Alberto Spencer honored
Ecuador’s greatest ever footballer, Alberto Spencer Herrera, passed away in November 2006. Spencer, who was nicknamed Cabeza Magica (“Magic Head”), spent his playing career at top Uruguayan club Penarol and Ecuadorian side Barcelona SC. He won the Copa Libertadores three times and the Intercontinental Cup twice and remains the leading scorer in the history of the Copa Libertadores with 54 goals. In February, the Modelo stadium in Guayaquil was renamed the Modelo Alberto Spencer stadium in his honor, a gesture at which FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter was delighted. In a letter to the Spencer family, the FIFA President paid tribute to the late footballer’s qualities as a human being and his sporting achievements. Spencer’s widow, Maria Teresa Capetillo, cut a ribbon at a special ceremony before a friendly match between Barcelona SC and Penarol at the stadium, which ended goalless.