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The final was a very difficult match played in a torrential rain , which forced to stop the match for an hour. In La Nueva Olla , Colón fell 3-1 against Ecuadorian team Independiente del Valle in Paraguay . Despite the defeat, Santafecinos fans feel victorious.
The sabalero fan is passionate about inheritance . Entire families gather in stadiums and in front of the TV to encourage Columbus. So are the Yossen brothers, fans of this team.
“The day we went to the final we hugged and started to cry with my friends , because it was something unique , that you don't know if it will be repeated again. What a nice thing I lived, what a luxury to happen in history ! We lived it at home and the nerves before the match, the excitement, was everything ,” said Justo Yossen, Columbus 's lifelong fan.
The city was deserted that Saturday and the red and black flags were flaming around the city. The empty streets, the houses and bars full at 17:30, all with your heart in hand in front of the TV . At that time, partisan pettiness did not matter, they were all Saintafesinos and represented under colors of pride and belonging.
Not only was the last date of the Copa Sudamericana played for the Sabaleros , but it was the first time that his team reached this international final in its history .
“When they went out to sell the tickets for the final , the first batch sold out in less than a day . People were very moved and excited. After the match and the struggle of losing, people realize what the team did, what they achieved and how important the conquest was,” said Estanislao Yossen , the Santafecino fan of Columbus.
Despite the historic rivalry between Columbus and Union, the arrival of the Sabaleros in the final seems to have brought all the Santafecinos together under a single flag. Despite this shared feeling, “it is true that the Union fan slightly affected him, but it is normal,” said Justo. It was a historic day where the whole city lived a minute by minute a game for remembrance .
“ People were happy and there was a lot of nervousness in the city . People fired players no matter how rivals , because the city began to be all from a single team that represented us,” said Estanislao.
In Nueva Olla everything was a red and black party where, minutes before the match, began to play the legendary group of cumbia santafecina Los Palmeras , with their already consecrated theme “ Bombó n murderer .” Then they followed up with a song very appropriate to the occasion. His refrain reads: “ I am a savalero, savalero, savalero ...”
People in the stansy stands sang these hymns and cried excited on the court.
Puerto Rican Luis Fonsi and Ecuadorian band La Vagancia also played on the same stage.
“In Paraguay they were all very happy, the feeling was of joy, of celebration , a feeling that is very difficult to explain, the passion of the Columbus fan,” said Estanislao.
Despite the rain, there was no one who watched the party in Paraguay to a group of Santafecinos fans who, regardless of the inclement weather, were stoically standing covered by flags with the colors of the team that love .
This historic match meant a lot for such a suffered team that has been having problems to overcome the relegation.
“ We suffer a lot: several descents , that the club is close to breaking and other problems. This was a very important download and that Columbus classifies in Brazil for the final I enjoy it and will continue to enjoy it for many years . I would have liked to have been champion , that would have been the crown, the strawberry of dessert, but that's not why we stop being happy about what was achieved,” said Estanislao.
Many believe that the team had not prepared to play the Copa Sudamericana because it is concerned to fight the relegation . “ Columbus is complicated with the league averages ,” Justo confirmed.
Contrary to what many might think of a disillusioned fan, the story is another for passionate savaleros: “You could not win , but the feeling you have left is to be very happy and happy after having lived what was lived,” he concluded Stanislaus.
Colón has 114 years of history and is the first time to have reached this instance in an international final . More than 40,000 savaleros traveled to Paraguay to encourage their team. Defeat and inclement weather seem little to matter, because the savalero is a fan to death .
“The final for me that I am a fan of Colón was, is and will be the greatest we could live in the history of the club. We had to wait 114 years and many generations passed and they didn't have the chance, and we won't know when we'll have that chance again. What was lived both in Santa Fe and Argentina was a revolution on the savalero side,” Justo concluded.
Images of: clubcolon.com.ar
Publication Date: 13/11/2019
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