Canito (Spanish footballer born 1956)
|Full name||José Cano López|
|Date of birth||23 April 1956|
|Place of birth||Llavorsí, Spain|
|Date of death||25 November 2000(aged 44)|
|Place of death||La Pobla de Montornès, Spain|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|1975–1976||→ Lleida (loan)||32||(1)|
|1977–1978||→ Cádiz (loan)||20||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
José Cano López, commonly known as Canito (23 April 1956 – 25 November 2000), was a Spanish footballer who played during the 1970s and 1980s.
After solid displays in the 1978–79 season, Canito signed with Español's neighbours FC Barcelona. He helped the club win the Copa del Rey in his second year, but was also ostracized following an incident involving main team Español: as the club was fighting to avoid relegation from La Liga against Hércules CF, he was warming up in the sidelines for Barcelona, and celebrated when the Pericos netted the goal which led to salvation, to the fury of the crowd at the Camp Nou.
Canito then returned to his main club as part of the deal that sent goalkeeper Urruti in the opposite direction, but left after only one year after falling out with coach José María Maguregui. He subsequently represented Real Betis, Real Zaragoza and also spent one season in Portugal with C.F. Os Belenenses after which he moved back to his country, retiring in amateur football at the age of 32.
Canito fell into a severe drug addiction after retiring. Even though he was aided psychologically and economically by Barcelona and Espanyol's Veterans Associations, he could not recover, and was found dead in his sister's home in La Pobla de Montornès, Province of Tarragona, on 25 November 2000. He was only 44 years old.