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René Pontoni

René Pontoni
San Lorenzo
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 November 2007.
† Appearances (Goals).

René Alejandro Pontoni (born May 18, 1920 in Santa Fe, Argentina, died May 14, 1983) is a former Argentine footballer. He played club football in Argentina, Colombia and Brazil as well as representing the Argentina national football team on 19 occasions.


Pontoni started his career with Gimnasia y Esgrima de Santa Fe before joining Newell's Old Boys in 1940. Pontoni made his debut for the Argentina national team in 1942. He went on to score 19 goals in 19 games for his country, helping them to become South American champions in 1945,[1] 1946[2] and 1947.[3]

In 1944 Pontoni joined San Lorenzo where he helped the team to win the Primera División in 1946. In 1948 he suffered a career threatening injury but he recovered, moving to Colombia in 1949 to play for Independiente Santa Fe where he remained until 1952.

In 1953 Pontoni moved to Brazil, where he spent one season with Portuguesa in São Paulo before returning to Argentina for one last season with San Lorenzo in 1954.


Season Team Title
1945 Argentina Argentina Copa América
1946 Argentina San Lorenzo Primera División Argentina
1946 Argentina Argentina Copa América
1947 Argentina Argentina Copa América

Later years

Pontoni went on to set up a pizzeria with fellow Argentina player and brother in law Mario Boyé. He also had several spells as a football manager in the lower leagues of Argentine football.


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