University | Lolo Fernández, 111 years of birth: What are the must-see books for all ‘Lolistas’? | League 1 I bet you | L1TA | SPORTS-TOTAL

University | Lolo Fernández, 111 years of birth: What are the must-see books for all ‘Lolistas’? | League 1 I bet you | L1TA | SPORTS-TOTAL
University | Lolo Fernández, 111 years of birth: What are the must-see books for all ‘Lolistas’? | League 1 I bet you | L1TA | SPORTS-TOTAL

Every year it is more glorious and eternal to affirm that Lolo Fernandez He did everything and he did everything well. Only the ‘Cañonero’ reaffirms that resurrecting is impossible, but living forever is real. It is the symbol of amateur football in Peru, a look towards that past that filled with glory the history on which his mythical figure stands today. The bastion that when the ball was not worth millions and one won “two soles fifty, well imagine, and one was happy.” And with him, millions were happy. Mainly in University of Sportsthe club that places him on a pedestal as its greatest idol.

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His anecdotes today are legends and those legends became books. There is no other Peruvian athlete who has managed to have more ink and paper publications about his life. The official biography written in 1958 by Guillermo Córtez Núñez, ‘Cuatacho’, and the emotional and exact tracing of the stories of “La Camiseta de Lolo” by Gonzalo García Bedón and “Our Father” by Miguel Villegas, journalist, writer and ‘Lolista ‘ from this publishing house, are signs that Lolo is still alive.

Lolo, his life and his goals (1958)

The first authorized biography of Lolo Fernández. Its author, Guillermo Córtez Núñez ‘Cuatacho’, published the book in 1958 after long conversations with the historic Cañete Gunboat. Cuatacho’s work is dedicated “to young Peruvians, the story of this exemplary life, shows how, even in football, behind effort, loyalty, courage, sacrifice and nobility, they can one day find themselves with the Glory”. It was the first opportunity that the ‘U’ fan had to get closer to this flesh and blood hero. Or as the author calls him, “an exemplary athlete.” Sold for collectors only.

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Lolo, Eternal Idol (1992)

Probably the most complete biography written about the Universitario idol. Its author, Teodoro Salazar Canaval (1932-2015), was a journalist from the 40s-50s who was very close to Lolo Fernández, a personal friend, and wrote “Lolo, Eternal Idol” as part of his Encyclopedia of Peruvian Sports, which he promoted since 1992. together with Editorial Brasa. Every fan of Universitario and active searcher in Peruvian soccer archives should read his work. It is a cult book.

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Lolo’s Shirt (2013)

Gonzalo García Bedón is a young journalist from Lima who has been playing soccer since he was a child and since then he has looked for clues about his affections for Universitario and Lolo. His book was born as a university project and then became a testimony of the reporter of these times: he located, for example, the nurse with whom the Gunnerer spent the last years of his life, in the Maison de Santé. It was published by Mesa Redonda and can be found in bookstores.

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The Century of Lolo (2013)

Written by journalists Justo Linares Chumpitaz and Roberto Salinas Benavides, Siglo de Lolo was published as part of the tributes to the Cañonero in 2013, the year of the Centennial of his birth. The book, a series of stories about the figure of Lolo from her childhood in Hualcará, has a collection of unpublished photographs such as the one published on the cover of the magazine “Equipo” in 1947, among others.

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Our Father (2015)

It is the first book by the journalist of Diario El Comercio, Miguel Villegas (Lima, 1979). With two years of previous work and under the Hualcará Editores label, Padre Nuestro addresses the figure of Lolo Fernández, the absolute idol of Universitario, based on five real stories of devotion to the famous center forward and seeks to answer the historic question: why What is the most loved and respected soccer player in Peruvian soccer? It is, in that sense, a collection of chronicles that reflect on the inspiring life of the center forward of the ‘U’. The book has emotional testimonies from Ángel Cappa and Jorge Barraza and its first edition has already sold out.

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The Gunboat, comic

One year after the centenary, Universitario de Deportes launched, together with Editorial Mesa Redonda, the biography El Cañonero told in a comic version. “Not only does it touch the most sensitive fibers of the fan’s sentimental memory, but it represents an approach for new generations of fans to the most relevant football reference of their club,” the club published at the Lima 2023 International Fair. The latter book about Lolo’s life, a bet on the Peruvian publishing market, has its own heroes behind it. Who are they? The Mesa Redonda publishing house led by Sandra López, responsible for general production; Carlos Echevarría, as screenwriter; Lumer, in charge of the illustrations; Gonzalo – Kurarero in color and VFX; Luis Chumpitazi in art direction; and Abraham Fernandez and Jesús Peña as content advisors.

El Cañonero, the biography of Lolo Fernández told in a comic. (Image: Round Table)
 
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