Adolfo Alfredo Pedernera was an Argentine football player and coach.
12 Facts About Adolfo Pedernera
Adolfo Pedernera was elected the 12th-best South American footballer of the 20th century in a poll by the IFFHS in 2000, and his name appears in the list of the 100 greatest all time footballers selected from the magazine FourFourTwo in 2017, in which he holds the 58th place.
Adolfo Pedernera usually played as an inside forward and was renowned for his technique and ability to create chances for other players, whilst being a prominent goalscorer.
Adolfo Pedernera collaborated with Hugo Reyes, Antonio El Maestrico Baez, Nestor Rossi, and Alfredo Di Stefano who he would later be teammates with them for CD Los Millonarios in Colombia, but first, in 1947, he was offered a million pesos to play for Atlanta of Buenos Aires.
Adolfo Pedernera settled in the north of Bogota after being received into the club.
In championship play, Adolfo Pedernera scored the two decisive goals in the championship deciding play-off matches against Deportivo Cali in 1949.
In March 1952, when Adolfo Pedernera was 33 years old, he was part of the Millonarios tour of Europe.
Adolfo Pedernera led his team to victory in the Small Club World Cup in 1953.
In 1954, the Lima Pact forced all "illegal" players to return to their clubs of origin, so Adolfo Pedernera returned briefly to Huracan.
In later years Adolfo Pedernera coached Nacional in Uruguay, Gimnasia y Esgrima, Huracan, Independiente, Boca Juniors, America de Cali and River Plate.
Adolfo Pedernera is remembered in Colombia for helping the national team qualify for its first FIFA World Cup, the 1962 edition in Chile, where Colombia had a good participation.
In 1994, Adolfo Pedernera was reunited for the last time with his lifelong friends Alfredo Di Stefano and Pipo Rossi at the Feria Internacional del Libro in Bogota.