The Thai club’s vice-captain has obtained Syrian passport, and is now considered an Asian player.
According to local sources, Tunez was allowed to obtain a Syrian passport because he lived there with his father for a certain period of time. He also has a Spanish passport from his origin – a family of Spanish immigrants from Galicia.
Andres Tunez graduated from Celta Vigo’s youth system and was promoted to play in the first team in 2010. He spent four seasons playing for the Spanish club, and then another season for Beitar Jerusalem on a loan deal.
The defender joined Buriram United in 2014, and was a key contributor to the club’s back-to-back league titles in 2014 and 2015. He scored a hat-trick in Buriram opening match this season, helping the club to win 5-3 at Bangkok United.
With Andres Tunez is now an Asian player, Buriram has freed up one foreign player slot for the Thai Premier League, which allows the club to bring in quality players from outside Asia.