Juan Cruz Mascia
|Full name||Juan Cruz Mascia Paysée|
|Date of birth||3 January 1994|
|Place of birth||Ottawa, Canada|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:30, 30 September 2014 (UTC).
Juan was born in Ottawa to Uruguayan parents, and came through the youth system at Miramar Misiones. He was promoted to the first team in the 2010–11 Uruguayan Primera División season, making two substitute appearances in the campaign.
His debut came in a 5–2 loss against Danubio F.C. on 20 February 2011, when he was a 64th-minute substitute. His second match of the 2010–11 season, again as a substitute, was a 0–0 draw with Bella Vista on 8 May 2011. This was his first appearance in home stadium Parque Luis Méndez Piana. He scored his first goal with Miramar Misiones on 22 December 2011 against Deportivo Maldonado in the 2011–12 season of the Uruguayan Segunda División.
Juan entered the Uruguay under-15s in 2009 and his first official international tournament was the 2009 South American Under-15 Football Championshipin which he played six matches and scored three goals. Juan is a prolific goalscorer for the Uruguay under-17s. He was the top goalscorer, with six goals, in the 2011 South American Under-17 Football Championship, which was held in Ecuador. His first tournament goals came against the Bolivia under-17s on 15 March 2011. In this match he scored both Uruguay goals in a 2–0 group stage victory. He scored another double in a 3–2 win against the Colombia under-17s in a final group stage game on 6 April 2011, helping Uruguay finish the competition as runners up to champions Brazil.
He also represented Uruguay in the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico. He scored against the Canada under-17s in the group stage on 19 June 2011. Uruguay advanced to the final of the high-status tournament, where they lost 2-0 to hosts Mexico under-17s on 10 July 2011.
Following his success at under-17 level, Juan is a reported transfer target for clubs in England, Spain and Italy. He has also been favourably compared to 2010 FIFA World Cup star Diego Forlán in the English and South American media. For example, in April 2011 articles, the UK tabloids The Daily Mail and The Daily Mirror referred to him as the “new Forlan” and the “heir to Forlan” respectively. In the same month, Uruguay newspaper El Observador reported that Forlan is, in fact, a keen admirer of the player and had arranged for him to attend a training session with Atlético Madrid.
- As of 30 June 2011
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- "Gamecast: Miramar v Bella Vista". ESPN Soccernet. 8 May 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2011.
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- "Match report: Uruguay U-17 2-0 Bolivia U-17 (Spanish)". quenonino.com.uy. 16 March 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2011.
- "Competition results (Spanish)". 2011 South American Under-17 Football Championship. Retrieved 30 June 2011.
- "Uruguay downs Canada at U17 World Cup". Postmedia News. 19 June 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2011.
- "2011 U17 World Cup second stage matches". FIFA. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
- "New Forlan heading for Chelsea as Blues invite Uruguay starlet Mascia for talks". The Daily Mail. 11 April 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2011.
- "Canada’s U-17s get date with teen Uruguayan star Juan Mascia". The 11: Canada’s online soccer magazine. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2011.
- "Chelsea court Uruguay’s heir to Diego Forlan". The Daily Mirror. 10 April 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2011.
- "Following the path of Forlán (Spanish)". El Observador. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2011.