Over the years, many players debuted in Boca. And several of them debuted by scoring a goal. But only one scored four goals and River, in a Superclásico that went down in history and that Xeneize won 5-2: Carlos García Cambón.
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The boy, who had already been champion with Chacarita in 1969 and who put on the Boca shirt at the age of 25, left with a dream debut, which marks 50 years. And to this day, the forward's debut is a record: never before or since has such a mark been reached or surpassed in a presentation.
That Superclásico was played on February 3, 1974 and was a record for Boca and García Cambón although, curiously, it is not the only historical mark in which the scorer put his name.
Many years later, when in the first half of 1998 Héctor Rodolfo Veira left the technical direction of Boca, and before Carlos Bianchi arrived, García Cambón – who worked in the club's youth teams – was called to take charge of the professional team. And he did it so effectively that of the five games he directed, Boca did not lose any of them and that streak ended up being the beginning of the 40-game undefeated streak that was later rounded off with the Viceroy.
50 years of a dream debut: four goals and never a comment to Fillol
Carlos María García Cambón was born in March 1949 and an aneurysm for which he had to undergo emergency surgery in 2021 led to his death in April 2022. In his 73 years of life he had successes and failures. He had to be champion three times in his life, because in addition to winning the National tournament with Chacarita in '69, he was two-time champion with Boca (Metro and Nacional '76). But nothing was like the glory he had when he scored those four goals.
“Scoring four goals against River in La Bombonera is more than a dream. “You dream of scoring a goal against River, but if you dream of scoring four it's because you're crazy,” said García Cambón with grace, who also gave that quartet an added value: the goals were scored against Ubaldo Matildo Fillol.
“El Pato was already a great goalkeeper at that time. If not the best, he was among the two best. And over time we became friends, he is a person that I appreciate very much,” Carlitos said. However, as on the field, he put on the brakes and went the other way: “We never talk about this game, it would seem disrespectful to me.”
Carlos García Cambón went down in history with his four goals against River in La Bombonera.
That hot afternoon in the Bombonera, on what was the first date of the championship (times in which the fixture was resolved with a rigorous draw and what was played, was played) Boca formed with: Rubén Sánchez; Pernía, Mouzo, Rogel and Tarantini; Benítez, Trobbiani and Potente; Ponce, García Cambón and Ferrero. In River, in addition to Fillol, Quique Wolff, Reinaldo Mostaza Merlo and Norberto Alonso, among others, played.
García Cambón made it 1-0 after two minutes of play but River immediately tied it (Jorge Ghiso). However, before the first half ended, the afternoon's top scorer had already scored a double. But his personal account was missing two others that came in the second half: one from a header, for 4-1, and another to close the final result of 5 to 2 for Boca.
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Son and grandson of former football players (his father played for Barracas Central and his grandfather, in the early 1930s, for River), he did not fall at the moment of the achievement he had achieved. “It's hard to explain. The euphoria prevented him from realizing the magnitude of what he had achieved,” explained who, over time, did understand the place that that match earned. Even when García Cambón has been gone for almost two years to remember it.
Carlos María García Cambón participated in another historic episode in Boca, but as a coach: interim at that time, he directed the first five games of the undefeated record whose main protagonist is Carlos Bianchi, with 40 games without defeat between 1998 and 1999.
Carlos María García Cambón, during his time as interim coach at Boca. (Photo: Telam).
The former soccer player died after spending seven months hospitalized due to a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm, an event considered highly lethal. During that period, they underwent four surgeries and, in the midst of the latest Covid-19 outbreak, he spent many of those days isolated, without being able to see his family.