35 years after the champion of America

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35 years after the champion of America




Domenech, Lemme, Vidallé and Checho Batista with the trophy at the Diego Maradona stadium (Jorge Nunes, Argentine press)


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Domenech, Lemme, Vidallé and Checho Batista with the trophy at the Diego Maradona stadium (Jorge Nunes, Argentine press)


The team of Argentinos Juniors from 1985 champion of America is a historical reference for football fans of our country. The base formation came from memory: Vidallé; Villalba, Pavoni, Olguín, Domenech; Videla, Batista, Comisso; Pepe Castro, Bichi Borghi and Ereros. The technician, Louse Yudica. Other important players: Carlos Mayor, JJ López, Jorge Pellegrini and Renato Corsi. This Saturday marks 35 years of that conquest and four of the protagonists gathered at the Diego Maradona stadium in La Paternal to commemorate the epic.

They were Vidallé, Checho Batista, Lemme (central midfielder, regular substitute) and Domenech. Photos were taken and they also gave a TV interview.

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That team dazzled for their voracious, offensive style of play, with two open wines like Castro and Ereros, for their acceleration and precision. His campaign was huge.

In the group stage, of which only one qualified, they beat Ferro by goals. Far were the Brazilian representatives, Vasco da Gama and Fluminense. In the second phase, he won the zone over Blooming and Independiente, whom he beat 2 to 1 in Avellaneda with a great Borghi. “It was the best game of my life,” Bichi recalled years later. That night Vidallé dressed up as a hero by saving a penalty against Marangoni in the final minutes.

The final against América de Cali should have been played in River, because the Ferro stadium, which was a regular venue, did not have the minimum number of spectators required by Conmebol. It was 1 to 0 at home and a loss due to the same result on the road. At 48 hours: third game in Asunción, and there El Bicho, with injuries due to injuries, won on penalties after equalizing 1 to 1.

That team had another role to play: a great match against Juventus for the Intercontinental final. It was 2 to 2 and the tanos won it on penalties.

That campaign marked all the Bicho fans.

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