Oscar Ruggeri

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Oscar Ruggeri
Personal information
Full name Oscar Alfredo Ruggeri
Date of birth (1962-01-26) 26 January 1962 (age 52)
Place of birth Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1970–1980 Boca Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1984 Boca Juniors 147 (11)
1985–1988 River Plate 81 (4)
1988–1989 Logroñés 34 (1)
1989–1990 Real Madrid 31 (2)
1990–1992 Vélez Sársfield 55 (5)
1992 Ancona 7 (1)
1992–1993 América 27 (4)
1994–1997 San Lorenzo 114 (12)
1997 Lanús 13 (2)
Total 517 (40)
National team
1983–1994[1] Argentina 97 (7)
Teams managed
1998–2001 San Lorenzo
2001–2002 Guadalajara
2003 Tecos UAG
2003 Independiente
2003–2004 Elche
2004 América
2006 San Lorenzo
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Oscar Alfredo Ruggeri (born 26 January 1962) is a former footballer. Nicknamed "El Cabezón" ("The Big-Headed One"), Ruggeri is one of the most successful defenders ever to come out of Argentina.

Career[edit]

Ruggeri started his career at Boca Juniors, playing with Diego Maradona, with whom he won a league title in 1981. In 1985 he moved to rivals River Plate, where he won the Copa Libertadores, the Intercontinental Cup and another league title in 1986. In 1988 he left for Europe where he played for Spanish clubs Logroñes and Real Madrid, where he won yet another league championship. He also played for Vélez Sársfield, Ancona in Italy, América in Mexico, San Lorenzo and Lanús, where he ended his career.

During his career he represented his country in three World Cups, captaining Argentina in the final two games of the 1994 competition, after Diego Maradona was expelled from the tournament. Ruggeri was also a key piece in the Argentina teams that won the trophy in 1986 and lost the final to West-Germany in 1990. After losing to Romania in the 1994 tournament, Ruggeri retired from international football having played 97 international games, an Argentine record until it was surpassed by Diego Simeone.

Ruggeri played in 21 Copa América games, a national record he shares with José Salomón.

Career statistics[edit]

Season Club Games Goals
1980 Argentina Boca Juniors 21 2
1981 Argentina Boca Juniors 31 1
1982 Argentina Boca Juniors 43 3
1983 Argentina Boca Juniors 19 1
1984 Argentina Boca Juniors 28 1
1985 Argentina Boca Juniors 13 1
1985~86 Argentina River Plate 35 1
1986~87 Argentina River Plate 18 1
1987~88 Argentina River Plate 28 2
1988~89 Spain Logroñes 34 1
1989~90 Spain Real Madrid 31 2
1990~91 Argentina Vélez Sársfield 31 1
1991~92 Argentina Vélez Sársfield 24 4
1992 Italy Ancona 7 1
1992~93 Mexico América 27 4
1994 Argentina San Lorenzo 22 1
1995 Argentina San Lorenzo 35 3
1996 Argentina San Lorenzo 27 5
1997 Argentina San Lorenzo 17 1
1997 Argentina Lanús 13 2

Honours[edit]

Boca Juniors[edit]

River Plate[edit]

Real Madrid[edit]

San Lorenzo[edit]

Argentina[edit]

Individual[edit]

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