Chivas made their professional debut in 1943
Chivas have announced that Rafael ‘Rafles’ Orozco, last survivor of the first professional game the club played, passed away last Thursday aged 92.
The amateur club was founded in 1908, but the legendary defensive midfielder was part of the team that faced Atlante on October 21st – the first weekend of professional football in Mexico.
He played for Chivas during his entire career, from 1943 until his retirement in 1952. He is one of Chivas’ all-time greats, having joined the club aged eight.
The club expressed their sympathy via their official Twitter account:
— CHIVAS (@Chivas) febrero 20, 2015
Translation: We join the Orozco family in expressing our deepest sadness about the death of Don Rafael