Oscar Dertycia

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Oscar Dertycia
Personal information
Full name Oscar Alberto Dertycia Álvarez
Date of birth (1965-03-03) 3 March 1965 (age 54)
Place of birth Córdoba, Argentina
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Instituto Córdoba
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1985 Instituto 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 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

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

Club career[edit]

Born in Córdoba, Córdoba Province, Dertycia started playing professionally with hometown's Instituto de Córdoba, moving in 1985 to Argentinos Juniors. During his four-year spell, he won the Copa Libertadores and finished runner-up in the Intercontinental Cup in his debut season, and was also crowned the Primera División's top scorer in 1988–89, finishing with 20 goals.

In the following summer, Tiburón joined Italy's ACF Fiorentina, being the predecessor of compatriot Gabriel Batistuta. With the Florentine club, he reached the final of the 1989–90 UEFA Cup, playing alongside Roberto Baggio.[1]

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] 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.[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 Primera B Nacional. After short spells, including in Chile and Peru, he retired in 2002 at the age of 37.

International career[edit]

After appearing with the Argentine under-20 team at the 1983 FIFA World Youth Championship, scoring once to help his country reach the final,[3] Dertycia received his first call-up for the full side in 1984, under Carlos Bilardo, and was a member of the 1987 Copa América squad that finished the tournament in fourth place.[1][4]

Style of play[edit]

An aggressive and physically strong player, Dertycia was a powerful, quick and opportunistic centre-forward with an eye for goal, excellent positional sense and who excelled in the air. He was also a hard-working player who was adept at making attacking runs, and could play off of his team-mates as well as 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 Web. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Qué fue de… Dertycia" [What happened to… Dertycia] (in Spanish). 20 Minutos. 18 December 2007. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  3. ^ Pablo Ciullini; Erik Garin; Héctor Villa Martínez (28 February 2013). "World Youth Cup (U-20) 1983 (Mexico)". RSSSF. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Copa América 1987". RSSSF. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  5. ^ Tullio Parisi (18 July 1989). "Cercasi campione disperatamente" [Champion desperately wanted] (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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