30 de Mayo de 2020. 3:43 pm.
On January 30, 1960, Alfredo "Pistache" Torres became the first person to step on the field of Estadio Jalisco during its official inauguration.
He is and will forever be considered one of the greatest in this game that we call ours. His brilliant career marks a fundamental moment in time throughout Atlas FC's rich history.
Born in 1935, he was only 16 years old when he was discovered by Atlas during a game where he featured for what was then known as Club Imperio de Guadalajara.
He scored five goals that day.
"They saw me play on a Sunday, I signed on Monday, I trained on Tuesday and I played on Thursday," he recalls.
He scored two goals in his professional debut against Atlante, and from there, the foundations were laid for what would be a fruitful relationship like no other in soccer in Mexico.
A three-time champion with los Rojinegros of yore, he started his career just a season after the historic 1951 title and continued until 1970. During his tenure with the club, he won the 1962 and 1968 Cup championships and the 1962 "Campeón de Campeónes.
As a player, he boasts a goal scoring record of 61, one of the greatest in club history. His ability earned him an opportunity with the Mexican national team, where he appeared in the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland.
After he retired from playing football in 1970, Torres became a full-time manager, though he assumed the reigns as interim coach in 1965 while he was still considered a professional player. He led Atlas on several occasions, helping the club gain promotion to the Mexican first division on two occasions in the 1971–'72 and 1978–'79 seasons. He also led los Rojinegros to the semifinals in the 1973-'74 season.
And his faithful commitment to the red and black remains to this day. Currently, he works as a scout throughout the Mexican Republic, seeking to find talent to continue his legacy in Atlas, an institution with which he maintains a bond of fidelity.
Atlas FC Communication