Monday, September 27, 2010

The winner of the Golden Shoe was Argentine as well – Hector Yazalde scored 46 goals for Sporting (Lisbon) in the 1973-74 season.

Since there was no disgrace yet in this competition, Yazalde’s achievement is surrounded with accumulated trivia: 46 goals was record in 1974, but even today it is one of highest ever nimber of goals scored in a single season by a player. Yazalde was the first non-European player to win the award. And the only one until 1990, when the Mexican striker Hugo Sanches scored most goals in Europe. True, Eusebio was twice Golden Shoe winner, but although not born in Europe, he was Portuguese player and citizen, and never considered an import (technically true, for Angola was still Portuguese colony and Portuguese citizenship came authomatically.) The European success of Yazalde was noticed at home as well – he was included in the Argentine World Cup 1974 selection.