Luis Varela #3 Peñarol (Uruguay) Match Worn "Signed" Shirt for Copa Libertadores 1966 & Uruguay Professional League during 1966. Museum Piece.
Provenance: Collection of former Peñarol Captain (Direct provenance with photos)
Shirt was personally named in the number by Luis Varela (See photos)
Luis Varela was born on August 22, 1941. Nephew of the man turned into a legend –Obdulio-, began in Liverpool. He quickly stood out for his technical conditions, capacity for marking, good head shot and temperament. It started from "centrojás" with Julio Montero Castillo from "left" back. In 1964 Peñarol acquired it to replace the left defender Núber Cano who broke his collarbone, injury never recovered. His debut with the aurinegra shirt could not be more shocking. In the Olympic Stadium in Rome, before the local club, after the entire delegation was received by Pope Paul VI. That night they tied 1: 1 with Varela of right back with the ductile Diablo Edgardo González of No. 3. Subsequently he gained the title as left-handed defender.Undisputed headline starred striking situations armed by the hand of fate. The day before the final against the Argentine River Plate for the 1966 Copa Libertadores in Montevideo, in a practice a shot by Pedro Rocha produced peritonitis. He was immediately surgically intervened. Not only did he miss the finals, but also the England World Cup. When he returned he became world champion with Peñarol against Real Madrid. Undisputed head of the aurinegros, in January and February 1967, under the orders of "Nino" Corazzo, not only was champion of America consecrated with the light blue in the chest winning the final against the Argentines. He wore the captain's bracelet from the first game, inheritance received from his uncle. Strange was his goodbye to football very young. When Peñarol brought him in 1969 to Brazilian Osvaldo Brandao as coach, with the order of the leaders to erase all the idol players of that team, Varela appeared on the list. Together with Néstor Goncálvez, Héctor «Lito» Silva and Mario Méndez, they were separated from the squad by the Board of Directors presiding over Cr. Gastón Guelfi with the vice presidency of Washington Cataldi. He briefly joined South America and left football at age 29. “I got tired of the environment and retired. I am half strange, ”he confessed when the years came upon him
Shirt details: Number stitched in leather material. "Luis Varela" written in the back number with blue ink. See photos for all details!!