Carlos Diarte

Carlos Martínez Diarte (26 January 1954 – 29 June 2011), better known as Lobo, was a Paraguayan football striker and coach.

Carlos Diarte
Personal information
Full name Carlos Martínez Diarte
Date of birth (1954-01-26)26 January 1954
Place of birth Asunción, Paraguay
Date of death 29 June 2011(2011-06-29) (aged 57)
Playing position(s) Striker
Youth career
1967–1971 Olimpia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1973 Olimpia ? (?)
1973–1976 Zaragoza 66 (31)
1977–1979 Valencia 71 (18)
1979–1980 Salamanca 31 (7)
1980–1983 Betis 75 (29)
1983–1986 Saint-Étienne ? (?)
1987 Olimpia ? (?)
National team
Paraguay 45 (?)
Teams managed
Deportivo Alginet
1996–1997 Atlético B
1999 Salamanca
2002 Gimnàstic
2003 Guaraní
2006 Colegiales
2008 Gimnàstic
2009–2010 Equatorial Guinea
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


As playerEdit

Diarte started his career in Olimpia Asunción and at the age of 16 he made his debut in the professional squad, helping Olimpia win the Paraguayan championship in 1971. His speed and goal-scoring skills were soon noticed by teams all around Europe, and in 1973 he signed for Real Zaragoza of Spain where he was part of the famous "Zaraguayos" group (a reference to the Paraguayan stars such as Saturnino Arrua and Felipe Ocampos that were playing for Zaragoza at that time). In 1976, Diarte signed for Valencia CF where he would be part of a formidable attacking line along with Mario Kempes and Johnny Rep. Diarte also played for UD Salamanca (from 1979 to 1980), Real Betis (from 1980 to 1983 where he scored 29 goals in 75 La Liga games) and AS Saint-Étienne of France (from 1983 to 1985).

In 1987, he returned to Olimpia Asunción to retire. In that year, he helped the team win the Paraguayan championship. Diarte was also part of the Paraguay national football team for several years.

As coachEdit

Once Diarte retired as a footballer he became a coach and managed several teams including Valencia CF (1988), Deportivo Alginet, Atlético Madrid B (1997–1998), UD Salamanca (1998–1999) and Gimnàstic de Tarragona (2002) all from Spain; Atl. Colegiales, Guaraní and Olimpia (as assistant coach) from Paraguay. He also managed the Equatorial Guinea national football team before being diagnosed with cancer.[1]


Diarte died of cancer on 29 June 2011.


Season Team Title
1971 Olimpia Paraguayan 1st division
1979 Valencia CF Copa del Rey
1973 Olimpia Paraguayan 1st division


  1. ^ "Muere el paraguayo 'Lobo' Diarte" [Paraguayan 'Wolf' Diarte died] (in Spanish). Esto. 29 June 2011.