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Mario Rodríguez (footballer, born 1937)

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Mario Rodríguez
Mario Rodriguez (right) with Raul Savoy in 1963
Personal information
Full name Mario Rodríguez Varela[1]
Date of birth (1937-10-20)20 October 1937
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina[2]
Date of death 10 May 2015(2015-05-10) (aged 77)
Playing position(s) Forward
Youth career
Estrella del Plata
Antártida Argentina
Ciclón de Villa Martelli
1954–1957 Chacarita Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1957–1962 Chacarita Juniors 86 (43)
1963–1965 Independiente 68 (32)
1966–1967 Vélez Sarsfield 14 (6)
1968–1970 Colo-Colo 52 (28)
1971 Chacarita Juniors
National team
1962–1963 Argentina 10 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Mario Rodríguez Varela (20 October 1937 – 10 May 2015),[3] was an Argentine professional footballer. Nicknamed Mariulo, he was the topscorer of the 1964 Copa Libertadores with 6 goals.

Club career

He was born in Palermo, Buenos Aires and grew in Barrio Norte; he played at youth level for Chacarita Juniors.[4] He then made his professional debut in 1957, playing in the Argentine second level; during the 1960 season he debuted in Primera División Argentina for Chacarita Juniors: thanks to his goalscoring skills, good physical strength and he managed to become one of the best forwards of the Argentine league.[2] In 1963 he and Raúl Savoy moved to Independiente: Rodríguez was one of the protagonists of the two wins in the 1964 and 1965 editions of the Copa Libertadores, scoring many goals.[2][4] He then left Independiente for Vélez Sarsfield, but he struggled to obtain opportunities to play, and eventually decide to leave Argentina for Chile. He then signed for Colo-Colo, where he played 2 seasons, scoring a total of 28 goals in 52 games.[5] He then moved back to Argentina in 1971.[6]

International career

Rodríguez played 10 international games for Argentina between 1962 and 1963. His first game was Argentina-Uruguay played on 13 March 1962.[2] He scored 5 of his 6 goals during the 1963 South American Championship, and scored the sixth one on 16 April 1963 against Brazil.[2]


  1. ^ (in Spanish) Rodríguez, Mario
  2. ^ a b c d e Julio Macías, Quién es quién el la Selección Argentina, Buenos Aires, Corregidor, 2011, pages 606–607.
  3. ^ Se nos fue un grande:Mario”Mariulo”Rodriguez Archived 18 May 2015 at the Wayback Machine(in Spanish)
  4. ^ a b (in Spanish) Efemérides de Octubre
  5. ^ Edgardo Marín; Julio Salviat, De David a "Chamaco". Medio siglo de goles, Santiago, Gabriela Mistral, 1975, page 228.
  6. ^ (in Spanish) Claudio Keblaitis. Editorial 103 – Recordando a Mario Rodríguez
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