Óscar Cardozo

  • Date of birth : 20/05/1983
  • Position : Forward
  • Country : Paraguay Paraguay
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Óscar Cardozo

Óscar Cardozo

Clubs: CA 3 de Febrero, Club Nacional, CA Newell's Old Boys, SL Benfica

• Cardozo started out in his native Paraguay with Febrero before joining Nacional, where his prolific marksmanship – notably in the air and from free-kicks − brought him 29 goals in 63 league games.

• Moved to Argentina in 2006, joining Newell's Old Boys; maintained his impressive strike rate and earned a first international cap for Paraguay – in an October 2006 friendly against Australia in Brisbane (1-1) – before going on to represent his country at the 2007 Copa América.

• Became Benfica's second most expensive purchase, at €9.2m, when he joined in June 2007; hit the ground running with 13 goals in his debut Liga campaign plus four in Europe and followed that up with 17 Liga strikes in 2008/09.

• Raised his profile to new heights in 2009/10 as he spearheaded Benfica's domestic title triumph with a league-best tally of 26 goals that included four hat-tricks; also finished as the UEFA Europa League's joint-top marksman with nine (plus one in the play-off round).

• Less successful at international level, he was not an initial starter for Paraguay at the 2010 FIFA World Cup but scored the decisive penalty in the last-16 shoot-out against Japan – only to miss from the spot in regular play in the quarter-final against Spain.

• Spearheaded the attack in the UEFA Champions League campaigns of 2010/11, 2011/12 and 2012/13, scoring seven goals across the three seasons. Hit seven goals in Benfica's nine UEFA Europa League games in 2013 as they made the final; scored a penalty but could not prevent a 2-1 showpiece defeat to Chelsea FC. 

UEFA honours
UEFA Europa League:
runner-up 2013

Last updated: 10/07/13 12.59CET


Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 10/06/2015 02:01 CET
21.08.2014UEFA Europa LeaguePlay-offsTrabzonsporTrabzonspor2-0RostovRostov8410
28.08.2014UEFA Europa LeaguePlay-offsRostovRostov0-0TrabzonsporTrabzonspor2000
18.09.2014UEFA Europa LeagueGroup stageMetalistMetalist1-2TrabzonsporTrabzonspor5800
22.09.2014Turkish Super Leagueİstanbul Başakşehirİstanbul Başakşehir1-1TrabzonsporTrabzonspor3810
27.09.2014Turkish Super LeagueTrabzonsporTrabzonspor1-1KasımpaşaKasımpaşa7800
02.10.2014UEFA Europa LeagueGroup stageTrabzonsporTrabzonspor0-1LegiaLegia9000
05.10.2014Turkish Super LeagueKarabüksporKarabükspor3-0TrabzonsporTrabzonspor3200
19.10.2014Turkish Super LeagueTrabzonsporTrabzonspor3-1MersinMersin9010
23.10.2014UEFA Europa LeagueGroup stageTrabzonsporTrabzonspor2-0LokerenLokeren8200
26.10.2014Turkish Super LeagueTrabzonsporTrabzonspor4-4GaziantepsporGaziantepspor1910
01.11.2014Turkish Super LeagueAkhisarAkhisar1-1TrabzonsporTrabzonspor7200
06.11.2014UEFA Europa LeagueGroup stageLokerenLokeren1-1TrabzonsporTrabzonspor100
09.11.2014Turkish Super LeagueTrabzonsporTrabzonspor3-2KonyasporKonyaspor9020
22.11.2014Turkish Super LeagueGalatasarayGalatasaray0-3TrabzonsporTrabzonspor8700
27.11.2014UEFA Europa LeagueGroup stageTrabzonsporTrabzonspor3-1MetalistMetalist5900
01.12.2014Turkish Super LeagueTrabzonsporTrabzonspor4-1GençlerbirliğiGençlerbirliği7830
07.12.2014Turkish Super LeagueBeşiktaşBeşiktaş3-0TrabzonsporTrabzonspor9000
11.12.2014UEFA Europa LeagueGroup stageLegiaLegia2-0TrabzonsporTrabzonspor9000
15.12.2014Turkish Super LeagueTrabzonsporTrabzonspor3-2RizesporRizespor8000
18.12.2014Turkish CupFourth roundTrabzonsporTrabzonspor0-0AkhisarAkhisar800
21.12.2014Turkish Super LeagueBursasporBursaspor3-3TrabzonsporTrabzonspor1500
25.12.2014Turkish CupFourth roundTrabzonsporTrabzonspor9-0ManisasporManisaspor9020
29.12.2014Turkish Super LeagueTrabzonsporTrabzonspor1-4EskişehirsporEskişehirspor9000
05.01.2015Turkish Super LeagueBalıkesirsporBalıkesirspor2-2TrabzonsporTrabzonspor5911
23.01.2015Turkish Super LeagueTrabzonsporTrabzonspor3-1SivassporSivasspor9020
27.01.2015Turkish CupFourth roundTrabzonsporTrabzonspor0-0KeçiörengücüKeçiörengücü9000
30.01.2015Turkish Super LeagueTrabzonsporTrabzonspor2-1ErciyessporErciyesspor9010
07.02.2015Turkish Super LeagueFenerbahçeFenerbahçe0-0TrabzonsporTrabzonspor9000
19.02.2015UEFA Europa LeagueRound of 32TrabzonsporTrabzonspor0-4NapoliNapoli9000
22.02.2015Turkish Super LeagueKasımpaşaKasımpaşa1-1TrabzonsporTrabzonspor9000
26.02.2015UEFA Europa LeagueRound of 32NapoliNapoli1-0TrabzonsporTrabzonspor9000
02.03.2015Turkish Super LeagueTrabzonsporTrabzonspor3-2KarabüksporKarabükspor9010
09.03.2015Turkish Super LeagueMersinMersin1-5TrabzonsporTrabzonspor9010
16.03.2015Turkish Super LeagueGaziantepsporGaziantepspor2-0TrabzonsporTrabzonspor9000
22.03.2015Turkish Super LeagueTrabzonsporTrabzonspor2-0AkhisarAkhisar9010
05.04.2015Turkish Super LeagueKonyasporKonyaspor1-0TrabzonsporTrabzonspor9000
19.04.2015Turkish Super LeagueTrabzonsporTrabzonspor2-1GalatasarayGalatasaray8400
03.05.2015Turkish Super LeagueTrabzonsporTrabzonspor0-2BeşiktaşBeşiktaş3000
10.05.2015Turkish Super LeagueRizesporRizespor0-2TrabzonsporTrabzonspor5300
13.05.2015Turkish Super LeagueTrabzonsporTrabzonspor1-0BursasporBursaspor8300
23.05.2015Turkish Super LeagueTrabzonsporTrabzonspor3-2BalıkesirsporBalıkesirspor9020
30.05.2015Turkish Super LeagueSivassporSivasspor1-1TrabzonsporTrabzonspor9000

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Óscar Cardozo
  • Position: Forward
  • Date of birth (Age): 20/05/1983 (32)
  • Country: Paraguay
  • Squad number: 7
  • Club: Trabzonspor ( TUR)

  • Height: 192cm
  • Weight: 91kg

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Champions League (Third qualifying round)
    14/08/07: Benfica 2-1 København

Career statistics

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Last updated: 16/03/2015 15:49 CET
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