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Ubaldo Fillol, one of the best goalkeepers ever

Ubaldo Fillol, one of the best goalkeepers ever

“I work to be the best, which it is very different from saying that I am. And if ever I'm sorry, I'm going crazy not to make public ". That phrase denoting humility, simplicity, professional rigor. The protagonist is Ubaldo Fillol, one of the best goalkeepers in football history and high security, the best archer who gave Argentine soccer after Amadeo Carrizo.

A myth of the goal albiceleste, world champion 1978, River Plate myth and a goalkeeper very safe, sober, huge reflections, enormous power in his legs that once was the guarantee of defense cualquir. He born in San Miguel Mount one 21 July 1950, Fillol talk about is talk about a before and after in the goal in Argentina.

With 19 years had already debuted in the First Division with the Athletic Club Quilmes, club where it would be up 1972 when it would be transferred to Racing de Avellaneda, where only one season would, but where it would achieve stop six penalties (league record yet) before being signed for River Plate, the team of his life and where would spend the next ten-year career, the best, definitely.

The ball does not bend: Ubaldo Fillol.
The ball does not bend: Ubaldo Fillol.

"When I signed my old River was doddering, It was fanatical fan of those colors. Boy I had bought a piggybank, a millionaire guy who had a cigar in his mouth ... "and described his move to the box “millionaire” which it would have an easy release due to competition with Perico Perez, doorman who share ownership in season, but not that it would be an obstacle to go summoned as third goalkeeper at the World Cup 74.

It would be as with the entry of Angel Labruna in 1975, when Fillol be consolidated as the great goalkeeper who was. Excellent in the middle distance and safe in the air balls, their next eight years in River were great, allowing you to go to the World Championships 1978 Y 1982. Precisely, it would be to Argentina, the turning point of his career. His enormous contribution allowed to be the best goalkeeper in the world this season and be crowned champion of the world at home.

Ubaldo Fillol was one of the stars of the World 82.
Ubaldo Fillol was one of the stars of the World 82.

With seven titles under his arm 1983 would be “lying” River literally to go Argentino Juniors. "I cried a lot when I left, by sadness and impotence. He made me a terrible injustice. Aragon, as authoritarian was, He tried to suspend me for life. That's why I'll never forget the gesture of Julio Grondona, which he opened the book passes for forty-eight hours, so that I could fix my situation; but was hanged. Angelito Labruna was Argentinos Juniors and welcomed me with open arms, as usual". Thus recounted her pass the beginning of a new phase that would lead later to the Brazilian Flamengo, and even Atletico Madrid, before in 1986 Back to Racing.

Three years in Avellaneda that would be the end prologue to his career, that would conclude in 1990 Velez-Sarsfield. This year, He said goodbye the last great goalkeeper who has had Argentina. A hero, a myth.

Julio Muñoz

Julio Muñoz

Journalist, specialist in international football and retro. I write in Colgadosporelfutbol.com and you can follow me at @ juliomv1982

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