Teófilo Cubillas

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Cubillas and the second or maternal family name is Arizaga.
Teófilo Cubillas
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Hugo Sotil, Teofilo Cubillas, and Roberto Challe
Personal information
Full name Teófilo Juan Cubillas Arizaga
Date of birth (1949-03-08) 8 March 1949 (age 65)
Place of birth Lima, Peru
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Youth career
Alianza Lima
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1972 Alianza Lima 175 (116)
1973 Basel 10 (3)
1974?–1977 Porto 108 (65)
1977–1978 Alianza Lima 56 (42)
1979–1983 Fort Lauderdale Strikers (1977–83) 120 (59)
1984 Alianza Lima 4 (4)
1985 South Florida Sun 2 (1)
1987–1988 Alianza Lima 31 (18)
1988 Fort Lauderdale Strikers (1988-1994) ? (7)
1989 Miami Sharks 7 (?)
National team
1968–1982 Peru 81 (26)
Teams managed
1988 Alianza Lima
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Teófilo Juan Cubillas Arizaga (born 8 March 1949) is a Peruvian former footballer. He was selected as Peru's greatest ever player in an IFFHS poll, in which he was also included in the world's Top 50.[1] He was renowned for his technique and free kick ability.

Nicknamed El Nene (The Kid), he was part of the Peru national team that won the 1975 Copa América.[2] He helped Peru reach the quarter finals at the 1970 FIFA World Cup[3] and again at the 1978 World Cup[4] and was elected the South American Footballer of the Year in 1972.

He is the all-time leading scorer for his country, with 26 goals in 81 matches. In 2004, Pelé selected Cubillas as one of the FIFA 100, a list of 125 footballing greats.[5] In February 2008, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Brazilian World Cup victory, he was selected in the All-Star First Team of South America of the past 50 years.[6] Cubillas is one of only three players to score five or more goals in two different World Cups, the other two being Miroslav Klose and Thomas Müller.[7]

Club career[edit]

Nicknamed "Nene" (the babe) for his boyish looks, Cubillas began his career with Alianza Lima at the age of 16 in 1966.[8] Whilst at Alianza he was top scorer in the Peruvian Primera División in 1966 and 1970.[9]

In 1972, he had his most successful season in several years. He was Libertadores Cup top scorer and South American Footballer of the Year.[10]

In 1973 he transferred to Swiss football club FC Basel for a fee of £97,000.[11] He scored two goals for Basel in the 1973–74 European Cup, the second of which was scored on 20 September 1973.[12]

Later on in the 1973–74 season he moved to Portuguese club FC Porto for a fee of £200,000.[11]

In 1977 he returned to Alianza Lima.[citation needed]

In 1979, Cubillas joined the NASL, signing for Fort Lauderdale Strikers, where he spent five seasons, scoring 59 league goals, including three goals in seven minutes against the Los Angeles Aztecs in 1981.[13]

Following the December 1987 Alianza Lima air crash Cubillas returned from his Miami home to play for free for Alianza, who lost most of their players in the crash.[14] He also managed the club for a period in 1988.[15]

In May 1988 Cubillas signed with the newly resurrected Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the American Soccer League.[16] The Strikers went to the ASL title game where they fell to the Washington Diplomats.[17] Following the loss to the Diplomats, the Strikers released Cubillas.[18]

In March 1989, he signed with the Miami Sharks but was released on 3 July after scoring only one goal in eight games.[19] As of June 1991 he was playing and coaching at Miramar Illusiones of the Gold Coast Soccer League in Florida.[20]

International career[edit]

Cubillas played in two World Cups eight years apart and scored five goals in each.[21]

1970 World Cup[edit]

Cubillas helped Peru advance to the quarter-finals of the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. He scored in all of Peru's four matches: once against Bulgaria, twice against Morocco, and once against West Germany, all in the first round. Cubillas then scored another goal in the quarter-final loss against eventual champions Brazil, and he thus finished as the third highest goal scorer in the tournament.[3]

He won the FIFA World Cup Young Player Award, and was third in the Golden Shoe award.[22]

1975 Copa America[edit]

Peru did not qualify for the 1974 FIFA World Cup in West Germany, but a year later, Cubillas helped the Peruvian team win its second South American title, the Copa América 1975. Cubillas scored against Brazil in the semi-final, and then played in the play-off match in the final.[2]

1978 World Cup[edit]

In the 1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina, he scored five goals for the Peruvian national team, finishing joint second highest goal scorer after Mario Kempes. Peru advanced to the second phase of the tournament thanks to goals from Cubillas: he scored two goals in the opening match against Scotland (one of which was an excellent free-kick),[23] and he then scored a hat-trick in the game against Iran, including two penalties. However, Peru subsequently lost to Brazil, Poland, and Argentina, although Cubillas played in all six Peruvian matches in the tournament.[4]

