He started playing football at the age of 3, arrived at Canalla at 17 and today scored the winning goal against Newell’s.
Central is the owner of Rosario! The Scoundrel defeated 1-0 to Newell’s by the date 9 of the Professional League 2022 in the Arroyito Giant Stadium and unleashed the madness of the more than 45 thousand fans who were present on the field. The only goal of the match was scored by Alejo Velizjust 18 years old, headed towards the end of the first half. Learn about the story of the youth player who began playing in Gödeken and became the hero of the Rosario classic.
From playing in his hometown club to being the hero of the Rosario classic: the story of Alejo Véliz
Alejo Veliz was born on September 19, 2003 in Rosario, Santa Fe. He grew up with his family in Gödeken, a small town located just over 150 kilometers from the city, and thanks to his father, when he was only three years old, he began playing baby football on his town’s team. At the age of six, the family moved to Bernard of Irigoyenand quickly went to try Sports and Cultural Unionclub in which he made all the lower ones until he was 16.
“In the last year of inferiors in Bernardo de Irigoyen, when I was 16 years old, on Saturdays I played in my category with Unión Deportiva y Cultural, and on Sundays I went up to play in the club’s reserve of my town that was a dream because it is a club that I love. There I was able to play a reserve final, although unfortunately the result did not come, against Santa Paula de Gálvez in 2019 and it was the most beautiful thing that happened to me ”, declared Suitcase in dialogue with The capital long time ago
Alejo Véliz and his arrival in Rosario Central
“ANDAt Central I had the first four-day test at the end of 2019 thanks to a relative, Javier Colombari, and a friend. We played football, it went well for me and they told me that I had stayed and that I had to return to preseason at the beginning of 2020. When I arrived with all the papers, right in my division they changed the technician. Lucas Cisneros was there and he had grabbed the Ale Fernández. for which youI had to do another test to have the approval of the new coach”unveiled Suitcase in the same interview.
“I spent two weeks in the club’s pension and thank God I was able to stay. At the beginning of 2020 I was able to sign, I did the preseason, I was about to make my debut in inferiors and just in March the pandemic came. That’s when I started thinking about many things. That he was big and that he had never played in the club. And starting with 17 years in a new institution, I thought it was going to be very difficult because nobody knew me and I had not been able to play any game. But I kept training at home since my dream was always to make a living from football”he added.
Véliz’s debut in the First Division and his goal in the Rosario classic
Alejo Veliz debuted on July 23, 2021, in the match that Central Rosary won 1-0 (3-2 on aggregate) versus Deportivo Tachira of Venezuela for the second leg of the round of 16 of the South American Cup. Its premiere on the network was on May 2 of this year, in what was a defeat Scoundrel 2-1 against Hurricaneby the date 13 of the Professional League Cup 2022.
This Thursday, neither more nor less than in the classic against Newell’s, the young man had the luxury of beating Cristian Lema with a header to score the only goal of the match and give victory to Carlos Tevez’s Rosario Central, who celebrated together with a crowd at the Gigante Stadium in Arroyito.
Alejo Véliz’s goal with which Rosario Central defeated Newell’s
The emotion of Alejo Véliz after the triumph of Rosario Central in the classic
After the match is over, the young man was chosen as the figure of the meeting and, between tears of emotion, he expressed his feelings at the most important moment of his short career.
“I have no words to explain what I feel, I dreamed of this every day and that today it can become a dream… with all these people. My family came to my mind, my grandfather… all those who were with me without a weight fighting her. Thank God I was lucky enough to be able to come, everything happened very quickly and They say that you have to take advantage of moments and I want to take advantage of it 100%”declared the footballer.
“Thank my teammates, the entire Technical Staff for giving me this opportunity and my family who came to see me from far away, I have no words… also all these people who even in the worst moments filled the field and came to us to support. I don’t understand anything now, I want to go to the locker room to celebrate and see my family”ended.
Photos: FotoBaires / Rosario Central Press / @aleeveliz_ (Instagram)
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