University | The Champion’s Cups: the book that traces the history of the U, the most champion club in Peru, through its 27 trophies | SPORTS-TOTAL

University | The Champion’s Cups: the book that traces the history of the U, the most champion club in Peru, through its 27 trophies | SPORTS-TOTAL
University | The Champion’s Cups: the book that traces the history of the U, the most champion club in Peru, through its 27 trophies | SPORTS-TOTAL

-Whoever decides to write a book is actually making a bomb.

We reached that conclusion, one afternoon in 2020, when we were living hidden in those bunkers that we converted our houses into due to the pandemic, Pablo Fedeli and I, after mulling over his idea. Which was, of course, pyrotechnics: the young author wanted to organize the Trophy Hall that is located on the ground floor of the wooden gallery of the Lolo Fernández de Breña, classify them, make an inventory, review files and compare days, dates, times, dust off memories that the fan has forgotten and recover, in that 2020 without championships, the fire that enveloped the champion U.

And then turn all that into a book.

He has achieved it. The project, which he already has in his hands and has put, with absolute force, Las Copas del Campeón (Editorial Antártica, 2024), is a journey through the history of Universitario through its full showcases. He burns her hands, due to the rigor of his investigation. This is what it’s about.

-Why write a paper book, in times where everything (or almost everything) is consumed digitally?

I decided to write and publish this book on paper because, like a tangible trophy, a physical book has the ability to become a memorable object. Through this publication, fans and readers can literally feel in their hands the weight of the history and legacy of the University Sports Club. In addition, the design and luxury presentation on paper offer a complete experience that is in line with what Universitario means to me and to the fans.

-How was the idea born?

The idea was born in the Thesis course of my Master’s Degree, when they asked me for a topic that might interest me and that I should do it with passion and dedication. I did not hesitate to think about something related to the club of which I am a fan and I proposed a Museum for the University club of Sports of that original idea, when I was thinking about what objects to put in that museum, I realized that the images of the trophies won by Universitario were not on any website, I started to investigate and I was surprised that the vast majority did not have them in the club either. in his Trophy Room: they had disappeared over time. So I set myself the personal mission of finding them and thus the idea arose of making a book where I would capture this research.

Book of the U

-How long did the investigation cost?

The research for this book took me almost six years in total.

-How was that process?

It was a pleasant stage because each discovery was very celebrated by me, everything happened to me: from finding a trophy by chance when an album with old newspaper clippings fell and finding a photo of Rafael Quirós receiving the 1969 Champion Trophy, to having to send a trophy to be illustrated because the photos I found were very dirty and of low quality like the 1945 Champion Trophy.

During this time, searching for information in archives, libraries and private collections was part of my daily tasks, but it was not only about finding the photo of the trophy, both physically and in photographic records. I wanted my task to include investigating how it was obtained, who participated in the achievement. That is why I managed to interview more than a hundred people linked to the club, including former leaders, players, baristas, fans and workers, all of whom contributed to my research that sought not only to collect data or photos, but to capture the essence of each historical moment of the club.

-What was the most difficult thing about working on this project?

I think the most difficult, hardest and demanding part was when I finished the research including editing, layout, selection of photos and I started looking for options to print it, so that it finally sees the light.

That was the most difficult part, I included all the possible options from self-publishing, payment options with publishers but they were unattainable for my meager available resources until I was able to find people from the club interested in the project, who opened the doors for me when they saw the quality. of the final product. The evaluation was done to make it a licensed product and they got me in contact with Academia Antártica who have been very good to me and have given me all the facilities so that my book meets all the requirements and conditions that I requested.

-What is your position, and what new data does your book offer about the U title in 1934, legitimately won in the 1935 definition?

My position is the official and legitimate one based on the only official source, which is the Peruvian Football Federation and endorsed by FIFA: the 1934 national title was defined on July 7, 1935 and the University won it on the field, as The canons of sportsmanship and sporting morality rule.

The new data offered by my research is oriented to the Trophy awarded that year, which is inspired by a soccer ball from 1900, which was one of the first to appear with 8 segments and which was inflated by means of a stitch where access was made. the internal valve.

According to my research, this Trophy was of high value and was made of silver, it was made by the Francisco Pereda and Hermano National Trophy and Cup Factory and I was able to meet with the descendants of that Factory who are still alive and recognized the work of their grandparents.

On the other hand, I could find evidence of that Trophy in the club’s Inventory List made in 1965 and by a sticker that appears on the Trophy made in the 1990 inventory.

Unfortunately, the original Trophy was stolen or disappeared, as were many historical objects of the club. According to my research, the U should have more than 1,300 objects including Trophies, Cups, plates, pennants, etc. but according to my count, 2022 only has 288 Trophies.

And he no longer has any Gold or Silver Trophy, all of these have disappeared over time.

“The Champion’s Cups”: Book of the U

-Why has the University club inspired so much literature in these hundred years?

Universitario is not just a football club; It is a cultural phenomenon that has passed down generations. It is a love inherited and formed. The creamy claw is installed in every hard-working Peruvian who, despite the obstacles he faces in life, finds the drive to overcome them day by day.

Its history is deeply intertwined with the social and sporting history of Peru. The club’s values, its academic origin and its role in key moments in Peruvian history make it an inexhaustible source of inspiration for recognized and Nobel-prize-winning writers.

“My book is a tribute to that rich history and its lasting impact on society.”

-Where is it presented and how can it be acquired?

We have several presentations scheduled, including the FIL and the Municipality of Miraflores, and with the club members we are closing these negotiations and very soon we will communicate the times and dates of each presentation.


Here you can buy The Champion’s Cups

The book The Champions Cups by Pablo Fedeli is on pre-sale until May 10! This work revives the glorious history of the University Sports Club through its most emblematic trophies throughout its history. Don’t miss the opportunity to reserve your edition of The Champions Cups with a 50% discount on the regular price! Acquire this unique jewel that pays tribute to the greatness of the University Sports Club.

Book through the Academia Antártica virtual store or via WhatsApp +51 972742042.

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