Salvador Martinez Garza, the last president of Chivas, has died aged 69.
Salvador started as the president of the Guadalajara team in 1993. His role ended in 2002 when the team was bought by Jorge Vergara. His family confirmed his death this evening.
Monterrey-born Martinez Garza was commissioned to start a special project with Chivas in the 90s, leading to the birth of the so-called ‘Super Chivas’, similar to Madrid’s Galacticos.
The era saw the recruitment of several Mexican legends, including Alberto Coyote, Missael Espinoza, Alberto Garcia, Ramon Ramirez, Carlos Turrubiates, Daniel Guzmán, Ramon Ramirez, Claudio Suarez, Martin Zuniga, and ‘Gusano’ Napoles. The team won the title in 1997.
“He was a person who created an era, he formed the Super Chivas and gave them a championship. We remember him with respect,” said board member Nestor De la Torre in a statement.
The club offered their condolences to Martinez Garza’s family via their official twitter account:
— CHIVAS (@Chivas) March 3, 2015