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Jose Jamaicon Villegas, legend of Chivas and the Mexican National Team, died at the age of 87

The legendary "Jamaicon" was part of Chivas' 'Campeonísmo' and won eight titles with the club in the 60s and 70s.

The historic player was part of the "Campeonísimo"
The historic player was part of the "Campeonísimo"

Jose Jamaicon Villegas, a legend of Chivas and the Mexican National Soccer Team, passed away on December 24 at the age of 87.

The historic player was part of the "Campeonísimo", a nickname that the Guadalajara club carried in the 60s and 70s, for having won eight titles.

"Jamaicon" Villegas was a legend in Chivas and was consecrated with the National Soccer Team

The news caused a commotion in Mexico because the player was also a historic member of the Mexican national team, having played in two World Cups: one in Sweden 1958 and the other in Chile 1962. 

"Rest in peace Jamaicón, champion, legend, and figure. All my respect to his family and friends. I wish them resignation and I am very sorry for his departure. We will always remember him with admiration," posted Amaury Vergara, owner of Chivas. 

The historic left-back will be remembered for his talent playing on the wing and from the defensive zone.

José Jamaicón Villegas was born in La Experiencia, Jalisco and like many of the people of the area worked in the textile industry.

He began his career as a soccer player in 1949 playing for Club Imperio, and later, in 1952 he would join Club La Piedad, to play there in the 1952-1953 season.

But the player was only with that team for six months because he was not paid for playing. 

He arrived at Chivas in 1952 and stayed there for 20 years, consolidating himself as one of their stars by winning eight titles, to end his career in the red and white club in the 1971-1972 season. 

Villegas would be consecrated when he was called up to the Mexican National Soccer Team, wearing the uniform on 28 occasions, he attended two World Cups, one Pan-American Games, and 13 World Cup qualifiers.

He was later coach of the Loros of the University of Colima.

Why was Jose Villegas called "Jamaicón"?

The famous nickname originated in his childhood because when he was alone as a child, he would start to cry, so his neighbor would yell "Jamaicon" at him because at that time in Mexico, people who cried a lot were called this way. 

Another of the player's best-known characteristics is that when he was far away from his country, he would get depressed, which is why the term "Jamaicon Syndrome" became popular in the Mexican soccer environment. 

What is the "Jamaicon Syndrome"?

It is a term that became popular because when Jose Villegas was selected for the Sweden 58 World Cup, there was an anecdote that went down in history

The Mexican national team was preparing for the World Cup and was playing a series of friendly matches with teams from different countries. 

The team coached at the time by Nacho Trelles was in Lisbon at a hotel and one night before the start of a gala dinner that had been organized for El Tri, the team's coach could not find Villegas anywhere

When he found him, the "Jamaicon" was wandering around the gardens of the hotel where they were staying. When the coach asked him if he wasn't going to dinner with his teammates, the player replied:

"How am I going to have dinner if they have a broken dinner prepared? What I want are my chalupas, some good sopes, and not that crap that isn't even from Mexico". 

In addition, the player had been depressed and sad, so it was understood that the problem was that the player missed not only his country but also his family, especially his mother.  

And from there originated that particular term that is very popular in Mexican soccer. 

Walter Gabriel Estrella Yah.

Journalist with more than 10 years of experience. Puma UNAM at heart. Fan of the most beautiful sport on the planet. I currently cover Liga MX, MLS, Premier League, Mexican National Team and USMNT. Always attentive to the latest world soccer news.+ info

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