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Oscar Alfredo Ruggeri (born 26 January 1962) is an Argentinian former professional footballer who played as defender. Nicknamed El Cabezón ("The Big-Headed One"), Ruggeri achieved success at the international level with the Argentina national team, being part of the teams that won the 1986 FIFA World Cup, two editions of the Copa América and the 1992 King Fahd Cup. At the club level, Ruggeri's most successful stint was with Argentine club River Plate, where he won the 1986 Copa Libertadores (also the club's first win in this tournament) the 1986 Copa Interamericana and the 1986 Intercontinental Cup. Known for his rough style of play when marking opposing players and aerial ability, Ruggeri is considered one of the all-time best defenders to come out of Argentina.[2] Following his retirement as a player, Ruggeri turned to managing, where he held posts in Argentina, Mexico and Spain. His last job as a manager was in 2006 with Argentine club San Lorenzo. Since then, Ruggeri went on to have a career on Argentine television, as commentator on football shows. He is currently a member of 90 Minutos de Fútbol, which airs in Fox Sports Latin America.

Oscar Ruggeri
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Ruggeri playing for Argentina
during the 1986 World Cup.
Personal information
Full name Oscar Alfredo Ruggeri
Date of birth (1962-01-26) 26 January 1962 (age 57)
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1970–1980 Boca Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1985 Boca Juniors 147 (11)
1985–1988 River Plate 81 (4)
1988–1989 Logroñés 34 (1)
1989–1990 Real Madrid 31 (2)
1990–1992 Vélez Sársfield 55 (5)
1992 Ancona 7 (1)
1992–1993 América 27 (4)
1993–1997 San Lorenzo 114 (12)
1997 Lanús 13 (2)
Total 517 (40)
National team
1983–1994[1] Argentina 97 (7)
Teams managed
1998–2001 San Lorenzo
2001–2002 Guadalajara
2003 Tecos UAG
2003 Independiente
2003–2004 Elche
2004 América
2006 San Lorenzo
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

CareerEdit

Ruggeri started his career at Boca Juniors, playing with Diego Maradona, with whom he won a league title in 1981. In 1985, he moved to rivals River Plate, where he won the Copa Libertadores, the Intercontinental Cup and another league title in 1986. In 1988, he left for Europe where he played for Spanish clubs Logroñes and Real Madrid, where he won yet another league championship. He also played for Vélez Sársfield, Ancona in Italy, América in Mexico, San Lorenzo and Lanús, where he ended his career.

During his career he represented his country in three World Cups, captaining Argentina in the final two games of the 1994 competition, after Diego Maradona was expelled from the tournament. Ruggeri was also a key piece in the Argentina teams that won the trophy in 1986 and lost the final to West-Germany in 1990. After losing to Romania in the 1994 tournament, Ruggeri retired from international football having played 97 international games, an Argentine record until it was surpassed by Diego Simeone.

Ruggeri played in 21 Copa América games, a national record he shares with José Salomón.

Personal lifeEdit

Ruggeri's son, Stephan, is a professional footballer.[3] Ruggeri himself appeared on the 2016 edition of Bailando por un Sueño with his daughter, Candela.[3]

Career statisticsEdit

 
Oscar Ruggeri holding the 1986 Copa Libertadores.
Season Club Games Goals
1980 Boca Juniors 21 2
1981 Boca Juniors 31 1
1982 Boca Juniors 43 3
1983 Boca Juniors 19 1
1984 Boca Juniors 28 1
1985 Boca Juniors 13 1
1985–86 River Plate 35 1
1986–87 River Plate 18 1
1987–88 River Plate 28 2
1988–89 Logroñes 34 1
1989–90 Real Madrid 31 2
1990–91 Vélez Sársfield 31 1
1991–92 Vélez Sársfield 24 4
1992 Ancona 7 1
1992–93 América 27 4
1994 San Lorenzo 22 1
1995 San Lorenzo 35 3
1996 San Lorenzo 27 5
1997 San Lorenzo 17 1
1997 Lanús 13 2

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Oscar Alfredo Ruggeri – International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation.
  2. ^ Argentina's Greatest Defenders, Sky Sports, 8 June 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Conocé a Stephan Ruggeri, el hijo facherísimo del Cabezón". Ciudad Magazine. 23 July 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  4. ^ "South American Team of the Year". 16 January 2009. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  5. ^ FIFA XI´s Matches - Full Info

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