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A club from La Plata is about to finish off the field for a kick from 30 years ago


Unidos de Olmos encourages the Platense Amateur League. The story behind the life-changing decision of the institution.

Gerardo Puig

07/31/2021 17:36

  • Clarí

  • sports

Updated 07/31/2021 5:49 PM

It is winter and it rains, but neither the cold nor the water intimidates Liliana.

She is stuck to the fence suffering with her beloved

Unidos de Olmos

, who plays a tough game on a muddy court against

Los Tolosanos

, for the Amateur Platense League.

He does not imagine that that play that just took his breath away will be, more than thirty years later, the reason why

the club in which his children were raised may lose the field


The ball is in the air and Liliana doesn't take her eyes off it.

His team defends itself in the area, too close to the goal.

A local player goes with everything to the ball and violently hits the Los Tolosanos striker, who remains on the floor, immobile.

No one claims criminal or protests to the referee.

Everyone is watching out for that young man who

suffered a serious fracture and must be taken to the hospital


"The blow was clearly heard, it was tremendous,"

says Liliana while mentally reviewing the scene.




is done a few meters from the place where the visiting soccer player was thrown on the floor.

It is that he has

lived right in front of the court

for more than forty years.

A good part of his life and that of his children was spent looking through the windows at the green of Unidos de Olmos stadium.

More than thirty years have passed since that cold and rainy winter afternoon, but at this time the scene returns again and again to his head.

He still remembers how the Los Tolosanos player was removed from the field and taken to a hospital.

The hours that followed were dramatic for that young amateur footballer, whose

leg had to be amputated

days after being in a cast

due to a complication


Lawsuits and auction announcement

The Los Tolosanos player sued the Platense Amateur League, the rival who injured him and Unidos de Olmos, and in the last hours the club learned that, if they do not reach an agreement with the complainant, they will

finish off four fields that they are part of their stadium


"It may be because we have assets or because the judgment was never ruled out, we are declared in default. Since I was here I never received a notification and in fact I found out how the situation is because a relative of the boy (who lost his leg) called me. ) ", explained to


the president of the institution that is an emblem in Lisandro Olmos, the town located in the La Plata district.

See this post on Instagram

A shared publication of Unidos de Olmos (@unidosdeolmosok)

Pérez took office two years ago but says he was not aware of the progress of the cause.

Now there is very little room to negotiate.

The family of the injured claims 5 million pesos and the club assures that it has no way to collect that money in a short term.

"The date of the auction is not there but they did designate the auctioneer



added Pérez, who along with the board of directors began to ask the partners for help to avoid the auction.

"We know that the moment is complicated but we need the collaboration of all to be able to collect and face the necessary conciliation with the plaintiff," says the club in the statement with which it asks the members for help.

The field is located on Calle 43, between 183 and 184. The lands that the Justice will finish off if not an agreement between the parties, are four lots that occupy half the playing field.

Unidos de Olmos receives daily hundreds of children and young people who play soccer in its different divisions, but there are also hundreds of members who use the club's facilities in other disciplines. 

"My husband played in the United States and my three children played," says Liliana with emphasis, and immediately remarks that she spent "a lifetime" at the club and asks for help to avoid the auction.

Unidos de Olmos celebrates the title at the Ciudad de La Plata stadium.

Photo: Unidos de Olmos.

Liliana's last great joy with "Unidos" was in August 2019, when the club became champion of the La Plata league and got the ticket to participate in the Federal B Tournament, which began in January 2020 and was interrupted a few months later by the coronavirus pandemic.

They were different times.

There was no virus lurking, nor was a cold, rainy afternoon with a muddy court repeating a scene that he would rather forget.

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Source: clarin

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