Oscar Dertycia

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Dertycia and the second or maternal family name is Álvarez.
Oscar Dertycia
Personal information
Full name Oscar Alberto Dertycia Álvarez
Date of birth (1965-03-03) 3 March 1965 (age 50)
Place of birth Córdoba, Argentina
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Instituto de Córdoba
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1985 Instituto de Córdoba 195 (89)
1985–1989 Argentinos Juniors 41 (20)
1989–1990 Fiorentina 19 (4)
1990–1991 Cádiz 21 (6)
1991–1994 Tenerife 90 (27)
1994–1995 Albacete 26 (6)
1995–1996 Belgrano 0 (0)
1996–1997 Talleres 40 (19)
1997–1998 Instituto de Córdoba 27 (10)
2000–2001 Temuco 10 (1)
2001 General Paz 25 (6)
2001–2002 Sport Coopsol 44 (24)
Total 534 (212)
National team
1983 Argentina U20 1 (1)
1984–1988 Argentina 19 (2)

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

† Appearances (Goals).

Oscar Alberto Dertycia Álvarez (born 3 March 1965 in Córdoba, Córdoba Province) is an Argentine retired footballer who played as a striker, and who later worked as a manager.

Football career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Dertycia started playing professionally with hometown's Instituto de Córdoba, moving in 1985 to Argentinos Juniors, where he won the Copa Libertadores and finished runner-up in the Intercontinental Cup during his debut season. He was crowned the first division's top scorer during the 1988–89 season, finishing the year with 20 goals. In the following summer, Tiburón joined Italy's ACF Fiorentina, being the predecessor of his legendary compatriot Gabriel Batistuta. With the Florentine club, he reached the 1990 UEFA Cup Final, playing alongside Roberto Baggio.[1][2]

After a relatively unassuming spell, which also included a severe injury, Dertycia moved to Spain, first with Cádiz CF where he garnered a firm fanbase, being nicknamed Mister Proper due to the bald head he now sported (due to the resulting stress after the injury).[1][2]

However, his heyday would be lived at CD Tenerife: he signed in 1991 as a replacement for Rommel Fernández, and was a crucial offensive weapon for the Canary Islands side under compatriot Jorge Valdano. Never an undisputed starter, he did amass 16 La Liga goals in his first two seasons combined, being intimately connected to Real Madrid's consecutive championship losses in the last-round, to FC Barcelona.[3][2]

Dertycia had one final season in the country – still in the top flight, where he went on to amass totals of 137 games and 39 goals – with Albacete Balompié, then returned to his native Córdoba to play in the second level. After short spells, including in Chile and Peru, he retired in 2002 at the age of 37.[2]

International career[edit]

After representing Argentina at under-20 level once at the 1983 FIFA World Youth Championship, scoring 1 goal, as the Argentine under-20 squad reached the final,[4] Dertycia achieved his first call-up for the senior Argentina national football team in 1984, under Carlos Bilardo, and was a member of the 1987 Copa América squad, that finished the tournament in fourth place.[1][2]

Style of play[edit]

An aggressive and phsyically strong player, Dertycia was a powerful, quick, and opportunistic centre-forward, with an eye for goal, and an excellent positional sense, who excelled in the air. He was also a hard-working player, who was adept at making attacking runs, and who could play off of his team-mates, and provide them with assists; these capabilities also enabled him to be deployed as a second striker throughout his career.[1][5][6]


  1. ^ a b c d D'Ambrosio, Germano (19 August 2005). "Oscar Alberto Dertycia, il predecessore di Batistuta" [Oscar Alberto Dertycia, Batistuta's predecessor] (in Italian). Tutto Mercato. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Oscar Dertycia". National Football Teams. Retrieved 19 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Qué fue de… Dertycia" [What happened to… Dertycia] (in Spanish). 20 Minutos. 18 December 2007. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Pablo Ciullini; Erik Garin; Héctor Villa Martínez (28 February 2013). "World Youth Cup (U-20) 1983 (Mexico)". RSSSF. Retrieved 19 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Tullio Parisi (18 July 1989). "CERCASI CAMPIONE DISPERATAMENTE" [In desperate search of a champion] (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 19 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Dertycia, mai al momento giusto!" [Dertycia, never at the right time!] (in Italian). Tutto Calciatori. 21 January 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2015. 

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