Mariano Pavone

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Mariano Pavone
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Personal information
Full name Hugo Mariano Pavone
Date of birth (1982-05-27) 27 May 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Tres Sargentos, Argentina
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Vélez Sarsfield
Youth career
Boca Juniors
1996–2000 Estudiantes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2007 Estudiantes 172 (51)
2007–2011 Betis 76 (16)
2010–2011 River Plate (loan) 34 (10)
2011–2012 Lanús 29 (10)
2012–2014 Cruz Azul 88 (34)
2015 Vélez Sarsfield (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2007 Argentina 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 01:31, 15 January 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Hugo Mariano Pavone (born 27 May 1982) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield in the Argentine Primera División, as a striker.

Club career

Youth career and Estudiantes

Born in Tres Sargentos, Buenos Aires, Pavone left his childhood club Boca Juniors at the age of 14, and went on to feature for Estudiantes de La Plata in the Argentine first division during seven years (11 comprising youth). His first notable achievement there was scoring 16 goals in the 2005 edition of the Clausura, being crowned the competition's top scorer. Furthermore, he was the joint top scorer of the 2006 Copa Libertadores, with 5 goals.

Pavone was selected by sports newspaper Olé as the best player in the 2006 Apertura tournament, where he helped Estudiantes win the championship playing 17 games and scoring 11 goals.1 These included his team's first and last goals of the tournament, against Quilmes Atlético Club and his "alma mater" Boca Juniors respectively. The striker also excelled at assisting his teammates, as in the fifth goal against Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata in a 7–0 win on 15 October derby (in which he also scored once).


Pavone signed for Real Betis in late June 2007.2 The player, who was on his honeymoon in the city of Seville, was purchased by for €6.8 million, becoming the first signing under compatriot Héctor Cúper's management.3

Pavone's competitive debut came in La Liga on 26 August, as he played the full 90 minutes in a 1–1 draw at Recreativo de Huelva.4 In his first two seasons he failed to impress, but had a good run from November 2007 – January 2008, when he netted six goals in five matches, including braces against Real Zaragoza (a 2–1 win, as a late substitute)5 and UD Almería (a 3–1 win).6

Pavone only scored twice in the 2008–09 season, and Betis returned to the second division after nine years. He was supposed to sign for Calcio Catania in Italy on 1 February 20107 but, due to Ewerthon's refusal to sign with the Andalusians in order to take his place, the deal was cancelled.

Return to Argentina

On 23 July 2010 Club Atlético River Plate and Betis arranged a one-year loan deal for Pavone, who returned to his country after three years.8 He scored five goals in the Apertura, helping the club climb out of the relegation zone.

River, however, would be scheduled to appear in the relegation playoffs against Club Atlético Belgrano. On 26 June 2011, after a 0–2 away loss, he scored in the first minutes of the game but also had a penalty saved by Juan Carlos Olave, in an eventual 1–3 aggregate defeat which sent the historical Buenos Aires team to the second level for the first time in its history.9


On 5 August 2011, Pavone signed for Club Atlético Lanús on a free transfer.10 He made his debut on the 16th against Club Atlético Independiente, coming in at the 27th minute of the second half and scoring the game's only goal in injury time.11 The striker had a good run in his second semester with the team, scoring 7 goals in the 2012 Clausura and another 4 in the 2012 Copa Libertadores.

Cruz Azul and Vélez Sarsfield

After one season with Lanús, Pavone joined Cruz Azul in the Liga MX, where he helped the team to win the Clausura 2013 Copa MX and the 2013–14 CONCACAF Champions League (scoring his team's only goal in the finals), tournament in which he was awarded the Golden Ball.

On January 13, 2015 Vélez Sarsfield signed Pavone on loan from Cruz Azul.12

International career

Pavone played one game for the Argentina national football team against Chile, on 18 April 2007.



Estudiantes de La Plata
Cruz Azul


Club statistics

As of January 14, 201513
Season Country Club Appearances Goals
2000–01 Argentina Estudiantes 7 0
2001–02 Argentina Estudiantes 7 1
2002–03 Argentina Estudiantes 27 3
2003–04 Argentina Estudiantes 30 4
2004–05 Argentina Estudiantes 37 20
2005–06 Argentina Estudiantes 28 5
2006–07 Argentina Estudiantes 36 18
2007–08 Spain Betis 30 8
2008–09 Spain Betis 18 2
2009–10 Spain Betis 28 6
2010–11 Argentina River Plate 34 10
2011–12 Argentina Lanús 29 10
2012–13 Mexico Cruz Azul 38 20
2013–14 Mexico Cruz Azul 35 10
2014 Mexico Cruz Azul 15 4
2015– Argentina Vélez Sarsfield 0 0


Pavone's older brother, Gonzalo, is also a footballer and a striker. He played for nearly 15 clubs during his career, also competing in Spain (lower leagues exclusively).14


  1. ^ "Opening '06 statistics". Argentine Soccer. Retrieved 2015-01-14. 
  2. ^ "Pavone: "Ya he firmado con el Betis"" [Pavone: "I have already signed with Betis"] (in Spanish). Al Final de la Palmera. 29 June 2007. Retrieved 26 June 2007. 
  3. ^ "Pavone, al salir de Jabugo: "Ya he firmado mi contrato"" [Pavone, leaving Jabugo: "I have already signed my contract"] (in Spanish). ABC. 30 June 2007. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Igualada a todo en el derbi andaluz" [All square in Andalusian derby] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 26 August 2007. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Real Betis 2–1 Real Zaragoza". ESPN Soccernet. 11 November 2007. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Real Betis 3–1 Almeria". ESPN Soccernet. 16 December 2007. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Catania sign Mariano Pavone". 1 February 2010. 
  8. ^ Real Betis' Mariano Pavone is a River Plate player;, 23 July 2010
  9. ^ "Belgrano y los penales, una combinación imposible para River" [Belgrano and penalties, impossible combination for River] (in Spanish). Clarín. 20 October 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Llego el nueve" [Number nine is here] (in Spanish). Lanús' official website. 5 August 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "Lo grita a lo Pavone" [Screaming it like Pavone] (in Spanish). Olé. 16 August 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "Vélez Sarsfield presentó a Mariano Pavone y Leandro Somoza". ESPN FC (in Spanish). 2015-01-14. Retrieved 2015-01-14. 
  13. ^ "M. Pavone". Soccerway. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "Los Pavone: Tres tanques de área" [The Pavones: Three bulldozers of the box] (in Spanish). Taringa. 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 

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