A former Argentine footballer, Jose Antonio Yudica became known more for his ability as a coach than as a player. With very little success as a player, Yudica only had two titles to show from his days at Deportivo Cali.
He began his career at Newell’s Old Boys and played over 120 matches for the team, scoring 25 goals before moving onto Boca Juniors. He played for two seasons at the club, regularly getting action and replaying the team by scoring 20 goals in his 60-odd games before moving onto Velez Sarsfield. This began a series of one-season link ups with clubs of the likes of Sarsfield, Estudiantes, Quilmes and San Telmo, where Yudica finally retired. However, in the middle of these season-long tenures, there were two two-season commitments to Platense and Deportivo Cali (Colombia). At Deportivo Cali, Yudica won two championship titles, his only tryst with silverware.
After retirement, Yudica began his coaching career at Deportivo Espanol and Colon. However, his biggest achievement was when he save Quilmes from relegation in 1977, propelling himself to new heights in the coaching arena. He then took them a step further, by winning the Primera Division Metropolitana title in 1978.
His career as a coach also saw him win second division titles with Quilmes and San Lorenzo before returning to Argentinos Juniors in the Primera Division. Once back, he led Argentinos to a Nacional title as well as a win in the incredible 1985 campaign of the Copa Libertadores. A year later, he led them to their second international win, the lesser acclaimed Copa Interamericana. Following this period of unprecedented success, Yudica returned to Newell’s Old Boys where he won the 1987-88 Primera Division title, thus becoming the first manager in the Argentine League to win the Primer Division title with three different clubs. Returning to Deportivo Cali, since then, Yudica has also had a spell managing Mexican club CF Pachuca.