José Cardozo

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José Cardozo
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Personal information
Full name José Saturnino Cardozo Otazú
Date of birth (1971-03-19) 19 March 1971 (age 43)
Place of birth Nueva Italia, Paraguay
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Unión Pacífico
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1990 River Plate Asunción 26 (10)
1990–1992 St. Gallen 30 (12)
1992–1993 Universidad Católica 35 (11)
1994–1995 Olimpia Asunción 41 (27)
1995–2005 Toluca 332 (249)
2005–2006 San Lorenzo 23 (5)
Total 494 (316)
National team
2004 Paraguay U23 (5)
1991–2006 Paraguay 83 (25)
Teams managed
2006–2007 Olimpia
2009–2011 Olimpia
2011–2012 Querétaro
2012 Olimpia
2013 Sportivo Luqueño
2013– Toluca
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

José Saturnino Cardozo Otazú (locally: [xoˈse saturˈnino karˈðoso otaˈsu]; born 19 March 1971 in Nueva Italia, Paraguay) is a former Paraguayan football striker and current manager of Deportivo Toluca. He spent 10 years of his career playing for Toluca F.C. and is the club's all-time top goalscorer with 249 goals in 332 appearances.[1]

Club career[edit]

Cardozo began his professional career in 1988, making his debut for River Plate of Paraguay. After four years in River, he moved to Swiss club FC St. Gallen, where he played from 1990 to 1992. He returned to South America in 1993, joining Universidad Católica de Chile helping the team reach the 1993 Copa Libertadores de América final. The following year he played for Club Olimpia of Paraguay, from which he moved to Club Toluca of Mexico.

Cardozo made his debut for Toluca in the 1995 season, but only appeared in three games, scoring no goals. However, in the subsequent winter season, he scored 7 goals in 13 games. In his eight years with the team, he has scored a record 249 goals for the club, including 14 in the 2004 Apertura. On 24 April 2005, he moved to the 4th spot in the list of all-time top scorers in the Mexico Primera Division after Jared Borgetti scored his 250th goal with Monarcas Morelia.

Due to his work at Toluca, Cardozo was elected as the Paraguayan Footballer of the Year in the years 2000, 2002 and 2003; and the South American Footballer of the Year in 2002. Despite the fact that he was fiercely opposed to the move, Cardozo was transferred to Argentine team San Lorenzo de Almagro in June 2005, and finished the season with only 4 goals due to injuries that kept him away from playing several games. However, many critics lambasted Cardozo for refusing to play through the pain. While playing for Toluca, Cardozo struggled through the 1997 campaign with hamstring problems and then played through much of the 2001 season despite suffering a broken wrist in the season opener. Cardozo is the all-time leading scorer for Club Toluca.

Cardozo, also owns the title of highest scorer in just one season, in the Apertura 2002 he scored a total of 29 goals, becoming the maximum goal scorer in Mexican's football league that year.[2]

In July 2006, Cardozo attempted to return to Club Olimpia to finish his career. He was unable to re-sign for the club because the Paraguayan league's transfer deadline had already passed. As a result of his inability to sign for Olimpia, he decided to retire from football. He scored 342 goals total in his career. In June 2008 a farewell match was organized in the city of Toluca to honor his career and contributions to football. Cardozo scored two goals in the match which had a sellout crowd.[3]

Paraguay national team[edit]

Cardozo was the all-time leading scorer for the Paraguayan national team, with 25 goals, until 2013, with the record being broken by Roque Santa Cruz.[4] He played for his country at the 1998 and 2002 World Cups and was named in the original 2006 World Cup squad but he was injured during training sessions and replaced by Dante López. Cardozo was also an over-age player at the 2004 Summer Olympics, when Paraguay finished second. He scored a hat-trick against Uruguay in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification, with the final result being 4-1.

