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El tridente Xeneize más temible de la historia

The most fearsome Xeneize trident in history

At the beginning of the 30s, professionalism arrived in Argentina, although it was not until 1934 when it was definitively established. At the beginning of the decade, the Championships were shared between Boca Juniors, River Plate and San Lorenzo, but the xeneizes were the first to win two consecutive titles in 1934 and 1935. A domain in the country that nobody had had since the mid-10s when Racing de Avellaneda completed a hegemony of four seasons.

The xeneizes had a fabulous trio in attack that delighted Boca fans for some years: the one made up of Pancho Varallo, Roberto Cherro and the Paraguayan Delfín Benítez Cáceres. The three were overwhelming in those two seasons where Boca added 199 goals in the Championship, 101 in 1934 and 98 in 1935. His companions were three other magnificent players, Luis Sánchez was the winger on the right wing in the first title and after Ricardo Zatelli, who was signed from River Plate (the first player along with Camilo Bonelli to change sides in the professionalism stage), replaced him to leave the entity for Platense. Finally, on the left, Vicente Cusatti was the owner of the wing in both titles.

Sánchez and Zatelli were the typical wingers with good speed, dribbling and precision in crosses into the area. Cherro and Benítez Cáceres played a little further back, almost as insiders. The first was a very vigorous and heavy footballer, weighing almost 80 kilos, but with exceptional quality. Talented, technical, with great vision of the game and quality, he also stood out for his intelligence and his shot. A crack. While the Paraguayan nicknamed "Machetero" for the Chaco War of the 1930s where Paraguayan soldiers fought at the point of a machete, he was a short but powerfully built footballer, with a cannon on his left leg, magnificent dribbling and great cunning. in everything concerning the interpretation of the game. At the tip Varallo had a perfect marriage with the goal. Spectacular spiker did not shine for his plasticity but for his strength, his efficiency, his enormous effectiveness, his winning mentality and the power of his shot. Lastly, Cussati was an agile, mischievous, smart left winger, effective in playing on the wing and with remarkable control of the ball.

The formidable trio Benítez Cáceres, Varallo and Cherro


 Boca Juniors, led by Mario Fortunato, displayed simple, direct and effective football. The defense is strengthened from 1935 and in the middle is Lazzatti the beacon and the guide who connects with the attack front and inoculates his opponents with his enormous quality and scoring strength.

 In both titles Independiente and San Lorenzo de Almagro were two very strong rivals that forced Boca to hold practically perfect championships. In 1934 the red box was only one point behind the capital and in the following course the distance increased to three but San Lorenzo kept up the fight until the end. The xeneizes cemented their first title on how lethal their attack was for the rival defenses. Cherro reached 22 goals, Benítez at 20 and Varallo stayed at 18, which meant a contribution of more than 50% of the total goals for the squad.

 In the league debut, Huracán was the first to suffer them, conceding an overwhelming 0-4 in his field with two goals from Varallo, one from Cherro and another from Cusatti. But the first big win of the competition was against River Plate at home. In the previous campaign of 1933, the millionaires separated them from the league title by defeating them on the last day and in this course they took their revenge. River arrived in great shape but fell 4-1 on one of the best days for winger Sánchez with two goals. The clash was also the first win in the history of superclassics in the era of professionalism.

 Boca in the direct confrontations with the two great rivals did not add any wins and his baggage was three draws against Independiente and two defeats and a draw against the Cuervo team. For this reason, to win the title, he had to win in places where his two opponents were not so forceful. Against Vélez, for example, they relied on the power of Roberto Cherro who signed a hat-trick. Facing Platense away from home, led by Lazzatti, both Cusatti and Pancho Varallo drilled the brown nets once each. Against Ferro and Chacarita it was Benítez Cáceres who made an appearance with two braces, and the day they returned to the Olympics Pancho Varallo became a great protagonist. It was the penultimate day when Platense visited the Brandsen stadium and Del Crucero and victory was enough for Boca. Nerves began to grip the fans when Cherro opened the scoring after half an hour. From that moment on the match went downhill for the xeneizes who in thirteen minutes made it 4-0 after two goals from Varallo and one from Zatelli. The visitors scored the goal of honor and Pancho rounded off his performance with a fantastic hat trick.

Brandsen and Del Crucero, the stadium where Boca played until 1938


In 1935 Fortunato continued in charge of the squad and the great Brazilian defender Domingos da Guia joined, who would mark an era. Sánchez goes to Platense and it is Zatelli, who had already participated the previous year, the one who fulfills in the band serving enormous assists to Varallo, Cherro and company.

 In the premiere they beat Vélez at home and on the second day they already hit the first blow on the championship table. After failing to do so in 1934, they beat their great adversary San Lorenzo thanks to a target from Varallo. Unstoppable in the first phase of the championship, they scored four goals against Argentinos Juniors and beat River by a minimum with a goal from Cherro, thus adding their fourth consecutive victory against their eternal rival. They also defeated Quilmes 5-1 with a hat-trick by Varallo, Racing in Avellaneda 2-4 or Chacarita by a clear 3-0.

 The good progress of the team was interrupted when they fell at home against Independiente but it also spurred them to gather several wins of enormous merit against Gimnasia de La Plata, Quilmes, Lanús, or Atlanta that received eight goals in Buenos Aires, four that bear the name of Benítez Cáceres in one of his best days of his career with the Boca jacket. In addition, they win again at San Lorenzo and after equalizing with Independiente they are preparing to defend the title against Tigre. It was on December 18, 1935 in their fiefdom of Brandsen and Del Crucero after beating the Victorian club 3-0. They marked the golden trident: Cherro, Varallo and the 'Machetero' Benítez Cáceres. The duel was also historic because it would be the last time that the three great xeneizes emblems would score in the same game.

Boca's champion squad in 1934. Shown from left to right standing and seated: Varallo, Cherro, Sánchez, Benítez and Cusatti

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