Borocotó, pseudonym of Ricardo Lorenzo Rodríguez (born 2 January 1902 in Montevideo, Uruguay, d. 19 June 1964 in Buenos Aires) It was a sports journalist, writer and screenwriter Uruguayan, based in Argentina, highlighted by the influence of their views on football, especially since The graphic magazine. He was the inventor of the term “machine” to define a famous team of river plate in the 40’s.


Ricardo Lorenzo Rodríguez was born in Montevideo Guruyú, Uruguay. He moved to the Argentina and settled in Buenos Aires. He began working in journalism, Publisher Atlantis, and one of their first notes was referring to the Montevideo Carnival, which argued that lubolas candombe groups wore a rhythm “bo-ro-co-tó cha-chás”. One of their chiefs recommended use this onomatopoeia as a pseudonym.

Inside publisher Atlantis, he joined the staff of the magazine The chart, along with other prominent sports as Dante panzeri and Félix Daniel frascara journalists. Borocotó stood for manners and emotional style in his sports stories, oriented to defend the “pasture soul” as the River Plate football essence.

It was who invented the term “The machine” to designate a famous team of river plate in the 1940s. He wrote several books, more adapted for the cinema, and he personally was screenwriter of several successful films including rag ball (1948) directed by Leopoldo Torres rivers.

Writing a column of popularity, called “Apiladas”, which dealt with reflections and everyday issues related to sport in the back cover of The graphic.


Also made radio Fioravanti and Washington Rivera, Cabalgata Deportiva gillette, a pioneer in the treatment of sport in Argentina. Already with his son, as Radio freedom it gave football with the Borocotó.


Beyond football, Borocotó was passionate about cycling and was also Auto Racing and boxing. The basketball used the pseudonym “D. hook”.

On 17 October 1948, founded the sacachispas Fútbol Club, in the neighborhood of Villa soldati of Buenos Aires. Name it took a friend cyclist and color of shirt, flowers lilas in the ground where the stadium was built.

Movie script

Borocotó was the author of the following scripts for movies:

1. Leather ball, history of a passion (1963)

2. Sacachispas (1950)

3. Steel Roadsters (1950)

4. Using the same colors (1949)

5. His last match (1949)

6. Cloth ball (1948)

Family relationships

Lorenzo Eduardo “Borocotó Junior”, Argentine politician, and pediatrician is his son.