Mario Fortunato

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Mario Fortunato
Personal information
Full name Mario Francisco Fortunato
Date of birth 1904
Place of birth Argentina
Date of death 10 January 1970 (Aged 65)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1925–1926 Boca Juniors 34 (4)
1927–1929 Huracán
1929 Boca Juniors 3 (0)
1932 Sportivo Barracas
National team
1925–1926 Argentina 11 (0)
Teams managed
1930–1936 Boca Juniors
1937 Ferro Carril Oeste
1944 Botafogo
1946 Boca Juniors
–1950– Lanús
1953 Ferro Carril Oeste
1954–1955 Estudiantes
1956 Boca Juniors
Racing Club
Chacarita Juniors
Rosario Central

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Mario Francisco Fortunato (1904 – 10 January 1970) was an Argentine football player and manager. Fortunato won three championships as a player with Boca Juniors and went on to lead the club to four league championships as manager.

Playing career


Fortunato began playing for Boca Juniors in 1925, he made his debut on 1 September in a 2–0 win against Palermo. He played for the club until 1926. During this time the club won three championships, the league championship of 1926, a Copa Estimulo and a Copa Jockey Club.

In 1927 he joined Huracán where he played until 1929. He returned to Boca and played 3 more games for the club in September and October 1929.

Fortunato retired early due to a knee injury, but continued to play in the Argentine Amateur league with Sportivo Barracas.


Fortunato played 11 games for Argentina, he made his debut in a 2–0 win against Paraguay on 29 November 1925. He was part of the squad for Copa América 1926 where Argentina finished as runners up.[1]


Managerial career

Fortunato became manager of Boca Juniors in 1930 at the age of 26. He led the team to four league titles in 1930, 1931, 1934 and 1935.[2] He returned to the club in 1946 and 1956 and amassed 351 games in charge of the club. Of these games he won 226, drew 57 and lost 68.

Fortunato also served as the manager of Ferro Carril Oeste,[3] Racing, Chacarita Juniors, Botafogo of Brazil, Rosario Central and Estudiantes de La Plata. In 1950 he led Club Atlético Lanús to the second division championship.[4]


Boca Juniors
  • Segunda División Argentina: 1950


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