Pedro Calomino

Bleo Pedro Fournol, mostly known as Pedro Calomino (also nicknamed Calumín) [note 1] (13 March 1892 – 12 January 1950) was an Argentine footballer who played as right winger. Calomino spent nearly all of his career in Boca Juniors, having also played 37 games for the Argentina national team where he scored 5 goals.[1] It is claimed that Calomino invented the step over move[2][3][4]

Pedro Calomino
Calomino bochas.jpg
Personal information
Full name Bleo Pedro Fournol Calomino
Date of birth (1892-03-13)13 March 1892
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Date of death 12 January 1950(1950-01-12) (aged 57)
Position(s) Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1911–1913 Boca Juniors 28 (12)
1914 Hispano Argentino (?)
1915–1924 Boca Juniors 194 (85)
National team
1917–1921 Argentina 37 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Calomino is also regarded to be the first idol of Boca Juniors[5] –where he won 9 titles– and one of the best right wingers of Argentina.[6] With Argentina he won the 1921 South American Championship, the first official title for the national team.[7]

Club careerEdit

A representative of Boca Juniors saw Calomino playing in a field in Retiro and convinced him to play for the club. Calomino debuted in the third division v River Plate. His good performances led him to be promoted to upper divisions, debuting in the senior squad in 1911,[6] when Boca still played in Segunda División. In 1912 he moved to Argentino de Quilmes, where he was soon regarded as the best right winger in Argentina.

Calomino had brief returns to Boca Juniors (1913) and Argentino de Quilmes (1914), also playing for Hispano Argentino until 1915 when he returned to Boca Juniors, playing there until the end of his career in 1924. Calomino played a total of 222 games for Boca scoring 96 goals. He was Boca Juniors' top scoring player in six seasons: 1913, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918 and 1919. This record has only been surpassed by Martín Palermo, who accomplished the feat eight times.

On May 25, 1940, when the club inaugurated La Bombonera, Calomino was appointed by the club to raise the Argentine flag during the ceremony.[5]

International careerEdit

Calomino debuted in the national team on 15 August 1917 v Uruguay.[5][8] He represented Argentina in four South American Championships: 1917, 1919, 1920 and 1921. In his final tournament, he captained Argentina to victory.

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

 
Calomino with Boca Juniors, where he spent most of his career winning nine titles
Boca Juniors

InternationalEdit

Argentina

NotesEdit

  1. ^ He was born "Bleo Pedro Fournol", but took the name "Calomino" after the family who raised him

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ rsssf: Argentina record international football
  2. ^ 1919 El año que Boca se hizo grande para siempre by Julián Iglesias on Infonews, 18 November 2012
  3. ^ "De rabonas y otras yerbas", TN.com.ar, 27 Jan 2010
  4. ^ Simpson, Paul; Hesse, Uli (2013). Who Invented the Stepover?: and other crucial football conundrums. London: Profile Books. p. 39. ISBN 9781847658425. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  5. ^ a b c Dáguele Calumín on El Gráfico, published on 21 June 1940
  6. ^ a b Pedro Calomino Archived 2011-07-06 at the Wayback Machine on Informe Xeneize
  7. ^ Los primeros criollos campeones, El Gráfico (1949)
  8. ^ Blas Pedro Fournol on Historia de Boca