Juan Carlos Cárdenas

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Juan Carlos Cárdenas
Personal information
Full name Juan Carlos Cárdenas
Date of birth (1945-07-25) July 25, 1945 (age 72)
Place of birth Santiago del Estero, Argentina
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Unión de Santiago del Estero
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1960–1962 Unión (SdE) ? (?)
1963 Nueva Chicago ? (?)
1964–1972 Racing Club 287 (81)
? Puebla ? (?)
? Veracruz ? (?)
1976 Racing Club (see above)
National team
1967–1976 Argentina[1] 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2009.

Juan Carlos Cárdenas (born 25 July 1945 in Santiago del Estero) is a former Argentine footballer and coach. He played for a number of clubs in Argentina and Mexico as well as playing for the Argentina national football team.[2] He is known by the nickname "El Chango" which was a common name for people from the north of Argentina.

Cárdenas was spotted in 1962 by Racing Club de Avellaneda playing as a teenager for Unión de Santiago del Estero. He spent one year in the Argentine 2nd Division with Nueva Chicago before joining Racing Club in 1964. He was part of the championship winning team of 1966. In 1967, he helped the club to win the Copa Libertadores and later that year he scored the decisive goal against Celtic F.C. in the Copa Intercontinental to make Racing Club the first Argentine club to become club champions of the world.

In 1972 Cárdenas moved to Mexico where he played for Puebla and Veracruz returning to Racing Club in 1976.


Season Team Title
1966 Argentina Racing Club Primera División Argentina
1967 Argentina Racing Club Copa Libertadores
1967 Argentina Racing Club Copa Intercontinental

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring as a player Cárdenas became the manager of several lower league teams in Argentina, including All Boys, Deportivo Armenio and General Lamadrid (being champion in this last one in 1977).


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