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Christian “Chucho” Benitez 1986-2013

News has broken that former Birmingham City striker Christian “Chucho” Benitez has died in Qatar at the age of 27. The Ecuadorian international striker had signed for Qatari club El Jaish from Club America of Mexico just over three weeks ago.

Chucho spent the 2009-2010 season on loan at St Andrews, playing 36 games and scoring four goals. Short in stature, but terrier-like in nature, Chucho’s contribution to the Blues team as a creative player was massive but he found it difficult to score in the Premier League, with just three goals in 30 top flight appearances and only one of those coming at St Andrews.

Benitez leaves behind a wife, Liseth (daughter of former Ecuadorian teammate Cleber Chala) and three year old twins. My thoughts are with his family at this time.

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