Miguel Ángel Loayza

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Miguel Loayza
Personal information
Full name Miguel Ángel Loayza Ríos
Date of birth (1940-06-21) June 21, 1940 (age 76)
Place of birth Lima, Peru
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1957–1959 Ciclista Lima
1959–1960 FC Barcelona 0 (0)
1961–1963 Boca Juniors 21 (7)
1964 Rosario Central 18 (4)
1965 Huracán 29 (6)
1966 River Plate (17)
1967–1968 Huracán 46 (25)
1969–1971 Deportivo Cali 52 (25)
National team
1959 Peru 7 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Miguel Ángel Loayza Ríos (born 21 June 1940 in Lima) is a retired football midfielder from Peru. He played for several clubs, notably Argentine clubs Huracán, Boca Juniors and River Plate as well as Colombian club Deportivo Cali. He was famous for his short passing, creativity and excellent dribbling ability, nicknamed "El Maestrito" (The Teacher small) in Argentina and "El Mago" (The magician) in Colombia.

Playing career[edit]

He made his debut for Ciclista Lima in June 1957 and quickly demonstrated his talent. He participated with Peru in the Copa América 1959 making a strong performance with 5 goals in 6 matches.[1] On May 17, 1959 Loayza was part of the Peru national team which demolished to England 4-1 in Lima.[2]

After a successful career in Peru he left his homeland at 19 years of age, to play for Spanish club FC Barcelona, he would not return to play in Peru. He was not able to adapt to European football and Loayza moved on to Argentina to play with Boca Juniors, where he played 3 seasons. He won an Argentine League in 1962.

Loayza also played for a number of other clubs in Argentina including Club Atlético Huracán, Rosario Central and Boca Juniors fiercest rivals River Plate.

In 1969, he joined Deportivo Cali where he was part of the team that won 2 Mustang Cup (1969, 1970) and remains one of their most iconic players.[3]


Season Club Title
1960 Spain FC Barcelona Spanish League
1960 Spain FC Barcelona Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
1962 Argentina Boca Juniors Primera Division Argentina
1969 Colombia Deportivo Cali Colombian Championship
1970 Colombia Deportivo Cali Colombian Championship


  1. ^ Southamerican Championship 1959
  2. ^ Peru 4 England 1
  3. ^ Deportivo Cali, unforgettable players

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