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José Borello

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José Borello
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José Borello in the national jersey
Personalia
Birthday 24. November 1929
Birthplace Bahía Blanca, Argentina
Date of death 14. October 2013
Position Striker
Men
Years Station Games (goals)1
1944–1950 Olimpo de Bahía Blanca
1949 → Estudiantes de La Plata (loan)
1949 → Club Atlético Platense (loan)
1951–1958 Boca Juniors 78 (43)
1953 → Chacarita Juniors (loan) 8 0(0)
1959 CA Lanús 14 0(5)
1960 CD Magallanes 24 (12)
1961 Universidad Técnica del Estado
1962–1964 Deportivo Ñublense
National team
Years Selection Games (goals)
1953–1955 Argentina 8 0(3)
1 Only league games are indicated.

José Borello (born 24 November 1929 in Bahía Blanca; † 14 October 2013) was an Argentine footballer. An eight-time international, he played for Boca Juniors, Olimpo de Bahía Blanca and Chilean club Deportivo Ñublense, among others, and with Boca he once became Argentine football champion.

Career

José Borello was born in Bahía Blanca in the province of Buenos Aires in 1929. He started playing football with the local club Olimpo de Bahía Blanca. For Olimpo, at that time only on regional level, Borello played first in the youth and later from 1944 to 1951 also in the first team. He made a total of 121 league appearances for the small club during this period, scoring ninety goals. This strong quota let also other, bigger club on the attacker become attentive. After playing briefly for Club Atlético Platense and Estudiantes de La Plata in 1949, Boca Juniors signed him from the capital’s La Boca district in 1952. He played there until 1958 in total, but after a year was loaned to Chacarita Juniors in 1953, from where he returned to Boca Juniors for the 1954 season. Back at his club, José Borello immediately became one of the key figures in Boca Juniors winning the 1954 championship, scoring nineteen goals over the course of the season to rank joint top of the scoring charts with Vélez Sársfield’s Norberto Conde and play a major role in Boca Juniors winning the Argentinian football championship. Boca Juniors had finished first in the table, four points ahead of CA Independiente.

However, this also remained the only championship title for José Borello with all his clubs. He remained with Boca Juniors until 1958. During his time at the club he also played eight international matches for the Argentine national football team between 1953 and 1955, in which he scored three goals. With them Borello won the Copa América 1955 in Chile.

In 1959, José Borello played for CA Lanús in the Primera División for one year, with whom he finished in mid-table. He then turned his back on Argentine club football and moved to neighbouring Chile to join first division side CD Magallanes. He spent one season with the traditional club and multiple champions in 1960. He then spent a year with the then second division side Universidad Técnica del Estado. From 1962 to 1964, José Borello played for Deportivo Ñublense, where he helped to establish the provincial club in the second Chilean football league. He ended his footballing career in Chile in 1964 at the age of 35.

After that, he largely retired from football and lived again in his native Argentina. José Borello died there on 14 October 2013 at the age of 83.

Successes

  • Copa América: 1×
1955 with the Argentine national team
  • Argentine Championship: 1×
1954 with Boca Juniors
  • Top scorer of the Primera División: 1×
1954 as a player of the Boca Juniors

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