Real Madrid – La Liga Starred in the 1960s
Enrique Perez Diaz, known as Pachin, has died at the age of 82.
Pachin had been fighting against various conditions that affected his vital organs for the past three years. His latest illness saw him admitted to the HM Sanchinarro Hospital in Madrid for a month and half.
Born in Cantabria during the Civil War (1938), he began his professional career at Torrelavega, before going through Brugos and Osasuna. His great defensive qualities and versatility meant he could play any position in defence, and also in midfield, which led him to make the great leap to Real Madrid.
Pachin arrived at the club in a time of change in the great Real Madrid of the five European Cups and the new generation, known as ‘the ye-ye’.
His talent did not go unnoticed and, had it not been his love for Los Blancos, he could have been on his way to Inter.
Pachin won seven league titles, a Copa del Rey, two European Cups and one Intercontinental Cup, before leaving in 1968 after nine seasons at the club.
After Los Blancos, he continued professionally for three more season, first at Real Betis and then at Deportivo Toluca.
Next, he made the leap to coaching – which began in the Real Madrid youth set-up. Getafe followed, then Osasuna and then Real Valladolid.
Pachin represented Spain on eight occasions, playing the World Cup in Chile in 1962.
As expected, Real Madrid issued a statement expressing their condolences.
“Real Madrid, the club’s president and the board of directors are deeply saddened by the passing of Enrique Perez Pachin, one of the great legends who wore our club’s jersey between 1959 and 1968,” the statement started.
“Real Madrid would like to express its condolences and its warmth and sympathy to his wife Mercedes, his daughters Cristina and Mercedes, his grandchildren Javier and Cristina and all his relatives and loved ones.”