Hugo Sotil

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Hugo Sotil
Personal information
Full name Hugo Alejandro Sotil Yerén
Date of birth (1946-05-18) 18 May 1946 (age 68)
Place of birth Ica, Peru
Playing position Strikermidfielder
Youth career
Club Gaillard
Deportivo Municipal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1973 Deportivo Municipal 121 (49)
1973–1977 Barcelona 65 (21)
1977–1978 Alianza Lima 48 (23)
1979–1980 Independiente Medellín 32 (8)
1981–1982 Deportivo Municipal 20 (7)
1984 Los Espartanos 8 (2)
1986 Deportivo Junin
National team
1970–1978 Peru 62 (18)
Teams managed
1985 Los Espartanos
1986 Deportivo Junin
1999 Deportivo Municipal
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Hugo Alejandro Sotil Yerén (born 18 May 1946[1][2] in Ica) is a Peruvian former professional football player. Nicknamed El Cholo, he played as a striker or midfielder. Together with Teófilo Cubillas and Héctor Chumpitaz, he was one of Peru's most recognized football players of the 1970s. He also was a popular player in Peru, and a biopic on his life was released in that decade.[3] [4]

He was part of the Peruvian squad that won the Copa América 1975.[5] He also played for Peru at the 1970 and 1978 FIFA World Cups.[6] He won the 1973–74 La Liga title with FC Barcelona, with Johan Cruyff as a teammate.

He became famous for his great passing qualities and excellent dribbling, but various personal problems curtailed his playing career.[7]

Club career[edit]

CD Municipal[edit]

In 1968, Sotil made his debut at the professional level for Municipal in the Peruvian Second Division, which he helped to obtain promotion to the First Division that year.

Sotil also played and scored the opening goal in an all-star match between Europe and South America in 1973 at the Camp Nou in Barcelona. Soccer greats such as Johan Cruyff, Franz Beckenbauer, Roberto Rivelino and Teófilo Cubillas took part in that game. The game finished 4–4 and in Penalty kicks, South America won 7–6.

FC Barcelona[edit]

In 1973 he was transferred to FC Barcelona of Spain, where he was teammate of the stars Johan Cruyff, Juan Manuel Asensi and Carles Rexach, among others. He was the club's striker, holding the number ten shirt. He made his debut for Barça on 22 August,[8] winning the Joan Gamper Trophy after beating Borussia Mönchengladbach 4–2 in penalties (2–2 in normal time), with Sotil scoring the opening goal.

In the 1973–1974 season, Barcelona won the Spanish League after 14 trophyless seasons. Sotil was part of the team which demolished Real Madrid 5–0 in the Spanish League game played at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, where he scored the fifth goal.[9] On 21 Aug 1974 Sotil won his second Gamper Trophy after a 4–1 victory against Rangers F.C.. By then, he was one of the Spanish League's most recognized football players.

Barcelona's hiring of Dutchman Johan Neeskens, who took a foreigner slot, and his own drinking problems resulted in his relegation from the first team in the 1974–1975 season. FC Barcelona occupied third place, and Catalan people demanded the return of Sotil to the team first for 1975–1976 season.

He stayed with FC Barcelona for three seasons (1973 to 1976), played 111 games, and scored 33 goals.[10]

Alianza Lima[edit]

In 1977 he returned to Peru and played for Alianza Lima, Sotil had a brief resurgence in form that lasted for two seasons, showing that, although he had lost some of his pace, he retained his skills. He helped the team to win the 1977 and 1978 titles leaving a trail of 23 goals in 48 matches and a good 1978 Copa Libertadores.

Independiente Medellín[edit]

In 1979, Sotil went to Colombia, where he did not perform well. Constantly in and out of the lineup and only able to score 8 goals in 33 matches Sotil considered retiring from football.

CD Municipal[edit]

But Sotil decided he would make one final push going back to Municipal and playing there until 1982, and returning briefly to football in 1984, playing for Espartanos, a small provincial team. His life is compared to that of George Best, another footballer whose career ended due to personal problems. However he currently works in Peru training youngsters.

