Juan José Borrelli

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Juan Borrelli
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Personal information
Full name Juan José Borrelli
Date of birth (1970-11-08) 8 November 1970 (age 47)
Place of birth San Isidro, Argentina
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Youth career
–1990 River Plate
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1991 River Plate 35 (3)
1991–1996 Panathinaikos 86 (26)
1996–1997 Real Oviedo 20 (1)
1997–1998 River Plate 8 (1)
1998–2001 San Lorenzo 25 (0)
2000–2001 Club Atletico Tigre 0 (0)
2001–2002 Deportivo Maldonado 16 (0)
2001–2002 Akratitos 17 (0)
National team
1995–1997 Argentina 7 (0)
Teams managed
2004-current River Plate Youth Team
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Juan José Borrelli (born 8 November 1970 in San Isidro, Buenos Aires) is an Argentine former footballer, who played as a midfielder, and one of the most known Argentine footballers that played in Greece (along with Juan Ramón Rocha).


Borrelli begun his career in the late 1980s in River Plate.

Soon, Greek champions Panathinaikos FC brought him (1991) as the new leader of the team. Although during the first two seasons in the team, Borrelli couldn't show his great potential, mainly because he was homesick, but soon he was transformed into leader in the field and helped Panathinaikos FC to win 1994/1995 double.

His contribution was even greater in 1995/1996 season when he scored 15 goals in the championship and 4 in Champions League leading his team to win the double and reach the UEFA Champions League semifinals and the Argentine National Team head coach, Daniel Passarella invited him to wear his country's shirt. He was much-beloved by Panathinaikos fans who nicknamed him "Jota Jota".

As a result, his performances attracted scouters from many European teams and in 1997 he was sold to Spanish team Real Oviedo. In the end of the season he returned to Argentina River Plate and San Lorenzo. In 2000/2001 season played for the Argentine side Tigre FC. The following season Borrelli played for a team in Uruguay called Deportivo Maldonado and in the winter returned to Greece for Akratitos.

During the summer, Juan Jose Borrelli announced his retirement.

Two years after his retirement (2004), Borrelli was signed by River Plate as Youth Team head coach.

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