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Estanislau Basora. PHOTO: ARXIU FCB.

Estanislau Basora was born on November 18, 1926 at Colònia Valls (Barcelona). He played for his local club as a child, before being signed by Súria and later by Manresa, where his obvious talent caught the eye of the biggest teams in Catalonia. After turning down an offer from Espanyol, he joined FC Barcelona in November 1946.

A true football star

Basora was an outstanding player. He was part of the amazing attack in the 1952/53 season that was immortalised in a Joan Manuel Serrat song, along with César, Kubala, Moreno and Manchón. He went on to become one of the highest scorers in club history. In 373 matches for Barça between 1946 and 1958 he got 153 goals (113 in official competitions), and many people defined him as the prototype for the perfect sportsman.

Superlative winger

Basora was the typical speedy winger of the era, with an amazing capacity for dribbling and delivering pinpoint crosses. He made the Barça right wing his own, and generated veritable panic among rival defences. Although he was always skilful at avoiding his marker, he came on the receiving end of constant tough tackling that tested the limits of what should be acceptable on a football field, but that never stopped him from being the perfect gentleman. He played a central role in winning four league titles with Barça, as well as two Latin Cups, four Spanish Cups, two Eva Duarte Cups and one Fairs Cup. He retired in 1958 while still at the top of the game, and even in his farewell match, he posted an impeccable performance.

The ‘Monster of Colombes’

He played a fundamental role in the legendary Barça of the Five Cups, but his greatest recognition came on June 19, 1949, in a friendly at Colombes (Paris) between France and Spain, where he scored a hat trick. From then on, he was known as the ‘Monster of Colombes’. A year later, at the World Cup in Brazil, Basora was one of the players of the tournament, finishing as the second top scorer and being named best player in the world in his position by the international press.

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