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Atlético Madrid mourn deaths of legend José Luis Capón and youth player Christian Minchola

Atlético coach Diego Simeone and captain Koke expressed their condolences following the deaths of Christian Minchola and José Luis Capón this weekend.

Atletico mourn deaths of legend Capon and youth player Minchola

Atlético Madrid flew flags at half-mast on Sunday in honour of former defender José Luis Capón and 14-year-old youth team player Christian Minchola.

Capón, who won Spanish league titles with Atleti in 1973 and 1977 and the 1976 Copa del Rey during a 10-year spell at the club, died of pneumonia at the age of 72 after a lengthy period of health problems. His passing came just 24 hours after the death of teenage centre-forward Minchola – who had been a member of the club's youth team since joining the club in 2013.

"I'm lucky to have been born Atletico, live Atletico and play for Atleti" - Capón

"Today is a sad day for the rojiblanca family," the club said in a statement. "Atlético de Madrid is in mourning for the death of our former player José Luis Capón González. The former rojiblanco defender died at the age of 72 in his hometown. "To remember Capón, the flag honouring our fans located in the Wanda Metropolitano will fly at half-mast for 24 hours in honour of our legendary player. With the departure of Capón, the Atlético 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."

Atleti devastated at Minchola's death

Commenting on the death of Minchola, the cause of which has not been revealed, head coach Diego Simeone said: "With all my heart I send my condolences to Christian's family and friends. Rest in peace." Club captain Koke added: "Anger and pain for having to say goodbye to Christian Minchola. Life is very unfair. Proud that you wore this shirt. Much encouragement to colleagues, family and friends. Rest in peace."