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I have one more question:

Alfredo di Stefano, join Real Madrid in 1953, but it was not until 30-01-1957 did he earn his first Spainish cap.

Why took three and a half year? Was it because...

1.)...FIFA ban for his participation of Colombian "Pirate League"?

2.)...he could't get his Spainish passport because of red-tape(impossible, he was an apple in General Franco's eyes)?

3.)... his loyality, still lay in Argentina ("He did play some matches
for Spain, but it was never the same as when he played for Argentina. That was where his patriotism...truly lay. I remember him sitting behind me in the Press Gallery at Wembley, during that notorious...[England vs Argentina match which Rattin was
sent-off]...[after Ramsey's 'not act as animals' speech]...Di Stefano that day went bellowing mad."---Champions of Europe, by Brian Glanville, p.15.)?


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I think the procedure just took this long, plus FIFA had some reservations about it. Below I'm pasting a di Stefano profile - go through it, maybe it'll clear certain things up. However the answer to your question is most likely FIFA's dismay over his nationality switches, and them trying to prevent it happening again, despite no rule specifically outlawing it.

Name Born Height Position
Alfredo Di Stefano 04.07.1926 1.78m Striker

Career Highlights
1 x Argentinean Championship : 1947
4 x Colombian Championship : 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953
8 x Spanish Championship
1953-1954, 1954-1955, 1956-1957, 1957-1958,
1960-1961, 1961-1962, 1962-1963, 1963-1964
1 x Spanish Cup : 1961-1962
5 x European Cup
1955-1956, 1956-1957, 1957-1958, 1958-1959, 1959-1960
1 x Intercontinental Cup : 1960
1 x Copa America : 1947 (Argentina)
2 x European Footballer of the Year : 1957, 1959
International Record
Argentina : 7 caps, 7 goals, Colombia : 4 caps, Spain : 31 caps, 23

Season Team Division Games Goals
1943-1945 River Plate 1 11 0
1946 Huracan 1 25 10
1947 River Plate 1 30 27
1948 River Plate 1 23 13
1949 River Plate 1 12 9
1949-1952 Millonarios 1 294 267
1953-1964 Real Madrid 1 684 454
1964-1966 Espanyol 1 21 9

Games : 1100 Goals : 789 Goals Per Game : 0.72

Arguably the most complete footballer of all time. Physically powerful,
with unparalleled stamina, amazing skills and unwavering determination
to win. He was capped by three countries, but ironically failed to take
part in a World Cup! His other achievements were sensational enough to
warrant him a place among the top players in the history.

After making a name for himself as a all-round attacker in Argentina, he
went on to play in the then "outlawed" Colombian league with Millonarios
from Bogota, where his goal average was almost 1 per game. He was
approaching what was then considered veteran age when signed by Real
Madrid. Actually, Barcelona reached an agreement with River Plate, the
club that had the rights to Di Stefano, but Madrid negotiated directly
with Millonarios. The Spanish FA decided solomonically to allow both
teams to use the Argentinean magician on every-other-season basis. Barca
pulled out, and Di Stefano debuted for Real precisely against the
Catalan arch rivals. The score? Real, 5 - Barca, 0.

It was the balding Argentinean who turned Real Madrid from Spanish also-
rans into the biggest club on the planet. He lead them to five
consecutive European Champions' Cups, scoring in each and every final!
His most famous display was perhaps the one against Eintracht Frankfurt
in Glasgow, when he netted three times (Puskas went one better) in a 7-3
win for the Spaniards.

After missing out on his last chance to present his skills in a World
Cup through injury, he transferred to Espanol from Barcelona where he
retired at 40. Later he went on to coach various teams with varying
degree of success. Under his guidance Valencia won the Spanish Cup in
1979, but Real Madrid achieved FIVE second places in 1983, squandering
the League title on the last day after succumbing by 0-1 in Valencia of
all places, and losing in four different cup-finals. So unlike the Real
during Di Stefano's era!

Data and biography by Ozren Podnar.
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