Francesc Castillo Miquel, the first Spanish World Cup goalkeeper to change the water polo regulation, had passed away at the age of 65.
The Spanish and Catalan water polo communities are mourning the death of Francesco Castillo Miquel as a result of cardiovascular disease. ‘Paco’ was the starting goalkeeper of the Spanish team in the first FINA World Championships in 1973 in Belgrade.
He was the substitute goalkeeper in California in 1975 with Salvador Franch. He played for CN Barcelona and CN Montjuich, and won two national leagues with club and national team members of Jané, Carmona, Ventura, Esteller, Cánovas, Rubio, etc – a generation of very great water polo players.
He who rose to fame for taking advantage of a loophole in the regulations and hiding the goal (sinking the ball) in the middle of the World Cup. The act was televised and shocked everyone.
Rest in peace Señor Miquel!
Source and cover photo: waterpolista.com