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Omar Sívori “El cabezon”

Omar Sívori
Omar Sívori

Enrique Omar Sívori

Omar Sivori , One of the greatest players was born in San Nicolas, Argentina on October 2, 1935.

His speed and capability of scoring let him win several awards and get called “the Maradona of the 60’s ”.

Club Career of Sivori

At the age of 19, he started playing for River Plate and that’s where he got the nickname El Cabezon (bighead). His fans gave this nickname because of his confidence, hair and style.

River Plate

In 1955, Omar led his team won the Argentine Primera Division after winning 2-1 against Boca Juniors. River won Copa Río de La Plata in the same season, after defeating Nacional.

Omar scored the final goal in the 4-0 victory over Rosario Central and helped his team win the Argentine league title the next season.

After playing his last match for River against the same club on May 5, 1957 he signed with Juventus in 1975-1958 season. A £91,000 transfer was a world record and helped River complete their stadium. However, his transfer brought bad luck to the team, River couldn’t win the league for 18 years.

Juventus

While Juventus was having difficult times, Sivori didn’t stop working hard and helped his team win Serie A in the season he joined. After winning 1958-1959 and 1959-1960 Coppa Italia, he won scudetti in both 1959-1960 and 1960-1961 seasons, then 1963 Coppa delle Alpi.

On June 10, 1961 he scored six goals against Inter Milan in the 9-1 victory, getting the most Serie A goals in a single match record.

1961 Ballon d’or.

His success and hard work made him win 1961 Ballon d’or. The same year, Sivori led his team to the victory over Real Madrid scoring the only goal of the game. He became the team captain and wore the number 10 jersey in 1963. However, Omar couldn’t win any leagues in 1964-1965 season and left the squad. He became the 5th highest goalscorer of the club with 167 goals.

Napoli

Sivori transferred to Napoli in 1965 and helped his team finish in the 3rd place in that season.

He had a successful starting in Napoli, helping the team win Coppa delle Alpi. But sadly, Omar had a knee injury during 1967-1968 season and mostly got left out. Still, his team finished Serie A in the 2nd place.

Banned for 6 games

He got a red card in his last game for Napoli, against Juventus and then got banned for 6 games.

Sivori then returned to Argentina after his ban, playing for 15 years in the clubs.

International Career

Sivori played for two national teams; firstly for Argentina and then Italy, after getting Italian citizenship.

Argentina

Playing for Argentina during 1956-1957 seasons, he contributed his team’s South American Championship 1957 victory. Sivori scored 9 goals in 18 matches for Argentina until he left at the end of the season.

Italy

After moving to Italy, he started playing in Italy national team. Sivori made his 1st appearance in April 1961. He managed to get in the FIFA World Cup 1962 squad but sadly they lost in the 1st round elimination.

Sivori scored 8 goals and played in 9 games for Italy national team.

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