Mario Kempes

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Mario Alberto Kempes
Mario Kempes 2006.jpg
Kempes in 2006
Personal information
Full name Mario Alberto Kempes Chiodi
Date of birth (1954-07-15) 15 July 1954 (age 59)
Place of birth Bell Ville, Argentina
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Instituto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1973 Instituto 13 (11)
1974–1976 Rosario Central 107 (85)
1977–1981 Valencia 142 (95)
1981–1982 River Plate 29 (15)
1982–1984 Valencia 42 (21)
1984–1986 Hércules 38 (10)
1986–1987 First Vienna 20 (7)
1987–1990 St. Pölten 96 (34)
1990–1992 Kremser SC 39 (7)
1995 Fernández Vial 11 (5)
1999 Pelita Jaya 15 (10)
Total 537 (290)
National team
1973–1982 Argentina 43 (20)
Teams managed
1996 Pelita Jaya
1996 Lushnja
1997–1998 Mineros de Guayana
1999 The Strongest
2000 Blooming
2000–2001 Independiente Petrolero
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mario Alberto Kempes Chiodi (born 15 July 1954 in Bell Ville, Córdoba) is a retired Argentine footballer. His father, Mario, also a footballer, inspired him to play from a young age. At the age of seven he began playing with a junior team and at fourteen, he joined the Talleres reserves. A prolific goalscorer, he is most notable for playing for Valencia, finishing as La Liga's top goalscorer twice, and being the focal point of Argentina's 1978 World Cup win where he received the World Cup Golden Boot.

Kempes won South American Footballer of the Year and World Cup Golden Ball in 1978. In 2004 he was named as one of the Top 125 greatest living footballers as part of FIFA's 100th anniversary celebration.[1]

Club career[edit]

Kempes was nicknamed El Toro and El Matador. During his first stint with Valencia, he won two consecutive Pichichis, scoring 24 and 28 goals in 1976–77 and 1977–78. His career started at local club Instituto, where he played alongside Osvaldo Ardiles before quickly moving on to Rosario Central, where he scored 85 goals in 105 matches and established himself as a notorious goalscorer, which prompted a move to Valencia, where he would go on to win the Copa del Rey, the European Cup Winners' Cup and the UEFA Super Cup. Famous as a hard-working forward, he used to strike from outside the penalty area with his surging runs goalwards and was not the traditional center-forward operating solely inside the box. Many defenders found difficulty handling his attacking style.

Before the 1978 World Cup, Kempes was the only foreign based player on the list of coach César Luis Menotti's national team in Argentina, he was at the time playing for Spanish giants Valencia while the other squad members all played in Argentina. The coach described him when announcing the squad he had selected for the 1978 tournament, "He's strong, he's got skill, he creates spaces and he shoots hard. He's a player who can make a difference, and he can play in a centre-forward position."

Kempes had been the top scorer in La Liga in each of the past two seasons and was determined to show on home soil that he could deliver against the best on the sport's greatest stage as well. However, in 1974, at the age of 20, he failed to get on the score-sheet in West Germany and after the first round group stage in 1978, his name was still missing among goal scorers in the tournament.

International career[edit]

During his club career he won 43 caps for Argentina and scored 20 times. He represented his country in three World Cups in 1974, 1978 and 1982, winning the competition in 1978. He was the leading goalscorer in the 1978 tournament, scoring six goals. Two of these goals were in the final against the Netherlands, which Argentina won 3–1. His second goal, in the 105th minute, was the game winner in extra time. More notoriously in the 1978 cup, Kempes stopped a goal with his hand in a second round match against Poland.[2] This resulted in a penalty kick that was promptly saved by Ubaldo Fillol.[3]

In 1978 he was named South American Football Player of the Year ("El Mundo," Caracas, Venezuela). He was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004.

Managerial career[edit]

Kempes made his full time managing debut in Albania. His brief spell with Lushnja was groundbreaking, as he became the first foreign manager who signed a foreign player for the first time in Albanian football history. His career in Albania came to a quick end in 1997. The following year, he landed a job with Venezuelan side Mineros de Guayana. In 1999, Kempes moved to Bolivia and managed The Strongest, before taking charge of Blooming in 2000. Previously, he worked as assistant coach for Uruguayan manager Héctor Núñez in Valencia, and as a player-manager of Indonesian League champions Pelita Jaya.