International career[edit]

Summary[edit]

Sotil made his debut for the national team on 4 February 1970, in a friendly game against Bulgaria at Lima, he scored a hat-trick for Peru in a 5–3 win. He made a total of 62 appearances for Peru between 1970 and 1978, scoring 18 goals,.[11]

1970 FIFA World Cup: Quarter Finals[edit]

He was part of the Peruvian national team in the 1970 World Cup in Mexico and although he was used most often as a substitute in the tournament, he was still able to play in a 3–2 win against Bulgaria, a 1–0 win against Morocco and a 1–3 loss to West Germany. He was also in the quarterfinal loss against eventual champions Brazil by 2–4. Sotil is also much remembered for his assists, as he helped teammate Teófilo Cubillas to capture the Bronze Boot.

Copa America 1975: Champion[edit]

Sotil won the 1975 Copa América, playing only in the final game since his club did not allow him to travel often. Sotil arrived in Caracas, where the final was played, and he went immediately from the airport to the soccer stadium arriving when all his teammates were warming up. In that game, against Colombia, Sotil scored the only goal, giving Peru its second title as South American champions.

1978 FIFA World Cup: Second Round[edit]

Peru finished first in the South American qualifying subgroup for the 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification after draws with Ecuador, 1–1, and Chile, 1–1, in the first leg and wins by 4–0 against Ecuador a victory against Chile 2–0 in the second leg, with Sotil scoring one and assisting the other to Juan Carlos Oblitas.

At the 1978 FIFA World Cup Sotil appeared in two out of three group stage matches. His first start of the competition was a 3–1 win over Scotland, on 3 June. After a draw with the Netherlands, 0–0, and a win over Iran 4–1, Peru pushed the Netherlands into second place in Group 4. Expectations were high for Peru, however, with 3 losses, Peru finished at the bottom of their group went out in the second round. Sotil failed to score in the tournament.

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season Domestic League Domestic Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Deportivo Municipal 1968 Segunda División 18 10 - - - - - - 18 10
1969 Torneo Descentralizado 18 10 - - - - - - 18 10
1970 26 12 - - - - - - 26 12
1971 30 11 - - - - - - 30 11
1972 29 14 - - - - - - 29 14
Total 121 57 - - - - - - 121 57
Barcelona 1973–74[12] La Liga 34 10 0 0 2 1 14 6 50 17
1974–75[13] 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 4 11 4
1975–76[14] 19 2 2 1 5 1 8 2 34 6
1976–77[15] 5 1 0 0 3 0 3 1 11 2
Total 58 13 2 1 10 2 36 13 96 29
Alianza Lima 1977 Torneo Descentralizado 30 17 - - - - - - 30 17
1978 15 8 - - ~10 5 - - ~25 ~13
Total 45 25 - - ~10 5 - - ? ~30
Independiente Medellín 1979 Categoría Primera A 22 6 - - - - - - 22 6
1980 10 2 - - - - - - 10 2
Total 32 8 - - - - - - 32 8
Deportivo Municipal 1981 Torneo Descentralizado 10 4 - - - - - - 30 17
1982 10 3 - - ~6 0 - - ~16 3
Total 20 7 - - ~6 0 - - ~26 7
Los Espartanos de Pacasmayo 1984 Copa Perú ? ? - - - - - - ? ?
1985 Torneo Descentralizado 10 4 - - - - - - 10 4
Total ? ? - - - - - - ? ?
Deportivo Junín 1986 Torneo Descentralizado ? ? - - - - - - ? ?
Total ? ? - - - - - - ? ?
Career total ? ? ? ? ? 7 ? ? ? ?

Honors[edit]

Club[edit]

Spain FC Barcelona[edit]

PeruAlianza Lima[edit]

Peru CD Municipal[edit]

Peru Los Espartanos de Pacasmayo[edit]

Peru National team[edit]

Individual awards[edit]

  • 1973 Peruvian Footballer of the Year
  • 1973 CONMEBOL XI All-Star Team[16]
  • 1974 Peruvian Footballer of the Year
  • 2006 Named one of the Great Stars of the World Cup History[17]

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