The unknown facet of José Alfredo Jiménez that joined him to the Tota Carbajal

José Alfredo Jiménez and Tota Carbajal were partners in a soccer team in Mexico City (Photos: Twitter @ HistoriayDatos / @ ftblsm)

The Twentieth century Mexican has been one of the most fruitful in the sports and artistic field. It was that period in which formalized the Mexican soccer league, although other aspects such as musical, reinforced by the revolutionary discourse, they achieved their peak. Although fame allowed various exponents of both fields to coexist, characters such as José Alfredo Jiménez and Antonio Carbajal They shared a hobby that led them to live together since childhood in soccer teams.

The king of the ranchera song was born in Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato on January 19, 1926. However, coupled with the death of his father, the migratory flows from the province to the capital led him to establish his residence in the Santa María la Ribera neighborhood. Thus, at age 11, after starting a new life with his aunts, he began to explore a new hobby that led him to meet the legendary goalkeeper of the five world cups.

In his early years as a footballer, Carbajal joined a soccer team known by the name of Oviedo, based in the capital. As he told the medium Millennium, Jiménez began working in a restaurant located inside the historic neighborhood, which was very close to the glassworks where the Total he made a living before becoming a professional footballer.

Antonio Carbajal was, for a long time, the Mexican with the most participation in world cups (Photo: @clubleonfc)
Antonio Carbajal was, for a long time, the Mexican with the most participation in world cups (Photo: @clubleonfc)

Despite the physical proximity of their jobs, the protagonists of one of the most unknown friends today They strengthened their bond when they competed for ownership in the fourth child of Oviedo. However, the qualities of the King they were not preponderant enough to overshadow the undeniable talent that the capital showed under the three suits.

According to the biography displayed on the official website of the Society of Authors and Composers of Mexico (SACM), his talent also led him to join the ranks of the legendary team Mars, in the first division. However, his true vocation was always music and he decided to dedicate himself entirely to it. Even, according to the Total Carbajal, his recurring inspiration deconcentrated him from his workouts and He even left the pitch to go to compose songs.

“It took 25 years for both of us to have a well-done career. He wanted to be a goalkeeper, but he couldn’t with me and that’s why he dedicated himself to music. We got together at many events and we always remembered what we had experienced, “the former athlete told the aforementioned media.

José Alfredo Jiménez and pedro infante
José Alfredo Jiménez made friends with other singers such as Pedro Infante (Photo: Imer)

For his part Antonio Carbajal continued his career with Real Club España, where he made his debut in 1948. However, his time at the team barely lasted a couple of years, as the sports institution disappeared for political reasons. Thus, driven by the desire to become a professional footballer, knocked on the doors of the Leon Club and he became one of the historical references of the representative of the native state of his dear friend.

With the green bellies he managed to conquer a couple of league championships in the seasons 1951-52 and 1955-56. At the same time, he managed to project his talent at the national level, because after being called up as a substitute for the 1948 London Olympics, was made of the title in the arc of the Mexican National Team. In such a way that participated in the World Cups of Brazil 1950, Switzerland 1954, Sweden 1958, Chile 1962 and England 1966 as owner and reserve.

Meanwhile, the empirical Guanajuato musician managed to consolidate his career as one of the most performed composers of Mexican music. It is estimated that he wrote more than a thousand songs and, recognizing his friendship with personalities in the artistic environment, it is difficult to imagine that his destiny could have been conditioned by sport. For his part, Carbajal will always applaud his decision because, from his point of view, he was never such a good goalkeeper.


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