|Full name||Vicente Alberto Pernía|
|Date of birth||April 25, 1949|
|Place of birth||Tandil, Argentina|
|Playing position||Right back|
|1969–1972||Estudiantes de La Plata|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 2007.
Vicente Alberto Pernía (born April 25, 1949 in Tandil, Buenos Aires Province), known as El Tano (the Italian, in lunfardo), is a former Argentine professional footballer. He then went on to a second career as a car racing driver.
El Tano started his football career with Estudiantes de La Plata in 1969, where he played until his transfer to Boca Juniors in 1973. During his time at Boca Pernía won a number of titles, including 3 league titles and 2 Copa Libertadores. Pernía played a total of 269 games for Boca in all competitions and still holds the record for the Boca player to have been sent off the most times with 13 red cards. After the chain of successes under coach Juan Carlos Lorenzo, he was sold to Vélez Sársfield at the end of 1981 after being left out of new coach Silvio Marzolini's plans.
Pernía was widely hailed as the best Argentine right defender of his time, but Argentina national team coach César Menotti chose not to call him to the 1978 FIFA World Cup squad, after some rude altercations in friendly matches, notably a friendly against Scotland played 18 June 1977, when he was sent off for repeated violent fouls against Willie Johnston .
For the main event, Menotti improvised fullback Jorge Olguín in the position. Olguín played both the 1978 and the 1982 FIFA World Cups. It was rumored that the personal preferences of some members of the military junta that ruled Argentina played a part in the decision.
In a popular sketch on TV, comedian Mario Sapag as Menotti would say that Pernía does not fit in his philosophy of play "because he is sad", and he'd rather have Olguín, whose name itself is funny.
- Metropolitano 1981
- Copa Libertadores 1978
- Intercontinental Cup 1977
- Copa Libertadores 1977
- Metropolitano 1976
- Nacional 1976
In 2005, Argentine football giants Boca Juniors and River Plate prepared their own racing teams for the Top Race V6 competition that starts in March 2005. Pernía will, after 14 years, dress again the blue-and-yellow colors of Boca Juniors, along with driving Guillermo Ortelli and Ernesto Bessone.