PACHUCA: Uruguayan great Juan Alberto Schiaffino led the latest round of stars admitted to the Football Hall of Fame in Pachuca, Mexico.
Inside forward Schiaffino scored one of Uruguay’s goals in their shock 2-1 win over hosts Brazil in the final match of the 1950 World Cup in Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.
Later he was sold by Penarol to Italy’s Milan for a then world record £72,000, winning the Serie A title and inspiring the Rossoneri to the Champions Cup Final in 1958.
Schiaffino, who died in 2002 aged 77, was voted into the world veterans section by an international media jury.
The Hall of Fame was launched in 2011 by the Grupo Pachuca which has extensive local sports, property, academic and commercial interests. It owns not only FC Pachuca and Leon but has significant involvements in Chile’s Everton (Vina del Mar) and Argentina’s Talleres (Cordoba).
Other new entrants to the Salon de la Fama del Futbol were:
International: Cafú (Brazil), Rivelino (Brazil), Carlos Bilardo (Argentina), Roberto Baggio (Italy);
International women: Silvia Neid (Germany);
Mexican football: Héctor Miguel Zelada Miguel Mejía Barón Fernando Bustos;
Mexican football veterans: Arlindo dos Santos , Aarón Padilla.
Mexican women: María Eugenia ‘La peque’ Rubio.