Humberto Horacio Ballesteros, historic goalkeeper from Universitario de Deportes who reached the final of the 1972 Copa Libertadores, died

Humberto Horacio Ballesteros, historic goalkeeper from Universitario de Deportes who reached the final of the 1972 Copa Libertadores, died
Humberto Horacio Ballesteros, historic goalkeeper from Universitario de Deportes who reached the final of the 1972 Copa Libertadores, died

Ballesteros is an idol of Universitario de Deportes, a club with which he won two national titles. – Credit: Diffusion

The exporter Humberto Horacio Ballesteros, an Argentine by birth who became a Peruvian national, has died at the age of 80. Symbol of University of Sportsa club with which he stood out at the beginning of the 70’s, winning two national titles in 1971 and 1974, is remembered for being one of the capital pieces to reach the final of the 1972 Copa Libertadores, where they fell at the hands of Independiente from Avellaneda.

The news of the unfortunate death of ‘H H‘ was made known by the very team that opened the doors to him in Peruvian football: “The Club University of Sports regrets the sensitive death of Humberto Horacio Ballesteroshistoric cream goalkeeper who was national champion on 2 occasions (1971 and 1974) and runner-up of the Libertadores Cup 1972. Rest in peace, Don Horacio!

Humberto Horacio Ballesteros came to identify with the Sports University. - Credit: Diffusion
Humberto Horacio Ballesteros came to identify with the Sports University. – Credit: Diffusion

Crossbowmen He is considered one of the best goalkeepers in the history of the ‘OR‘. Not for nothing did he set a unique record of undefeatability, keeping his goal at zero, for 775 minutes, between May and August 1971. Behind his wake appears another mythical ‘cream’ like Óscar Ibáñez with a mark of 716 minutes without having seen his goal defeated

Universitario was the team that gave me the opportunity to become champion twice.being runner-up in America, having great friends, having an extraordinary team and living in Peru, Universitario gave me the kick-off to stay in Lima. I feel like people love me a lot“I feel that older people remember you,” he said about five years ago in relation to his connection with those from Odriozola.

Humberto Horacio Ballesteros, legendary goalkeeper of Universitario. - Credit: Diffusion
Humberto Horacio Ballesteros, legendary goalkeeper of Universitario. – Credit: Diffusion

The state of health of ‘H H‘ deteriorated in recent years due to a hip fracture resulting from a fall at home. In addition to this, he contracted an infection in a medical center, although he was able to overcome it by focusing on a long rehabilitation to regain the mobility of his lower limbs.

The last public appearance of Crossbowmen it was in the Cream Night 2024 held at the Monumental stadium, in Ate. Accompanied by his son, while he was transferred in a wheelchair to the field, Humberto Horacio was very moved when receiving an impressive tribute along with other old glories of the ‘U’ such as Héctor Chumpitaz and Percy Rojas: “I am very happy to be here. Thank you so much, academic”.

Humberto Horacio Ballesteros is the goalkeeper with an unbeaten record in the history of Universitario. - Credit: Diffusion
Humberto Horacio Ballesteros is the goalkeeper with an unbeaten record in the history of Universitario. – Credit: Diffusion

Humberto Horacio It was the most important ‘1’ of the Peru after participation in the 1970 World Cup. His outstanding performances with the ‘U’ postulated him as an interesting goalkeeper to naturalize thinking about the next process with the National selection for him 1970 World Cup.

Crossbowmen had the full support of the technical command of that time, headed by the Uruguayan Roberto Scaroneand all that was needed was the processing of their Peruvian papers, but from the Revolutionary Government of the Armed Forces They prevented the process and vetoed it for an unusual reason in these times.

I trained for almost four months with the national team in Chosica, but when I had to get my passport, I couldn’t. do it because General Velasco Alvarado, president of Peru at that time, told me: ‘You will excuse me, I have nothing against you, but my principles are these. [nacionalistas] and they didn’t give me a passport,’ he told Correo more than a decade ago.

Humberto Horacio Ballesteros training with Juan Carlos Oblitas and José Fernández, at Club El Bosque, thinking about his inclusion in the Peruvian national team. - Credit: Juan Carlos Esteves
Humberto Horacio Ballesteros training with Juan Carlos Oblitas and José Fernández, at Club El Bosque, thinking about his inclusion in the Peruvian national team. – Credit: Juan Carlos Esteves
 
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