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José Yudica

José Yudica
Personal information
Full name José Antonio Yudica
Date of birth (1936-02-26) February 26, 1936
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954–1958 Newell's Old Boys 112 (25)
1959–1961 Boca Juniors 65 (20)
1962–1963 Vélez Sarsfield 34 (5)
1964 Estudiantes 29 (1)
1965–1966 Platense 57 (4)
1967 Quilmes 21 (2)
1968–1969 Deportivo Cali 52 (5)
1970 Talleres (RE)
1971–1972 San Telmo
National team
Argentina 4 (1)
Teams managed
1980 Estudiantes de La Plata
1982 San Lorenzo
Argentinos Juniors
1987–1990 Newell's Old Boys
C.F. Pachuca

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

José Antonio Yudica (born February 26, 1936, Rosario, Santa Fe) is a retired Argentine football player and manager.

Yudica had limited success as a player, winning only two titles during his brief spell at Deportivo Cali. After retirement as a player he took up management, this is where he achieved his most notable successes, leading Quilmes to their first ever championship, winning three Argentine league titles with three clubs[1] (the first manager ever to achieve this), and leading Argentinos Juniors to success in the Copa Libertadores.


  • Playing career 1
    • Titles as a Player 1.1
  • Managerial career 2
    • Managerial trophies 2.1
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Playing career

Yudica had a 16-year career as a player, he started his career at Newell's Old Boys, and went on to play for Argentine giants Boca Juniors, and a number of other teams including Vélez Sársfield, Estudiantes, Platense, Quilmes, Talleres de Remedios de Escalada, San Telmo and Deportivo Cali in Colombia.

Titles as a Player

Deportivo Cali

Talleres (RE)

Managerial career

After spells with Deportivo Español and Colón Yudica's first major achievement in management was saving struggling Quimes from relegation in 1977.

He eclipsed this the following season by leading them to their first and only Primera division title; Metropolitano 1978.

After this he won two Second division titles with Quilmes and San Lorenzo.

Yudica made his return to the big time by leading Argentinos Juniors to victory in Nacional. The Copa Libertadores campaign of 1985 was one of the most remarkable in the history of the tournament. Argentinos found themselves in the same 1st round group as fellow Argentinian team Ferro Carril Oeste, at the end of the group the two teams were tied for first place on 9 points, this required a playoff, which Argentinos won 3–1.

Argentinos won the 2nd group stage outright, to claim a place in the final against Colombian side América de Cali (fierce rivals of Yudica's former club, Deportivo Cali).

The final was a two legged affair, but both games finished 1–0 to the home team, requiring a cup final playoff but this game ended 1–1, Argentinos Juniors finally triumphed after a 5–4 victory in a penalty shootout.

Yudica led Argentinos to a further international title in 1986 winning the less prestigious Copa Interamericana against Defence Force from Trinidad and Tobago.

After his successes with Argentinos Yudica returned to Newell's Old Boys, the club at which he began his playing career over 30 years before.

He led them to the Primera division title in 1987/1988, winning him the unique distinction of becoming the first manager ever to lead 3 different teams to the Argentine league title.

Later in his career Yudica returned to manage Deportivo Cali, and also had a spell in charge of C.F. Pachuca in Mexico.

Managerial trophies

Season(s) Club Level
1978 Quilmes Metropolitano
1982 San Lorenzo Argentine 2nd Division
1985 Argentinos Juniors Nacional
1985 Argentinos Juniors Copa Libertadores
1986 Argentinos Juniors Copa Interamericana
1987/1988 Newell's Old Boys Primera División Argentina
1996 C.F. Pachuca Primera División A


  1. ^ rsssf: Coaches of Argentine champions

External links

  • Interview with Yuduca in 2006 (Spanish)
  • Details at Historiadeboca (Spanish)
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