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José Omar Pastoriza

José Pastoriza
Pastoriza in 1972, playing for Independiente.
Personal information
Full name José Omar Pastoriza
Date of birth 23 May 1942
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina
Date of death 2 August 2004(2004-08-02) (aged 62)
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Rosario Central
Colón de Santa Fe
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1965 Racing Club 53 (2)
1966–1972 Independiente 184 (32)
1972–1975 Monaco 106 (36)
National team
1966–1972 Argentina 18 (?)
Teams managed
1976–1979 Independiente
1980 Talleres de Córdoba
1981–1982 Racing Club
1982–1983 Millonarios
1983–1984 Independiente
1985–1985 Gremio
1985 Fluminense
1985–1987 Independiente
1988–1989 Boca Juniors
1990–1991 Independiente
1992 Atlético Madrid
1993 Talleres de Córdoba
1994 Bolívar
1995 Argentinos Juniors
1995–1996 El Salvador
1998 Talleres de Córdoba
1998–2000 Venezuela
2003 Talleres de Córdoba
2003–2004 Independiente

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

José Omar Pastoriza (23 May 1942 – 2 August 2004) was a football midfielder for Independiente, AS Monaco, and the Argentina national football team, as well as manager for many teams including the Venezuelan national team.


  • Playing career 1
  • Coaching career 2
  • Career statistics 3
    • Club 3.1
    • International 3.2
  • Honours 4
    • Player 4.1
    • Manager 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Playing career

El Pato ("The Duck") Pastoriza was born in Rosario, and started his career in Rosario Central, but gained renown with Colón de Santa Fe. He moved to Racing Club, but was transferred to rival Independiente after 53 matches due to a poor team performance and the precarious economical situation. He stayed 6 years with Independiente, winning 3 first division tournaments and a Copa Libertadores. In 1971 he was awarded the Olimpia de Oro, which is given to the Argentine footballer of the year.

After the 1972 season he transferred to French AS Monaco, where he retired as a player.

Coaching career

Having good relations with players, El Pato Patoriza coached the a number of clubs in Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia and Spain, as well as the national teams of El Salvador and Venezuela. Pastoriza began his managerial career in 1976 with Independiente, the club where he won another three national leagues, another Libertadores Cup and the Intercontinental Cup in 1984. He also worked as the manager of Talleres de Córdoba on many occasions. He had a single stint as manager of several Argentine clubs such as Racing Club, Boca Juniors and Argentinos Juniors.

Jairo Castillo wearing the limited edition "tribute" kit in 2004

Pastoriza's first foreign appointment was in 1982, at the Colombian Club Deportivo Los Millonarios. He was manager of Brazilian teams Gremio (1984–85) and Fluminense (1985) before returning to Argentina.

In 1992 he worked as manager of the Spanish Atlético Madrid, and in 1994 he worked with Bolivian Club Bolívar. Pastoriza served as the coach of the El Salvador national football team between 1995 and 1996 and as the coach of Venezuela between 1998 and 2000.

In 2004 he died in Buenos Aires during his 5th stint as manager of Independiente. He had a heart attack at his apartment, and the emergency doctors could not save him. Pastoriza had a history of hearth malfunctons, but kept smoking anyway.[1] The funeral was performed at the Independiente headquarters.

Jairo Castillo, player of Independiente, was repeatedly booked by the referee in later games for removing his shirt to reveal tributes to Pastoriza. As a result, it was decided to add Pastoriza's nickname "Pato" to the official Independiente kit in 2004.[2]

Career statistics



Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Argentina League Cup League Cup South America Total
1962 Colón de Santa Fe Primera División 0 0 0 0 0 0
1963 0 0 0 0 0 0
1964 Racing Club 24 0
1965 29 2
1966 Independiente 24 1
1967 25 2
1968 22 2
1969 31 7
1970 21 1
1971 46 15
1972 14 2
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
1972–73 AS Monaco Division 1 26 12
1972–73 21 10
1974–75 33 12
1975–76 26 2
Total Argentina 236 32
France 106 36
Career total 342 68


Argentina national team
Year Apps Goals
1970 2 0
1971 8 0
1972 6 1
Total 16 1







  1. ^ Murió José Omar Pastoriza (Spanish)
  2. ^ Camisetas deformadas (unusual kits) at Taringa
  3. ^ Jose Pastoriza at

External links

  • (Spanish) Goodbye, dear Pato at CONMEBOL
  • (Spanish) Short Biography
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