Atlético de Madrid announced on Monday the death at the age of 82 of former player Isacio Calleja, fifth player with the most official matches with the club, with whom he won seven titles, including the first at European level. "Today is a sad day for the rojiblanco family, Atlético de Madrid is in mourning for the death of our former player Isacio Calleja, who was left at the left of the rojiblanco club at 82 years of age in Madrid," Atletico said. Web.
The set colchonero recalled that the Palencia is one of its "historical players" after having played a total of 425 games (300 League, 76 Cup, 15 European Cup, 12 Cup, 16 Fairs Cup and two UEFA and four of the International Cup) over 14 seasons "in one of the most remarkable periods" of the club, "which makes him the fifth player with the highest official games" of Atlético. Calleja, who arrived at the Madrid team with 19 years in 1958 and who made his debut as a rojiblanco in 1959, is considered one of the key pieces of an Atlético that shone in the mid-60s and early 70s, and where he was part of a defense next to Rivilla and Griffa.
As a footballer, the side won two leagues (1965/66 and 1969/70), four Cups (1960, 1961, 1965 and 1972) and the Recopa of 1962, the first European title of Atlético de Madrid. In addition, the 1969-70 League trophy and the 1972 Cup lifted them with the captain's armband. In addition, Calleja was also international with Spain on 13 occasions and was one of the members of the national team that won the 1964 European Championship to the USSR, being a holder both in the final and in the semifinals against Hungary, and dressing for the last time the ' Roja ', as captain, in a friendly against Uruguay on the occasion of the inauguration on May 23, 1972 of the Vicente Calderón.
Atlético de Madrid also stresses that the Valle de Cerrato football player was one of the first professionals to study a career, that of Law, which he combined with football, and that after his retirement from the fields he served as court attorney. "As I remember Isacio Calleja the flag of tribute to our fans located in the Metropolitan Wanda will fly at half mast for 24 hours in honor of our great sidekick.With his march, the athletic family loses another of the symbols that gave everything for This club on and off the pitch, from the club, the president, CEO and our council show their deepest condolences to their entire family, "said Atlético.