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Guatemalan soccer legend René Villavicencio dies

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  • René Villavicencio dies.
  • The Guatemalan soccer community mourns.
  • Fans pay tribute on Facebook.

Guatemalan soccer star René Villavicencio’s death has been confirmed on social media.

The entire Guatemalan soccer community is in mourning following the heartbreaking news of his passing.

Villavicencio, an iconic right-back, has left an indelible mark on the landscape of Latin American soccer.

Details of his passing were conveyed through a Facebook post.

Remembering René Villavicencio: A tribute to a legend

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René Villavicencio made a lasting impact both at Comunicaciones FC and on the National Team.

At the age of 71, Villavicencio’s death has left a profound sense of sadness in the realm of Guatemalan soccer.

The beloved right-back had been battling health issues over the past few months.

Various media outlets reported that his family confirmed he passed away on Wednesday, August 16.

A Legacy etched in Comunicaciones FC

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René Villavicencio, hailing from San Raymundo, was a remarkable player whose legacy is woven into the fabric of the nation’s soccer history.

A significant portion of his illustrious career was spent donning the Comunicaciones FC Cremas jersey.

With this team, he achieved the pinnacle of success by securing three consecutive championships in the 1971, 1972, and 1973 tournaments, according to Soy 502.

His prowess on the field and his unwavering devotion to the sport made him an iconic figure among Guatemalan soccer enthusiasts.

A Story of triumph and achievement

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Villavicencio’s impact wasn’t confined to Comunicaciones. He also proudly represented other notable teams in Guatemala.

Teams like Cobán Imperial and Xelajú MC had the privilege of his service, before his retirement from the field.

His versatility as a right-back, combined with his proficiency with both legs, enabled him to shine in diverse contexts and scenarios within the sport.

Yet, one of the most memorable chapters in Villavicencio’s career stands out as an unforgettable piece of history.

A story few remember

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His encounter with Brazilian legend Pelé, when he was entrusted with marking the soccer star is an incredible tale.

This transpired during a Santos visit to Guatemala on February 13, 1972, according to Soy 502.

In that match, which culminated in a 1-1 draw at the Mateo Flores Stadium, Pelé scored a goal after 58 minutes…

However, he also etched his presence in Villavicencio’s history by hurting him during that very play.

René Villavicencio dies: Epic encounter with Pelé

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Pelé’s visit to Villavicencio in the hospital the day after the incident showed his respect for his fellow player.

Beyond the competitive rivalry on the field, this episode showcased the camaraderie and sportsmanship inherent in the sport.

The news of René Villavicencio’s passing has deeply moved soccer enthusiasts across Guatemala.

On social media, expressions of sorrow and condolences pour in, highlighting the deep affection and admiration for him.

His legacy lives on

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On his Facebook page, you can find comments like: «Rest in peace, our great player.»

«May eternal light shine upon him.» «A great man has departed.» and «Deepest condolences to his entire family.»

The Comunicaciones FC club released a statement mourning the loss of René Villavicencio Figueroa.

They highlighted his invaluable contributions to the team and Guatemalan soccer as a whole.

René Villavicencio dies: A last goodbye

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The last rites for René Villavicencio will take place at the Los Cipreses Cemetery on 24th Avenue in Zone 5 of Guatemala City.

His legacy and memory will live on in the hearts of all soccer aficionados in Guatemala.

Villavicencio’s fervor, skill and dedication on the field impacted match he played, according to Soy 502.

With his death, Guatemalan soccer bids farewell to one of its most cherished and respected legends. Rest in peace, René Villavicencio.

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