Domestic LeagueSaturday, April 5, 2014
San Lorenzo returns to Boedo
President Lammens confirms the club will pay $15m to Carrefour
It was a historic day for San Lorenzo, as the club’s officials signed an agreement with Carrefour to return to Boedo, where its Old Gasómetro stadium was placed before the military government expropriated the land in 1979.
San Lorenzo officials and the French supermarket firm Carrefour signed an agreement yesterday that will allow the Saints to have their stadium in the Boedo neighbourhood again, where they played as hosts from 1916 to 1979.
“This is an act of justice. The people of San Lorenzo have a amazing story, which is above to what happens during the 90 minutes in a soccer field. It’s difficult to find the words to describe this,” said an emotional San Lorenzo President Matías Lammens in a press conference.
The chairman added that “the main aim is to have the store (Carrefour) and the stadium in the same land.”
With the effort of the club’s members, San Lorenzo will pay 15 million pesos in a period of 30 days to Carrefour. When the enterprise receives the money, the club will officially own a part of the land and will be able to start building its new stadium, the third in its history.
“The idea is to do it as quick as possible. The other teams’ fans can’t understand what this means to us,” said Lammens at the Intercontinental Hotel, where Vice-president Marcelo Tinelli and Carrefour authorities joined him.
Carrefour President Daniel Fernández admitted during the press conference that the people of San Lorenzo are the the legitimate owners of the land on the La Plata Avenue at 1700. “This is your place, without any doubt,” said Fernández. “This is a historic day, I never thought that I was going to be applauded. Congratulations to you all.”
The land was expropriated by the military government in 1979 and San Lorenzo had to move to Nueva Pompeya, where its Nuevo Gasómetro stadium is.
José Sanfilippo, leading goalscorer in the club’s history, said yesterday that this was a “great achievement” from the officials.
“Only a dictatorship could close a stadium like the Old Gasómetro, but today we celebrate,” said Sanfilippo. “There, at the ‘Soccer Cathedral’, as they called it, I scored 170 goals if we take into account the friendlies. It was a fantastic stadium.”
Sanfilippo, 78, netted 207 goals playing with San Lorenzo and won the league title three times.
Herald with agencies