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Player Profile: Oscar Cardozo  

Oscar CardozoFull name: Oscar Rene Cardozo
Position: Forward
Date of Birth: 20 May 1983
Birthplace: Juan Eulogio Estigarribia, Paraguay

Any football fan will tell you one of the most exciting facets of following your team is watching the reputation of a virtual unknown grow before your eyes to become an idol and a symbol who is synonymous with your club’s emblem.

Paraguayan striker, Oscar Cardozo, is a case in point. Wherever the player has gone he has become a success and a treasure for both his team and their supporters.

Oscar Rene Cardozo, standing 1.93 metres tall and possessor of a lethal left foot, has left an impressive track record at each of his previous clubs. He started his career with 2nd division Paraguayan side, 3 de Febrero, before the country’s big boys, Club Nacional, snapped him up in 2004.

In his first season Cardozo was carefully groomed as the coaching staff restricted him to just 6 appearances – enough for the striker to notch 7 goals. Nacional knew they had something special, and decided to give Cardozo a little more leeway in 2006. In the 12 games he played, he scored an astonishing 17 goals.

An inevitable move to one of South America’s bigger leagues was bound to come and sure enough, in 2006 Argentine club Newell’s Old Boys splashed out US$ 1.2m for Paraguay’s next big thing.

Goals galore

In Argentina Cardozo found the net 11 times in 16 appearances before the turn of the year, earning him the 2006 Paraguayan Footballer of the Year Award. His goalscoring did not let up, with a further 10 goals making a total of 21 in his debut season.

In June 2007, after two weeks of hard negotiations, Benfica opened their wallets and paid over nine million euros for 80% of the player’s sporting rights. The Portuguese club had obviously decided they were bringing an exceptional talent to Lisbon. The transfer fee is the second highest ever paid by the Portuguese giants, behind only the signing of Simao Sabrosa from Barcelona.

If Cardozo makes a similar impact to Simao, Benfica may finally be ready challenge FC Porto for domestic supremacy and build on their rich heritage in European football after too long playing a bit-part role in international competition.

2008/09 mid season update

Oscar Cadozo’s first season in Portugal was a case of he came, he saw, he conquered. At his presentation to the press the player and the Benfica president both promised at least 20 goals in his debut season, and he duly delivered with 22 strikes in all competitions.

Nevertheless, the arrival of Jose Antonio Reyes, Pablo Aimar and David Suazo, along with new coach Quique Flores saw Cardozo pushed onto the bench for much of the start of 2008/09, with the Spanish tactician clearly not a big fan of the Paraguayan’s ungainly style.

But when called upon Cardozo showed he knew how to find the net, and the fact he made himself the club’s top scorer despite being used primarily as a substitute eventually won round Flores who duly restored the big striker to the starting XI.

by Marco Pereira & Tom Kundert (last updated 06/03/2009)

Club Appearances* Goals
3 de Febrero 2 1
Club Nacional 67 29
Newell's Old Boys 33 21
Benfica** 42 19
 PARAGUAY** 17 3

* League appearances only

** Up to 1 March 2009

Comments (22)
Fenerli Cardozo
22 Monday, 19 August 2013 12:24
Batu/ Turkey
Come to Fenerbahçe. We love you.
21 Friday, 02 August 2013 22:40
SAY BENFICA TO COME FENERBAHCE ONE MORE TIME. ıf no reply termınate your concract.
20 Friday, 02 August 2013 07:20
Welcome to Fenerbahce! Welcome to best club in Turkey!
19 Monday, 22 July 2013 11:40
18 Saturday, 20 July 2013 05:47
you have to come fenerbahce we are the best
Welcome ( Hoşgeldin)
17 Thursday, 18 July 2013 21:18
Oscar Cardozo, welcome to the Turkish biggest football club FENERBAHCE.
16 Sunday, 30 June 2013 21:12
we look forward for say "Welcome to Goal King Oscar Cardozo" =)))
15 Wednesday, 26 June 2013 16:35
Soner from İzmir
Oscar! We are waiting for you... Fenerbahçe is the best club in Turkey and you will be a legend...
14 Friday, 14 June 2013 10:54
Welcome to Goal King Oscar Cardozo :) Fenerbahce is best football team.
13 Friday, 07 June 2013 20:08
Oscar, we would br very appreciate if you come to Fenerbahce. We are waiting for you. You will not regret.
12 Wednesday, 18 May 2011 19:50
Oscar, you very strong forward, all of us wait for you in Kiev together to achieve the big victories!
Welcome Oscar
11 Wednesday, 18 May 2011 14:08
Come on Oscar Kyiv wait you
10 Wednesday, 18 May 2011 11:12
Good player.
Welcome to Kyiv!
9 Tuesday, 17 May 2011 19:24
Welcome to the Dynamo Kyiv!!
Come to us
8 Monday, 16 May 2011 04:02
He will play in Dynamo Kyiv.
Cardozo forever!
7 Thursday, 10 February 2011 11:23
Don´t go way from BENFICA. We love to see you there!
6 Thursday, 16 September 2010 21:16
He was born in My town on my Street can you believe it. AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
5 Wednesday, 02 June 2010 18:55
we really want to see him in turkey as a player of besiktas.
Good Player
4 Tuesday, 18 May 2010 17:45
try to success more than now
3 Wednesday, 31 March 2010 12:29
Im a Benfica fan! and I'm tellin the world right now ! My homie Oscar a.k.a. " President O'benfi " is what " Labron James" is to Cleavland if you let him go your dumb...
2 Sunday, 21 March 2010 23:40

Please score for Paraguay in South Africa :-)

Best wishes,
1 Tuesday, 09 March 2010 21:42
tacuara you are the besttttt

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