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Old 02-15-2008, 01:53 PM   #31
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Default Re: MTF Posters Favourite Football Teams (soccer to the uneducated)

San Lorenzo de Almagro. My earliest memory is when we p´layed for the first and only time in the second division. My dad would take me to the stadium every Saturday. The support of the fans was massive. We collapsed the Boca, River and Velez' stadiums. I will never forget that.

Then, I had to wait until I was 20 yrs old to see San Lorenzo winning the league. I was in Rosario that cold June night. We were 1 point behind Gimnasia but they lost against Independiente and we beat Central. I cannot remember what I did between 9 pm and 6 am. I woke up in a hotel but not sure how I got there. Thanks God I was with some friends! The best player of that team was a Brazilian: Silas. The best player I've ever seen in San Lorenzo. Ruggeri also was an important leader. One of our big supporters was the US Ambassador at that time (CHeek) who appeared in every tv channel celebrating with the players.

We won the league again in 2001, thanks to Pellegrini (the current coach of Villareal, also famous for sending Tristelme back to Boca). The best thing of that league was that the coach of River (el trolo Gallego) said that River would win the league because San Lorenzo always chokes. However, it was River and the clown of Gallego who choked agaist Huracan and we won the league in the last match. Romeo, Romagnoli, Abreu, Coloccini, Ervitti were the best players of that team.

One year later, we won our first international cup: the Copa Mercosur. We beat Corinthians in the SF and Flamengo in the Final. The last match with Flamengo was scheduled on December 20, 2001 (the day that the Argentine crisis exploded) and the match had to be suspended because of the riots in Buenos Aires. I was already going to the stadiun, doing my best to escape from the areas where the riots were taking places, and had to go back home.

At the end of that year we won our second international Cup (Copa Sudamericana). We crushed Nacional de Medellin in the final (4-0 in Colombia). Romagnoli scored the goal of his life in that match.

And fianlly, we won again the league last year, thanks to Ramon Angel Diaz. Everyone was expecting us to crumble but we did not. Lavezzi (now in Napoli), Ledesma (now in Greece) la Gata Fernandez (now in Mexico) and Mendez were the key players of that team.

Now, we are waiting for a miracle: la Copa Libertadores!!

PS: Outside Argentina, I like Nacional de Montevideo y San Pablo (for beating Newells in the Libertadores final), Celtic, Porto, Napoli, Deportivo La Coruña, Olympique Lyon. And I hate Peñarol. Barcelona, Milan, Juventus, Totenham.
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