to which they owe his nickname  “The Academy”  ).

An advance

 “ Amadeo Carrizo was an advance for his time.”  You're gonna hear him every time you talk about him. But what does it mean it was an advance? They mean several things. First of all, he  knew how to kick , “play with your feet.” At that time, the archers cut down the bow. They didn't go out. Much less, they played with their feet. Well, the great Amadeo  came to play as a striker!  It was in a match against  Chacarita . When no changes could be made, except for the goalkeeper. A striker from River must have left, found the alternate goalkeeper instead of Amadeo, and the crack went to the front. Obviously he was leaving the area playing with his feet and was an alternative pass for his teammates. That wasn't seen in football until recently.

Another great virtue was that it  didn't “fly .” He wasn't throwing himself to cut the ball. It  was always located where the ball was going . Always “well located”. Like I guess. But I didn't guess anything. I knew. I had a vision of the game that was superior. Very few players had it. It is a quality that goes beyond the trade.

And he rarely pulled the ball out with his fists. For our readers: When the ball comes through the air to the area and there are many players, archers usually hit a fist to take it away and without risk. Not Amadeo.  Amadeo grabbed her with one hand and “lowered” her to her chest.  Everything in Amadeo's arch was revolutionary. He was even one of the first to wear gloves.

The great Amadeo

We all said him Amadeo. Because  he was so humble, that wherever he went he was one more . A gentleman with all the lyrics. A polite, cordial, nice guy.  “ The monumental”  was his second house. I enjoyed it there. Of course, he was one of the most beloved in the history of “millionaire”. But  he never “believed it.”  I always had a smile on my lip. A thank you to the warm words of any fan. And to think he gave us a lot more than we gave him back.

He was a dandy. Stylish inside the court and outside. He even enjoyed being a model, back in the '70s. Tall, good hanger, painter and smiling.

We left Amadeo Carrizo. Luckily,  River came to honor him as he deserved . He was now Honorary President. A gift for your soul. Well deserved. Those tributes are important. I think of  Juan Román Riquelme  inviting to his box to glories of  Boca  . That's all that's okay.

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