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Colombian football history: Millionaires champion of 1949

While in Brazil the selection that was representing the America Cup He barely managed two points, in the country the second professional soccer cha


While in Brazil the selection that was representing the America Cup He barely managed two points, in the country the second professional soccer championship was being played. The one in 1949, after the title of Independent Santa Fe. The one that began on April 30 with 14 teams and in which Millonarios debuted with a 2-2 draw with Sports Barranquilla.

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It was a constant dispute between the albiazul club and the Deportivo Cali of the “Black Roller”, made up of, among others, Valeriano López, Guillermo Barbadillo and Máximo “Vides” Mosquera. The board of directors of Millonarios took advantage of the soccer players’ strike in Argentina and that year brought Adolfo Pedernera, Néstor Raúl Rossi and Alfredo Di Stéfano.

The Golden

In that 1949 began El Dorado, the time when Colombian football had enormous foreign talent. Di Stéfano, for example, would later become one of the greatest legends of the powerful Real Madrid and Pedernera revolutionized our football with the concepts brought from the school of River Plate. In fact, he was the coach who led the national team for the first time to a World Cup, in Chile 1962.

“He doesn’t run much, but he thinks too much”, said the fans when they saw a Pedernera play who shone alongside Alfredo Castillo and Pedro Cabillon. There were some dates when Millonarios scored five goals for each team they faced. Then it was revealed that it was an agreement between the players not to score more goals after that figure, out of respect for their colleagues from the other teams.

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Cali also delighted their fans and there was a match that unbalanced the championship. On October 9 of that year, America defeated Millonarios 2-1 in Bogota. But the match was invalid. The leaders of Millonarios and La Dimayor announced that the scarlet box improperly lined up two soccer players, so the victory was for the Bogota cast, but it was played only so as not to lose the money from the ticket office.

With 44 points for both at the end of the tournament, Cali and Millionaires they had to define the title in an extra phase. Pedernera gave the capital team the advantage with a penalty goal in the Valle del Cauca capital. In Bogotá Millonarios won 3-2 and obtained the first star in its history, who turns 76 this Saturday. It was founded on June 18, 1946, two years before professional soccer became a reality in Colombia.

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