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Alberto Zozaya
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Full name Alberto Máximo Zozaya
Date of birth April 13, 1908
Place of birth    Gualeguaychú, Argentina
Date of death    February 17, 1981 (Aged 72)
Place of death    La Plata, Argentina
Playing position Striker
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Racing Club
Bella Vista
181 (144)
2 (0)
? (?)   
National team
1933-1937 Argentina 9 (8)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 15 October 2007.
* Appearances (Goals)

Alberto Maximo Zozaya (born April 13, 1908 in Gualeguaychú, Entre Ríos) is a former Argentine football striker, he played most of his career for Estudiantes de La Plata and represented the Argentina national football team.


Playing career

Alberto "Don Padilla" Zozaya started his career in the early 1930s with Estudiantes. He was the first player to score a goal in the professional era of Argentine football, which began in 1931.

Zozaya became an integral part of the Estudiantes team of the 1930s nicknamed "Los Profesores" (The Professors). In 1933 he scored 33 goals in the league to become the top scorer in the Primera División Argentina and the whole of South America.

In 1937 Zozaya played in the South American Championship 1937 helping Argentina to win the title with a contribution of 5 goals[1].

In 1939 Zozaya moved to Racing Club de Avellaneda but he only played 2 games before moving to Bella Vista in Uruguay but he did not settle there either and retired at the end of the 1940 season.

Titles as a player

Season Team Title
1937 Argentina Argentina national football team Copa América

Managerial career

After retiring as a player Zozaya went into management, he was manager of Portuguese side Benfica from 1952-1953. He was also manager of Gimnasia de La Plata




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