José Daniel Ponce (born
26 June 1962 in Godoy Cruz) is a former Argentine football player,
who was part of the Estudiantes
de La Plata team that won two back-to-back championships in
1982 and 1983.
born in Godoy Cruz, Mendoza and was promoted to the first team of Estudiantes
by coach Carlos Bilardo, when he
shared the midfield with Miguel
Ángel Russo, Alejandro Sabella
and Marcelo Trobbiani.
team won two back-to-back titles and Ponce was called by Bilardo
(now national coach) to the national team. His trademark were his
precision free kicks, and his skill with the ball, both dribbling
and passing, was often decisive in fast-break attack.
In 1983 Ponce was selected to join the Argentina squad for the
Copa América 1983
. He later
took part in the process that led to Argentina
's victory in the
1986 World Cup
Estudiantes, Ponce played for several clubs including Atlético Tucumán, Boca Juniors, San Lorenzo and
Gimnasia y Tiro in
Argentina, Atlético Junior and
Unión Magdalena in Colombia, Nîmes Olympique in France and Coquimbo Unido in Chile.
During his time at Boca the club won the Recopa Sudamericana
and Copa Sudamericana
titles in 1989. He made
a total of 33 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring
His Colombian wife died during labor; his two daughters are Chilean
nationals. After a career as a coach in which his temper
often got the best of him, Ponce currently coaches youth teams and
has a successful sports-related business operation in Concepción,