Antonio Puchades

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Antonio Puchades
Personal information
Full name Antonio Puchades Casanova
Date of birth (1925-06-04)4 June 1925
Place of birth Sueca, Spain
Date of death 24 May 2013(2013-05-24) (aged 87)
Place of death Sueca, Spain
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
SD Sueca
Valencia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1945–1946 Mestalla
1946–1958 Valencia 256 (4)
National team
1949–1954 Spain 23 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.


This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Puchades and the second or maternal family name is Casanova.

Antonio Puchades Casanova (4 June 1925 – 24 May 2013) was a Spanish footballer who played as a defensive midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Puchades was born in Sueca, Valencian Community. During his career he played solely for his hometown club Valencia CF, signing in 1945 and going on to spend 12 seasons in La Liga.[1] In his first season with the first team, however, he appeared in only four games as the Che won the national championship, becoming a regular from then onwards.[2][3][4]

Puchades retired from football in 1958 at the age of 33, being awarded a testimonial match the following year, against OGC Nice.[5] He subsequently lost all connection to the football world, going on to work in family businesses.

International career[edit]

Puchades gained 23 caps for Spain, during five years. He was a member of the 1950 FIFA World Cup squad, appearing in all six games as the nation finished fourth in Brazil.[6]

Death[edit]

Puchades, affectionally known as Tonico, died in his hometown of Sueca on 24 May 2013, two weeks shy of his 88th birthday.[7][8]

Honours[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "La noche del dorsal '6': de Puchades a David Albelda" [The night of the number '6': from Puchades to David Albelda] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Valencia, 5 – R.Celta, 2" (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 5 April 1954. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Barcelona 4; Valencia 1" (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 31 January 1955. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Valencia, 5 – Las Palmas, 1" (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 28 April 1955. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "El valencianismo despide a Puchades" [Valencia bids farewell to Puchades] (in Spanish). Las Provincias. 24 May 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Antonio Puchades". FIFA.com. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Adiós a ´Tonico´ Puchades" [Goodbye to ´Tonico´ Puchades] (in Spanish). Levante-EMV. 24 May 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Fallece el ex valencianista Antonio Puchades" [Former Valencia player Antonio Puchades dies] (in Spanish). Marca. 24 May 1913. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 

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