Chucho RIP

I was saddened to receive a text from Nat, a J&S regular on our forum, on Monday telling me that Christian Benitez had passed away.

Although he didn’t end up as a permanent member of the playing staff, his short time on loan did leave an impact. I remember him as a player that clearly enjoyed playing football, and although, (in my opinion), wasn’t the most skillful player – his clear enjoyment for kicking a ball somehow endeared him to me. He would run and run, I’m certain if the Gil Merrick stand and the railway line hadn’t been there, he’d have run straight into town!

The strength and the power of premier league defenders I think proved too difficult and he didn’t really settle in the season he was with us. He only scored four times during his spell, and I guess it wasn’t a complete surprise he wasn’t offered a contract.

However he was successful at Santos, Lugana and Club America – winning the Mexican League title – so couldn’t have been that bad eh?

It is a tragedy that a likeable 27 year old is no longer with us. Dying of heart failure following peritonitis he leaves behind a wife and twin children aged three.

Tributes on Twitter include those from Antonio Valencia, Francis Lee, Craig Gardner, Jack Butland, Robbie Savage, Lee Carsley and Gary McSheffrey.


RIP Chucho, and thank you for the memories.

Nat has done his own tribute here.

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5 Comments on Chucho RIP

  1. The season chucho played for us was a amazing season to be a blues fan, we had our highest finish ever in the premier league and although chucho only managed 4 goals for us that season he was in the team that went an amazing 14 games unbeaten. He is a legend in my eyes and will be sadly missed. In my opinion football will miss him and I’m sure on behalf of all Birmingham city fans we wish his family and his friends out very best and when Saturday comes we will show them just how much we loved chucho. RIP chucho kro

  2. Chucho may not have scored many but in my opinion many people never took into consideration the work rate and the clever play in where he would create chances for others, he was a skilful player and a real talent and I am sure if he had been allowed to stay another season he would have shown his true scoring.
    I remember watching him many times during that season home and away, and seeing him grow with more confidence, knowing he had the beating of many defenders with his pace and skill.

    I will always remember the lad due to his forever smiling and happy attitude he showed, and I will forever think just what might have been if we could have kept the little guy.

    RIP Christian Benetez

  3. Christian seems to have been someone everyone he met seems to have taken to him.
    I hope that is some sort of a small comfort to his young family, that though he only spent a year with us, he is fondly remembered by the fans and sorely missed by players in this country.
    I think we never saw the best of him because we played so deep and Chucho and Cameron were detached so often from the deep midfield.
    They both had to play with their backs to goal, which was not their forte, they wanted to be running at defenders and that goal at Everton proves what they could do if only the midfield was up with play and supporting them both.
    Though as others have said he made space for others and assited others to score, that is what being part of a team means and what a season we had that year.
    RIP Christian.

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