José Oscar Flores

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Turu Flores
Personal information
Full name José Oscar Flores
Date of birth (1971-05-16) 16 May 1971 (age 43)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Vélez Sársfield (coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1996 Vélez Sársfield 153 (45)
1996–1998 Las Palmas 68 (35)
1998–2001 Deportivo La Coruña 83 (22)
2001–2002 Valladolid 8 (1)
2002–2003 Mallorca 12 (0)
2003–2004 Ciudad Murcia 22 (3)
2004–2005 Independiente 19 (4)
2006 Aldosivi 15 (6)
2007 Lyn 0 (0)
National team
1994 Argentina 2 (0)
Teams managed
2009–2013 Vélez Sársfield (assistant)
2014– Vélez Sársfield
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

José Oscar "Turu" Flores (born 16 May 1971) is an Argentine retired footballer who played as a striker, and the current manager of Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield in the Argentine Primera División.

He started his professional career with Vélez Sársfield in his native country, winning seven titles during the club's successful 1990s era. He then spent the following eight years in Spain – 194 league games and 61 goals in both major levels, namely with Deportivo de La Coruña – and also played twice for the Argentine national team.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Buenos Aires, Flores started his career with Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield in 1990, going on to play a major part in the clubs most successful era in the mid-1990s. During his time at the club he won seven major titles, including three national championships, the 1994 edition of the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup.

In 1996 Flores joined UD Las Palmas in the Spanish second division, for a then record sum spent by any club in that category, 500 million pesetas.[1] He scored 21 goals in his second season,[2][3] helping the Canary Islands team qualify for the promotion/relegation playoffs, eventually lost to Real Oviedo (3–4 on aggregate).

After his performances Flores joined Deportivo de La Coruña also in the country, alongside teammate Manuel Pablo. He formed an efficient striker partnership with Portuguese Pauleta first and Dutch Roy Makaay after,[4] as the Galicians won the first La Liga title in its history in 2000; on 6 February of that year, he only needed 21 minutes on the pitch after coming on as a substitute for Djalminha to contribute to a 5–2 home crushing of Real Madrid.[5]

Flores then played for Real Valladolid, RCD Mallorca and Ciudad de Murcia – the latter in the second level – with very little impact, before returning to Argentina in 2004 with Club Atlético Independiente.

In 2006, while at Club Atlético Aldosivi in his homeland's division two, Flores announced his retirement from football only to join Lyn Fotball in Norway in March of the following year, being joined in that adventure by countryman Matías Almeyda.[6][7] While with the Oslo side he only played 45 minutes of a first-round cup game,[8] and retired altogether shortly after.

Coaching career[edit]

In 2009 Flores returned to Vélez, being appointed Ricardo Gareca's assistant coach. On 26 December 2013, he became the manager.[9]



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  1. ^ "Las Palmas sigue con su desembolso" [Las Palmas keeps spending] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 24 July 1996. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Las Palmas se vale de los goles del Turu" [Las Palmas hangs on to Turu goals] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 5 April 1998. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "El Las Palmas se acerca al ascenso" [Las Palmas nears promotion] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 9 April 1998. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "El Deportivo asegura el liderato con tres goles en 15 minutos" [Deportivo confirms first place with three goals in 15 minutes] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 5 December 1999. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "El líder humilla al Madrid" [Leader humiliates Madrid] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 7 February 2000. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  6. ^ Almeyda y el 'Turu' Flores regresan al fútbol en la Liga noruega (Almeyda and Turu Flores return to football in the Norwegian League); El Mundo, 26 March 2007 (Spanish)
  7. ^ La aventura noruega del Turu Flores (Turu Flores' Norwegian adventure); Notas de Fútbol, 27 March 2007 (Spanish)
  8. ^ Jose Oscar Flores; at Lyn's official website (Norwegian)
  9. ^ "El Turu Flores es el DT" [Turu Flores is the coach] (in Spanish). Vélez Sársfield. 26 December 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 

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