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Pedro Damián Monzón (born 23 February 1962 in Goya, Corrientes) is an Argentine football coach and former footballer, who played as a defender.

Pedro Monzón
Personal information
Full name Pedro Damián Monzón
Date of birth (1962-02-23) 23 February 1962 (age 57)
Place of birth Goya, Corrientes, Argentina
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Argentino de Quilmes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1981 Unión de Santa Fe 7 (0)
1981–1991 Independiente 199 (8)
1992 Barcelona SC 10 (1)
1992–1993 Huracán 23 (0)
1993–1994 Quilmes 41 (1)
1995 Alianza Lima ? (?)
1995–1996 Atlético Tucumán 16 (0)
1996 Santiago Wanderers ? (?)
Total 296 (10)
National team
1988–1990 Argentina 15 (1)
Teams managed
2004 Independiente (interim)
2005 Potros
2005 Olmedo
2006 Veracruz
2008 Chacarita Juniors
2010 Juventud Antoniana
2011– San Martín de Tucumán
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 2007


Club careerEdit

Moncho Monzón played in different clubs, but most importantly in Independiente, with which he obtained 4 titles, including the Intercontinental Cup in 1984.

Monzón was famously the first player to be sent off in a World Cup final, during the Italy 1990 competition.

International careerEdit

With the Argentina national team he scored one goal against Romania in the 1990 World Cup.

Monzón became the first player to be sent off in a World Cup final, when referee Edgardo Codesal gave him a straight red card for a high tackle on Jürgen Klinsmann of Germany 65 minutes into the game, 20 minutes after he replaced fellow defender Oscar Ruggeri. Argentina lost the game 1–0. Many critics called the incident a prime example of Klinsmann's diving, a claim he contradicted. In an interview in 2004, Klinsmann noted that the foul left a 15-cm gash on his shin.[1] Monzón requested an apology for making him experience the saddest moment in his career and for making him the first player to be sent off in a world cup final, but Klinsmann rejected doing so, angering Monzón and many Argentine supporters.

Managerial careerEdit

After retirement, Monzón overcame drugs problems to establish himself as a coach and manager. He has coached different clubs in Mexico and Ecuador, as well as youth divisions of clubs in Mexico and Argentina. He had a short spell as interim manager of Independiente,.

In Ecuador, he was suspended for 2 months while coaching club Olmedo for aggression towards a referee.

He then became youth team manager at CD Veracruz before taking over as first team manager in the Primera División de México, he was replaced in 2007.

In 2008, he returned to Argentina to take over as manager of Chacarita Juniors.

Monzón still dreams of returning to his beloved Independiente as manager.

Career statisticsEdit

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Argentina's goal tally first.
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 18 June 1990 Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy   Romania 1–0 1–1 1990 FIFA World Cup



  1. ^ "Klinsmann: the rise...and the falls". Guardian News and Media Limited. 7 March 2004. Retrieved 21 June 2014.

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