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Farewell, Father Guillermo
Farewell, Father Guillermo

The club deeply regrets the death of Guillermo Sanchis, Villarreal’s priest

Villarreal CF mourns the passing of Father Guillermo Sanchis. A much loved and admired person for his dedication and service to the city of Vila-real as parish priest for almost 60 years.

Founder of the parish of Santa Sofia and ‘Adopted Son of Vila-real’, Guillermo Sanchis (Picassent, 1937) was known as the ‘Father of Villarreal’ for his great passion for the Yellows since his arrival in the city in September 1965.

Since then, the charismatic parish priest has fervently accompanied Villarreal CF on the long journey that has taken the club from the Third Division to the elite of Spanish and continental football. The Valencian parish priest even accompanied Villarreal CF to Rome in 2017 to meet Pope Francis and cheer on the team in their European clash against AS Roma.

As if that were not enough, Father Guillermo contributed to the popularisation of the song ‘Submarino Amarillo’ by Los Mustang, the first great anthem of the yellow club, which caught on among the fans and has given Villarreal CF the identity that it now proudly displays.

Today we have lost one of our own. You will always be the Father of Villarreal. Your ‘hip, hip, hooray!’ will live on forever. RIP.