On August 21 the Argentine Soccer Players Day is celebrated and for the world of this discipline it is very important. This was made clear by the posts made by the main soccer referents in Argentina.
But the establishment of the date has a history. For two years, when in April 2019 the Senate of the Nation officially decreed the “National Day of the Footballers” it was recovering a history long forgotten and that the new generations encouraged to recover.
The story of why the date of August 21 was chosen has to do with a feat carried out by the Argentine women’s team at the World Cup in Mexico in 1971. 50 years ago, the Albiceleste thrashed England 4-1 at the Azteca stadium , which meant the birth of Las Pioneras, as that team was known.
Today is the Argentine Soccer Player’s Day, a date chosen in honor of the 4 goals that Elba Selva scored against England in the 4-1 triumph, during the 1971 World Cup in Mexico. Glory to Elba and her teammates who traveled to lung and without DT.pic.twitter.com/UAdBHbmz49
– La Okocha (@la_okocha) August 21, 2021
To add more value to this feat, the Argentine player Elba Selva was the star of the day with four goals. In addition, that team traveled to the World Cup without the recognition of the AFA and without the endorsement of FIFA, which only took charge of its organization in 1991 and therefore is not considered an official tournament. The Argentine National Team, made up of 17 players, traveled without a coach and even their players sewed the numbers on the shirts with their own hands.
FOOTBALL PLAYER DAY ⚽
We participated in the tribute that was made to “Las Pioneras”, members of the Argentina Women’s Soccer Team who made the historic 4-1 win against England in the 1971 World Cup in Mexico. pic.twitter.com/mlDSE5Y90W
– Ayelen Lopez (@ayelenlopez) August 22, 2021
The Argentine Soccer Association (AFA) paid tribute to them this weekend by giving them the national team jersey with their names and boots, as a historical repair, this weekend.
And the players who currently participate in the AFA tournaments did not want to be absent, who recently managed to be recognized as professionals and the clubs were forced to contract them (a measure that has been in force since March 2020).
Many did not miss the possibility of expressing themselves on the networks in their day, in which several clubs also developed awareness and sensitization activities with a gender perspective, trying to promote and make visible the female branch of football.
Some of them, like Macarena Sánchez, one of the visible faces in the fight for professionalization, did it from her workplace, San Lorenzo.
Linda, right? 😍
Happy day to all the soccer players ♥ ️ pic.twitter.com/oSvjXy9PHR
– Maca Sánchez (@Macasanchezj) August 21, 2021
For others it was the turn of recognition, such as the gesture that the Cordovan Pirates had with their idol, Pepa Gómez.
I will be able to tell my children that I saw her play Pepa Gómez live. pic.twitter.com/jG5pdnpeo4
– The Vicky. (@lavickybasso) August 22, 2021
Or the Argentine National Team player, Mili Menéndez, missing and making herself present from Elche, Spain.
How much I would have liked to be there!
Thank you pioneers 🙌🏾 https://t.co/bg7Hc3njeq
– Mili Menéndez (@ milimenendez20) August 21, 2021
And the presence of that symbol that Unión de Santa Fe has, the Negra Lía Escobar, could not be absent.
Today is the day of the soccer player and I just want to fill myself with love.#HappyDayAll
Those who fought from the beginning, those who never stopped dreaming. Happy day to us who carry soccer as a job and a flag.
Happy day to us that we do amateur soccer
– Black (@Lia_Escobar) August 21, 2021