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Héctor Casimiro Yazalde (29 May 1946 – 18 June 1997) was an Argentine footballer who played as a striker.

Héctor Yazalde
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Yazalde as an Independiente player
Personal information
Full name Héctor Casimiro Yazalde
Date of birth (1946-05-29)29 May 1946
Place of birth Avellaneda, Argentina
Date of death 18 June 1997(1997-06-18) (aged 51)
Place of death Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1966 Piraña
1967–1971 Independiente 112 (72)
1971–1975 Sporting CP 104 (104)
1975–1977 Marseille 44 (23)
1977–1981 Newell's Old Boys 120 (54)
1981 Huracán 2 (0)
Total 392 (253)
National team
1970–1974 Argentina 10 (2)
Teams managed
1986 Huracán
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Nicknamed Chirola, Yazalde scored 46 goals in one single season with Sporting CP, being awarded that season's European Golden Shoe.

Club careerEdit

Born in Avellaneda, Buenos Aires Province, Yazalde's beginnings in football were hazardous: he was visiting a friend who played with Club Atlético Piraña, an amateur club in the Argentine capital. He asked to join the training session, immediately causing a stirring impression and signing the very day; from there, he moved to Club Atlético Independiente, going on to help the team win two Primera División championships.[1][2]

In the 1971–72 season, Yazalde signed with Sporting CP, helping the Lisbon side to the 1974 Primeira Liga by scoring 46 goals in just 29 matches, both a domestic and European record, and the 1973 and 1974 Portuguese Cups. The following campaign, with the Lions finishing third, he netted 30, league's best and Europe's second.[3]

As a prize for the European Golden Shoe, Yazalde received a Toyota car which he sold, then sharing the money with his teammates. After his Portuguese spell, he successively represented Olympique de Marseille, Newell's Old Boys and Club Atlético Huracán, retiring in 1981 and becoming a player's agent in his country.[3]

International careerEdit

Yazalde earned ten caps for Argentina, appearing at the 1974 FIFA World Cup where he scored twice in three matches (both against Haiti, 4–1 win).[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Yazalde married Portuguese model/actress Maria do Carmo de Deus (nicknamed Carmizé) on 16 July 1973, with the couple divorcing 14 years later.[5]


Yazalde died in Buenos Aires on 18 June 1997, from hemorrhage and heart failure. He was aged 51.[6]








  1. ^ "Piraña: la cuna del gol" [Piraña: the cradle of goal]. Clarín (in Spanish). 18 April 2009. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Tercera de Atlanta 0 – Piraña 1: "Todos unos burros"" [Tercera de Atlanta 0 – Piraña 1: "A bunch of idiots".]. Clarín (in Spanish). 18 April 2009. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  3. ^ a b Tadeia, António (29 May 2016). "Golos sobre golos. Yazalde foi um dos maiores goleadores que alguma vez passou pelo futebol português, ganhando uma Bota de Ouro ao serviço do Sporting. Fora de campo, dizem, já não era suficientemente egoista" [Goals following goals. Yazalde was one of the greatest scorers Portuguese football ever had, winning a Golden Boot at the service of Sporting. Off the pitch, apparently, he was not selfish enough.] (in Portuguese). António Tadeia. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  4. ^ Ortiz, Lucio (8 May 2014). "La bella y la bestia que hacía goles" [Beauty and the beast who scored goals]. Diario Uno (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  5. ^ ""Yazalde amava o Sporting"" ["Yazalde loved Sporting"]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 18 June 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Murió Chirola Yazalde, un goleador de raza" [Death of Chirola Yazalde, scorer with heart]. Clarín (in Spanish). 19 June 1997. Retrieved 16 September 2015.

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