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Adolfo Alfredo Pedernera (18 November 1918 - 12 May 1995), born in Avellaneda, Argentina, was a football (soccer) player and coach. Nicknamed "El Maestro" ("The Master"), He is still considered by many to be one of the greatest Argentine players of all-time. He was elected the 12th best South american footballer of the 20th century in a poll by the IFFHS in 2000.
As an adolescent, Pedernera displayed talent for football. The first club he joined was Cruceros de la Plata, but he soon joined the professional Club Atletico Huracan. In 1933, he joined the Club Atletico River Plate. In 1935, at the age of 16, he debuted with this club.
The Second World War kept Pedernera away from the game as he could not participate in a World Cup, but afterwards, his career continued to progress. Still with the Club Atletico River Plate, he played with the likes of Angel Labruna, Jose Manuel Moreno, Felix Loustau, and Juan Carlos Munoz. He also 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 Club Atletico Atlanta.
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