Carlos García Cambón died, the Boca striker who entered history with four goals against River in his debut

On February 3, 1974, Carlos María García Cambón wrote his name forever in the great history of Argentine soccer.. That afternoon, at the Bombonera, the man who emerged from Chacarita Juniors made his debut with the Boca shirt. And he scored no less than four goals in the xeneize win by 5 to 2 against River. The great Ubaldo Fillol could do nothing against his voracity. No one, neither before nor after, managed to match that mark in a Superclásico.

That implacable striker, but at the same time with very good technique, He passed away on Wednesday at the age of 73.. His last weeks were undeserved for a good-natured and well-liked man. Too much suffering for him and for his family, who accompanied him until the last moment.

A box of abdominal aortic aneurysm began to turn it off. However, he put up a fight. Death surprised him while he was in the process of recovering after the last of four operations. However, the picture was complicated and there was nothing to do.

The news was confirmed to LA NACIÓN from the Ribera institution, which minutes later published a heartfelt farewell message on its social networks. “Boca Juniors regrets the death of Carlos María García Cambón, who had an unforgettable debut in the First Division with four goals against River, became champion twice and was interim DT. The club accompanies their family and friends in this sad moment, ”says the text on Twitter.

García Cambón arrived in Boca at the beginning of 1974 and He joined one of the most memorable teams in xeneize history. The one directed by Rogelio Domínguez It was characterized by practicing a total football. Offensive, on the right foot and with enough quality to reach the opposite goal from below. He always respecting the ball.

His companions in the attack were Osvaldo Potente and Enzo Ferrero. Further back, she looked like number 5 Marcelo Trobbiani, holder of the same DNA as Fernando Redondo and Fernando Gago. The right wing was Hugo Ponce and he played 8 Jorge Chino Benitez. It repeats: total football. A team as capable of writing that 5-2 win against River as it was of beating San Lorenzo 6-0 at the Gasometer (two goals by García Cambón). They all attacked. A luxury. Due to those injustices in football, he was unable to crown such a production with an Olympic lap. Likewise, it remained in the collective memory of all those who saw him play. And the little song remained forever: “There are three things in football / Ferrero, Potente and Cambón / whoever has those three things / let Boca champion shout”.

Before passing through Boca, where he won the Metro and the National in 1976, García Cambón had already been part of another milestone: Argentine soccer champion with Chacarita, the institution that saw him born. It was on the subway in 1969that of the triangular with Vélez and River and the remembered hand of Gallo, the man from the Fortín, that referee Guillermo Nimo did not see and what was a penalty for River evaporated.

El Funebrero also expressed his pain at the departure of one of his icons. On his official Twitter account, he highlighted that he played 219 games and scored 53 goals.

After beating River in that iconic final of Nacional 76 with a goal by Suñé, at the beginning of 1977 García Cambón joined Unión de Santa Fe. Just six months later he emigrated to Greece to wear the Olympiakos shirt.

His desire to return to Chacarita came true quickly, in 1978. Although only a year later he left to try his luck in the fledgling American soccer. He first defended the colors of the Rochester Lancers and then those of the Las Vegas Eagles. His retirement from football was in 1981, at the age of 32, after being part of Loma Negra de Olavarría.

The bond with the sport he loved the most remained firm. She though she moved away from the flashes. She went so far away His five children found out that they had a footballer father thanks to a physical education teacher. The man married after retirement. Before he told his friends that he would not play anymore and that they could stop by his house to get whatever they wanted. He gave away all his shirts. He only kept memories in his memory. If even the ball with which he scored those four goals against River until not long ago was one of the many toys that his grandchildren had.

García Cambón, with the shirt of Chacarita, the club where he started as a professional footballer

I deny all the 9 who only push her, I don’t even want to see them. I say that the 9 have to be part of the game circuit. I don’t want them to just push her around. I can’t take credit away from Palermo, who scored two hundred and odd goals, but all the players must have technical knowledge. They cannot be oblivious to returning a wall, to be able to overflow and get a player off of them. Here an image of 9 was crystallized as a player only in the area, clumsy but well placed. For me it was more beautiful to give a goal pass than to make a goal”, he planted a flag in 2013, in an interview with the magazine Un Caño.

Only in 1998 did he return to prominence. And it is at that time where the past and the present come together. A Boca involved in a football crisis (like now) ended the cycle of Héctor Veira and bet on the internship of Carlos García Cambón. The exgoleador led the team for five dates. The first was a 3-2 loss against Deportivo Español. But later won four straight wins: 4-2 against Huracán, 3-1 against Gimnasia, 2-0 against Racing and 4-0 against Gimnasia y Tiro.

García Cambón, interim manager of Boca in 1998
García Cambón, interim manager of Boca in 1998

In that match against the Salta team, another nod to the present was given: García Cambón made his debut for a young 17-year-old midfielder who promised to have a great future: Sebastián Battaglia. It was just four minutes (he replaced Diego Cagna at 41 minutes in the second half), but it was enough for the Santa Fe midfielder to start building his career, which ended as the top winner in the history of the Ribera club.

With the 1 to 1 against Unión de Santa Fe, García Cambón closed his interim with five games without defeats. After the winter break he took over Carlos Bianchi and added another 35 games without falls. Between the two they allowed Boca to chain 40 games without losinga record still in force in Argentine football.