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Full name Juan Castaño Quirós
Date of birth (1971-04-10) 10 April 1971 (age 47)
Place of birth Gijón, Spain
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1991 Sporting B 65 (14)
1991–1994 Sporting Gijón 91 (18)
1994–1999 Tenerife 151 (27)
1999–2004 Zaragoza 130 (19)
2004–2005 Terrassa 16 (1)
2005–2006 Avilés 2 (0)
2006–2007 Camocha
2007–2008 Roces 11 (0)
Total 466 (79)
National team
1992 Spain U23 2 (0)
1994 Spain 5 (2)
2000–2001 Asturias 2 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Juan Castaño Quirós (born 10 April 1971 in Gijón, Asturias), known as Juanele, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a forward.

Club career[edit]

Skilled Juanele started playing professionally for Sporting de Gijón, making his first-team – and La Liga – debuts at the age of 20 and finishing his first season with his hometown club with three goals in 24 games. He became an undisputed starter in the following years.

In June 1994, Juanele signed a five-year contract with CD Tenerife,[1] being an essential attacking unit as the Canary Islands side reached the semi-finals in the 1996–97 UEFA Cup, scoring twice against S.S. Lazio (5–3 home win, 5–4 on aggregate)[2] and at Feyenoord (4–2 win, 4–2 on aggregate).[3][4] In addition, he netted 15 league goals in 60 matches as they achieved back-to-back top-ten finishes, which included the fifth place in 1996 that led to the European exploits.

After Tenerife's 1999 relegation, Juanele joined Real Zaragoza, helping the Aragonese to two Copa del Rey trophies in the early 2000s,[5] even though he was already a fringe player in the second conquest. Amassing top division totals of 346 games and 61 goals, he left in 2004 to Terrassa FC in the second division,[6] joining lowly Real Avilés Industrial after one season.[7]

In 2006–07, Juanele had brief amateur stints with SD Atlético Camocha[8] and TSK Roces, both in the Asturias regional leagues, retiring from football altogether at the end of the campaign.

International career[edit]

Juanele earned five caps for the Spain national team in 1994, scoring twice (in his debut on 19 January, a 2–2 home draw against Portugal,[9] and his last match five months later, a 2–0 away win over Canada[10]). He was subsequently named in the 1994 FIFA World Cup squad, but did not play in the tournament.

Juanele also appeared twice for the Asturias autonomous team, playing for the first time in a friendly with Macedonia on 23 December 2000.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 19 January 1994 Balaídos, Vigo, Spain  Portugal 2–1 2–2 Friendly
2. 10 June 1994 Claude Robillard, Montreal, Canada  Canada 0–2 0–2 Friendly


After some episodes of depression and a battle to overcome an addiction to prescription drugs, Juanele was admitted in early 2008 to a Gijón hospital due to an excessive intake,[11] but later recovered,[12] eventually opening a football school with former Sporting teammate Iván Iglesias.[13]

Personal life[edit]

On 13 June 2015, Juanele was sentenced to five months for hitting his former partner with a baseball bat, which was to be complemented with an obligatory medical treatment.[14] In 2011, he had already been incarcerated for violation of a restraining order.[15]




  1. ^ Ya estamos en el oeste (West, we have arrived); Mundo Deportivo, 16 June 1994 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Histórico! (Historical!); Mundo Deportivo, 30 October 1996 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ El Tenerife hace historia (Tenerife make history); Mundo Deportivo, 4 December 1996 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ "¿Qué fue del CD Tenerife semifinalista de la UEFA?" [What happened to UEFA semi-finalist CD Tenerife?] (in Spanish). Sphera Sports. 18 January 2017. Retrieved 21 September 2017. 
  5. ^ El Zaragoza hace valer su historia (Zaragoza make history prevail); El País, 1 July 2001 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Juanele ficha por dos años (Juanele signs for two years); Mundo Deportivo, 14 July 2004 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Juanele vuelve para reforzar al Real Avilés (Juanele returns to strengthen Real Avilés) Archived 6 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine.; La Voz de Asturias, 13 August 2005 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Empate del Camocha, que incorpora a Juanele (Draw for Camocha, who add Juanele); El Comercio, 3 September 2006 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ "España, de cal y arena" [Spain, heads and tails] (PDF) (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 20 January 1994. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  10. ^ "No más pruebas" [No more tryouts] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 11 June 1994. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  11. ^ Juanele, ingresado en la UCI del hospital de Cabueñes (Juanele, in Cabueñes Hospital's Intensive Care); El Mundo, 29 April 2008 (in Spanish)
  12. ^ "Llegué a pensar que no servía para hacer nada" ("I went as far as thinking i was no good at anything"); Marca, 7 October 2013 (in Spanish)
  13. ^ "Qué fue de… Iván Iglesias" [What happened to… Iván Iglesias] (in Spanish). 20 minutos. 7 August 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  14. ^ "Juanele, condenado a 5 meses de prisión por pegar a su ex pareja con un bate" [Juanele, sentenced to 5 months in prison for hitting his former partner with a bat] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 19 June 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  15. ^ "Juanele, al juez: 'Ese día había estado bebiendo, pero no recuerdo haber pegado a mi ex pareja'" [Juanele, to the judge: 'I had been drinking that day, but I do not recall having hit my former partner'] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 16 June 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  16. ^ "Zaragoza, no hay quinta Copa mala" [Zaragoza, no such thing as a bad fifth Cup] (in Spanish). ABC. 1 July 2001. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  17. ^ "Galletti gives Zaragoza glory". UEFA. 18 March 2004. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 

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