JANUARY 28, 1965 IS A HISTORIC DATE FOR INDOOR SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS IN SOUTH AMERICA 56 YEARS AGO
Authored by PEDRO GARCIA.
The 56th anniversary of the first South American Championship in the sport of Futbol de Salon (FUTSAL™) commonly known in Canada as Indoor Soccer was held at the Comuneros de Asuncion stadium in Paraguay and this was the first officially organized event of this discipline in the World. It came 32 years after the sport's rule book was published in Uruguay in 1933 by Juan Carlos Ceriani.
Paraguay won 17:1 against Argentina and 4:0 against Uruguay. They faced Brazil for the title game in a parked stadium and were victorious. The stadium could not accommodate all the spectators in the match against Brazil and it was played under great tension. Brazil had a diplomatic skill set that made "Itamarati" famous during the game. Their delegation's referee Nilson Guedes was the centre referee, but his bias and unfortunate performance made Paraguayans demand his replacement after 10 minutes into the first half. He was replaced by Gualberto Casco.
Paraguayan players were Luis A. Pereira, Eduardo Aquino, Lorenzo Garcia, Ramón Casco and Alberto Alcorta. Brazilian side had: Constantine, Pituta, Alberto, Adelbio and Ayrton. Alternaron: Eduardo and Elcio. GOALS. First Half: 2'38 ′′ Alberto Alcorta (P), 18'05 ′′ Adelbio (B). Partial Result: Paraguay 1 Brazil 1. Second Time: 6'19 ′′ and 12'53 ′′ Ramón Casco (P). Final score: Paraguay 3 Brazil 1. Technical director, Eladio Baez. PF Ramon Gimenez.
The tournament was funded by the Star's Club. Eight of the clubs that were formed at the time had players on the national side including other institutions.
PLAYERS CLUBS AND INSTITUTIONS:
Luis Pereira (Cardinal Mindszenty), Eduardo Aquino (Christian Youth Association), Lorenzo Garcia (Cardinal Mindszenty), Ramón Helmet (Cardinal Mindszenty), Alberto Alcorta (Christian Association of Young Men), Cosntantino Aranda (Star's), Victor Palacios ( San Antonio), Roque Meza (San Jose), Porfirio Ramirez (Star's), Jose Cino (Carlos Antonio Lopez), Ramón Bareiro (Star's), Julio Cesar Ramirez (Star's), Adolfo Samaniego (New City) , Victor Ricciardi (Star's) and Victor Raggio (Mindszenty).
The selection commission integrated Giuseppe Bivona (Mbigua), Alfredo Matteri (San Jose) and R. Gonzalez (Star's). The referees formed compatriots Gualberto Casco, Sergio Rodriguez Baez, Emilio Maciel, Alberto Alderete, Heriberto Ramirez and Brazilian Nilson Guedes.
Canadian Salao Indoor Soccer Federation started in 1983, rebranded to Canadian National FUTSAL™ Association has contributed to the development of many athletes in Indoor Soccer - FUTSAL™ especially in the province of Ontario. Many ended up serving in the development of soccer in the country while others prefer Indoor Soccer. These athletes have participated in South American and Panamerica on various occasions defending Canada in series of competitions in a remarkable experience. Toronto is home to Deportivo Perreira FSC (Futsalon club) https://youtu.be/eWXUTQrIYcE this club contributed players to Team Canada. Leo Laurito, a former team Canada player, shared memories while playing and representing Canada in Peru 2004, Venezuela 2006, 2011 FUTSAL™ World Cup in Colombia, where Canada played against Czech republic, Uruguay.
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