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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: 19/05/2014 02:45 CET
31.08.2013Portuguese First DivisionSportingSporting1-1BenficaBenfica4100
14.09.2013Portuguese First DivisionBenficaBenfica3-1Paços FerreiraPaços Ferreira4500
17.09.2013UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageBenficaBenfica2-0AnderlechtAnderlecht8700
22.09.2013Portuguese First DivisionGuimarãesGuimarães0-1BenficaBenfica9010
28.09.2013Portuguese First DivisionBenficaBenfica1-1BelenensesBelenenses9010
06.10.2013Portuguese First DivisionEstorilEstoril1-2BenficaBenfica3110
27.10.2013Portuguese First DivisionBenficaBenfica2-0NacionalNacional9010
01.11.2013Portuguese First DivisionAcadémicaAcadémica0-3BenficaBenfica9010
05.11.2013UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageOlympiacosOlympiacos1-0BenficaBenfica7100
09.11.2013Portuguese CupFourth roundBenficaBenfica4-3SportingSporting12030
01.02.2014Portuguese First DivisionGil VicenteGil Vicente1-1BenficaBenfica1600
05.02.2014Portuguese CupQuarter-finalsPenafielPenafiel0-1BenficaBenfica8000
11.02.2014Portuguese First DivisionBenficaBenfica2-0SportingSporting300
27.02.2014UEFA Europa LeagueRound of 32BenficaBenfica3-0PAOKPAOK6000
02.03.2014Portuguese First DivisionBelenensesBelenenses0-1BenficaBenfica400
13.03.2014UEFA Europa LeagueRound of 16TottenhamTottenham1-3BenficaBenfica6500
20.03.2014UEFA Europa LeagueRound of 16BenficaBenfica2-2TottenhamTottenham7600
23.03.2014Portuguese First DivisionBenficaBenfica3-0AcadémicaAcadémica1700
26.03.2014Portuguese CupSemi-finalsPortoPorto1-0BenficaBenfica9000
03.04.2014UEFA Europa LeagueQuarter-finalsAZAZ0-1BenficaBenfica6401
07.04.2014Portuguese First DivisionBenficaBenfica4-0Rio AveRio Ave2520
13.04.2014Portuguese First DivisionAroucaArouca0-2BenficaBenfica900
16.04.2014Portuguese CupSemi-finalsBenficaBenfica3-1PortoPorto3600
20.04.2014Portuguese First DivisionBenficaBenfica2-0OlhanenseOlhanense600
24.04.2014UEFA Europa LeagueSemi-finalsBenficaBenfica2-1JuventusJuventus6200
04.05.2014Portuguese First DivisionBenficaBenfica1-1SetúbalSetúbal9000
14.05.2014UEFA Europa LeagueFinalSevillaSevilla0-0
18.05.2014Portuguese CupFinalBenficaBenfica1-0Rio AveRio Ave300

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Óscar Cardozo
  • Position: Forward
  • Date of birth (Age): 20/05/1983 (31)
  • Country: Paraguay
  • Squad number: 7
  • Club: Benfica ( POR)

  • 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: 15/05/2014 01:05 CET
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