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Actualidad del Valencia C.F.
January, 18 2017

Records Blanquinegres: The Trofeo Monchín Triana award

Awarded to Antonio Puchades in 1953

Valencia CF fans who have taken the Mestalla Forever Tour will have seen a small but attractive trophy in the mini-museum of the club’s stadium. Despite its diminutive stature of just 28cm, the  first Trofeo Monchin Triana holds great sentimental value for the winner, and is the focus of this month’s ‘Records Blanquinegres.’

Since 1953, Spanish sports publications Marca and Arriba have given out the prize in recognition of those players who stand out for their sportsmanship and loyalty to their club. The name for the trophy comes from former Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Spain player, Ramon Triana, who was renowned for his footballing quality and camaraderie.

The first Trofeo Monchín Triana was given out in 1953, to none other than Valencia CF legend Antonio Puchades. It was the eternal Valencianista himself who donated the trophy to the club shortly before his death in May of 2013.

Puchades was one of the best players in the 1940s and 50s. The midfielder was signed from SD Sueca (his hometown club) in 1946, and remained at Valencia CF for 13 seasons. During that time, he helped the club to win La Liga in 1946/47, and two Copa de España trophies in 1949 and 1954. He was capped 23 times for Spain and participated in the 1950 World Cup in Brazil –being named in the Best XI for the tournament.

Although he received numerous offers from other clubs, he never played for any team other than Valencia CF. He never allowed his professional success to take him away from his family, nor did he lose his humble character, which forged the friendly image of him always highlighted by teammates and fans.
Of the 16 Trofeo Monchín Triana awards given out nationally, two more players from Valencia CF received this recognition: Pasieguito in 1958 and Mañó a year later.