Thursday, April 30, 2009

A Responce To An Apathetic Comment - The Eduardo Lopez Saga

Normally I respond to comments that warrant such. This is the first time I've felt the need to a comment with an entirely new entry:

"Apathetic said...

From Hasta El Gol Siempre (

Dignified exits are more, of course, than Eduardo López managed after he was voted out of the Newell’s presidency after 14 years of dictatorship back in December. On Wednesday, the new directorial commission of the club, lead by Guillermo Lorente, presented their formal petition for López’s incarceration, which will now go to the tribunal courts. If López is found guilty of the charges against him, which range from ‘cheques issued from we-don’t-know-where’ to transfers for ‘more than 100%’ of players’ registrations, all adding up to fraudulent and corrupt administration of the football club, he could have to complete at least part of any sentence in jail. Best of luck, Newell’s.

What is your take on the whole López saga?
April 30, 2009 7:07 AM "

First off, let me say that it's a pleasure to see someone posting a comment that references "Hasta El Gol Siempre." It's a wonderful blog written by one Sam Kelly that covers Argentine futbol as a whole. At one time, before either of us started to blog, we were both regular posters to World Soccer Magazine's forum.

Sam's approach to his blog is from the perspective of someone who is trying to break into the field of writing professionally about the sport. I could tell you who his favorite Argentine team is, and why, but I consider that a friend's privilege. If, in reading his blog you can glean that information, more power to you.

I, on the other hand, wear the colors of my team proudly, as evidenced by the very name of my blog, as well as my picture that accompanies it. I writing to deal with my love of the club I spent 3 years with as a youth, followed by 20+ years where I had no way of following the club.

I knew about Newell's first championship, one year after I left Argentina to return to the USA, because at the end of the season my father sent me the standings. After that, I had to settle for following my local sports teams, which worked for some time, but, as I've said before, didn't last.

Eventually I found World Soccer Magazine, which covers just about every country in the world, and thus rediscovered my love for La Lepra. Problem, of course, was that the magazine had limited space, and the articles covering Argentina revolved around River Plate, Boca Jrs, and whom ever was in the race for first by the end of a championship. Even then, when Newell's won the Apertura 2004 the only article that mentioned them, as I recall, was at the end of that season. They made little, if any mention of the players, and instead focused on the team's DT/coach, Americo Gallego.

What I didn't know at that time, even though I'd finally gotten internet access, was that Eduardo Lopez was 10 years into his reign at the club. I only started hearing about this Rat of a man relatively recently, when I joined another forum where there were several posters who followed the Argentine game, mostly displaced Argentinos, including another Newell's fan.

Fact is, the more I learn about the bastard, the less I like him. I'd compare him to one George W, but for the fact that when George left office he had the decency of shaking his successor's hand, not to mention he didn't clean out said offices of all evidence that there had ever even been an office.

There's also the matter of a newspaper that Lopez owned, the name of which escapes me. Sense he was voted out of office, Lopez has vanished, and it was discovered that the paper was in financial ruin. In myth there's the legend of Midas, who's touch would turn anything, even his own daughter, to gold. If a myth was written about Lopez, it would be about a man who's touch turned things to manure.

My take one the Lopez saga? Well, it makes for good copy (which is to say that writing about it will sell newspapers,) but so did Hurricane Katrina. Problem is, you can't place charges against a hurricane and expect it to serve time. We'll see if Lopez gets what he deserves.


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