They are Miguel Ángel Santoro and Ricardo Elbio Pavoni, two figures of the teams that “got tired” of winning cups, who will have the best tributes in life.
They are the pure history of Independiente and Argentine soccer. They are a giant piece of the life of the King of Cups. They were protagonists of the glory years of Red, when he imposed his hierarchy and his mystique to conquer the continent with a football that sweetened black palates. They have long had their place in the club they made themselves bigger. And now they will give their names to the stands of the Libertadores de América stadium. They are Miguel Ángel Santoro and Ricardo Elbio Pavoni, two legendary gentlemen who will have the best of tributes in life.
The North head will have the name of Pepé, while the South will carry the Goat. This initiative of the Independent Board of Directors will be made official this Thursday night in an act that will take place in the very field of Diablo.
The event, which will feature the presence of both former players, can be seen live from 8:00 p.m. on the signal TNT Sports. From the Avellaneda entity they clarified that everything will be under a strict sanitary protocol and that in case of rain it will be passed until Friday.
The Independiente Events Subcommittee in conjunction with the Secretariat of Communication and Media, the Marketing Department, the Secretariat of Public Relations and the Intendancy of the stadium will be in charge of the organization, which will also be broadcast on the institution’s streaming platforms.
The stalls were already named after other symbols of the club’s history such as Erico and Bochini. And now it will be the turn of these two greats. Pavoni won 12 titles dressed in red between 1965 and 1976, among which are no more and no less than five Libertadores Cups: ’65, ’72, ’73, ’74 and ’75. He also won the 1973 Intercontinental Cup and three local trophies.
For his part, Santoro saved from 1962 to ’73 in Independiente and did 10 Olympic laps: four local tournaments, four Libertadores (’64, ’65, ’72 and ’73) and the Intercontinental in ’73.
The Board of Directors of the entity of Avellaneda, in turn, has made the decision that the name of the stadium will soon become “Libertadores de América Ricardo Bochini”, to honor the highest idol of Independiente.