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Fernando Pandolfi
Personal information
Full name Fernando Daniel Pandolfi
Date of birth (1974-05-29) May 29, 1974 (age 46)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position(s) Forward
Youth career
Vélez Sarsfield
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–2000 Vélez Sarsfield 104 (22)
1997Perugia (loan) 9 (0)
2000–2001 Boca Juniors 11 (0)
2001–2002 Vélez Sarsfield 1 (0)
Total 125 (22)
National team
1999 Argentina 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Fernando Daniel Pandolfi (born May 29, 1974 in Buenos Aires) is a former Argentine football striker who played most of his career for Argentine Primera División club Vélez Sarsfield. He was part of the successful team that won several trophies during the mid-1990s, including the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup.



Nicknamed Rifle, Pandolfi started his professional career with Vélez Sársfield. He was often compared to Uruguayan star Enzo Francescoli due to their similar characteristics on the field.[1] Pandolfi played 104 games with the club between 1994 and 2000. He also made a short spell on loan in the Italian Serie A with Perugia in 1997.

Towards the end of his career, Pandolfi signed for Boca Juniors. As a Xeneize, he replicated the success once achieved with Vélez by winning the Copa Libertadores and Intercontinental Cup, but this time in consecutive years. He left Boca without scoring a league goal, but scored five in international competitions. In 2002, while making his third spell with Vélez Sarsfield, Pandolfi announced his retirement from football at the age of 28.

National team

Pandolfi played two friendly matches with the Argentine national team in 1999 during Marcelo Bielsa's coaching era.

After football

In 2002 Pandolfi retired from football to dedicate himself entirely to music with his band, Actitud Sospechosa.[2] In the same year, he was invited onstage by Los Piojos during a show at the Luna Park stadium to play guitar on their cover of Chuck Berry's "Around & Around".[1] They released one album, Rockable.[3]


Vélez Sarsfield

Boca Juniors


  1. ^ a b "El Rifle, de futbolista a rockero" (in Spanish). Página/12. 2002-08-01. Retrieved 2010-06-25.
  2. ^ "Biografía de Actitud Sospechosa" (in Spanish). rock.com.ar. Retrieved 2010-06-25.
  3. ^ "Rockable, un disco de Actitud Sospechosa" (in Spanish). rock.com.ar. Retrieved 2010-06-25.
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