José Daniel Ponce

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José Daniel Ponce
Personal information
Date of birth (1962-06-26) 26 June 1962 (age 57)
Place of birth Godoy Cruz, Argentina
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1985 Estudiantes 221 (42)
1986–1987 Atlético Junior
1988 Unión Magdalena
1988–1989 Estudiantes
1989–1990 Boca Juniors 27 (4)
1990–1991 Nîmes Olympique 12 (1)
1991–1992 San Lorenzo 24 (1)
1994 Gimnasia y Tiro 8 (1)
1995 Coquimbo Unido
1996 Everton
1997 Huachipato
National team
1983–1985 Argentina 21 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 26, 2007

José Daniel Ponce (born 26 June 1962 in Godoy Cruz) is an Argentine former football player, who played as a midfielder; he was part of the Estudiantes de La Plata team that won two back-to-back championships in 1982 and 1983.

Ponce was born in Godoy Cruz, Mendoza and was promoted to the first team of Estudiantes by coach Carlos Bilardo, when he shared the midfield with Miguel Ángel Russo, Alejandro Sabella and Marcelo Trobbiani. The team won two back-to-back titles and Ponce was called by Bilardo (now national coach) to the national team. His trademark were his precision free kicks, and his skill with the ball, both dribbling and passing, was often decisive in fast-break attack.

In 1983 Ponce was selected to join the Argentina squad for the Copa América 1983.[1] He later took part in the process that led to Argentina's victory in the 1986 World Cup.[2]

After Estudiantes, Ponce played for several clubs including Boca Juniors, San Lorenzo and Gimnasia y Tiro in Argentina, Atlético Junior and Unión Magdalena in Colombia, Nîmes Olympique in France and Coquimbo Unido in Chile.

During his time at Boca the club won the Recopa Sudamericana and Copa Sudamericana titles in 1989.[3] He made a total of 33 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring 5 goals.

His Colombian wife, Milena, died of a tumor, days after delivering his first son; his two daughters are Chilean nationals. After a career as a coach in which his temper often got the best of him, Ponce currently coaches youth teams and has a successful sports-related business operation in Concepción, Chile. In 1995 while as a player in Coquimbo Unido, he was fired from the club after punching a youth team player in the face.


Boca Juniors