Ángel Romano

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Ángel Romano
Angel Romano.jpg
Ángel Romano in 1914
birthday August 2, 1893
place of birth MontevideoUruguay
date of death 22nd August 1972
Place of death Uruguay
position striker
Years station Games (goals) 1
1910 Nacional Montevideo
1911-1913 CURCC
1913-1914 Boca Juniors
1915-1930 Nacional Montevideo
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1911-1927 Uruguay 69 (28)
1 Only league games are given.

Ángel Romano (born August 2, 1893 in Montevideo , † August 22, 1972 in Uruguay ) was a Uruguayan football player . During his career from 1910 to 1930, he won the national championship nine times , primarily with Nacional Montevideo . With the national team he won Olympic gold and six times the South American football championship . He holds the record with eight participations in this competition. With 69 international matches, he was the record player for his country until 1985.


Ángel Romano began his career in 1910 at Nacional Montevideo , where he made his debut on September 11, 1910 against Central and contributed three goals to victory. In 1911 he moved to the Central Uruguay Railway Cricket Club , which was to operate as Club Atlético Peñarol from 1913 . In his first year with the yellow-black he won his first national championship with them.

1917 South American champion Ángel Romano (front center) with the Uruguayan championship team from 1917
Nacional in April 1925 in Genoa

In 1913 he moved to the other side of the Río de la Plata in the Argentine capital to the Boca Juniors and was also set up several times in the Argentine national team for friendly games during this time. Romano, often nicknamed Loco ("madman"), returned to Uruguay in 1915 and rejoined Nacional.

This time he was to remain loyal to the club until his retirement in 1930. Between 1915 and 1924, an era that describes the first heyday of Nacional, he won the championship eight times with the Bolsos . It is reported that Romano has scored a total of 164 goals in 388 appearances in the Uruguayan championship.

In 1925 and 1926 there were no championships in Uruguay due to disputes over the organization of football. Nacional took the opportunity to go on an extensive European tour. Romano traveled to nine different countries with his club between March and August 1925. In 38 games - including against the Spanish cup winners FC Barcelona, ​​the Italian champions Genoa CFC , Sporting Lisbon , Rapid Vienna and Sparta Prague , but also numerous less important opponents - Nacional won 26 times and lost only five games with a goal difference of 130:30 . However, Ángel Romano is only listed once goalscorer. It is reported that a total of 700,000 people attended the Nacionals Games - in Vienna, the delegation was even received by Federal President Michael Hainisch . Partly at the same time and in the same countries, the Brazilian CA Paulistano and star player Arthur Friedenreich were another top South American club on a European trip. After the championship was resumed in 1927, Nacional was only fourth. Another trip abroad took the team with Romano to North America, Mexico, Cuba and the Antilles in the same year .

Romano was first used on August 15, 1911 in the Uruguayan national team and contributed with a goal to the 2-0 victory of the Uruguayans against Argentina in Buenos Aires in the annual comparison of the two countries for the Copa Lipton . By 1927 he appeared 69 times for the Celeste and was from 1923 to 1985, until he was surpassed by the goalkeeper Rodolfo Rodríguez , another player from Nacional, record national player of Uruguay . His time as the record scorer for the Uruguayan national team was more short-lived. His 28 goals were already outbid in 1928 by Héctor Scarone , who also came from the ranks of Nacional. His 69th international match (one of which was canceled after 4 minutes on September 28, 1924 and repeated on October 2, 1924, which is why it is not counted in some statistics) on April 14, 1927 also meant that he was the one of Imre Schlosser and Max Abegglen held the world record of 68 games and was able to hold it until March 31, 1940, before he was outbid by the Swiss Severino Minelli . To date he is the only South American who has set the world record.

With Uruguay he took part in the first edition of the South American Football Championship in 1916 and played the first game in tournament history on July 2 in Buenos Aires, which Uruguay won 4-0 against Chile. Until 1926 he took part in seven other South American Championships, with Uruguay winning six titles, one time second and twice third. It should be noted, however, that Romano was in the squad when he won the title in 1923, but was not used. In total, Romano came to 23 tournaments with 12 hits. In 1917 and 1920 he was the top scorer with four and three goals respectively, but in 1920 had to share the honor with his compatriot José Pérez , a Peñarol player.

Another highlight was winning gold medals with Uruguay at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris, which were then equivalent to a world championship . After Uruguay eliminated the Dutch coached by William Townley in the semi-finals , Romano contributed to Uruguay's 3-0 victory against Switzerland in the Colombes final on the outskirts of the capital, whose coaching team included Izidor Kürschner , another important football pioneer.

After his departure from active football, Ángel "El Loco" Romano became an honorary member of Nacional and was also active in the club management.


National team:

*) In 1923 in the squad but without commitment.
  • South American Championship / Top Scorer: 1917, 1920


  • Championship of Uruguay: 1911, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1919, 1920, 1922, 1923, 1924

Web links

Commons : Ángel Romano  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. The Internet news portal of the Uruguayan daily La República lists 68 international matches in 2011 in a list of the most successful goal scorers of the Uruguayan national team. ( Luis Suárez: el terror de los arqueros hace temblar el récord de Forlán (Spanish), LaRed21, November 13, 2011, accessed January 5, 2012.)
  2. Ídolos - Ángel Romano ( Memento of February 25, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) NacionalDigital.com / Club Nacional de Football
  3. Historia: La gira del 25 ( Memento of November 30, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) , decano.com (accessed January 6, 2012)
  4. Juan Da Silva: European trip of Club Nacional de Football 1925 , Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation , September 2, 2010
  5. La vuelta al mundo en ... ¡130 goles! + , ForoBolso, 2009 (accessed January 6, 2012)