Former América y León player in Mexico lost his life; the middle of El Tri will play in the Gold Cup.
Geraldo Francisco dos Santos Javier, better known as Zizinho and father of Giovani and Jonathan dos Santos, died this Thursday at the age of 59, was a footballer, and had a career in Mexico with teams with América, León, Necaxa, and Monterrey.
The news was already known in the concentration of the Mexican team in Houston ahead of the 2021 Gold Cup Semifinals against Canada and the information, according to Gibran Araige of TUDN, is that Jonathan dos Santos will continue in Gerardo’s plans Martino; It was confirmed that the cause was due to complications due to Covid-19.
“It is a huge loss, we accompany him and support him at this difficult time, and the rest is a personal decision and he is still here with us,” Gerardo Martino said prior to the game against Canada.
His career began when he was 15 years old when he debuted with Sao Paulo in 1977 and then he was signed by América in 1980 where he played two seasons first and then emigrated to León in 1982 to be with the Panzas Verdes for a year.
He returned to America in 1983 and was part of the champion team that beat Chivas in the so-called “Final of the Century” of Mexican soccer at the Azteca Stadium. Later he became a military officer in Necaxa, he went to El Salvador with the FAS.
He ended his career in 1991 with the colors of America, but a season before he was a member of Monterrey, that was where Giovani dos Santos was born, and before his retirement was the birth of Jonathan in Mexico City.