Today marks the 20th anniversary of the 2001 Copa Libertadores Final Boca Juniors vs Blue Cross. That game paralyzed Mexican soccer and completely changed the life of Federico Vilar.

Federico has been a fan of the club Xeneize almost since he was born. Days before the game, he went to the stadium to look for a ticket to see it and met a manager of Boca Juniors that warned you that in Mexico a doorman was needed.

“I arrived at Mexico thanks to the final Boca vs Blue Cross in 2001, it is an anecdote that few know. Before that game, it happened that when I went to buy the ticket, I met the person who brought me four or five days later. Mexico. Maybe if I was not going to see that game, I would not find that person and I would not come to Mexico.

“He had been released, he was in another club, the Final was being played Boca vs Blue Cross and the days before I went to get a ticket, you couldn’t get it, it was chaos. I went to the stadium because I had an acquaintance there and at that moment I met the person who in later days (the Final was played on a Wednesday and on Friday I was traveling to Mexico) “, he detailed in a talk with RECORD.

Federico He returned home that night with a smile on his lips, the team of his loves had won the Libertadores twice in a row. Upon arrival, his mother told him that the manager he had met had called him, and at that moment he agreed to travel and play for him. Pegaso Group, owner of Atlas and the Irapuato of the First Division, and the Acapulco Y Zitacuaro of the First ‘A’ (today Expansion League).

“The person was a Boca official who knew me and who had contact with him Pegaso Group. When he sees me, he says, ‘Wedding ring, I am looking for an archer to Mexico‘He told me what the Pegaso Group was like, the teams it had and I said yes, thinking that it was one more comment, that it was not something real.

“The next day, when I came back from the game, I had the phone call, that they had spoken with my mother, at that time there was no cell phone, and well, they were quick conversations, we decided yes and the next day I traveled to MexicoIt was June-July 2001, “he explained.

From that June 30, life changed for Federico. It lasted a year and a half in the Silver Category, until in the Clausura 2003, Miguel Herrera He trusted him to be Atlante’s goalkeeper. The rest is history.

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