Oscar Ruggeri and his glassy eyes when they see a young and full of life Tata Brown. Photo: ESPN capture.
This Wednesday came true 36 years old of the title won by Argentina national team in the World Cup Mexico 86. The team led by Diego Armando Maradona and Carlos Salvador Bilardo remained in popular memory after having embroidered the second star on the AFA championship.
In ESPN’s F90 program, led by Sebastián Vignolo, where the “Cabezón” acting as the main speaker, images of the team’s concentration have been seen that recall that glorious moment. Y Oscar Ruggeri could not contain his emotion in remembering his dead comradesin particular a Joseph Louis Brown.
The former defender of Boca, River, San Lorenzo, Lanús and Real Madrid, among others, observed one by one the responses of his teammates in that concentration. They all spoke in a relaxed and jovial way even though they were just hours away from facing Germany to make history.
The image that immortalized “Tata” Brown.
When it was the turn of one of the protagonists, José Luis “Tata” Brown, Ruggeri could not hide his feelings. “it hurts in my soul“Said the” Cabezón “about the brave central defender who emerged from Estudiantes de La Plata.”We were very attached to him. All time“, He added.
And he added, visibly moved: “Since 1983 we played against each other obviously because he was at Estudiantes, but from the first day we were together. Family, boys, women. It’s crazy. I said the other one. day . The truth is that the three very young are gone (Jose Luis Cucciufo, Brown and Maradona). They were very young. “
Both defenders have formed an excellent relationship on and off the pitch. “Every time Tata shows up somewhere I say ‘it can’t be that she isn’t.’ But hey, that’s the reality we have to live in. We lived it recently. We hugged him a lot, we talked to each other. a lot. We spent Christmas in Spain, “said Ruggeri.
Instead, he was referring to another absentee, Maestro Echeverría, Bilardo’s right hand: «All those who are missing touch me a little. Nobody knows how important the teacher was. He was like a father to us. In the morning he would come to you and say ‘Oscarcito, it’s time to wake up’. What we have experienced has been very strong for us. And each time the image of someone who is not there appears. What a crazy look. ”
The world champion concluded his participation: “Last night we went to eat and we have no doubt they were there with us. Dad was there. Don’t doubt it. “
The “Tata”, Bilardo’s great bet
Former defender José Luis “Tata” Brown, world champion with Albiceleste in Mexico 1986, died on 12 August 2019, in La Plata, at the age of 62 of a neurodegenerative disease.
In 35 matches with the Argentine national team, “Tata” scored only one goal and it was nothing less than in the world final against Germanywhich ended with the consecration of that unforgettable team commanded by Diego Maradona and Carlos Bilardo.
“They thought I was going to Mexico to hit Bilardo,” the defender once confessed that it was a big “Doctor” bet when he was called up for the World Cup when he was without a team. 36 years after that title, his memory remains in the memory of many.