Juan Carlos Oblitas

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Juan Carlos Oblitas
Personal information
Full name Juan Carlos Oblitas Saba
Date of birth (1951-02-16) February 16, 1951 (age 64)
Place of birth Mollendo, Arequipa, Peru
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Winger/Forward
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1975 Universitario
1975–1976 Elche 1 (0)
1976–1977 Veracruz 59 (10)
1978–1980 Sporting Cristal
1981–1984 Sérésien 84 (15)
1984–1985 Universitario
National team
1973–1985 Peru 63 (11)
Teams managed
1987–1990 Universitario
1990–1995 Sporting Cristal
1996–1999 Peru
1999–2001 Sporting Cristal
2003 Alajuelense
2004 U. San Martín
2004–2006 LDU Quito
2007–2009 Sporting Cristal

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Oblitas and the second or maternal family name is Saba.

Juan Carlos Oblitas Saba (16 February 1951 in Mollendo, Arequipa) is a retired Peruvian footballer, who is a football manager, who is nicknamed El Ciego ("The Blind One"). Oblitas was an extraordinary outside left wing forward at the national team level for Peru back in the 1970s and 1980s.


Juan Carlos Oblitas, el Ciego, was born in Mollendo, Arequipa on 16 February 1951. He is married to Virginia Villamarin and has three children (Gisella, Juan Fernando, and Vanessa). He has six grandchildren. His son Juan Fernando has three daughters: Paula, Ariana and Andrea.

As a player, he was a participant at the 1978 and 1982 FIFA World Cups. He obtained 64 international caps with Peru, and won the Copa América 1975. He played at the club level for Universitario and Sporting Cristal in Peru, as well as Elche in Spain, Veracruz in Mexico and R.F.C. Sérésien in Belgium.

As a manager, he won the Primera División Peruana national title with Universitario (1987) and Sporting Cristal (1994, 1995), as well as the Campeonato Ecuatoriano de Fútbol with Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Quito (2005). In the period 1996-99 he coached the Peru national football team, missing the 1998 World Cup finals on goal difference.


As a player[edit]

Season Club Title
1971 Peru Universitario de Deportes Peruvian League
1974 Peru Universitario de Deportes Peruvian League
1975 Peru Peru national team Copa America
1979 Peru Sporting Cristal Peruvian League
1980 Peru Sporting Cristal Peruvian League
1985 Peru Universitario de Deportes Peruvian League

As a manager[edit]

Season Club Title
1987 Peru Universitario de Deportes Peruvian League
1991 Peru Sporting Cristal Peruvian League
1994 Peru Sporting Cristal Peruvian League
1995 Peru Sporting Cristal Peruvian League
1999 Peru Peru national team Kirin Cup
2005 Ecuador LDU Quito Serie A de Ecuador

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