Pedro Virgilio Rocha Franchetti (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpeðɾo ˈrotʃa]; 3 December 1942 – 2 December 2013) was a Uruguayan footballer who played 52 games for the Uruguay national team between 1961 and 1974. Usually a playmaker, Pedro Rocha was one of the Uruguay's greatest footballers noted for his technique, passing abilities and free kick ability.
Rocha c. 1966
|Full name||Pedro Virgilio Rocha Franchetti|
|Date of birth||3 December 1942|
|Place of birth||Salto, Uruguay|
|Date of death||2 December 2013(aged 70)|
|Place of death||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking Midfielder/Forward|
|1981||Inter de Limeira|
|1990–1991||Vitória de Guimarães|
|1997||Kyoto Purple Sanga|
|"2000"||XV de Piracicaba|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
During his time with Peñarol, the club won 8 Uruguayan league titles (1959–1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968), three Copa Libertadores (1960, 1961 & 1966) the Copa Intercontinental in 1961 & 1966 and two editions of the Uruguayan Copa Competencia in 1964 and 1967.
In 1970 Rocha joined São Paulo F.C. where he helped the team obtain the Campeonato Paulista in 1971 and 1975. He was the championship top scorer in 1972. In 1977, his final year with the club they became national champions for the first time in their history.
He suffered from mesencephalic atrophy, a serious degenerative illness that affected his speech and his movements, paralyzing part of his body and confining him to a wheelchair. He died on 2 December 2013 in São Paulo, one day before completing 71 years.
|Kyoto Purple Sanga||1997||1997||32||9||0||23||28.13|
- Uruguay record international footballers Archived June 5, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. rsssf. Retrieved on 2016-07-22.
- Copa América 1967. rsssf (2014-05-15). Retrieved on 2016-07-22.
- "Al cumplir 70 años, San Pablo inició campaña para mejorar la situación de Rocha" [At age 70, San Pablo begins campaign to improve Rocha's situation] (in Spanish). Tenfield. 9 December 2012.
- "Ídolo do São Paulo e do Uruguai, Pedro Rocha morre aos 70 anos" [Idol of São Paulo and Uruguay, Pedro Rocha dies at 70] (in Portuguese). Sportv. 2 December 2013.
- J.League Data Site(in Japanese)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Pedro Rocha.|
- Profile at Futbol Factory at Archive.today (archived 2007-05-12) (in Spanish)
- Pedro Rocha – Liga MX stats at MedioTiempo.com (in Spanish)
- Pedro Rocha at J.League (in Japanese)
| Brazilian Championship Top Scorer