|Full name||César Augusto Cueto Villa|
|Date of birth||6 June 1952|
|Place of birth||Lima, Peru|
|Height||1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|1984–1985||América de Cali||34||(7)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of April 2008.
† Appearances (Goals).
César Augusto Cueto Villa (born 6 June 1952 in Lima) is recognized as one of the most technical and talented players that made the football team of Peru. Nicknamed "El Poeta de la zurda" (English: the Left-footed Poet),was an attacking midfielder of exceptional skill, ball control, vision and class to assist their peers, characteristics that have earned a place among the best midfielders in the history of World and South American football.
Regarded as one of Peru's most important players, he played 51 times for the Peru national team between 1972 and 1987 and was part of the squad that won the Copa América 1975. He also competed for Peru at the 1978 and 1982 FIFA World Cup.
He started his professional career with a local club Alianza Lima in 1969, and between 1973 and 1974 he was on loan with the teams José Galvez and Deportivo Municipal. After Cueto's return to Alianza Lima in 1975, the club won the league titles of 1975, 1977, and 1978.
In 1979, he moved to Colombia to play for Atlético Nacional, where he became the team captain, and won the national title in 1981 with great performances. The press praised his soccer playing qualities and he was elected "Mustang Cup best player on the Year": 1980, 1981. He is also considered Atlético Nacional's most renowned player, and was Carlos Valderrama's favorite player and initial inspiration.
After an injury in 1985, he retired from the national team but returned to play for Alianza after the 1987 air disaster; another injury struck him in 1988, forcing him away from playing. He played irregularly until his definite retirement in 1991.
Also a member of the Peru national team, he earned 51 caps and scored 6 goals for Peru. He was part of the Peru squad that won the Copa America 1975 and represented it in the World Cups of 1978 – scoring in the opening match against Scotland – and 1982.
Cueto was part of the Peru team which eliminated Colombia and Uruguay in the World Cup Qualifiers in 1981. Peru won in the South American qualifying group B. In 1982, the Peruvian National team then went on to a tour of North America and Europe. After losing to New York Cosmos, it went on to defeat Inter Milan and both the Hungary and France national teams. Cueto is best remembered for his great performance in the match against France of Platini on 28 April 1982 in París, which the France press acclaimed Peru national team as "one of the best teams in the world". Coming into the 1982 FIFA World Cup, there were high expectations for Peru as a dark horse favorite to win the cup with a team that included such notable players as Julio César Uribe, José Velásquez, Teófilo Cubillas and Cueto. With 2 draws and 1 defeat, Peru finished at the bottom of their group went out in the first round. Cueto himself had a disappointing tournament, Peru failed to advance to the next round, despite having an excellent team.
Also noteworthy was his remarkable appearance in the World Cup qualifying match against the Argentina in Buenos Aires in 1985, He displayed his trademark skills, baffling defenders and contributed a scintillating pass to Geronimo Barbadillo for go-ahead goal (the game ended in a tie).
Participation in the World Cup
|1978 FIFA World Cup||Argentina||Seventh Place|
|1982 FIFA World Cup||Spain||1º Round|
|1975||Peruvian national team||Copa America|
|1975||Alianza Lima||Peruvian League|
|1977||Alianza Lima||Peruvian League|
|1978||Alianza Lima||Peruvian League|
|1981||Atlético Nacional||Mustang Cup|
|1984||América de Cali||Mustang Cup|
- 1980 Peruvian Footballer of the year
- 1981 Mustang Cup Best player on the year
- rsssf: Peru record international footballers
- rsssf: Copa América 1975
- Cueto, returned to make soccer sublime
- National silenced to the Tolima
- Atlético Nacional: Titles
- Interview to Carlos Valderrama
- Idolos of the America of Cali: César Cueto "The Poet of the Golden Left Foot"
- Cueto vs France youtube
- (Spanish) Archiva Peru
- César Cueto at National-Football-Teams.com
- (Spanish) Interview: Luis Fernando Suárez, Colombian manager
- (Spanish) Futbol Factory profile[dead link]