León, Gto.- José Rafael Albrecht was a fine player, an insurmountable central defender, and gifted with a refined technique of hitting the ball. He added feats in his campaigns with the León Club between 1970 and 1974 and is considered another of the great icons of the team.
his Wednesday, the two-time World Cup ( Chile 1962 and England 1966 ) died a victim of covid in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He had been in intensive care for a week and finally lost the battle, at 79 years old.
When Albrecht arrived at León, he was preceded by that worldwide fame and had been one of the great figures of Argentine soccer of the 1960s, where he shone with San Lorenzo de Almagro (a team of which Pope Francis is a fan ).
#ProfundoDolor La @afa, a través de su Presidente Claudio Tapia, manifiesta su dolor por el fallecimiento de José Rafael Albrecht, reconocido ex futbolista del fútbol argentino y la Selección, y expresa sus condolencias a familiares y seres queridos. pic.twitter.com/7lSPW39SR1
— AFA (@afa) May 3, 2021
In the defense of the Esmeraldas, he had as a companion and pupil Héctor ” Cuirio ” Santoyo, who died just a few days ago. And he also teamed up with other Argentine figures such as Juan José Valiente and Jorge Davino, with whom he was hired at the request of coach Antonio Carbajal; shortly after, another countryman of his would arrive: Roberto Salomone.
He also had a talent for scoring: in the 71-72 season, he was third in individual scoring, with 16 annotations, below Salomone and Enrique Borja.
During his career as a Verdiblanco player, Albrecht was also interim technical director after the resignation of Antonio Carbajal in the 72-73 season. He obtained 6 wins, 3 draws, and 3 losses.
With León, he was champion of the Mexico Cup 70-71 and 71-72, Champion of Champions in the same seasons, and runner-up in the League 72-73.
One memorable match was when Albrecht scored four goals against Atlético Español goalkeeper Raúl Orvañanos at the Azteca Stadium on November 7, 1971.
In the 74-75 campaign he was transferred to the Atlas, where he retired.
The name of José Rafael Albrecht is indelibly inscribed in the history of Club León and in the hearts of Verdiblancos fans.
This morning, the San Lorenzo de Almagro club tweeted the news lamenting the death of the Tucuman.
Jugador extraordinario, de los mejores defensores en la historia del fútbol argentino, fue emblema de los Matadores que se consagraron campeones invictos en 1968.
Rafael Albrecht, gloria eterna de San Lorenzo, falleció a los 79 años.
¡Nunca te olvidaremos, tucumano querido! pic.twitter.com/4TScWW6W0B
— San Lorenzo (@SanLorenzo) May 3, 2021