Juan Carlos Ablanedo
Juan Carlos Ablanedo Iglesias
Date of birth
2 September 1963
Place of birth
1.77 m (5 ft
9 in) 1⁄ 2
Sporting Gijón 401
Spain U18 10
Spain U21 12
Spain U23 2
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Juan Carlos Ablanedo Iglesias (born 2 September 1963 in Mieres, Asturias) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper.
Due to his above-average reflexes he was nicknamed
El gatu (cat), and represented local Sporting de Gijón for almost 20 years as a professional. [1 ] [2 ]
Club career [ edit ]
During his career, Ablanedo played solely for
Sporting de Gijón. A product of the team's famed youth system, Mareo, he received his first-team debut on 2 January 1983, as a second-half substitute in a 1–0 home win against RCD Español.
After two further appearances in
the following season Ablanedo became the Asturian side's undisputed starter, totalling 399 La Liga appearances. In 1986–87, as Sporting finished fourth, he appeared in 42 matches (out of 44, as the league had a second stage).
Ablanedo retired from football after
1998–99, with Sporting now in the second division. He also had some serious injuries during his career, playing in only two games in his last season and none in 1991–92. He was awarded three Ricardo Zamora Trophy awards during his career (in 1984–85, 1985–86 and [1 ] 1989–90).
International career [ edit ]
Ablanedo earned four caps for the
Spanish national team, the first coming on 24 September 1986 in a 3–1 friendly win over Greece in Gijón. He was a backup in both the 1986 and 1990 FIFA World Cups.
Previously, Ablanedo helped
the nation's U21s conquer the 1986 European Championship.
Honours [ edit ]
Country [ edit ]
Individual [ edit ]
Personal [ edit ]
Ablanedo's older brother,
José Luis, was also a footballer. A defender, he too played several top level seasons with Sporting, and they were hence known as Ablanedo I and Ablanedo II.
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