Adolfo Alfredo Pedernera
(15 November 1918 – 12 May 1995), born in Avellaneda
, was a football
(soccer) player and coach. Nicknamed "El Maestro"
), He is still considered by many to be one of the greatest Argentine players of all-time. He was elected the 12th best South american footballer
of the 20th century in a poll by the IFFHS
. - rsssf.com - by Karel Stokkermans, RSSSF
, 2000. Adolfo Pedernera usually played as an inside forward and was renowned for his technique and ability to create chances for others whilst also being a prominent goalscorer.
As an adolescent, Pedernera displayed talent for football. The first club he joined was Cruceros de la Plata, but he soon joined the professional Club Atlético Huracán. In 1933, he joined the Club Atlético River Plate. In 1935, at the age of 16, he debuted with this club.
During his time at River Plate he was part of five Argentine Championship
winning squads in 1936, 1937, 1941, 1942 and 1945.
With Argentina he won the Copa America 1941
The Second World War
kept Pedernera away from the game as he could not participate in a World Cup
, but afterwards, his career continued to progress. Still with the Club Atlético River Plate, he played with the likes of Ángel Labruna
, José Manuel Moreno
, Félix Loustau
, and Juan Carlos Muñoz
. He also collaborated with Hugo Reyes
, Antonio El Maestrico Báez
, Néstor Rossi
, and Alfredo Di......