Pavone in 2008
|Full name||Hugo Mariano Pavone|
|Date of birth||27 May 1982|
|Place of birth||Tres Sargentos, Argentina|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|2010–2011||→ River Plate (loan)||34||(10)|
|2015||→ Vélez Sarsfield (loan)||15||(6)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 January 2016.
Born in Tres Sargentos, Buenos Aires, Pavone left his childhood club Boca Juniors at the age of 14, and went on to feature for Estudiantes de La Plata in the Argentine first division during seven years (11 comprising youth). His first notable achievement there was scoring 16 goals in the 2005 edition of the Clausura, being crowned the competition's top scorer; furthermore, he was the joint top scorer of the 2006 Copa Libertadores with five goals.
Pavone was selected by sports newspaper Olé as the best player in the 2006 Apertura tournament, where he helped Estudiantes win the championship playing 17 games and scoring 11 goals. These included his team's first and last goals of the tournament, against Quilmes Atlético Club and his "alma mater" Boca Juniors respectively; he also excelled at assisting his teammates, as in the fifth goal against Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata in a 7–0 win on 15 October derby (in which he also scored once).
Pavone signed for Real Betis in late June 2007. The player, who was on his honeymoon in the city of Seville, was purchased by for €6.8 million, becoming the first signing under compatriot Héctor Cúper's management.
Pavone's competitive debut came in La Liga on 26 August, as he played the full 90 minutes in a 1–1 draw at Recreativo de Huelva. In his first two seasons he failed to impress, but had a good run from November 2007–January 2008, when he netted six goals in five matches, including braces against Real Zaragoza (a 2–1 win, as a late substitute) and UD Almería (a 3–1 win).
Pavone only scored twice in the 2008–09 season, and Betis returned to the second division after nine years. He was supposed to sign for Calcio Catania in Italy on 1 February 2010 but, due to Ewerthon's refusal to sign with the Andalusians in order to take his place, the deal was cancelled.
Return to Argentina
On 23 July 2010 Club Atlético River Plate and Betis arranged a one-year loan deal for Pavone, who returned to his country after three years. He scored five goals in the Apertura, helping the club climb out of the relegation zone.
River, however, would be scheduled to appear in the relegation playoffs against Club Atlético Belgrano. On 26 June 2011, after a 0–2 away loss, he scored in the first minutes of the game but also had a penalty saved by Juan Carlos Olave, in an eventual 1–3 aggregate defeat which sent the historical Buenos Aires team to the second level for the first time in its history.
On 5 August 2011, Pavone signed for Club Atlético Lanús on a free transfer. He made his debut on the 16th against Club Atlético Independiente, coming in at the 27th minute of the second half and scoring the game's only goal in injury time.
In June 2012 Pavone joined Cruz Azul in the Liga MX, helping to the conquest of two major titles in two years, including the 2013–14 edition of the CONCACAF Champions League where he scored his team's only goal in the finals and was awarded the Golden Ball.
On 13 January 2015, Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield signed Pavone on loan. In June, after his contract expired, he rejected an offer from his first club Estudiantes and joined Racing Club de Avellaneda.
- As of 14 February 2015
- Estudiantes de La Plata
- Cruz Azul
- Argentine Primera División top scorer: 2005 Clausura
- Copa Libertadores top scorer: 2006 (joint)
- CONCACAF Champions League Golden Ball: 2014
- "Opening '06 – Estudiantes de La Plata". Argentine Soccer. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
- "Pavone: "Ya he firmado con el Betis"" [Pavone: "I have already signed with Betis"] (in Spanish). Al Final de la Palmera. 29 June 2007. Retrieved 26 June 2007.
- "Pavone, al salir de Jabugo: "Ya he firmado mi contrato"" [Pavone, leaving Jabugo: "I have already signed my contract"] (in Spanish). ABC. 30 June 2007. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
- "Igualada a todo en el derbi andaluz" [All square in Andalusian derby] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 26 August 2007. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
- "Real Betis 2–1 Real Zaragoza". ESPN Soccernet. 11 November 2007. Retrieved 28 June 2011.
- "Real Betis 3–1 Almeria". ESPN Soccernet. 16 December 2007. Retrieved 28 June 2011.
- "Catania sign Mariano Pavone". Goal.com. 1 February 2010.
- Real Betis' Mariano Pavone is a River Plate player; Goal.com, 23 July 2010
- "Belgrano y los penales, una combinación imposible para River" [Belgrano and penalties, impossible combination for River] (in Spanish). Clarín. 20 October 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
- "Llego el nueve" [Number nine is here] (in Spanish). Lanús' official website. 5 August 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
- "Lo grita a lo Pavone" [Screaming it like Pavone] (in Spanish). Olé. 16 August 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
- "Toluca vs. Cruz Azul: Final score 1–1, La Maquina win CONCACAF Champions League on away goals". SB Nation. 23 April 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
- "Golden Ball". CONCACAF. 23 April 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
- "Vélez Sarsfield presentó a Mariano Pavone y Leandro Somoza" [Vélez Sarsfield presented Mariano Pavone and Leandro Somoza] (in Spanish). ESPN FC. 14 January 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
- "Mariano Pavone rechazó la oferta para volver a Estudiantes y jugará en Racing" [Mariano Pavone rejected the offer to return to Estudiantes and will play in Racing] (in Spanish). La Nación. 23 June 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
- "Un goleador de raza" [A striker with heart] (in Spanish). La Página Millonaria. 27 July 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
- "Los Pavone: Tres tanques de área" [The Pavones: Three bulldozers of the box] (in Spanish). Taringa. 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
- "M. Pavone". Soccerway. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
- Argentine League statistics (Spanish)
- Mariano Pavone profile at BDFutbol
- Mariano Pavone Liga MX stats at Medio Tiempo.com (Spanish)
- Mariano Pavone at National-Football-Teams.com
- Mariano Pavone at Soccerway