Hundreds attend Spencer's funeral

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:37 IST

Hundreds of fans lined up on Monday to bid farewell to Ecuadorean soccer great Alberto Spencer.

Quito, Ecuador:

Hundreds of fans lined up on Monday to bid farewell to Ecuadorean soccer great Alberto Spencer, who died last week in the United States after undergoing heart surgery. Considered Ecuador's greatest soccer player, Spencer was brought home for a nine-hour stop in the coastal city of Guayaquil for an open-casket ceremony. "We have not come to seek tribute, but rather my father and we come to honor you for all you did so that he could transcend and touch heaven with his hands,'' said Walter Spencer, son. Spencer's body was then put on a plane bound for Uruguay, where he had spent most of his career, leading Penarol to eight national titles. During 12 years with the team, he scored 326 goals, including 48 in the Copa Libertadores. Tournament record He scored six more goals for Ecuador's Barcelona squad in South America's club championship, setting a tournament record of 54 goals that stands today. The 67-year-old Spencer, who had suffered from heart disease since the late 1970s, underwent quadruple bypass surgery Oct 10 at the Cleveland Clinic. Dozens of fans wearing Barcelona jerseys accompanied his coffin from the coliseum to the Guayaquil Air Base. (AP)

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