Atletico Madrid legend Jose Luis Capon passes away less than 24 hours after 14-year-old youth player died

Former Atletico Madrid defender Jose Luis Capon has died at the age of 72.

The full-back played for the Spanish side throughout the 1970s where he won two league titles, a Spanish Cup and an Intercontinental Cup.

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Jose Luis Capon died at the age of 72
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He made 269 total appearances for Atletico and was honoured with a testimonial match in 1980.

A club statement on Sunday read: “Today is a sad day for the rojiblanca family.

“Atletico de Madrid is in mourning for the death of our former player Jose Luis Capon Gonzalez. The former rojiblanco defender died at the age of 72 in his hometown.

“To remember Capon, the flag honouring our fans located in the Wanda Metropolitano will fly at half-mast for 24 hours in honour of our legendary player.

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The news came just 24 hours after the tragic passing of Atletico youngster Christian Minchola
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“With the departure of Capon, the Atletico family loses another of the symbols that gave everything for this club on and off the pitch.

“From the club, the president, chief executive officer and our board offer their sincere condolences to all his family and friends.”

Real Madrid tweeted: “Real Madrid are deeply saddened by the passing of @Atleti legend Jose Luis Capon.

“All of our courage and support go out to his family and friends, his club and all of the Atletico Madrid supporters.”

Atletico did not reveal the cause of Capon’s death in their statement.

The news comes less than 24 hours after the tragic death of youth team player Christian Minchola, 14, on Saturday.

The teenage forward joined Atletico’s academy as a seven-year-old in 2013, scoring over 50 goals as he moved up the youth ranks.

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