Héctor Pulido Dies At The Age Of 79

Héctor Pulido, nicknamed “Ocho Pulmones”, was a figure of Cruz Azul in the 60’s and 70’s, as well as in the Mexican National Team

Héctor Pulido, one of the greatest legends of Cruz Azul in its history, died this Friday at the age of 79. The causes of his death have not been disclosed, but ESPN was able to confirm the death of who was known as the “Eight Lungs”, winner of five league titles out of the nine that the “Machine” has in the First Division of the Mexican soccer.

Around 2:00 p.m. on Friday, the Cruz Azul Club published a note on its social networks to offer condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Héctor Pulido.

Born on December 20, 1942, in the town of Numarán, Michoacán, Pulido Rodríguez began his career with the Reboceros de La Piedad, but it was not until 1962 that he received the invitation from the then technical director Jorge Marín to play for Cruz Azul, where He would debut as a professional player.

With La Maquina Celeste, Héctor Pulido won a Promotion title in the 1963-64 Season, as well as five league championships in the First Division in 1968-69, Mexico 1970, 1971-72, 1972-73, and 1973-74 Seasons.

Also known as “Chácharas” Pulido, he was captain of Cruz Azul, and his achievements are added to being champion of the Mexico Cup in 1968-69, as well as Champion of Champions in 1968-69 and 1973-74 and three titles of the old Cup of Champions of the CONCACAF (today Champions League) in the years 1969, 1970 and 1971, becoming a benchmark and bastion in the golden age of the cement group.

After leaving Cruz Azul in 1977, he played two seasons with the now-defunct Club Jalisco, including a brief stint with the also-defunct Los Angeles Aztecs, before retiring in 1979 as a professional player.

Later he was technical director of Cruz Azul between 1986 and 1988, a period in which he was runner-up in the 1986-87 season when he fell in the Final against Club Guadalajara. For many years he was also coordinator of basic forces of the celestial club, of which he has been part of the Hall of Fame since 2005.

During his time as a soccer player, Pulido played for seven years with the Mexican National Team and was a World Cup player in Mexico 1970, where El Tri reached the Quarterfinals, in addition to being fourth in the 1968 Mexico Olympics.

 

Amelia Warner– After graduating from NYU with a master's degree in history, She was also a columnist for many local newspapers. Amelia Warner mostly covers Entertainment topics, but at times loves to write about movie reviews as well.

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