Vicente PERNIA and his two sons

Vicente Pernía is a former Argentine professional footballer and a Boca Juniors Legend. Pernia known as El Tano (a dialect originated and developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the lower classes in Buenos Aires) started his football career with Estudiantes de La Plata in 1969, where he played until his transfer to Boca Juniors in 1973. During his time at Boca Pernía won a number of titles, including 3 league titles, 2 Copa Libertadores and 1 intercontinental Cup. Pernía played a total of 270 games for Boca in all competitions and still holds the record for the Boca player to have been sent off the most times with 13 red cards. After the chain of successes under coach Juan Carlos Lorenzo, he was sold to Vélez Sársfield at the end of 1981 after being left out of new coach Silvio Marzolini's plans. Pernía retired from playing football in 1982. But Vicente PERNIA was unlucky with the national team. As he was widely hailed as the best Argentine right defender of his time, he missed two world cups (1974 & 1978). Each time the national manager chose not to call him probably after some rude altercations in friendly matches. From 1973 to 1977 he had only 10 caps meanwhile he was the best defender in the country. His last game with Argentina versus Scotland he was sent off for repeated violent fouls against Willie Johnston one year before the 1978 World Cup. Then Menotti improvised fullback Jorge Olguín in the position. Olguín played both the 1978 and the 1982 FIFA World Cups. It was rumored that the personal preferences of some members of the military junta that ruled Argentina played a part in the decision. 

If it's true it's so sad for Pernia who never played only one world cup game. But his son played in the 2006 world cup for.....Spain ! Born in Argentina, Mariano Pernía represented the Spanish national team in the 2006 World Cup. Pernía's excellent form throughout 2005–06 made him a contender for international selection with both Argentina and Spain. Although born in Argentina, he was granted Spanish citizenship in May 2006. Initially, national team boss Luis Aragonés opted not to pick Pernía for the Spanish team in the 2006 FIFA World Cup – his reasoning was entirely legal and explained under current FIFA rules on squad selection. Asier del Horno was supposed to be first-choice leftback for the competition, but an ankle injury sustained in the build-up to the tournament saw Pernía controversially called-up as his replacement. In the last friendly before the tournament in Germany he made his debut against Croatia, and scored from a free- kick on 7 June 2006 in a match played in Geneva. Surprisingly, Pernía came from third-choice to starter, and appeared in the final stages in group wins against Ukraine and Tunisia, and also in their round-of-16 loss to France. And another of Pernía's sons follows in his footsteps. It's the outstanding second career of Vicente Pernia ! In the 1980s, Pernía reinvented himself as a stock-car driver in Argentina's TC and TC2000 categories. He won a few races, obtaining in 1996 the Subchampionship of Turismo Carretera !! His other son Leonel races in TC2000 and the World Touring Car Championship !

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