Juan Carlos Cárdenas

Juan Carlos Cárdenas (25 July 1945 – 30 March 2022) was an Argentine football player and coach. He played for a number of clubs in Argentina and Mexico as well as playing for the Argentina national team.[2] He was known by the nickname "El Chango" which was a common name for people from the north of Argentina.

Juan Carlos Cárdenas
Cardenas copa 1967.jpg
Cárdenas with the Intercontinental Cup trophy, 1967
Personal information
Date of birth (1945-07-25)25 July 1945
Place of birth Santiago del Estero, Argentina
Date of death 30 March 2022(2022-03-30) (aged 76)
Place of death Buenos Aires, Argentina
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
Unión de Santiago del Estero
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1960–1962 Unión (SdE)
1963 Nueva Chicago
1964–1972 Racing Club 287 (81)
1972–1975 Puebla
1975–1976 Veracruz
1976 Racing Club (see above)
National team
1967–1976 Argentina[1] 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Cárdenas was spotted in 1962 by Racing Club de Avellaneda playing as a teenager for Unión de Santiago del Estero. He spent one year in the Argentine 2nd Division with Nueva Chicago before joining Racing Club in 1964. He was part of the championship winning team of 1966. In 1967, he helped the club to win the Copa Libertadores and later that year he scored the decisive goal against Celtic in the Copa Intercontinental to make Racing Club the first Argentine club to become club champions of the world.

In 1972 Cárdenas moved to Mexico where he played for Camoteros de Puebla and Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz returning to Racing Club in 1976.

Coaching careerEdit

After retiring as a player Cárdenas became the manager of several lower league teams in Argentina, including All Boys, Deportivo Armenio and General Lamadrid (being champion in this last one in 1977).


Racing Club


  1. ^ "Juan Carlos Cárdenas".
  2. ^ rsssf Argentina international footballers

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