Atilio García

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Atilio García
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Atilio Garcia (center)
Personal information
Full name Atilio Ceferino García
Date of birth 26 August 1914
Place of birth Junín, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Date of death 12 December 1973
Place of death Montevideo, Uruguay
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Club Atlético Moreno
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1936 Platense 23 (12)
1937 Boca Juniors 7 (6)
1938–1951 Nacional 210 (208)
1952 Racing Club de Montevideo ? (?)
1953 Miramar Misiones ? (?)
National team
1945–1947 Uruguay 6 [1] (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Atilio Ceferino García Pérez (Junin, Argentina, August 26 1914 - Montevideo, Uruguay, December 12 1973) was an Argentinian born Uruguayan naturalized footballer who played as a forward. He is the top goal scorer in the history of Uruguayan football with 465 goals scored in official tournaments and the second highest goal scorer in the history of the Uruguayan Football Championship with 208 goals scored in 210 matches, which also converted him in to the top goal scorer of the Uruguayan Championship playing for the same club. He is also the top scorer in the history of the "clasicos" between Nacional and Peñarol, with 35 goals. He played for Club Nacional de Football between 1938 and 1951.

Playing career[edit]

García had short spells with Club Atlético Moreno, Club Atlético Platense and Boca Juniors in Argentina before joining Nacional.

With Nacional he set a number of national records, including; Most topscorer awards, most consecutive top scorer awards, most goals against C.A. Peñarol and the most goals against Peñarol in a single game. During his time at Nacional the club won 25 titles, including eight championships. García was the top scorer in the league on eight occasions.

After leaving Nacional he had single seasons with Racing Club de Montevideo and Miramar Misiones.

García continued to live in Uruguay after his retirement in 1953. He died in Montevideo in 1973.


García with the rest of Nacional forwards, with whom he won 5 consecutive championships (1939-43).
  • Primera División (8): 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1947, 1950
  • Torneo de Honor (8): 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1948
  • Campeonato Nocturno Rioplatense (1): 1938
  • C. C. Grandes del Río de la Plata (1): 1938
  • Copa Aldao (3): 1940, 1942, 1946
  • Torneo Competencia (3): 1942, 1945, 1948
  • Copa del Atlántico (1): 1947

Top scorer[edit]

Season Club Goals
1938 Uruguay Club Nacional de Football 20
1939 Uruguay Club Nacional de Football 22
1940 Uruguay Club Nacional de Football 18
1941 Uruguay Club Nacional de Football 23
1942 Uruguay Club Nacional de Football 19
1943 Uruguay Club Nacional de Football 18
1944 Uruguay Club Nacional de Football 21
1946 Uruguay Club Nacional de Football 21


  • Atilio Ceferino García has a stand in the Estadio Gran Parque Central named in his honour.
  • On 8 December 1940 García scored a record 4 goals in a 5-1 victory over Peñarol.
  • García scored a total of 35 goals against Peñarol, a record that may never be surpassed.
  • García was topscorer in Uruguay in seven consecutive seasons between 1938 and 1944.
  • Fernando Morena is the only player to have scored more goals than García in the Uruguayan league, with 230.
  • García is the top scorer in the history of Club Nacional de Football, with 464 goals in 435 games in all competitions.


  1. ^ RSSSF Archived June 5, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.

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