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The man for important goals

Until his death was Agustín Herrerín for over 50 years, employees of Real Madrid, in the football world but almost unknown. He was the Savior, as in 1998 in the

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The man for important goals

Until his death was Agustín Herrerín for over 50 years, employees of Real Madrid, in the football world but almost unknown. He was the Savior, as in 1998 in the semi-finals of the Champions League, the goal fell over.

obituary by Javier Cáceres

There is also in the world of football people are part of the landscape, and the but never someone. Agustín Herrerín, for example, hired more than 50 years ago by Real Madrid and then, as he looked gradually as an Old man, almost twenty years the office held, which bears the attractive title, "delegado de campo", field delegate. Herrerín in the Bernabéu stadium is always at the output of the game tunnel, clapped the Real professionals are the hands, that she forgot about the nervousness, and woke up otherwise the fact that everything went on as Royal. It did, mostly, you could tell that he is a wizard of the Coach José Mourinho ran across the pile, because he wanted an opponent to the Laundry. His most important appearance, but Herrerín had on 1. April 1998.

It was the day of a Champions League semi-final that should go down in history, the duel between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund. The Ultras Sur, one of the neo-fascists imbued Catching grouping position, climbed up the fence at the edge of the field, shook it up, wore it follow. The rods, on which the fence was attached to gifts to, and because the fence was in turn connected with the gate, tipped over the goal. Just as the Champions League-delivery anthem. All of the Experiments, the gate re-erect goods as useless as helpless, Gaudi, among others, of Marcel Reif und Günter Jauch, the broadcast the spectacle at the time, live in the German Living rooms: "Never a goal would have done a game so well," said Jauch. Legendary.

Agustín Herrerín (li.) 2012 with Cristiano Ronaldo.

(photo: Jasper Juinen/)

What at the time, nobody knew that It was Herrerín, the ensured that the Torfall of Madrid Tortransport followed. He grabbed motorized policemen and a van, drove to the former training grounds of Real Madrid, rammed the locked gate to the sports city to get one of these portable soccer goals. In the vans it did not fit. But in a nearby Restaurant Herrerín to shoot the driver of a truck, in the vicinity of parked, explained the predicament, and offered you something like a blank cheque, you should exchange the other day in 100 000 pesetas, € 600. They loaded the gate on the truck and drove, in part, in the opposite direction of travel, with police protection into the stadium. There they arrived early enough to avoid that the referee had cancelled the game.

a 76-minute delay was kicked off, and then what happened was history. Real Madrid won 2:0, and because the Merengues in the return game in Dortmund, held to a draw, they moved into the final of Amsterdam, where they finished under the management of Jupp Heynckes, a 32-year-long drought in Europe's Premier club competition: Real Madrid won against Juventus Turin 1:0 by a goal from Pedja Mijatovic. But all of this would have been without the goal of Herrerín possible?

It means the professionals of Real Madrid, which he patted in front of the Play, embraced, kissed, to take you to the nervousness, would have loved Herrerín across generations. This must be so: Cristiano Ronaldo used to when he was offered the Bernabeu stadium, one of his individual awards to take Herrerín with the photo, he squeezed in the Packed stadium at the old man a Ballon D'or in the hands ("did You, grandpa"), what touched him. Last fall, the players presented him with a stadium replica made of pure silver.

On Maundy Thursday with a shared Real Madrid, Herrerín had died after a long illness at the age of 86 years.

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