The Spanish midfielder, great in the Blancos where he won the 1960 Champions Cup, died at 86. Agnelli paid him 350 million: symbol of Herrera’s Juve, then went to Rome for Capello and Spinosi
The Postman delivered the last letter, greeted friends and relatives, and was gone forever. Luis Del Sol, who passed away yesterday, was eighty-six. A struggling midfielder with good technique, after his beginnings in the beloved Betis Sevilla, he had moved to Real Madrid where Ferenc Puskas and Alfredo Di Stefano dominated.
We are talking about the late 1950s. And it was Di Stefano who nicknamed him the Postman for his ability to steal the ball from his opponents and ferry it, delivering it on time, to his attacking teammates. With the Blancos he had time to win the 1960 European Cup, beating the Germans of Eintracht Frankfurt in the final with a 7-3 that made history: a hat-trick by Di Stefano and four by Puskas. Del Sol, admired, from his classic right midfielder position spent the time of the match clapping his teammates who, one after the other, slipped the balls into the German goal. And then the Intercontinental also won against the Uruguayans of Penarol. Playing in that Real Madrid meant being part of a legend: in addition to Saeta Rubia and Puskas, also Gento, Canario, Santamaria and captain Zarraga. They still talk about it today, about that dream team.
After the experience at Real, Del Sol moved to Italy. The Juventus of Avvocato Agnelli bought him for 350 million lire and remained in Juventus for eight seasons. Basically he went through the sixties with the Juventus shirt on and was the symbol of that period: it was a workers’ team, the one designed by Heriberto Herrera, the Paraguayan coach who considered Sivori and the young Coramini on the same level, and Del Sol of that group represented the fulcrum. Very skilled in pressing and managing the maneuver, most of the actions passed from his feet. He was not a fine speaker, but an assault and fighting mezzala. He remained with Juventus until 1970, making 228 appearances, scoring 22 goals and winning the 1967 Scudetto in a sprint over Inter. Then he decided to move to Rome. Better, he returned to a mega-deal that the Bianconeri set up with the Giallorossi: Fabio Capello and Luciano Spinosi arrived in Turin, while Del Sol went to Rome as well as a nice package of money. The Spaniard played for two seasons with Roma and also brought the rank of captain before returning home to his beloved Betis Sevilla of which he was later also the coach. Adios, cartero.
June 20, 2021 (change June 20, 2021 | 20:23)
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