Pedro Virgilio Rocha Franchetti
Date of birth
3 December 1942
Place of birth
Date of death
2 December 2013
Place of death
São Paulo, Brazil
1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Second Striker / Offensive Midfielder
São Paulo 111
Kyoto Purple Sanga
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of April 2008.
† Appearances (Goals).
Pedro Virgilio Rocha Franchetti (3 December 1942 – 2 December 2013) was a former Uruguayan footballer who played 52 games for the Uruguay national team between 1961 and 1974. Usually a playmaker, Pedro Rocha is one Uruguay's greatest footballers and was noted for his technique, passing abilities and free kick ability. [1 ]
Biography [ edit ]
He is the only player to appear in four consecutive World Cups for the
Uruguay national football team: 1962, 1966, 1970 and 1974. He also played in the Copa América in 1967. [2 ]
At club level he played most of his career for
C.A. Peñarol and São Paulo F.C. in Brazil.
During his time with Peñarol, the club won 8
Uruguayan league titles (1959–1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968), three Copa Libertadores (1960, 1961 & 1966) the Copa Intercontinental in 1966 and two editions of the Uruguayan Copa Competencia in 1964 and 1967.
In 1970 Rocha joined São Paulo F.C. where he helped the team obtain the
Campeonato Paulista in 1971 and 1975. He was the championship top scorer in 1972. In 1977, his final year with the club they became national champions for the first time in their history.
Later in his career he played for
Coritiba where he won Campeonato Paranaense championship, Palmeiras and Bangu in Brazil. His last clubs were Deportivo Neza and Monterrey in Mexico in 1979 and 1980.
Japan's J. League club Kyoto Purple Sanga in 1997.
He suffered from mesencephalic atrophy, a serious degenerative illness that affected his speech and his movements, paralyzing part of his body and confining him to a wheelchair.
He died on 2 December 2013 in [3 ] São Paulo, one day before completing 71 years. [4 ]
References [ edit ]
External links [ edit ]
Pedro Rocha international tournaments