An Argentine scored the first Olympic goal in history
In 1924, the body that would eventually be called FIFA, introduced a change to the regulation: the launch called “corner shot”, better known as “corner”, ceased to be an indirect free kick for become a direct one. The fundamental difference was that it was no longer necessary for another player to play the ball to establish a valid goal converted from there.
That same year, Uruguay wins Olympic champion by beating Switzerland 3-0 in the final. When the champions return to Latin America (beautiful those days when footballers used to play in teams from their native country), Argentina organizes a match homage (also beautiful those days when there were gestures like this). Uruguay accepts, honored. The match is played on the court of Sportivo Barracas. It’s October 2, 1924. A day that it’s going to be in history.
Olympic goal is born
Fifteenth minute of the first half. Corner for Argentina. Approaching the pennant Cesarean Onzari, the left wing, and accommodate the ball. Kick. Nobody touches her. The ball goes in to the bow. General surprise. The referee, in a split second, thinks whether Okay or not. The line beats him by hand, either he was more concentrated or had studied the regulation the day before, but it comes out running for the middle of the court. Upon seeing it, the referee finishes decide. Mark the center circle with your hand and make the whistle sound. He just validated the first Olympic goal of history. And he was put in by an Argentinean.
Over time the legend gets bigger. Onzari himself counted that as soon as he learned about the regulatory change he started training the shot: he was convinced that it would be effective because no one expected it yet. The surprise factor was something important in football of the time: there were no cameras or Youtube or anything.
Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano dedicated a few pages to the fact in his book El fútbol a sol y a sombra: “For homage or irony , that rarity was called Olympic goal. And it’s still called that, the few times it happens. Onzari spent the rest of his life swearing that it was no accident. And although many years have passed, mistrust continues: every time a corner shot shakes the net without intermediaries, the audience celebrates the goal with a ovation, but they don’t believe it.” Cheers, Onzari. It was a hit.
Hipólito Azema nació en Buenos Aires, en los comienzos de la década del 80. No se sabe desde cuándo, porque esas cosas son difíciles de determinar, le gusta contar historias, pero más le gusta que se las cuenten: quizás por eso transitó los inefables pasillos de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la Universidad de Buenos Aires. Una vez escuchó que donde existe una necesidad nace un derecho y se lo creyó.
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