The terrible tale of Manuel Negret after the 1985 earthquake

Manuel Negret recounted an anecdote explaining how he traveled to the United States on September 19, 1985, minutes after the earthquake (Photo: Twitter @ webcamsdemexico)

Horror stories that are around Shivering That shook Mexico City They never finish, as every surviving citizen has the opportunity to tell him or her, especially after an earthquake September 19, 1985, The day in which more than 3500 people Due to collapsing buildings.

The tales do not escape Mexican football, as many players who lived in the nation’s capital spoke of them, but one of those that was not widely circulated is the one that has spoken on occasion. Manuel NegretNational team star in World Cup 1986 And the current mayor of Coyoacán in Mexico City.

The midfielder who starred with him Pumas Narrative of the way in which the Mexican team was forced to travel to Los Angeles, in the United States, For two friendlies against Peru, After a few minutes of feeling the most important earthquake of their lives.

Manuel Negret scored the best goal for the Mexican national team in the 1986 World Cup Mexico (Photo: Twitter @ ferbelaunzaran)
Manuel Negret scored the best goal for the Mexican national team in the 1986 World Cup Mexico (Photo: Twitter @ ferbelaunzaran)

We were in a hotel in front of the airport at 7:19 in the morningBecause they called us at 7:30 and unfortunately this event happened. Looks like we didn’t get out, the track was checked and everything. They pulled us out because the Mexican national team had that commitment and we lived it abroadNegret spoke, according to journalist Daniel Blomerosin Juarez.

“Upon arriving in Los Angeles, there were a lot of journalists and I thought the game was very important. My surprise was that all the questions were directed at what Mexico was likeHow did we leave it? When we got to the hotel, we turned on the TV and saw many scenes, “Negret said.

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at that time, Establishing contact with Mexico was a daunting task Practically no one can maintain a stable connection, so the Mexican players came as a live voice for what just happened in the Mexican capital.

After the 1985 earthquake in Mexico City, more than 2,500 people were killed (Photo: Pedro VAltierra / Cuartoscuro)
After the 1985 earthquake in Mexico City, more than 2,500 people were killed (Photo: Pedro VAltierra / Cuartoscuro)

In another account he provided TUDN In 2017, characters like Pablo Larrios, Miguel Spain and Fernando Quirarti They confirmed this account and were concerned that they confirmed that they did not really know the magnitude of the earthquake until they landed in Los Angeles.

The most bizarre thing was the speech the managers gave, who after landing said to the players, “Nothing happened, we have already reached out to all of you homes and they’re all right, but they somehow tell usPablo Larius confirmed.

Mexico played two friendlies, Both are against Peru. The first match took place on September 20 and ended 0-0, while the second ended 1-0 in favor of the Aztecs with a goal by Carlos Hermosillo, played two days later.

Pablo Larios Iwasaki was the goalkeeper of the Mexican national team during the 1986 World Cup in Mexico (Photo: Twitter @ ClubPueblaMX)
Pablo Larios Iwasaki was the goalkeeper of the Mexican national team during the 1986 World Cup in Mexico (Photo: Twitter @ ClubPueblaMX)

I understand it was the last flight left, and when we got to the US we discovered the disaster. The news there was a fate. We were very worried and most of us really wanted to come back. “We had the commitment,” said Miguel Espana. “But it wasn’t playing with that calm.”

The heroes are finally back home until September 23, Four days after the Mexican tragedy that shook the world This provoked reactions from different latitudes related to the world of football.

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Less than a month later, the Mexican national team returned to pre-season matches against Libya, North Yemen, Jordan, Egypt and Kuwait. It was a year full of friendly matches for Mexico that populated the Aztec footballers’ calendar, while the then Federal District continued to rebuild.

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