Gino Mauro Padula (born 11 July 1976) is an Argentine former professional footballer who played as a left back.
Born in Lanús, Padula played in Argentina, Spain, England, France and the United States for River Plate, Huracán, Xerez, Bristol Rovers, Walsall, Wigan Athletic, Queens Park Rangers, Nottingham Forest, Montpellier and Columbus Crew.
Arguably his most successful spell came at QPR, where he became somewhat of a cult hero. Padula was signed in 2002 by then QPR manager Ian Holloway but initially found it hard to break into the first team. He eventually got his chance due to injuries away at Plymouth, where he finally displayed his tough slide tackling and steely determination. Padula became an overnight fan-favourite and one of the first names on the team sheet. As his confidence grew, he became more and more attacking and his prowess from dead balls became legendary with the QPR faithful.
• Padula helped QPR to the 2003 Division Two playoff final which he started and performed solidly against Cardiff City at the Millenium Stadium. He was withdrawn in the 79th minute, being replaced by Tommy Williams. QPR lost the game one nil after extra time. The following season, Gino started 36 league games for QPR and scored 3 goals. QPR finished second only to Plymouth and won promotion back to the second tier of English football, the newly renamed Championship. Upon winning promotion on the final day of the season, beating Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 at Hillsbrough, Padula danced in front of the 8000 travelling QPR fans, holding an Argentina flag.
He remains one of the most popular modern-era QPR characters.
Full name Gino Mauro Padula
Date of birth 11 July 1976 (age 39)
Place of birth Lanús, Argentina
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Left back
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1997 River Plate 3 (0)
1997–1998 Huracán 31 (1)
1998–1999 Xerez 7 (0)
1999 Bristol Rovers 0 (0)
1999–2000 Walsall 25 (0)
2000–2001 Wigan Athletic 4 (0)
2002–2005 Queens Park Rangers 90 (4)
2005–2006 Nottingham Forest 3 (0)
2007–2008 Montpellier 7 (0)
2008–2010 Columbus Crew 56 (1)
Total 195 (6)