Mexico mourns as legend 'Don Nacho' dies at 103

11 days ago

Former Mexico and Cruz Azul boss Ignacio Trelles Campos, also known as 'Don Nacho', has died. He was one of football's few centenarians.

Ignacio Trelles Campos, who coached Mexico at three World Cups, has died at the age of 103.

Popularly known as 'Don Nacho', Trelles led Mexico in 117 international matches.

He coached Mexico in the 1958, 1962 and 1966 World Cup tournaments, FIFA said, and was also in charge of the team in the 1964 and 1968 Olympic football tournaments.

Trelles' death was announced by his former club Cruz Azul, whom he led to back-to-back Primera Division titles in 1978-79 and 1979-80.

In all, Trelles won seven Mexican league titles as a coach - a record - having also won three championships as a player.

His other coaching domestic title triumphs came with Marte de Morelos, Zacatepec and Toluca. Trelles took charge of 1,083 matches in the Primera Division.

On the World Cup stage, he was only able to enjoy one victory, when Mexico beat Czechoslovakia 3-1 in a group game at the 1962 finals, held in Chile.

Born on July 31, 1916, in Guadalajara, Trelles was remembered fondly on Wednesday.

Cruz Azul confirmed his death, announcing: "With great sadness, but likewise, pride in being part of this club, we would like to inform you that Don Ignacio Trelles was added to the 'Celestial Legends'."

The Mexican Football Federation said: "We join the grief that seizes the football family for the death of Ignacio Trelles, legend of Mexican soccer. Prompt condolences to family and friends. RIP."

CONCACAF, the confederation to which Mexico belongs, said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Ignacio Trelles, who made a huge contribution to football in Mexico."

Cruz Azul said Trelles would have a private funeral due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Related news

On this day in sport: Gerrard's rapid red, Le Crunch debuts

15 days ago

World Cup flashback: Spain 1-5 Netherlands (2014)

15 days ago

Ronaldinho's 40th birthday: Brazil's top 10 number 10s

16 days ago

Coronavirus: A Messi movie, NBA & NFL re-runs - these freebies could be for you

17 days ago

Coronavirus: Italy brings sport to a halt, Six Nations stuck in limbo

27 days ago

Coronavirus: 2022 World Cup qualifiers postponed in Asia

28 days ago

Platini's European Court of Human Rights appeal dismissed

about 1 month ago

Netherlands great Rob Rensenbrink dies aged 72

2 months ago

Aubameyang to face Salah in World Cup qualifying

3 months ago

Hurst and Borussia Dortmund lead tributes to Germany's 1966 World Cup goalkeeper Tilkowski

3 months ago

China replace Lippi with Li Tie

3 months ago

Van Dijk or Kompany? Suarez or Lewandowski? – Who joins Messi, Ronaldo in Team of the Decade?

3 months ago

RUSADA confirms appeal of WADA's four-year suspension

3 months ago