Commentary career[edit]

He currently works as a football analyst and commentator in Spanish for ESPN Deportes (ESPN's Spanish language version). Moreover, he as well as Fernando Palomo and Ciro Procuna will provide the commentary in the Latin American version of the videogame FIFA 13 and FIFA 14.

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Argentina League Cup League Cup South America Total
1973 Instituto Primera División 13 11
1974 Central Primera División 36 29
1975 49 35
1976 22 21
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Europe Total
1976–77 Valencia La Liga 34 24 0 0 - - - - 34 24
1977–78 34 28 12 11 - - - - 46 39
1978–79 30 12 10 3 - - 6 3 46 18
1979–80 32 22 2 2 - - 9 9 43 33
1980–81 12 9 1 0 - - 5 2 18 11
Argentina League Cup League Cup South America Total
1981 River Plate Primera División 29 15
1982 0 0
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Europe Total
1982–83 Valencia La Liga 27 13 1 0 2 0 8 0 38 13
1983–84 15 8 4 3 2 0 - - 19 11
1984–85 Hércules La Liga 17 1 2 0
1985–86 21 9 2 1
Austria League Austrian Cup League Cup Europe Total
1986–87 First Vienna Bundesliga 20 7
1987–88 Sankt Pölten First League 32 10
1988–89 Bundesliga 29 9
1989–90 35 15
1990–91 Kremser Bundesliga 21 5
1991–92 18 2
Chile League Copa Chile League Cup South America Total
1995 Fernández Vial Primera B 11 5
Indonesia League Piala Indonesia League Cup Asia Total
1995–96 Pelita Jaya Liga Indonesia 15 10 15 10
Total Argentina 149 111
Spain 222 126
Austria 155 48
Chile 11 5
Indonesia 15 10 15 10
Career total 552 300

International[edit]

[4]

Argentina national team
Year Apps Goals
1973 1 0
1974 10 4
1975 4 3
1976 9 7
1977 0 0
1978 7 6
1979 0 0
1980 0 0
1981 3 0
1982 9 0
Total 43 20

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Argentina's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 22 April 1974 Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires  Romania 2–1 2–1 Friendly
2. 18 May 1974 Parc des Princes, Paris  France 1–0 1–0 Friendly
3. 22 May 1974 Wembley Stadium, London  England 1–2 2–2 Friendly
4. 2–2
5. 3 August 1975 Estadio Olímpico, Caracas  Venezuela 2–1 5–1 1975 Copa América
6. 10 August 1975 Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario  Venezuela 5–0 11–0 1975 Copa América
7. 10–0
8. 27 February 1976 Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti, Buenos Aires  Brazil 2–1 2–1 Roca Cup 1976
9. 20 March 1976 Central Lenin Stadium, Kiev  Soviet Union 1–0 1–0 Friendly
10. 14 June 1978 Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario  Poland 1–0 2–0 1978 World Cup
11. 2–0
12. 21 June 1978 Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario  Peru 1–0 6–0 1978 World Cup
13. 3–0
14. 25 June 1978 Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti, Buenos Aires  Netherlands 1–0 3–1 1978 World Cup
15. 2–1

Honours[edit]

Valencia
1979
1980
1980
River Plate
1981
Argentina
1978
Individual
1974
1976
1977, 1978
1978
1978
1978
1978
2004
  • South American Player of the Century: Ranking Nº 23: 1
2006[5]
  • once d'or: 1978

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pele's list of the greatest". BBC Sport. 4 March 2004. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Argentina vs Poland – World Cup 1978 – full match – part 4/8 @YouTube
  3. ^ FIFA.com 1978 World Cup Match Report – Argentina – Poland
  4. ^ Mario Kempes at National-Football-Teams.com
  5. ^ South American – Player of the Century Retrieved on 3 January 2009

"Research: Soccer Net USA". Archived from the original on 16 November 2006. Retrieved 25 November 2006. 

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