Tonono

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Tonono
Personal information
Full name Antonio Afonso Moreno
Date of birth (1943-08-25)25 August 1943
Place of birth Arucas, Spain
Date of death 9 June 1975(1975-06-09) (aged 31)
Place of death Las Palmas, Spain
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Sweeper
Youth career
Arucas
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1975 Las Palmas 379 (2)
National team
1967–1972 Spain 22 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Antonio Afonso Moreno (25 August 1943 – 9 June 1975), known as Tonono, was a Spanish footballer who played as a sweeper.[1]

Club career[edit]

Born in Arucas, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Tonono made his professional debuts with hometown's UD Las Palmas, his first official appearance coming on 18 February 1962 at Real Murcia. His La Liga debuts were made in the 1964–65 season, appearing in 29 games as the Canary Islands team finished in ninth position; he would only play for one club in his entire career, being part of the squads in the late 60's/early 70's that achieved three top-five finishes in the top flight – including the second place in 1969.

Tonono amassed first division totals of 312 matches and two goals. On 31 May 1975 he appeared in his last match for Las Palmas, a Copa del Rey contest against CD Málaga, contracting a viral infection shortly after and dying on 9 June at only 31 years of age in Las Palmas.[2][3]

International career[edit]

Tonono made his debut for Spain on 1 October 1967, in an UEFA Euro 1968 qualifier against Czechoslovakia, a 0–1 loss in Prague in which the Himno de Riego was played before kick-off instead of that of Francoist Spain.[4] He did not appear, however, in any major international tournament, as the national team did not qualify for any during his international spell.

In his 22nd and final cap, on 19 October 1972, Tonono acted as captain in a 2–2 draw against Yugoslavia for the 1974 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, in a game played in Las Palmas; he was the first player ever from the region to be selected for the national side.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Antonio Afonso 'Tonono': elegancia y regularidad en la defensa" [Antonio Afonso ‘Tonono': elegance and defensive consistency] (in Spanish). Perarnau Magazine. 23 September 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "Ha muerto Tonono" [Tonono has died]. ABC (in Spanish). 10 June 1975. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Más de quince mil personas en el sepelio de Tonono" [More than fifteen thousand people in Tonono's burial]. ABC (in Spanish). 11 June 1975. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  4. ^ ""¡O lo quitan o no salimos!"" [“Either you take that or we don't come out!”]. El País (in Spanish). 18 June 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "El adiós de Tonono a la selección" [Tonono's farewell to the national team]. La Provincia (in Spanish). 19 October 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 

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