Aurelio González (footballer)

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Aurelio González
Personal information
Full name Aurelio Ramón González Benítez
Date of birth (1905-09-25)September 25, 1905
Place of birth Luque, Paraguay
Date of death July 9, 1997(1997-07-09) (aged 91)
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Forward
National team

Aurelio Ramón González Benítez (25 September 1905 in Luque, Paraguay – 9 July 1997) was a Paraguayan football player.

González is one of the greatest football players of Paraguay, considered by many as the second best player behind Arsenio Erico. He started his career in Sportivo Luqueño and then moved to Olimpia of Asunción where he spent the rest of his career winning several championships, most notably the three consecutive national championships obtained by Olimpia in 1927, 1928 and 1929.[1]

In the early 1930s he rejected an offer worth millions from San Lorenzo de Almagro of Argentina in order to fight for his country, Paraguay, in the Chaco War.[2][3] He also was a vital player of the Paraguayan national team scoring several goals in the 1920s and 1930s, and participated at the 1930 World Cup.[4]

As a coach, he led Olimpia of Asunción to numerous championships and to the first Copa Libertadores final in 1960. He also coached the Paraguayan national team in the 1958 World Cup.