Juan Tuñas

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Juan Tuñas
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Full nameJuan 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
Playing position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Centro Gallego
–1941 Juventud Asturiana
1941–1945 Real Club España
National team
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Juan Tuñas Bajeneta or Romperredes (17 July 1917 – 4 April 2011) was a Cuban footballer. [1]


Club career

He played for the Cuban clubs Juventud Asturiana and Centro Gallego. 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.

International career

Tuñas was a member of the Cuba national football team that played at the 1938 FIFA World Cup in France, winning the game to Romania (according to the official FIFA match report ). [2]

Personal life

His nickname Romperredes means "net-breaker", after his powerful shots on goal with him once shooting a hole in a goalnet. In 2005, he received the Gloria del Deporte Cubano Award in Havana. After his retirement he resided in Mexico City and was the last surviving member of Cuba's squad from the 1938 World Cup. [3] He died in April 2011. [4]

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  1. "Murió el cubano Juan Tuñas, el mundialista más longevo de CONCACAF" [Cuban Juan Tuñas, the oldest World Cup participant from CONCACAF, died]. laprensagrafica.com (in Spanish). 2011-04-05. Archived from the original on 2011-04-26.
  2. "Juan Tunas, Cuba's original netbuster". FIFA.com. 2010-12-01. Retrieved 2010-12-01.
  3. Un cubano, el ex mundialista más longevo de la CONCACAF - Cuba Debate (in Spanish)
  4. Falleció Juan Tuñas Bajeneta, el “Romperredes” - Cibercuba (in Spanish)