Honorino Landa

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Honorino Landa
Personal information
Full name Honorino Landa Vera
Date of birth (1942-06-01)June 1, 1942
Place of birth Chile
Date of death May 30, 1987(1987-05-30) (aged 44)
National team
Chile

Honorino Landa Vera (1 June 1942, in Puerto Natales – 30 May 1987, in Santiago) was a Chilean footballer who played as a midfielder.[1]

Club career[edit]

Once Landa received his high-school diploma in 1959, he went to play for the Unión Española (Spanish Union) team. In 1961, he scored 24 goals in the national championship; thanks to this, he was called up for the national team of his country. He stopped playing soccer in 1975.

International career[edit]

Landa was the youngest player of the Chilean national football team that won a third place medal at the 1962 FIFA World Cup on home soil; during the tournament, he was one of the disgraced players directly involved in the Battle of Santiago incident during the Group 2 match between Chile and Italy. After only 12 minutes, Italy's Giorgio Ferrini committed a hard foul on Landa and was sent off, but refused to leave the pitch and had to be dragged off by policemen; Landa retaliated with a punch a few minutes later, but was not sent off. Chile won the match 2–0.[2] Landa also represented Chile at the 1966 FIFA World Cup.

Death[edit]

Landa Vera died of cancer in a hospital in Santiago two days before his 45th birthday.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1962 FIFA World Cup Chile Archived 2011-07-22 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Murray, Scott (6 November 2003). "The Knowledge (November 6, 2003)". Guardian Online (UK). London. Retrieved 26 June 2006.