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Pedro Ochoa (February 22, 1900 – September 5, 1947) was an Argentine football forward. At club level, he played his entire career for Racing Club, where he won 12 titles with the team.

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Biography

He debuted with the Racing senior team at the age of 16, soon becoming a fan favourite due to his conditions and skills as a playmaker.

Ochoa played his entire club career for Racing Club, where he won six league championships, 4 national cups and 2 international cups. He was nicknamed “Ochota” and El rey de la gambeta (The king of dribbling) due to his outstanding skills with the ball.

He was admired by Carlos Gardel, who sang the tango “Patadura” (a lunfardo word for a “two left feet man”) written by Jos Lpez Ares and Enrique Carrera Sotelo. The tango mentions several notable footballers of those years, such as Ochoa (referring him as Ochota), Manuel Seoane, Luis Monti and Domingo Tarasconi (as Tarasca).[1][2]

Avoiding defenders with passes and dribblings, and being like Ochota, the fan’s favourite

Patadura, tango performed by Carlos Gardel.

Ochoa played for the Argentina national team in the 1928 Olympic games. In 1931 he retired from football. Ochoa died at 47 years old, in Tandil, Buenos Aires Province.

If I think before playing? Sometimes I do, but when I dribble a player and immediately another one appears, and then another… I can’t think anymore because I do not feel like playing. So the legs take control to continue dribbling rivals

Pedro Ochoa, 1928.[3]

Honours

Racing Club

Argentina national team