Argentine Soccer Returns to its Origins in Glasgow

By Dialogo
November 19, 2008

GLASGOW, November 18th, 2008 (AFP) – This Wednesday, the Argentine Soccer Selection is playing a friendly match against Scotland at Hampden Park, a stadium located three kilometers away from where Alexander Watson Hutton, founder and first president of the Argentine Football Association (AFA), was born. Watson Hutton was born in Golbars, near Glasgow, and founded the Argentine Association Football League in 1893. Ten years later, in 1903, the association would change its name to Asociación de Fútbol Argentina (Argentine Football Association), considered the oldest in South America, and ranked eighth in the world. This Scot, born in 1853, apparently suffered from tuberculosis, and needed to live in a better climate. Thus, he emigrated to Argentina, where he worked at Saint Andrew's Scotch School. In 1883, Hutton founded his own school, named Buenos Aires English High School. His school would originate the first great team from South America, and the veteran students, known as Alumni, won the championship ten times in the twelve years between 1901 and 1911. Watson Hutton died in Buenos Aires in 1936 and is buried at Cementario Británico in Chacarita. The AFA's library was named in his honor. There are other Scottish surnames in the history of Argentine soccer. For example, José Luis Brown, who scored the first goal for the Albiceleste team in the final of the World Cup 86 against Germany (3-2), is a direct descendent of a Scottish man who emigrated to Buenos Aires in 1825. We cannot forget, either, about Carlos Javier MacAllister, a left-back player who helped Argentina reach the final stage in the World Cup 1994.