Cuauhtemoc Blanco, the last Mexican hero
Genial. Irreverent. Rebel. Guerrero. Controversial. Not yet been officially retired from football, but Cuauhtemoc Blanco already had a symbolic "goodbye" the highest stage of this sport in Mexico, the "Azteca" stadium, the place where he has lived his best glories and deeds, make 15 days. And is that what happened that Saturday 24 from January, during the match America-Puebla, It was historic. What 2 hobbies, regardless of their shirts, they have come together to ask, acclaim, applaud and thank a player, in an official match, I only know that it happened on a previous occasion in Mexico.
Was the 18 September 1977, on the same stage on Saturday 24 of January of 2015, the stadium “Azteca”, a Latin-UNAM, game then chosen by Enrique Borja to say goodbye to professional football. On that occasion, also fans of both clubs (who were the only ones for which he participated “Cyrano's Goals”) They came together to pay tribute to “9” Americanist, although there are no records that have feasted their supporters auriazules 2 annotations -a typical fashion- got that late in the first half.
This time, The stadium was almost filled and this occurred largely by the presence of Cuauhtemoc Blanco Bravo. The fans aguilucha, without even attracted the interest of witness and participate in an official tribute -for pure love and idolatry call, pues¬- He decided to do the honors hero Tlatilco, no doubt the last great idol team, although now arrived just past the 42 years, with extra kilos, about sports retreat and enter politics… and wearing another shirt.
And recognition, informal, casual, spontaneous, It ended up being absolute veneration: midway through the second half, more than half of “Azteca”, confused both swollen, asked admission to the court.
the minute is 74 and no matter the outcome, but seeing it in the grass, where he is still able to make talent flourishes and desparramar, not on the bench. Two minutes later, al 76, behind the “heating”, the Cuau takes the card exchange and heads the fourth official to formalize their entry into the field. All eyes were on him, There are thousands of cell phones and cameras that apuntaronn to its peculiar figure (“Her body defies common athlete: He walks like a duck and lacks neck. But football is democratic in physical issues and Blanco scores goals with the humped”, John wrote about it in his book Villoro “God is round”).
And when he finally stepped on the “green and magic box”, the thunderous ovation is general and. Awesome. Memorable. It was then I thought to myself: “What the fuck will happen if one of those the Cuau hits a shot???”…Perhaps even the most fervent Americanism would have applauded, including me, although that fact could have lead to another defeat in the league tournament. But that -afortunada but unfortunately- I do not pass. And although the Puebla arrived at Coloso de Santa Ursula to take the tie, Within minutes the Temo made a couple of watermarks Tribune (of both colors) thanked him with applause and cheers: a “taquito” in midfield to successfully prolong an attempt to attack and subsequently camotero, a footballing regodeo, it very, on a rival player.
When you start this week, poblano leaders publicly proposed their counterparts Americanists take advantage of the circumstances of the party to organize a joint tribute to White. Ricardo Pelaez and Yon De Luisa not acknowledged receipt of the message. For years, in 2009, rebellious and oppositional, frontal and direct as it has always been, White criticized the second one: "I know for a long time, I know the bad person who is, when I arrive (as director of America) I had a great guy and now I say it in front, It is an individual who is hurting the player ".
But it did not take that leaders, these or any other, You will be given a tray or plate (such that the same Cuau said a day before “I can buy in the city center”). Because the “Azteca” hunch, vibrated, I speak, scream, jump, applauded, maybe he cried…Everything was improvised, no one can say that “Televisa (the powerful television company owner of America) he organized everything” and those who celebrate the last great hero of our football, “We are puppets of the television”. No shortage of those who claim such stupidity.
It was, Without a doubt, the -inesperada and magical night- Cuauhtemoc Blanco Bravo in, the hunchback of Tlatilco, with their strengths and weaknesses, He climbed the altar of the idols of Mexican soccer. "Cuauhtemoc Blanco represents the values, perhaps extinct, roguery on the court. During (…) years has been the great reference national football (…) Cuauhtemoc named after the last Aztec emperor, whom Cortes burned his feet to reveal where his treasure was. At 37 years, the old king lungs of our team has to play 20 minutes and runs as if he had suffered the ordeal of his namesake. But he knows where the treasure is ", said Villoro in 2010 in his great work futbolera.
His formidable performance with America in the Copa Libertadores 1999-2000 He catapulted him to Europe, He is hired by Real Valladolid, on loan for the season 2000-01. His first season saw affected by 8 months was inactive for an injury caused by Ancil Elcock Trinidadian player, the 8 October 2000 at stake in the second phase of qualifying for the World Cup 2002.
His first goal came after his recovery in the next season, the 2001-02, the 29 September 2001 against Real Madrid – through a brilliant free kick, which left Iker Casillas seeing visions- at the stadium "Santiago Bernabeu". Coach, Pepe Moré, She trusted him, It was built on campus, but expensive your record caused the vallisoletana directive did not effect the purchase option, must return to America 2002, after the World Cup Korea-Japan.
With 3 goals -2 of them real gems that made it clear his individual technique, Cuauhtemoc returned from Europe defeated but not beaten, and he had yet to squander talent rope, especially in difficult times, That's when he pulled the pride and do their best to guide their peers, He is asking for the ball and always knowing what to do with it, to sublime days.
They may criticize many negative aspects of his personality, but strictly by referring to footballer, no doubt it was "the last hero" of the Mexican Football. Which led, a pure heart, our team to 2 world (2002 Y 2010) when the picture was gray and qualification almost impossible. The scorer with a sublime move to Brazil the first Mexican title in official tournaments (Confederations Cup 2009). Which she rocked an entire country with a goal against Belgium in France '98 ... And many people have failed to realize that his famous "jorobita" is not a physical defect, it is loaded with so many teams shoulder.