Second Chance – Luis Castillo

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Second chance in Liga MX for Martin Barraganfront of Pueblathe soccer player of Jalisco origin who, through perseverance and tenacity, became the third top scorer in the tournament, just below Nicolás Ibáñez, from Pachuca, and Henry Martín, from America.

Like any footballer looking to break through, he started from the Third Division in his home state, where he was immediately recruited by Atlas in 2010, to live the natural process of climbing with the red and blacks until he could debut in the First Division just eight years.

Barragán failed to have continuity and in just two tournaments he reached the figure of five goals in the Clausura 2016 and Apertura 2017 tournaments, to add 10 goals in the season, the exodus from the Atlas was imminent to land in Necaxa, an institution that has become specialized in promoting players who were not able to have continuity in other places, then he had an ephemeral stint at Pumas to return to Rayos where in the last tournament he scored only three goals.

After leaving Necaxa, Barragán found the door to Expansión MX and instead of falling into a comfort zone, ‘Poteyo’ took on the challenge of reaching Atlético Morelia as the opportunity to reconnect with the football that opened so many doors for him and that He catapulted him into the top circuit, in a tournament he celebrated eight times in the team then led by Ricardo Valiño.

The doors of Liga MX were opened again in Puebla, a team accustomed to being resilient, and there ‘Poteyo’ found his best version in the first tournament, scoring four goals in total, and in the current soccer year with the double against Tigres He reached eight goals to become in the final part of the tournament a player who can become a referent from Puebla.

Much has to do with coach Nicolás Larcamón, who among many skills has one in particular, knowing how to work on the state of mind of all his players who are often underestimated and the South American coach knows how to get the best out of each of them.

Nowadays, Martín Barragán is another example that if the player takes seriously the challenge of playing in the Liga de Expansión MX, it can be his catapult to return to the First Division.

Much will depend on the football status of Martín Barragán, the fate of Puebla in this championship.


In recent months, the name of Joaquín ‘Morocho’ Velázquez has been in the forefront, after he was first detained for an alleged link to organized crime and was released after a federal judge did not link him to the process because he did not find sufficient evidence; At the same time, Cruz Azul, without validating the presumption of innocence, fired him without initiating the investigations.

As a player he played for Puebla five times, Lobos BUAP, Santos, Veracruz and Chivas USA.

After hanging up his boots, he was part of the coaching staff of José Luis Sánchez Solá in Correcaminos, in 2012, from there he was assistant to Hernán Cristante in Coras and then made the leap to Liga MX with the Argentine strategist in Toluca, three years ago he returned to his home, Puebla, to be an assistant to Juan Reynoso and from there he accompanied him to Cruz Azul to end the title drought.

Those who know Juan Reynoso in depth say that he is a loyal guy and he showed that with ‘Morocho’, who today is part of his coaching staff in the Peruvian national team, which this week will be measured in friendly to Mexico and El Salvador.

Along with Joaquín Velázquez, there is also Luis ‘Chuleta’ Orozco, who also had an outstanding career in the former Liga de Ascenso.