Don Ignacio Trelles He died at 103 years old due to a heart attack, as reported by Heriberto Murrieta, ESPN commentator. An hour later Cruz Azul confirmed the news on their social networks.
Cruz Azul joined in the condolences for the death of Nacho Trelles, who as a coach became an emblem of La Maquina by winning the double championship during the 1978-1979 and 1979-1980 tournaments.
The capital team pointed out that in consideration of the seriousness of the current pandemic situation, a private funeral will be held.
It must be remembered that a few months ago the National Lottery for Public Assistance decided to pay tribute to the veteran character, dedicating a ticket to his image.
“In soccer as in life, changes are always made with the intention of improving”, was one of his famous phrases that he used when directing in Aztec football.
Don Ignacio Trelles, historical figure of Mexican soccer, died. From a heart attack. He was 103 years old.
– Heriberto Murrieta (@Beto_Murrieta) March 25, 2020
Ignacio Trelles’ career His career as a footballer began with Necaxa in 1934 and in that same year he was crowned ‘champion’ by winning the league and cup. The following two seasons he also won the league tournament.
His career continued in America (1943-46), Monterrey (1946), Chicago Vikings (1948) and he retired to Atlante in 1948 after suffering a fracture of the tibia and fibula.
In 1950 he debuted as a coach with Zacatepec in the Second Division and promoted him the following year. He subsequently passed to Mars and won his first league in the 1953-54 season.
In consideration of the seriousness of the current pandemic situation, a private funeral will be held. pic.twitter.com/2rCYhk5x94
– BLUE CROSS (@CruzAzulCD) March 25, 2020
His second stage with Zacatepec, in which he won two league titles (1954-55 and 1957-58) earned him a call as assistant to the Mexican soccer team, then led by Antonio Lóez Hernán, to play in the World Cup in Sweden. .
As coach of the Tri he attended the World Cups Chile 1962 and England 1966 and achieved the first Aztec victory in a World Cup, against Czechoslovakia 3 to 1 on June 7, 1962.
In 1976 he took over the reins of Cruz Azul and remained at the head of the celestial bench until 1983 and after having twice lifted the league title.
With 1083 games, he is the coach with the most encounters in the history of the First Division in Mexico.
He is the coach with the most league titles in the professional era: Marte (1), Zacatepec (2), Toluca (2), Cruz Azul (2).
Along with Víctor Manuel Vucetich they are the only two coaches who have been crowned league champions with four different teams.