Juan José Rithner

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Juan José Rithner
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Personal information
Date of birth 3 November 1889
Place of birth Baradero, Argentina
Date of death c. 1950(1950-00-00) (aged 60–61)
Place of death Buenos Aires, Argentina
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1907–19 Porteño 200 (11)
National team
1912–16 Argentina
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Juan José Rithner (1889 – c.1950) was an Argentine footballer, who played as goalkeeper for Club Atlético Porteño and the Argentina national team.[1]

Rithner had a long tenure on Porteño, with 200 matches played for the club during his 13 years there. He was also one of the first scoring goalkeepers in Argentine football, having scored a total of 11 during his career. With Porteño, Rithner won four titles, two Primera División championships and two national cups.


Rithner was born in Baradero, a town in Buenos Aires Province, son of a family of Irish roots. His career as a footballer in Primera División started in C.A. Porteño. He played the championship playoff game against Alumni in 1911, which Porteño lost 2–1.[2] And in the following year he was champion with Porteño.[3]

His great performances in Porteño, earned him a place in the Argentine national team. On May 27, 1914, Rithner scored two goals against Uruguay, the match was played in Córdoba, Argentina.[4] He played in the first America's Cup, held in 1916.[5]

After his retirement from football, in 1919 Rithner served as referee in a Copa Premier Honor Argentino match held in Gimnasia y Esgrima Stadium. Argentina thrashed Uruguay 6–1,[6] before a huge attendance of 18,000.[7]




  1. ^ Porteño y sus medallas de oro, Diario Clarín
  2. ^ Final Tables Argentina 1911–1920, Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
  3. ^ Osvaldo Gorgazzi, Argentina - Domestic Championships 1912, Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
  4. ^ Una visita que se hizo esperar, diario La Voz
  5. ^ Southamerican Championship 1916, Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
  6. ^ Argentina national team archive by Héctor Pelayes on the RSSSF
  7. ^ El jugador que se pasó de bando by Maximiliano Santini, 28 Sep 2017
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