Roberto Cabañas

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Roberto Cabañas
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Personal information
Full name Roberto Cabañas González
Date of birth 11 April 1961
Place of birth Pilar, Paraguay
Date of death 9 January 2017(2017-01-09) (aged 55)
Place of death Asunción, Paraguay
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1980 Cerro Porteño 0 (0)
1980–1984 New York Cosmos 97 (63)
1984–1987 América de Cali 75 (40)
1988–1990 Brest 53 (31)
1990–1991 Lyon 27 (9)
1991–1993 Boca Juniors 56 (16)
1993–1994 Barcelona SC
1995 Boca Juniors 4 (0)
1996 Libertad 0 (0)
1996 Independiente Medellín 7 (2)
2000 Real Cartagena 9 (2)
National team
1981–1993 Paraguay 28 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Roberto Cabañas González (11 April 1961 – 9 January 2017) was a Paraguayan footballer who played as a forward.


During his career, Cabañas played for Cerro Porteño of Paraguay, Stade Brestois and Olympique Lyonnais of France, the New York Cosmos (winning the 1980 and 1982 NASL championship and top scorer and NASL MVP in 1983),[1] América de Cali of Colombia (helping the team in reaching three consecutive Copa Libertadores finals)[2][3] and Boca Juniors of Argentina (winning the 1992 Apertura tournament and the 1992 Copa Master de Supercopa).[4]

After representing Paraguay at the 1979 FIFA World Youth Championship, Cabañas became a key player of the Paraguayan national team during the 1980s. Cabañas was not only pivotal in Paraguay's qualification for the Mexico 1986 World Cup, but he also scored the two goals against Belgium in the pivotal third group match, thus tying the game at 2-2. This allowed Paraguay to qualify second in their group, behind Mexico.[5]

After retiring, Cabañas settled in Cali, Colombia, where he married and had two children.

Cabañas died of a heart attack in Asunción in January 2017, Paraguay. He was 55.[6]


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