Spanish football has been thrown into mourning after it was announced former Real Madrid goalkeeper Andres Avelino Junquera is dead. Having played for Real Madrid between 1966 and 1975, he won five LaLiga titles, and the Zamora Trophy during the 1967/68 season.
Born in La Felguera, Asturias, he began his career with Langreo in the Segunda division, and at just 20 years of age moved to Los Blancos. At the end of his career he spent three seasons with Zaragoza and helped them to promotion in 1977/78.
A statement from Real Madrid read
Andres Avelino Junquera, who was the Real Madrid goalkeeper between 1966 and 1975, has died at 73 years of age. He was born in La Felguera (Asturias) in 1946 and, after playing for Langreo, came to Los Blancos in the 1966/67 campaign, where he won five league titles and three cups. In addition, he achieved the Zamora Trophy in 1967/68. Real Madrid feels the pain of his death and offers condolences to his family.
Meanwhile, Spain’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper Iker Casillas said he “does not know what the future will be” as he was discharged from hospital after having a heart attack. The Real Madrid legend, 37, suffered “an acute myocardial infarction” during training with Porto on Wednesday.
Speaking outside the Hospital CUF Porto he said he would rest for “for a couple of weeks or a couple of months”. “The most important thing is to be here,” he told reporters. “A few days ago I went through a difficult situation, something that can happen at any moment of life, but fortunately I’m fine. I am grateful and feel that I am very lucky.
“Thank you to all who cared, for I felt very dear and cherished. I can only get out of this situation with a smile.”
Casillas praised the Porto medical team’s quick actions which “allowed the effect of the infarction not to be so serious”. He added: “I do not know what the future will be, but the most important thing is to be here, to be able to speak and transmit to everyone how I am and how I feel.”
Casillas made 725 appearances for Real during a 16-year career at the Bernabeu, helping them win three Champions Leagues and five La Liga titles. He was also part of the Spain squad as they won two successive European Championships, in 2008 and 2012, and the World Cup in 2010.
Having joined Porto in 2015, he won the Portuguese title last season and holds the record for the most Champions League appearances with 177.