Pedro Rocha

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Pedro Rocha
Personal information
Full name Pedro Virgilio Rocha Franchetti
Date of birth (1942-12-03)3 December 1942
Place of birth Salto, Uruguay
Date of death 2 December 2013(2013-12-02) (aged 70)
Place of death São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Second Striker / Offensive Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1959–1970 Peñarol
1970–1977 São Paulo
1978 Palmeiras
1979 Coritiba
1979 Bangu
1979–1980 Neza
1980 Monterrey
National team
1961–1974 Uruguay 52 (17)
Teams managed
1981 Inter de Limeira
1981 Taubaté
1987 Botafogo-SP
1987 Coritiba
1987 Guarani
1988 Mogi Mirim
1988 Portuguesa
1988–1989 Sporting
1990–1991 Vitória de Guimarães
1996 Internacional
1997 Kyoto Purple Sanga
1998 Ponte Preta
1999 Ituano
2000 Caldense
2000 XV de Piracicaba

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

† Appearances (goals)

Pedro Virgilio Rocha Franchetti (3 December 1942 – 2 December 2013) was a former Uruguayan footballer who played 52 games for the Uruguay national team between 1961 and 1974.[1] Usually a playmaker, Pedro Rocha is one Uruguay's greatest footballers and was noted for his technique, passing abilities and free kick ability.


He is the only player to appear in four consecutive World Cups for the Uruguay national football team: 1962, 1966, 1970 and 1974. He also played in the Copa América in 1967.[2]

At club level he played most of his career for C.A. Peñarol and São Paulo F.C. in Brazil.

During his time with Peñarol, the club won 8 Uruguayan league titles (1959–1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968), three Copa Libertadores (1960, 1961 & 1966) the Copa Intercontinental in 1966 and two editions of the Uruguayan Copa Competencia in 1964 and 1967.

In 1970 Rocha joined São Paulo F.C. where he helped the team obtain the Campeonato Paulista in 1971 and 1975. He was the championship top scorer in 1972. In 1977, his final year with the club they became national champions for the first time in their history.

Later in his career he played for Coritiba where he won Campeonato Paranaense championship, Palmeiras and Bangu in Brazil. His last clubs were Deportivo Neza and Monterrey in Mexico in 1979 and 1980.

He coached Japan's J. League club Kyoto Purple Sanga in 1997.

He suffered from mesencephalic atrophy, a serious degenerative illness that affected his speech and his movements, paralyzing part of his body and confining him to a wheelchair.[3] He died on 2 December 2013 in São Paulo, one day before completing 71 years.[4]


  1. rsssf: Uruguay record international footballers
  2. rsssf: Copa América 1967
  3. "Al cumplir 70 años, San Pablo inició campaña para mejorar la situación de Rocha" (in Spanish). Tenfield. 9 December 2012. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Ídolo do São Paulo e do Uruguai, Pedro Rocha morre aos 70 anos" (in Portuguese). Sportv. 2 December 2013. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Preceded by
Dadá Maravilha
Brazilian Championship Top Scorer
Succeeded by