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Club Deportivo Futbolistas Asociados Santanecos (FAS) became the third team from El Salvador to capture the CONCACAF Champion's Cup after defeating CRKSV Jong Colombia of the Netherlands Antilles (now Curacao) in the 1979 home-and-away series final.
The first-leg ended in a 1-1 draw in Willemstad on December 22, but host FAS won the return match, 7-1, in San Salvador seven days later.
Founded in 1947, FAS was led by Salvadoran legend Jorge Gonzalez. "El Mágico" (The Wizard) scored twice in the second-leg before a reported crowd of 50,000 at the Estadio Cuscatlan, which was the most spectators in a Champions' Cup Final since 1962.
"That day, Jorge (Gonzalez) stole the show," former FAS forward Cesar Acevedo told El Gráfico of El Salvador. "That team had a lot of quality on the field and to win that championship was a great satisfaction."
Gonzalez, who later led El Salvador to its second FIFA World Cup appearance in Spain 1982, sparked the FAS offense at the '79 finale that also featured a pair of goals each from forwards Roberto Raul Casadei and David Arnoldo Cabrera. Midfielder Alfredo Erazo closed the scoring for the Tigers as they joined the elite Champions' Cup winners club alongside fellow Cuscatleco squads Alianza FC (1967) and CD Águila (1976).
Under the direction of head coach Jose Eugenio Castro, FAS qualified for the 1979 Champions' Cup after claiming its second consecutive (seventh overall) league title by topping the 1978-1979 regular season standings with 38 points (17-2-4 record) and then going unbeaten in a four-team round-robin championship playoff by defeating Alianza, CD Atlético Marte and CD Santiagueño.
The Tigers began the CONCACAF tournament earning three consecutive forfeit victories against CSD Comunicaciones of Guatemala, Honduras' CD Marathon and CS Cartagines of Costa Rica, following the withdrawal of the respective teams from the event. FAS, then went on to eliminate Mexico's Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (also known as Tigres UANL) in the semifinals series, 1-0, to reach its first-ever Confederation final.
Jong Colombia progressed to the 1979 event by capturing its eighth Netherlands Antilles league crown a year earlier. It was making its sixth appearance in the CONCACAF tournament, reaching its second-ever final (lost to Alizana in 1967).
The Boca Sami Orguyan experienced a different journey in the competition as compared to the Tigers, eliminating Santos Football Club of Jamaica (first round), Suriname's SV Leo Victor (second round), Defence Force of Trinidad & Tobago (third round) and then Suriname's SV Robinhood (semifinals).
"I consider that this title as something historic for FAS," commented FAS goalkeeper Nicolás Chávez to El Gráfico in regard to overcoming Jong Colombia. "I remember we were crowned at the Estadio Cuscatlán and it was an unforgettable night for the team. It was spectacular to live through it as it also allowed us to play against Club Olímpia of Paraguay."
And indeed it did as just 48 days from winning the Confederation title that FAS faced the South American Copa Libertadores champion for the Interamerican Cup.
In the opening leg, Casadei scored twice and Amado Abraham added another for FAS, which came back from a 2-0 halftime deficit to earn a 3-3 draw against Olímpia in the first-leg at the Estadio Cuscatlan on February 16, 1980.
One month later (March 16), the second leg did not go as planned for the Tigers as they lost 5-0 to the host at Asunción's Estadio de los Defensores del Chaco.