Club Deportivo los Millonarios, the name given to the ‘albiazul’ team at the time of its foundation, is one of the most prestigious clubs in Colombian professional soccer. With 15 local league titles, the capital squad is positioned in second place among teams with the highest recordbeing surpassed only by Atlético Nacional de Medellín with 17 crowns.

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Its history has enshrined it as one of the benchmarks of South American football, since during the 1950s, losing gaining international prestige that continues to this day, being considered a key part for the development of Creole soccer and the consolidation of a professional league.

This is how the legend of ‘El embajador’ and the ‘Ballet Azul’ was born, a squad made up of top-level players who arrived from Argentina after a soccer players’ strike, among which stands outn Alfredo Di Stéfano, Adolfo Pedernera and Néstor Raúl Rossi, All old River Plate players.

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Above, Hugo Reyes, Alfredo Di Stefano, Adolfo Pedernera, Antonio Báez and Reinaldo Mourín. Below: Francisco ‘Cobo’ Zuluaga, Julio César Ramírez, Néstor Raúl Rossi, Julio Cozzi, Ismael Soria and Raúl Pini.

Why do they call him ‘The Ambassador’?

These Players were vital in the tour of Europe carried out by Millonarios, the only one by a Colombian team so far in the spring of 1952. Thus, The people of the capital traveled to the old continent to face the best exponents of soccer in what was called the ‘Little World Cup’ championship.

The beginning of said ‘nickname’ began to gain strength at that time because the club was staying, precisely, in a hotel called Embajador. Then, another detail gave that expression more strength.

Alfredo Di Stefano would go to Real Madrid after being a figure with Millionaires in Europe.

This resulted in an upset succession of victories that managed to resonate with the international community, managing to beat Porto from Portugal 2-1drawing 0-0 against Valencia, losing 3-2 against Unión Deportiva Las Palmas, and obtaining another 1-1 draw against Sevilla.

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However, it was in the Golden Jubilee of Real Madrid who reconfirmed the title of ‘El Embajador’ of Colombia, since he preferred to be the highest representative not only of the country, but of the American continent by beating the ‘Merengues’ and other important squads.

“In the two games of the triangular tournament, Millonarios defeated IFK Norrkoping 2-1, and then Real Madrid 4-2, with two notes by Alfredo Di Stéfano and the other two by Antonio Báez and Alfredo Castillo. He was crowned champion of the international friendly tournament at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium «; says the official website of the club.

“In that same year, Millonarios played four more friendly matches against Real Madrid, winning the first two in Bogotá 2-1 and 2-0, and drawing the next two 1-1 in Caracas,” he adds.

On the other hand, Valencia, Seville, Espanyol, Roth Weiss, Everton, the Hungarian National Team, Spartak Moscow and others wanted to face one of the first teams that imposed a style of play in Colombia that was called the ‘Epoca del Dorado’.

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