Óscar "Tacuara" Cardozo is a Paraguayan football striker. He was born on May 20, 1983, in the city of Juan Eulogio Estigarribia in Paraguay. He currently plays for SL Benfica, of the Portuguese Liga.
Cardozo played for Club 24 de Junioand 3 de Febrero in Paraguay before moving to Club Nacional in 2005.
Cardozo arrived at Newell's in the second half of 2006 for a transfer fee of $1.2million after scoring 17 goals for Nacional in the Paraguayan first division Apertura tournament. At Newell's, he joined fellow Paraguayans Diego Gavilán, Santiago Salcedo and Justo Villar and became an immediate success hitting 11 goals in 16 games in the Apertura 2006 tournament. As a result of his good performances, Cardozo was voted the 2006 winner of the Paraguayan Footballer of the Year award.
The Paraguayan international started the 2007 season brilliantly. He had notched up 10 goals for Newell's and was crucial for the Argentine to escape the cellar of the Clausura. His recent success earned him a spot in the Paraguay national team that will participate in the 2007 Copa America.
On June 21st, 2007, Cardozo officially signed for Portuguese giants, SL Benfica, for an approximate amount of 9.1 million euros for 80% of his playing rights.. This made Cardozo the second most expensive signing in the club's history, only surpassed by team star, Simão Sabrosa (for whom Benfica paid 13M Euros).