108 Days: Ciao Gonzalez y Gracias


Former Penarol and Uruguay player Juan Carlos Gonzalez died on 15 February in Buenos Aires and will be buried at the Olympic Pantheon in Montevideo, taking with him a priceless piece of footballing history.

The 85 year old Gonzalez was one of the last three surviving members of the Charrúa squad that won the country’s second world title at the 1950 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ by defeating the host nation 2-1. One of the biggest shocks in the game’s history, that immortal match is commonly referred to as the Maracanazo.


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