Juan Carlos Molina (footballer)

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Juan Carlos Molina
Personal information
Date of birth (1955-02-22) 22 February 1955 (age 63)
Place of birth Temperley, Argentina[1]
Height 6'0
Playing position Midfielder, Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1977 Club Atletico Los Andes 253 (68)
1978–1980 Ferro Carril Oeste 65 (8)
1980–1981 Calgary Boomers (indoor) 17 (16)
1981 Calgary Boomers 29 (5)
1981–1982 Toronto Blizzard (indoor) 18 (15)
1982 Toronto Blizzard 21 (6)
1983 Tampa Bay Rowdies (indoor) 10 (3)
1983 Tampa Bay Rowdies 12 (0)
1983–1984 Phoenix Pride (indoor) 8 (1)
? Club Atlético Tigre 6 (1)
1986–1987 Club Almirante Brown
1987–1988 Wichita Wings (indoor)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Juan Carlos Molina (born 22 February 1955) is a retired professional footballer from Argentina that played in the Pimera División, Primera B, the North American Soccer League and the Major Indoor Soccer League.

Senior career[edit]

Juan Carlos Molina began his professional career in 1973, with Club Atletico Los Andes in the old Primera B.[1] After four seasons at the Estadio Eduardo Gallardón, he joined Ferro Carril Oeste who moved up to the Primera División while Molina was on the squad. He played there from 1977 to 1980, before heading to North America.[2][3]

NASL years[edit]

In late 1980 Molina signed with the Calgary Boomers of the NASL for the winter indoor season, appearing in all but one match. That summer he appeared in 29 of the Boomers' 32 outdoor matches. However, after the 1981 season the Calgary team folded, so Molina moved across Canada to the Toronto Blizzard. While in Toronto, he appeared in all 18 Blizzard indoor matches of the 1981–82 indoor season and 21 of 32 outdoor matches. In a 2008 interview he stated that he believed the Falklands War, which began as the outdoor season started, caused his Toronto coach to limit his playing time because he was Argentine and so many of his teammates were from the United Kingdom.[1] In December 1982 he was traded to the Tampa Bay Rowdies for three draft picks.[4] This move reunited Molina with his Calgary coach, Al Miller. He was a member of the Rowdies' 1983 Indoor Championship winning side, and appeared in twelve outdoor games in 1983 before being sold to the Phoenix Inferno of the Major Indoor Soccer League midseason.[5][6]

MISL and later years[edit]

After Phoenix had acquired Molina in late June 1983[7][8] the franchise was renamed the Phoenix Pride. He appeared in only eight matches, scoring once. Phoenix released him in early February 1984.[9]

Returning to Argentina, he had brief stints with Club Atlético Tigre and Club Almirante Brown. Molina closed out his playing career back in the MISL as a member of the Wichita Wings during the 1987–88 season.[10]


Beginning in 2000, Molina served as coach of the Argentine, over-40 football team at Hindú Club. He guided them to the victory in 2007 Torneo Amistad. In winning the Amistad title, Hindu Club gained promotion to the over-40 Asociación Intercountry Zona Norte for 2008[1]

Personal life[edit]

He was born in Temperley, located in the southern part of the Almirante Brown Partido of Greater Buenos Aires. As of 1989, Molina was married to Gloria Tarantini, and is the father of three daughters; Nadia, Cecilia and April.


Ferro Carril Oeste

Tampa Bay Rowdies

Hindú Club (coach)

  • Torneo Amistad champion: 2007

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Hindú, un difícil regreso a primera - 26.01.2008 - LA NACION". lanacion.com.ar. Retrieved 2016-01-06. 
  2. ^ BDFA. "Ficha Estadistica de JUAN MOLINA -juan carlos molina- (perfil, ficha, profile, stats)". bdfa.com.ar. Retrieved 2016-01-06. 
  3. ^ http://www.naslsoccerblogspot.com/2010/11/juan-carlos-molina.html[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Lakeland Ledger - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 2016-01-06. 
  5. ^ "Lakeland Ledger - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 2016-01-06. 
  6. ^ "Transactions - NYTimes.com". nytimes.com. Retrieved 2016-01-06. 
  7. ^ "Lakeland Ledger - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 2016-01-06. 
  8. ^ "Lakeland Ledger - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 2016-01-06. 
  9. ^ "The Lewiston Daily Sun - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 2016-01-06. 
  10. ^ "Image: Wings 87-88 Road Team.jpg, (1500 × 1048 px)". nasljerseys.com. Retrieved 2016-01-06.