Horacio Raúl Baldessari
|Full name||Horacio Raúl Baldessari Guntero|
|Date of birth||November 21, 1958|
|Place of birth||Córdoba, Argentina|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|1976–1977||Belgrano de Córdoba|
|1980||Belgrano de Córdoba|
|1981||Racing de Córdoba|
|1988–1989||Belgrano de Córdoba|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 12, 2008.
Horacio Raúl "La Pepa" Baldessari (born 21 November 1958 in Córdoba) is a former Argentine football striker who played professionally in Argentina, Bolivia and Peru during the late 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s. He also managed some clubs after his retirement, but currently works as a football analyst.
He began his career in 1975 with modest club Sportivo Belgrano, but joined Belgrano de Córdoba the following season. In 1978, he went abroad to play for Bolivian side Blooming. Years later he would also play for Oriente Petrolero, Bolívar and Destroyers. During his spell in the Bolivian league, he scored a total of 161 goals, placing his name eight in the list of all-time topscorers. Even though Baldessari became a naturalized Bolivian, he was never considered as an option for the national team. In 1988, he returned to Argentina and played for his beloved Belgrano de Córdoba once again. By 1990, he transferred to Peruvian side Deportivo Municipal before signing with popular team Sporting Cristal the following year. At first he was heavily questioned by club fans and the media about his age; nonetheless, La Pepa proved them wrong and finished the season as the topscorer that year with 25 goals, and consequently helped Cristal win the 1991 Peruvian title. Baldessari always admitted having spent the best years of his career playing for the cerveceros because he received so many affections that made him feel like at home. After his retirement in 1993, Baldessari settled in Lima, and became a football analyst for several television and radio networks.
|1983||Bolívar||Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano|
|1984||Blooming||Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano|
|1985||Bolívar||Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano|
|1991||Sporting Cristal||Primera División Peruana|
|1979||Blooming||Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano topscorer: 31 goals|
|1982||Oriente Petrolero||Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano topscorer: 25 goals|
|1991||Sporting Cristal||Primera División Peruana topscorer: 25 goals|
- Dos viejos conocidos y queridos at [dechalaca.com]
- Raúl Horacio Baldessari: "La Pepa" remueve el pasado at [eldeber.com.bo]
- Bolivian league topscorers at RSSSF