Kolkata: Legendary Indian soccer star PK
Banerjee today walked down the memory lane as the former
Argentina defender Julian Camino returned to the city 23 years
after he had donned East Bengal jersey.
Cairo, who has returned to the Maidan here as an
assistant coach of Argentina Football Association to inspect
the arrangements for the FIFA international friendly between
Argentina and Venezuela, during the later stage of his career
had represented East Bengal.
In 1988 when he played in the Durand Cup for East Bengal,
P K Banerjee was the coach of the team.
Twenty three years down the line, an emotional Banerjee
said Camino was a phenomenal defender during his time.
Remembering his brief association with Camino, Banerjee said, "Camino was not fully fit when he had joined us. He
had some ligament problem for which I made him switch to
midfield from right back. He was simply inspirational.
"He did not have any problem. He was very sharp, his
tactics, anticipation and interception were exceptional. The
team would have been immensely benefitted, if only we had got
him a little earlier," he said
Wishing Camino luck in his endevour with Argentina
football side, Banerjee said he would love to meet the
Argentine and take a stroll down memory lane.
Meanwhile, East Bengal have extended a formal invitation
to Camino to visit the club tent tomorrow, the last day of his
"We have requested the organisers, Celebrity Management
Group, to bring him here," an East Bengal club official said.
During his brief stint with East Bengal, Camino was quite
a rage as his participation during a match against arch-rivals
Mohun Bagan had drawn a record 120,000 spectators.
But East Bengal had to release him owing to financial
"We bought him. But his wages were very high. We couldn`t
afford the amount through the season. After the Durand Cup, we
had to let go of him due to financial constraints," an East
Bengal official said.
"It`s really good news for Kolkata that one of its former
foreign players is now Argentina`s assistant coach," the
Earlier in the morning, former East Bengal player Amit
Bhadra, who was Camino`s teammate in 1988, went to the airport
to welcome him
Camino is here along with Alberto Oscar Pernas, AFA
administrative employee and Rodrigo Martin Bauso, another
member of the three-member delegation, to inspect the
arrangements ahead of the FIFA international friendly on
Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella, who replaced Sergio
Batista after their flop show in Copa America, roped in Camino
as his deputy.