Juan Tuñas

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Juan Tuñas
Personal information
Full name Juan Tuñas Bajeneta
Date of birth (1917-07-17)17 July 1917
Place of birth Havana, Cuba
Date of death 4 April 2011(2011-04-04) (aged 93)
Place of death Mexico City, Mexico
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Juventud Asturiana
Centro Gallego
National team
Cuba
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Juan Tuñas Bajeneta, nicknamed "Romperredes" (17 July 1917 – 4 April 2011) was a Cuban footballer.[1] He played for the Cuban clubs Juventud Asturiana and Centro Gallego, and was the oldest surviving member of the Cuba national football team that played at the 1938 FIFA World Cup in France, scoring a goal against Romania (according to the official FIFA match report [1]).[2]

After helping lead Cuba to the quarterfinals in their only World Cup appearance, he moved to Mexico and played for Real Club España, winning two Liga Mayor (Mexico First Division) championships there, in 1942 and 1945. His nickname Romperredes means "net-breaker", after his powerful shots on goal. In 2005, he received the Gloria del Deporte Cubano Award in Havana. Since his retirement he resided in Mexico City and was the last surviving member of Cuba's squad from the 1938 World Cup.

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