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 37 (15)
1992–1993 Universidad Católica 35 (11)
1994–1995 Olimpia 41 (27)
1995–2005 Toluca 332 (249)
2005–2006 San Lorenzo 23 (5)
Total 494 (316)
National team
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]

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).




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