The forward of Lanús Jose Sand, idol and garnet captain with 40 years, On January 7, he became the third oldest player to convert to international cups organized by CONMEBOL., behind the Uruguayans Richard Pellejero and Diego Scotti.
Pellejero, 43 years old and one month old, scored for Atlético Cerro in the 2019 edition, and a year earlier his compatriot Scotti celebrated with Boston River in a 3-0 win over Jaguares when he was 41 years and 3 months old.
Sand is today the natural leader of Lanús, which This Saturday he will take to the field of the Mario Alberto Kempes stadium against Defense and Justice in search of his third international conquest after the 1996 Conmebol Cup and the 2013 South American Cup.
Born on July 17, 1980 in the Corrientes city of Bella Vista, Sand has six conquests in his personal record, four of these with Lanús: the 2007 Apertura tournament, the 2016 First Division, the 2016 Bicentennial Cup and the 2016 Argentine Super Cup.
This Saturday, in the Argentine city of Córdoba, the forward hopes to help his team win the tournament again, which celebrated 106 years of foundation on January 3.
Lanús is the club in which Sand played the longest. There have been three stages: between 2007 and 2009, from 2016 to 2018, and now from 2019 to today.
With the goal scored against Vélez Sarsfield in the semifinals 14 days ago, he became the oldest to become the decisive instances. He was then 40 years and 173 days old.
He and Lautaro Acosta are the two referents of the Garnet and have converted 134 goals in official matches between international and national competitions.
He is also one of the few players who scored in four different decades since his first goal was on September 12, 1999, with the Columbus shirt against Gimnasia de La Plata.
In Argentine soccer there are only five footballers who played at least one game in the last four decades of the First Division: Maximiliano Rodríguez, Fabricio Coloccini, Cristian Luchetti, Javier Gandolfi and José Sand himself.
“I think I will retire in June. I am somewhat complicated with some injuries. It was a difficult year, we started badly in the tournament and we had a difficult South American, but we are working well, the team is giving up and the boys understand what to play. ”Sand told ESPN last year.
In reference to the meaning of ‘Pepe’ Sand for the group, Pedro De la Vega, one of the youth jewels of this Lanús said: “It’s an animal. At 40 he trains like everyone else and even a little more. He always remarks that we have to train and improve. He is a person that we have to listen and learn ”.
The gallery of idols in Granate already has a place reserved for José Sand, but he is not satisfied, he wants more, to help add the second star of the South American Cup.
Juan Héctor Guidi, Bernardo Acosta, Daniel Cabrero, Lautaro Acosta, Villagrán Hugo Morales, Maximiliano Velázquez, Armando González, Héctor Enrique, Gabriel Schurrer, Ariel López and Agustín Pelletieri are already waiting for you in the historic gallery of the Club Atlético Lanús.