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Pedro Virgilio Rocha

Pedro Rocha
Personal information
Full namePedro Virgilio Rocha Franchetti
Date of birth (1942-12-03) 3 December 1942 (age 71)
Place of birthSalto, Uruguay
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing positionForward / Offensive Midfielder
Senior career*
1970–1977São Paulo111(29)
National team
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* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of April 2008.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Rocha and the second or maternal family name is Franchetti.

Pedro Virgilio Rocha Franchetti (born 3 December 1942 in Salto) is a former Uruguayan footballer who played 52 games for the Uruguay national team between 1961 and 1974.[1]

He is the only player to appear in four consecutive World Cups for the Uruguay national football team: 1962, 1966, 1970 and 1974. He also played in the Copa América 1967.[2]

At club level he played most of his career for Peñarol and São Paulo Futebol Clube in Brazil.

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 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.

Later in his career he played for Coritiba where he won Campeonato Paranaense championship, Palmeiras and Bangu in Brazil. His last clubs were Deportivo Neza and Monterrey in Mexico in 1979 and 1980.

He coached Japan's J. League club Kyoto Purple Sanga in 1997.

Today he suffers from mesencephalic atrophy, a serious degenerative illness that affected his speak and his movements, paralyzing part of his body and confining him to a wheel chair.[3]

Preceded by
Dadá Maravilha
Brazilian Championship Top Scorer
Succeeded by


External links

  • (Spanish) Profile at Futbol Factory
  • Pedro Rocha stats at Medio (Spanish)

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