Carlos María García Cambón died, the striker who debuted in Boca with four goals against River

Carlos Maria Garcia Cambon He died this Wednesday at the age of 73 after having suffered an abdominal aneurysm a year ago and undergoing four surgeries. This was confirmed Boca Juniorsclub in which he made his debut in a Superclásico against River in which he scored four goals.

He was part of an unforgettable star in the history of Chacarita and left an impressive record during his time in Boca. Carlos María García Cambón, former Argentine soccer player and coach, died at the age of 73.

If you had to remember the best day of your sporting life there would be no doubt. The indelible mark was marked in his history and in that of Boca that Sunday, February 3, 1974. It was the day of his debut in the blue and gold shirt, under a gray summer sky and in front of River, no less.

García Cambón scored four goals in the superclásico of the first date of the Metropolitan Championship and Boca beat River 5 to 2. Never before had a player made that amount in the stellar clash of Argentine soccer. No one would ever do them, afterwards.


García Cambón (Clarín Archive).

“There was a divine help, I’m sure”he said, between laughs, to Clarion the protagonist of one of the most curious chapters of the Superclásico. “Imagine that my idea, before debuting, was to play a good game. But something happened that set me on fire among the Boca fans,” he pointed out some time after that feat.

It was the first of 105 presentations of García Cambón in Boca. And he let barely two minutes pass for that boy with the seductive walk and very ductile left leg to shout his initial goal in the Bombonera. It would almost be an omen.

“What an afternoon for Carlitos!”, titled The Graphic. “With these four goals, he fully justified his purchase,” declared an euphoric Alberto J. Armando in the locker room.

Cover of El Grafico with García Cambón

Cover of El Grafico with García Cambón

time passed, Boca and River saw each other again in the Bombonera and García Cambón dressed as a hero again. With a precise definition he scored the only goal and was, once again, the cover of newspapers and magazines. “It is impossible not to have pleasant memories of those games. It always went well against River -he recalled-. Playing a Boca-River is the most a footballer can aspire to. Scoring four goals on the day of your debut is an incredible feeling I don’t know how to define it, but I’m sure of something. Happiness knocked on the door of my house that day.”

García Cambón came from Chacarita, where he was champion in the well-remembered Metropolitano 1969 team, and came to Boca to replace a classic scorer like Hugo Curioni. He was not going to be a champion in that tournament (the title was taken by Newell’s, Boca started with everything and fell) and he would just give himself the pleasure of doing Olympic laps in the club as part of the 1976 two-time champion squad, which commanded the mythical Juan Carlos Lawrence.

The following year he went to Santa Fe Union and then emigrated to Greece to play for Olympiakos. In 1978 she returned to the country to return to her first love, Chacarita. But he repacked his bags and continued his career in football that at that time did not have the poster that it currently has, that of USA. He played for the Rochester Lancers and then the Las Vegas Eagles. He hung up his boots in Loma Negra de Olavarría in 1981. He left behind 336 games in Argentina with 87 goals. He was also the South American Under 20 champion with the Argentine team in Paraguay (1967).

Cover of El Grafico with García Cambón

Cover of El Grafico with García Cambón

If Boca was the catapult to soccer glory, Chacarita was a successful cradle in which he knew how to grow and also leave his mark forever. “Carlos was crack for two reasons –Daniel Mancini defines in an article dedicated to García Cambón when he turned 70-: because of his skill but, substantially, because he understood the game. An example arises from how he nodded. Of medium height and sharp physique, Cambón’s secret lay in his jump and in placing his body in balance according to how the ball came to him and then, well supported, use his neck and, finally, his head.

They say that he captivated the public when Chacarita beat the Bayern Munich in the Joan Gamper cup of 1971 and that in those days was coveted by Barcelona.

“Chacarita comes to that invitation made by Barcelona for all the merits he had done in previous years, for having been champion in 1969, because in 1971 he lost the final of the Argentine Cup with Boca, he had the merits. What happens is that no one imagined that we could beat Bayern ”, García Cambón recalled about another of the soccer milestones that he starred in. That day he was marked by a certain Franz Beckenbach.

Carlos María García Cambón, champion with Chacarita in 1969.

Carlos María García Cambón, champion with Chacarita in 1969.

“There were people who went to the field and they weren’t even a Chacarita fan. They went to see a team that played football well.”he summarized.

In July 2019, on the 50th anniversary of the unforgettable title deed for all funeral fans, Clarion He brought together Eliseo Jorge Petrocelli, García Cambón, Ángel Bargas and Ángel Marcos, figures from that squad, in a production. “We were not players with a transcendence of clubs with importance”, said García Cambón “Trying to become champion with Chaca was unimaginable. I have a wonderful memory, it is part of the great joys of my life, for everything that the club in which I grew up represented. There I made my debut in the First Division and I trained”.

Eliseo Jorge Petrocelli Ángel Bargas Carlos María García Cambón Ángel Marcos Chacarita Champions of 1969 photo MARCELO CARROLL

Eliseo Jorge Petrocelli Ángel Bargas Carlos María García Cambón Ángel Marcos Chacarita Champions of 1969 photo MARCELO CARROLL

His coaching career was brief and less resounding. He took on an interim role at Boca in 1998, after the departure of Héctor Veira and prior to the arrival of Carlos Bianchi. What’s more, six games led by García Cambón are part of the historic undefeated xeneize of 40 games.

Of those times he does not have a good memory of the then president Mauricio Macri. “There are people about whom I prefer neither to speak nor to name them. The truth is, I prefer to forget my relationship with Macri. The lack of recognition is something very ugly, very unpleasant, many idols had to disappear from the club in a painful way. He then managed Bolivia’s Blooming in 2002 and two years later he joined Indonesia’s Persija Jakarta.

He was once asked what it meant to him to have played in the Bombonera. And he summed it up with style: “I don’t know much about other things, but I calculate that playing there must be the same as, for a dancer, dancing at the Bolshoi, or for an actor working in Hollywood, or for an astronaut, reaching the Moon. . I did not do any of these things, but what I can say is that playing on this court is something truly wonderful, unique and priceless”.

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