The age scandal of the Chilean U-20 national football team

The age scandal

During a huge part of the 20th century, there were many controversies that surrounded youth competitions from all kinds of sports. The popular Kenya betting site 1xBet offers wagers on plenty of disciplines, where punters can also have the chance to wager on youth tournaments.


These controversies come from the fact that many participating teams altered the passports of their members. These alterations changed their date of birth. The purpose of all of that was to allow these players to take part in those events, despite being over the age limit established in the championship. The popular betting site 1xBet Kenya can always be used to wager on youth football tournaments being played all over the world.

Fake passports

Now let’s travel to January 1979. In that month, Uruguay was going to organize the U-20 South American championship. The national teams from all countries from this part of the world were going to participate. Visit if you want to make live wagers on excellent South American football competitions.


The coaching staff of the Chilean U-20 team had a nefarious plan. Specifically, they wanted to choose some players that were above the age of 20. Obviously, their passports needed to be altered if they wanted them to take part in the tournament. Some names chosen for the tournament were:


  • Roberto Rojas;
  • Fernando Astengo;
  • and Mariano Puyol.


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A journalistic “own goal”

Coach Pedro García selected 18 players for the tournament. Only one of them, José Luis Álvarez, was less than 20 years old at the time. The live casino available on is the perfect website to visit while waiting for other matches of the Chilean national football teams.


The first match of Chile in the tournament was against Paraguay. The Chileans were catastrophically defeated 6-0. Here is when a few players made some ironic comments. After the match, many of them stated that the defeat might have happened because many Paraguayan players were over the age limit.


What's even more incredible is that the Chilean football federation itself presented a formal complaint to CONMEBOL regarding the age of the Paraguayan players. The confederation investigated the ages of both teams. Soon enough, they discovered that not Paraguay but Chile itself had inconsistencies in the age of their players.

When arriving at the airport in Santiago, all members of the team were arrested for using altered passports. The live casino available on the 1xBet website has an excellent selection of games, and they can be used before great South American football teams.



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