The former soccer player and now a commentator confirmed the news through his social networks
Jose Alves dos Santos “Zague” , father of Luis Roberto Alves “Zaguinho” —one of the most important forwards of Club America and the Mexican National Team – died this January 19 at the age of 86 , as confirmed by the former footballer and commentator through his social networks.
“A caring man, loving and always ready to help. My father gave his heart to his family and friends from both Brazil and Mexico ”, shared the striker who now dumbbells on the microphone with Luis García and Christian Martinolli.
“Dear father, I appreciate all the love you gave us. We will always remember you as the great man and the light that guided our paths . Thank you for everything, father, I send you a kiss to heaven. Goodbye, Lone Wolf ”, concluded Zaguinho.
After this message, some of his colleagues in the media expressed their condolences. Such was the case of Martinolli, who wrote: “Strong hug for you and yours, Zaguito. Rest in peace the great Lone Wolf ”. For his part, David Faitelson described him as a player who represented “American glory . “
Jose Alves, also known as “Lone Wolf” , began his career in Brazil and arrived in America in 1961. He stayed in the Nido de las Aguilas for eight years , during which he achieved important achievements, such as being league champion in the 1965-66 season , in addition to lifting the Cup trophy in the 62-63 and 63-64 tournaments. He also won the scoring championship , after scoring 20 annotations in a single tournament.
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The first shirt he wore was that of Botafogo de la Bahia , later he went to Corinthians, where he stayed for six years, but one of his most relevant steps was towards Santos , because there he shared the field with Edson Arantes do Nascimento “Pele” and they were even champions of the national tournament .
With the azulcrema team he made his debut on November 19, 1961 against Toluca and since then he has shown his qualities as a striker, such as his powerful shot and his speed. It is worth mentioning that he scored the second goal at the inauguration of the Azteca Stadium in the two-goal draw against Torino of Italy.
During his career with the Eagles, Zague scored a total of 106 goals , making him one of the team’s legends. Currently, he is in the fourth position of the club’s top scorers , only behind Octavio Vial (148), Cuauhtémoc Blanco (153) and his own son, Luis Roberto Alves (192).
Gustavo “el Halcón” Peña, a Mexican national team in the 66 and 70 World Cups, also passed away on January 19. (Photo: File)
In 2016, the year that Club América celebrated its first centenary, Jose Alves was recognized by the American fans as one of the team ‘s historical scorers and was even described as “a legendary striker” .
This January 19 has been a day of mourning for Mexican soccer , because in addition to Zaguinho’s father, Gustavo “el Halcón” Pena , a historic central defender for Cruz Azul, Monterrey and the Mexican National Team, he also died at 78 years of age .
The news came after TV Azteca commentator David Medrano mentioned on Monday that his health was delicate , but did not give further details. So far the causes of his death are unknown .
Peña played for the Club Deportivo Oro in Guadalajara, Cruz Azul, Monterrey and Laguna, in addition to being selected as a national team for the 1966 and 1970 World Cups , the latter held in Mexico.