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Quispe Mendoza, immortal of Dominican soccer, dies

Fortunato “Quispe” Mendoza passed away this Friday, one of the most important leaders in the football Dominican, people close to the propellant con


Fortunato “Quispe” Mendoza passed away this Friday, one of the most important leaders in the football Dominican, people close to the propellant confirmed to Diario Libre. He was 87 years old and in 2011 he was inducted into the Dominican Sports Hall of Fame as a promoter.

“Quechua” Mendoza, awarded as Dominican Character of the Century by the FIFA in 2004 in Paris, he died at the Advanced Medicine and Telemedicine Diagnostic Center (Cedimat). His health problems had separated him from activities related to the football.

Born in Cochabamba, Bolivia, on October 7, 1934, Mendoza arrived in Santo Domingo on May 4, 1965 (in the midst of the revolution) on behalf of the International Labor Organization (ILO) to carry out work in defense of unionized workers. who suffered the onslaught of the system.

His mission accomplished, he stayed in the country. Due to his work with the country’s trade union organizations, he was branded a communist, according to what he told the Diario Libre in an interview. “Sports saved me,” said Mendoza, who belonged to the Central Obrera de Bolivia.

When the football As soon as the Dominican Republic was practiced mostly by foreigners residing in the country, it embraced the work of organizing and promoting the discipline in the four cardinal points, in all the regions of the country.

It was not until the end of 1965 when he was linked to the General Directorate of Physical Education directed by the late Virgilio Travieso Soto, thanks to efforts made by Tomás Troncoso and Ramón Matos Féliz.

Upon his arrival, he taught as a professor of social sciences at the Juan Pablo Duarte high school, at the National School of Physical Education (ENEF), professor at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD) and technician of the National Directorate of School Physical Education, among others.

His trajectory in the DR

He was the founder of the first association of football of the country and head coach of a national team. He created and was the first coach of the Inter-School League of Football in 1966. He founded and was the leader of the National League of Football Children and Youth (1967).

In 1968 he established and was the coach and mentor of the first team of the Aurora First Division, where each player was genuinely Dominican and selected from public schools and popular neighborhoods.

In 1969 he founded and was the first coach of the First Division team of the UASD, was responsible for the creation of the first Association of Football of the Dominican Republic, in the capital city, on August 6, 1970.

He was promoter and founder of several associations and clubs in a large part of the national territory, teaching the football throughout the national geography.

As a national coach, he directed the qualifiers for the Mexico ’68 World Cup, the XI Central American and Caribbean Games in Panama (1970), the VI Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia, in 1971; the Junior Championship Football of CONCACAF in Cuba, 1972; the XII Central American and Caribbean Games in Santo Domingo in 1974 and the Youth Championship of Football of CONCACAF in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1976, among other achievements as a manager.

On May 21, 2004, in France, the International Federation of Football Associate honored him by awarding him as Character of Football of the Century, on the occasion of the Centenary of the FIFA.

Graduated in Social Communication from the O&M University. He has been working as a sports journalist since 2001.