Mario Rodríguez (Argentine footballer)

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Mario Rodríguez
Personal information
Full name Mario Rodríguez Varela[1]
Date of birth (1937-10-20) 20 October 1937 (age 77)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Estrella del Plata
Antártida Argentina
Ciclón de Villa Martelli
1954–1957 Chacarita Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1957–1962 Chacarita Juniors 86 (43)
1963–1965 Independiente 68 (32)
1966–1967 Vélez Sarsfield 14 (6)
1968–1970 Colo-Colo 52 (28)
1971 Chacarita Juniors
National team
1962–1963 Argentina 10 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mario Rodríguez Varela (born 20 October 1937 in Buenos Aires[2]), is a former Argentine professional football player. Nicknamed Mariucho, he was the topscorer of the 1964 Copa Libertadores with 6 goals.

Club career[edit]

He was born in Palermo, Buenos Aires and grew in Barrio Norte; he played at youth level for Chacarita Juniors.[3] He then made his professional debut in 1957, playing in the Argentine second level; during the 1960 season he debuted in Primera División Argentina for Chacarita Juniors: thanks to his goalscoring skills, good physical strength and he managed to become one of the best forwards of the Argentine league.[2] In 1963 he and Raúl Savoy moved to Independiente: Rodríguez was one of the protagonists of the two wins in the 1964 and 1965 editions of the Copa Libertadores, scoring many goals.[2][3] He then left Independiente for Vélez Sarsfield, but he struggled to obtain opportunities to play, and eventually decide to leave Argentina for Chile. He then signed for Colo-Colo, where he played 2 seasons, scoring a total of 28 goals in 52 games.[4] He then moved back to Argentina in 1971.[5]

International career[edit]

Rodríguez played 10 international games for Argentina between 1962 and 1963. His first game was Argentina-Uruguay played on March 13, 1962.[2] He scored 5 of his 6 goals during the 1963 South American Championship, and scored the sixth one on April 16, 1963 against Brazil.[2]


  1. ^ (Spanish) Rodríguez, Mario
  2. ^ a b c d e Julio Macías, Quién es quién el la Selección Argentina, Buenos Aires, Corregidor, 2011, pages 606-607.
  3. ^ a b (Spanish) Efemérides de Octubre
  4. ^ Edgardo Marín; Julio Salviat, De David a "Chamaco". Medio siglo de goles, Santiago, Gabriela Mistral, 1975, page 228.
  5. ^ (Spanish) Claudio Keblaitis. Editorial 103 - Recordando a Mario Rodríguez

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