Saturday, September 23, 2006
Soccer-Argentine keeper Buljubasich found to have brain tumour
SANTIAGO, Sept 23 - Universidad Catolica's
Argentine goalkeeper Jose Maria Buljubasich is to undergo an
operation for a small brain tumour, the Chilean club said.
Club doctor Fernando Yanez said in a radio interview that
the 35-year-old former Rosario Central, Tenerife and River Plate
player had known about the tumour but had continued playing.
"We've been analysing this with the specialists for some
time. He knows about it and is carrying on with his personal and
sporting life as usual in an admirable way," Yanez told Radio
"The specialists' impression is that it is probably
benign... and there shouldn't be any sequels which would prevent
him from leading a normal life in the future."
Buljubasich last year kept 14 successive clean sheets in the
Chilean championship, completing 1,352 minutes of play without
conceding a goal.
He was 38 minutes short of the 1,390 minutes achieved by
former Belgian international Dany Verlinden, the most verifiable
Buljubasich spent nine months out of football after
announcing his retirement when he was at Argentina's River Plate
However, he was persuaded to resume his career by Chilean
club Union Espanola in 2004 and joined Universidad Catolica the