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Wednesday November 14, 2018


In the early hours of Wednesday, November 14, former Chilean goalscorer and 1953 Copa America, Francisco & # 39; Paco & # 39; Molina Simón, died. She arrived in the country in 1939 as a Spanish exiled and made a broad career in national football.

Our football is grieving, because this Wednesday, November 14 confirmed the death of the 88-year-old former national team Francisco Molina Simon, better known as & # 39; Paco & # 39;. Among his scrolls he was a 1953 Copa America printer and Chilean football champion with Audax Italiano in 1957 and Universidad Católica in 1961.

& # 39; Paco & # 39; Molina was born in Syria, Spain and arrived at the age of nine with her family as part of political exiles who started the famous Winnipeg ship, because of the Spanish Civil War. From September 3, 1939, they settled in Valparaíso, where the player began his career in football at the club Roberto Parra.

Then he stepped through Santiago Wanderers, Unión Española, Coquimbo Unido, Audax Italiano, and Universidad Católica, with these last two teams he won in 1957 and 1961.

With the Chilean team playing eight matches and was part of the team that traveled to the Copa América in 1953 in Peru, where he was the tournament scorer with eight goals.

The same year 53 & 39: lived the highest point of his career, when he was hired by Atlético de Madrid and after three years in Spain decided to return to Chile, because of the club & # 39; colchonero & # 39; did not fulfill the clause to repatriate his father in the Iberian country.

After retiring, he settled in the city of Antofagasta, where he lived in his last days. As Soccer press we joined in condolences for this historic player.

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