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Mexico is a power and did not have the same privileges at Conmebol: José Luis Chilavert

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Chilavert is ranked as the sixth best goalkeeper of the 20th century (Photo: Instagram / chilavert_tagrams)
Chilavert is ranked as the sixth best goalkeeper of the 20th century (Photo: Instagram / chilavert_tagrams)
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More than three years after the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) made the decision to get both National selection like to Liga MX clubs of any international contest related to the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) due to unequal conditions, the historic Paraguayan exguardameta José Luis Chilavert defended Aztec football.

In interview for the radio program Unanimous SportsChilavert claimed that Mexican soccer has been mistreated for said confederation by not giving them the same privileges that to the South American teams:

There are no arguments how Conmebol can argue that Mexico does not participate in a tournament. Why? We are in America. Soccer is the passion of crowds, and I know in great detail that they have mistreated the Mexican Federation and the clubs because, in short, Mexico should have the same privileges as the clubs in South America.

It should be remembered that Mexican clubs stopped competing in the Libertadores Cup since 2017, while the Mexican National Team participated for the last time in the America Cup of 2016.

Tigres was the last club in the Liga MX to reach the final of a tournament in Conmebol, losing 3-0 to River Plate in the Copa Libertadores (Photo: Reuters)
Tigres was the last club in the Liga MX to reach the final of a tournament in Conmebol, losing 3-0 to River Plate in the Copa Libertadores (Photo: Reuters)

During the 18 editions that Mexican soccer participated in the Copa Libertadores he achieved three runners-up: Blue Cross (2001), Guadalajara (2010), and Tigers (2015); likewise, in the South American Cup, Pachuca he won the championship in 2006 and Pumas reached the final in 2005.

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As for the nine participations in the Copa América, El Tri reached two endings: in 1993, in his debut in Conmebol, losing the title 2 to 1 against Argentina, and in 2001, falling 1 to 0 against host Colombia.

In this sense, "Chila" considered that the level of the Aztec teams is above several in Conmebol: "Mexico is a power and if they compete in the Copa Libertadores or the Copa Sudamericana it gives more prestige to the tournaments"

He would have liked to play in Mexico

Defending Velez's goal, Chilavert won everything (AP)
Defending Velez's goal, Chilavert won everything (AP)

During your stay at the Real Zaragoza of the Spanish league, between 1988 and 1991, the Guaraní confessed to having received an offer by UANL Tigers, but in the end his transfer to Mexican soccer did not materialize and he continued his career in Argentina with Velez Sarsfield, where he won four local championships, a Copa Libertadores, an Intercontinental, an Inter-American, a South American Super Cup and the South American Cup.

I had the opportunity to talk with the Tigres people when I was in Zaragoza and I would have liked it because Mexico is a power and any player in the world is seduced to play in that league

Moreover, he was praised for Jorge Campos, an exporter from Mexico in three World Cups, whom he considered as an international soccer legend for the qualities he showed both in goal and in his stage as a forward.

Jorge had impressive qualities as a goalkeeper and attacker, he had a lot of skill and is a soccer legend and has served as a mirror for many colleagues in the goal. Not every day you see a goalkeeper who scores goals and helped soccer a lot the way he got to goal without being very tall and there you can see that he is a guy with many skills

As a goalkeeper he scored 102 goals (Photo: Instagram / chilavert_tagrams)
As a goalkeeper he scored 102 goals (Photo: Instagram / chilavert_tagrams)
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José Luis Chilavert is recognized for being the second highest scoring goalkeeper of all time, with 102 annotations; It was also listed as the sixth best goalkeeper of the 20th century and second South American goalkeeper of the 20th century.

In addition to Real Zaragoza and Vélez, he defended the shirt of Sportivo Luqueño, Guaraní, San Lorenzo, Racing Estrasburgo, and Peñarol.

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