Former soccer player Luis ‘Hacha’ Ludueña, a glory of Talleres de Córdoba in the 1970s and 1980s, died this Thursday at the age of 69 after having exacerbated the delicate health condition he was going through and that kept him hospitalized.
Ludueña, born in the Cordoba capital on February 21, 1954, was one of the most emblematic footballers in the history of Talleres and the news of his death was confirmed to the La Docta press by another ex-crack of “La T”. , Jose Daniel Valencia.
Emerged soccer in San Lorenzo de Córdoba, the “Hacha” was bought by Talleres in 1973 for a millionaire figure for the time and debuted in the first division in 1975 by decision of Angel Labruna, who led the team at that time. Already consolidated as a starter, he began to stand out in a team that surprised in the National Tournaments and that reached the final of the 1977 tournament, famous for the epic consecration of the Independiente of Bochini and Bertoni, who finished the game with only eight players and achieved a 2-2 tie that gave him the title.
Although inadvertently, Ludueña was the outstanding protagonist of a historic match: on October 20, 1976, Hacha scored the only goal with which Talleres defeated Argentinos 1-0 at La Paternal. That day saw the debut of Diego Armando Maradona in national football.
In his 10 years at Talleres, Ludueña completed a total of 340 games with 113 goals and his performances earned him the call-up to the Argentine National Team led by César Luis Menotti. He was in the summons prior to the 78 World Cup, but an injury sidelined him and took away his chances of being in the final squad, as his teammates did at Talleres Valencia, Miguel Ángel Oviedo and Luis Galván.
In addition to his legacy as a player, Ludueña had two sons who were also professional soccer players. Daniel, the greatest, emerged in River at the end of the 90s and built a great career in Mexico for more than a decade. Gonzalo, meanwhile, also appeared in the Núñez club and later had steps through Chile, Ecuador, Chile and Costa Rica, among other countries.