In the summer of 1959 Peruvian club Deportivo Municipal Lima went on a five-game tour of Canada.

Club Centro Deportivo Municipal was founded in Lima, Peru, in 1935. They had won the Peruvian Primera División in 1938, 1940, 1943 and 1950. In the 1959 season they finished in fourth place in the final standings of the Peruvian Primera División.

A show of the strength of the Peruvian club was that four of its members had been part of the Peru National Team that defeated England 4-1 on May 17 in Lima, Peru. The players were fullbacks José Fernández and Willy Fleming, half-back Oscar Montalvo, inside forward Oscar Carrasco and 22 year-old outside left Juan Seminario. Seminario had scored three of the goals against England. The player coach of the team was Roberto Drago.

On Friday night July 7, 1959, a crowd of 4,500 watched the match at Faillon Stadium in Montreal. Cantalia were led by manager Aldo Cecchi and coach Skander Perolli.

In the 31 minute of play Kurt Basta scored for Cantalia. The goal was scored on clever work by the Cantalia forward line. Outside left Marcello DiCroce passed the ball to Vittorio Santini who found Basta on a pass in front of the goal. Basta easily beat Deportivo goalkeeper Parades.

Cantalia goalkeeper Amadeo Cibin was said to how played a superb game.

The Peruvian team was said to show clever individual play but Cantalia had the better teamwork and through power controlled the match.

Straight after the Peruvians tour forward Juan Seminario (above) joined Portugal’s famous Sporting Lisboa club. He later played for Zaragoza and Barcelona in Spain; and then joined Fiorentina in Italy.


Cantalia: Amadeo Cibin; Tucci; Amos Beretta; Johnstone, Nevio Varglein, Sergio Chiraz; Vittorio Santini, Kurt Basta, Ros Valentino, Agostino Mazzoni, Di Croce.

Deportivo Municipal: Paredes; José Fernandez, Brush; Willie Fleming, Roberto Bravo, Castilla; Huefagal, Roberto Drago, Kamashiro, Juan Seminario, Carlos Castro.