Juanito (footballer, born 1948)

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Personal information
Full name Juan Díaz Sánchez
Date of birth (1948-10-06)6 October 1948
Place of birth Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
Date of death 3 April 2013(2013-04-03) (aged 64)
Place of death Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1972 Tenerife 24 (4)
1972–1975 Barcelona 43 (5)
1975–1976 Hércules 30 (3)
1976–1981 Salamanca 114 (25)
1981–1982 Tenerife
1982–1983 Mensajero
Total 211 (37)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Juan Díaz Sánchez, commonly known as Juanito (6 October 1948 – 3 April 2013), was a Spanish footballer who played as a forward.

Football career[edit]

Born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Juanito started and finished his 11-year professional career with hometown's CD Tenerife. He played one season in Segunda División with the club, then signed with FC Barcelona in late February 1972.[1] He made his La Liga debut on 19 March, starting in a 1–0 away win against Athletic Bilbao.[2]

Juanito contributed with 17 games in the 1973–74 campaign as the Catalans won the national championship, scoring in a 3–0 home success over UD Las Palmas on 6 January 1974.[3] He appeared in three UEFA Cup matches during his spell, netting against OGC Nice in the 1973–74 edition.[4]

In 1975, in another winter transfer window move, Juanito joined fellow league club Hércules CF for three years.[5] In the 1976 summer, however, he moved to UD Salamanca,[6] going on to compete a further five seasons in the main category; two of his league goals came against former side Barcelona (13 February 1977, 2–0 home win)[7] and Real Madrid (1–1 home draw, on 16 March 1980).[8]

Juanito retired in 1983 at the age of 34, after one-year spells with Tenerife and amateurs CD Mensajero.[9]




Juanito lost a son whilst a player of Hércules, aged only 15. He himself died on 3 April 2013 in his hometown, at 64.[9]


  1. ^ "Juanito firmará contrato el lunes" [Juanito to sign contract on Monday] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 26 February 1972. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "0–1: El Barcelona forjó su éxito en un brillante primer tiempo" [0–1: Barcelona forged success in brilliant first half] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 20 March 1972. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "3–0: El Barcelona cuajó su gran fútbol en el segundo tiempo" [3–0: Barcelona played great football in second half] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 7 January 1974. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "2–0: El Barcelona debió pasar la eliminatoria" [2–0: Barcelona should have gone through] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 4 October 1973. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Juanito: "En el Barcelona me faltaron oportunidades"" [Juanito: "I did not have enough opportunities at Barcelona"] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 6 February 1975. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "La Primera División a examen" [First Division under the radar] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 21 August 1976. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "2–0: Un Barcelona con muchos complejos" [2–0: Bashful Barcelona] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 14 February 1977. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "1–1: Salamanca y Madrid se repartieron méritos y puntos" [1–1: Salamanca and Madrid shared merits and points] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 17 March 1980. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "In memoriam: Juan Díaz, Juanito "El Vieja" (1948–2013) "La alegría de vivir, la alegría sobre el césped" por Ray Kanu" [In memoriam: Juan Díaz, Juanito "El Vieja" (1948–2013) "The joy of living, the joy on the pitch" by Ray Kanu] (in Spanish). La Coctelera. 4 April 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 

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