1982 World Cup[edit]

He was also in the Peruvian squad for 1982 FIFA World Cup. He played in all three group games but did not score any goals.[21]

Honors[edit]

Individual[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Peru League Cup South America Total
1966 Alianza Lima Primera División 23 19 ? ? ? ?
1967 25 9 ? ?
1968 26 19 ? ?
1969 11 5 ? ?
1970 27 22 ? ?
1971 ? ? ? ?
1972 ? ? ? ? ? ?
1973 ? ? ? ?
Switzerland League Schweizer Cup Europe Total
1973–74 Basel Super League ? ? ? ? ? 2[12] ? ?
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Europe Total
1973–74 Porto Primeira Liga[34] 12 4 ? ? - 14 6
1974–75 30 9 ? ? ? ? 38 15
1975–76 29 28 ? ? ? ? 38 35
1976–77 14 7 ? ? ? ? 18 9
Peru League Cup South America Total
1977 Alianza Lima Primera División[34] 32 23 32 23
1978 15 12 ? ? ? ?
USA League Open Cup North America Total
1979 Fort Lauderdale Strikers[35] North American
Soccer League
30 16 32 16
1980 27 14 34 18
1981 28 17 34 19
1982 13 4 18 4
1983 22 8 23 8
Peru League Cup South America Total
1984 Alianza Lima Primera División 4 4 4 4
USA League Open Cup North America Total
1985[36] South Florida Sun USL 2 1 2 1
Peru League Cup South America Total
1987 Alianza Lima Primera División 13 3 13 3
USA League Open Cup North America Total
1988[37] Fort Lauderdale Strikers (1988–94) ASL ? 7 ? 7
Total Peru 233 152 0 0 ? ? 249 165
Switzerland 10 3 2 2 2 2 14 7
Portugal 85 48 13 10 10 7 108 65
USA 163 75 0 0 0 0 163 75
Career total 491 278 15 12 28 22 534 312

Note: Total statistics for his time in the NASL (1979–83) include playoff matches.

International goals[edit]

Teofilo Cubillas: International goals[38]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 1969-07-17 Bogotá, Colombia  Colombia 2–1 3–1 Friendly
2 1969-09-07 Lima, Peru  Paraguay 1–0 2–1 Friendly
3 1969-09-07 Lima, Peru  Paraguay 2–0 2–1 Friendly
4 1969-08-17 Lima, Peru  Bolivia 2–0 3–0 1970 World Cup Qualifier
5 1970-07-02 Lima, Peru  Czechoslovakia 2–1 2–1 Friendly
6 1970-09-02 Lima, Peru  Romania 1–1 1–1 Friendly
7 1970-02-24 Lima, Peru  Bulgaria 1–2 5–3 Friendly
8 1970-06-02 León, Mexico  Bulgaria 3–2 3–2 1970 World Cup
9 1970-06-02 León, Mexico  Morocco 1–0 3–0 1970 World Cup
10 1970-06-06 León, Mexico  Morocco 3–0 3–0 1970 World Cup
11 1970-06-10 León, Mexico  West Germany 1–2 1–3 1970 World Cup
12 1970-06-14 Guadalajara, Mexico  Brazil 2–3 2–4 1970 World Cup
13 1972-04-05 Mexico City, Mexico  Mexico 1–1 1–2 Friendly
14 1972-04-23 Bucharest, Romania  Romania 1–1 2–2 Friendly
15 1973-03-04 Lima, Peru  Guatemala 2–0 5–1 Friendly
16 1973-03-04 Lima, Peru  Guatemala 4–1 5–1 Friendly
17 1973-04-23 Lima, Peru  Panama 3–0 4–0 Friendly
18 1975-08-20 Lima, Peru  Chile 2–0 3–1 Copa America 1975
19 1975-09-30 Belo Horizonte, Brasil  Brazil 2–0 3–1 Copa America 1975
20 1977-07-17 Cali, Colombia  Bolivia 2–0 5–0 1978 World Cup Qualifier
21 1977-07-17 Cali, Colombia  Bolivia 3–0 5–0 1978 World Cup Qualifier
22 1978-06-03 Córdoba, Argentina  Scotland 2–1 3–1 1978 World Cup
23 1978-06-03 Córdoba, Argentina  Scotland 3–1 3–1 1978 World Cup
24 1978-06-11 Córdoba, Argentina  Iran 2–0 4–1 1978 World Cup
25 1978-06-11 Córdoba, Argentina  Iran 3–0 4–1 1978 World Cup
26 1978-06-11 Córdoba, Argentina  Iran 4–1 4–1 1978 World Cup

References[edit]

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