International goals[edit]

Paraguay U23[edit]

Score and Result list Paraguay's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 12 August 2004 Kaftanzoglio Stadium, Thessaloniki, Greece  Japan 2–1 4–2 2004 Summer Olympics
2. 3–1
3. 21 August 2004 Kaftanzoglio Stadium, Thessaloniki, Greece  South Korea 2–0 3–2 2004 Summer Olympics
4. 24 August 2004 Kaftanzoglio Stadium, Thessaloniki, Greece  Iraq 1–0 3–1 2004 Summer Olympics
5. 2–0

Paraguay[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 12 July 1991 Concepción, Chile  Argentina 1–4 Loss 1991 Copa América
2. 22 June 1995 Santiago, Chile  New Zealand 3–2 Win 1995 Copa Centenario
3. 6 July 1995 Maldonado, Uruguay  Mexico 2–1 Win 1995 Copa América
4. 12 July 1995 Maldonado, Uruguay  Venezuela 3–2 Win 1995 Copa América
5. 26 July 1996 Asunción, Paraguay  Bolivia 2–0 Win Friendly
6. 30 April 1997 Asunción, Paraguay  Uruguay 3–1 Win 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
7. 3 June 1998 București, Romania  Romania 2–3 Loss Friendly
8. 24 June 1998 Toulouse, France  Nigeria 3–1 Win 1998 FIFA World Cup
9. 29 June 2000 Santiago, Chile  Chile 1–3 Loss 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
10. 2 September 2000 Asunción, Paraguay Venezuela Venezuela 3–0 Win 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
11. 15 November 2000 Asunción, Paraguay  Peru 5–1 Win 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
12. 24 April 2001 Quito, Ecuador  Ecuador 1–2 Loss 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
13. 5 September 2001 Asunción, Paraguay Bolivia Bolivia 5–1 Win 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
14. 5 September 2001 Asunción, Paraguay Bolivia Bolivia 5–1 Win 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
15. 13 February 2002 Ciudad del Este, Paraguay Bolivia Bolivia 2–2 Draw Friendly
16. 26 March 2003 San Diego, United States Mexico Mexico 1–1 Draw Friendly
17. 10 September 2003 Asunción, Paraguay Uruguay Uruguay 4–1 Win 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
18. 10 September 2003 Asunción, Paraguay Uruguay Uruguay 4–1 Win 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
19. 10 September 2003 Asunción, Paraguay Uruguay Uruguay 4–1 Win 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
20. 15 November 2003 Asunción, Paraguay Ecuador Ecuador 2–1 Win 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
21. 1 June 2004 La Paz, Bolivia Bolivia Bolivia 1–2 Loss 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
22. 19 January 2005 Los Angeles, United States  South Korea 1–1 Draw Friendly
23. 27 March 2005 Quito, Ecuador Ecuador Ecuador 2–5 Loss 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
24. 30 March 2005 Asunción, Paraguay Chile Chile 2–1 Win 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
25. 27 May 2005 Aarhus, Denmark  Denmark 1–1 Draw Friendly

Coaching career[edit]

In November 2006, Club Olimpia's coach Oscar Paulin was fired due to poor performances by the team and Cardozo was named as the interim coach of the Paraguayan club, this being his first experience as a coach. He coached for the remainder of the year and for the 2007 Apertura tournament.

In October 2009 he was hired to be an assistant coach for the team of Indios de Juarez for the Apertura 2009.[5]

Cardozo returned to Olimpia Asunción in November 2009 following coach Carlos Kiese's resignation.

In 2011, he was hired as coach Querétaro FC where he led the team into their first liguilla and the team's all team highest place (8th) and points (26) in Primera División regular season. He managed to eliminate Guadalajara in the Quarter Finals and advance to a surprising semi-final where they lost to champions Tigres UANL 1-0. The following season however, Querétaro began the season with poor results, which once again emerged relegation problems against rivals Atlas and Estudiantes Tecos (relegated) which led to Cardozo's resignation.

After spending the 2011 and 2012 seasons at Querétaro, he was appointed to manage Olimpia once again on September 25, 2012 after the departure of Gregorio Perez.

On May 7, 2013, Cardozo was announced as the new manager/technical director for Club Deportivo Toluca of Mexico where he played for 10 years (1995-2005).

Titles[edit]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Santos, Marlene (29 June 2008). "En su homenaje con Diablos José Cardozo anotó dos goles". La Jornada (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Campeones de goleo en la historia del Futbol Mexicano". Terra Networks (in Spanish). 8 May 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  3. ^ AOL Deportes
  4. ^ rsssf: Paraguay record goalscorers
  5. ^ Diario ABC Color

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