Juan Pablo Caffa

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Juan Caffa
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Personal information
Full name Juan Pablo Caffa
Date of birth (1984-09-30) 30 September 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Murphy, Argentina
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Tulsa Roughnecks
Youth career
Boca Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 Boca Juniors 1 (0)
2004–2005 Ferro Carril Oeste 42 (5)
2005–2007 Arsenal Sarandí 46 (11)
2007–2010 Betis 65 (8)
2008–2009 Zaragoza (loan) 38 (4)
2011–2013 Arsenal Sarandí 59 (6)
2013–2014 Asteras Tripoli 26 (2)
2014–2015 Defensor 8 (0)
2015 Liga Loja 38 (9)
2016 Universidad Católica 18 (2)
2017– Tulsa Roughnecks 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 March 2017.

Juan Pablo Caffa (born 30 September 1984) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for American club Tulsa Roughnecks FC as a left winger.

His nickname is "El violinista del Viaducto" (literally translated as "The violinist of the viaduct"), as he plays an imaginary violin during his goal celebrations.[1][2]

Football career[edit]


Born in Murphy, Santa Fe, Caffa was part of Club Atlético Boca Juniors youth system, being already with the first team when it won the 2003 Apertura, although he only featured in one league match.

In the following years, he played with Ferro Carril Oeste and Arsenal de Sarandí.


After a number of strong displays with Arsenal during the 2006 Apertura tournament, Caffa earned a 2 million transfer to Real Betis in the January 2007 transfer window.[3] He played his first La Liga match on 4 February, against Athletic Bilbao,[4] but went scoreless in his six season appearances, also not finding the net in his first full campaign which ended in relegation, although he rarely started for the Andalusians.

In 2008–09, Caffa played on loan with Real Zaragoza,[5] being an important offensive element as it returned to the first division after just one year out.[6] Again at Betis, he appeared in 32 games – although only ten starts – and scored seven goals, but the club failed to regain top flight status.[7]

Return to Argentina[edit]

In early December 2010, Caffa bought out the remainder of his contract with Betis[7] and returned to Argentina to his former team Arsenal, agreeing on a three-year contract.[8]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 12 September 2010[9] (asterix signals statistics drawn from all competitions).
Season Club Division Apps Goals Assists
2002/03 Boca Juniors Argentina Primera División 1 0 ?
2005/06 Arsenal Argentina Primera División 25 7 ?
2006/07 Arsenal Argentina Primera División 18 4 ?
2006/07 Betis Spain La Liga 9* 0 1
2007/08 Betis Spain La Liga 24* 0 7
2008/09 Zaragoza Spain Segunda División 38* 4 6
2009/10 Betis Spain Segunda División 33* 7 7
2010/11 Betis Spain Segunda División 8* 1 2
Total 156 23 23




  1. ^ "El 'violinista' Caffa calmó los ánimos" ['Violinist' Caffa calmed the masses]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 1 December 2009. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "¡El 'Violinista' de la 'Garra del oso'!" [The ‘Violinist’ of the ‘Bear claw’!] (in Spanish). Extra. 25 October 2015. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "El Betis presenta a sus nuevos fichajes: Ilic y Caffa" [Betis presents its new signings: Ilic and Caffa]. Marca (in Spanish). 30 January 2007. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Un 'machote' Betis sale reforzado de San Mamés" ['Macho-like' Betis leaves San Mamés enpowered]. Marca (in Spanish). 4 February 2007. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "Juan Pablo Caffa se va un año cedido al Zaragoza" [Juan Pablo Caffa goes on loan to Zaragoza for one year]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 28 August 2008. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  6. ^ "Juan Pablo Caffa apuesta por regresar al Real Zaragoza" [Juan Pablo Caffa bets on returning to Real Zaragoza]. Marca (in Spanish). 27 July 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "El argentino Caffa rescinde su contrato con el Real Betis" [Argentine Caffa terminates his contract with Real Betis]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 10 December 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  8. ^ "Caffa: "Vine al Arsenal para ser campeón"" [Caffa: "I came to Arsenal to become champion"]. Marca (in Spanish). 24 December 2010. Retrieved 24 December 2010. 
  9. ^ "J. Caffa". Soccerway. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 

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