Héctor Chumpitaz

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Hector Chumpitaz
Personal information
Full name Héctor Eduardo Chumpitaz Gonzales
Date of birth (1943-04-12) April 12, 1943 (age 74)
Place of birth Cañete, Peru
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1965 Deportivo Municipal
1966–1975 Universitario (46[1])
1975–1977 Atlas 60 (6)
1977–1984 Sporting Cristal (8[1])
National team
1965–1981 Peru 105 (3)
Teams managed
1985 Unión Huaral
1985–1986 Sporting Cristal
1991 AELU
2012 Deportivo Municipal
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Héctor Eduardo Chumpitaz Gonzales (American Spanish: [ˈektor ˈtʃumpitas]; born April 12, 1943 in Cañete) is a former footballer from Peru. He, Teófilo Cubillas and Hugo Sotil have been some of Peru's most recognized football players

He was the captain of the Peruvian national team that was victorious at Copa America 1975 and during the 1970 and 1978 World Cups, Nicknamed El Capitán de America (America's Captain) because of his technique, his leadership, his organisation ability on the field and was selected captain of the American continent's team.

Chumpitaz is considered one of the greatest South American defenders of all-time and was named to the list of best World Cup players of all time by Terra.com in 2006. He was elected the 35th best South American footballer of the 20th century in a poll by the IFFHS in 2000.[2]


At the age of 19, Chumpitaz joined a second division team in Peru, the Unidad Vecinal. Chumpitaz became a first division player in 1964, when he was signed by Deportivo Municipal, a team where he stayed until 1965.

During 1966, Chumpitaz began playing for Universitario de Deportes, where he was part of the team that won 5 Peruvian league championships (1966, 1967, 1969, 1971 and 1974).

Chumpitaz captained the Universitario de Deportes side to a runner up in the Copa Libertadores 1972, losing 2-1 to Independiente of the Argentina in the final.

In 1973, All-Star teams from the American and European continents played against each other in Barcelona, Spain. Soccer greats such as Johan Cruyff, Franz Beckenbauer, Teófilo Cubillas participated in that game. Chumpitaz was selected captain of the American continent's team[3] thus earning the nickname America's Captain. The game finishes 4-4 and in Penalty kicks, America wins 7-6.

The following year, he was signed, for the first time, by an international club, when he played with the Club Atlas team in Mexico.

In 1977, he went on to play for Sporting Cristal, a team he would play with until 1984. He won 3 Peruvian league championships (1979, 1980 and 1983).

He became Peruvian history's top scoring defender of first division, with 65 goals in 456 matches.

International career[edit]

On April 3 of that year, Chumpitaz played his first game as a member of Peru's national soccer team, when the Peruvians lost to Paraguay, 1-0, in Lima. On May 16, 1965, Chumpitaz played his first World Cup qualifier game, as Peru beat Venezuela, 1-0, in Lima. His first game abroad came later that year, as Peru and Venezuela held a rematch in Caracas, with the Peruvians defeating the Venezuelans by a score of 6-3.

Chumpitaz secured his first World Cup action when Peru's national team, winning 1-0 in Lima, and soon tied with Argentina, 2-2, on August 31, 1969 in Buenos Aires. Chumpitaz played his first World Cup game on June 2, 1970, when the Peruvians defeated Bulgaria, 3-2, in León, Mexico. Although Peru advanced to the quarterfinals of that World Cup, they were eliminated by Brazil on June 14 in Guadalajara, by a score of 4-2.[4]

Chumpitaz played for Peru's national team in the Brazil Independence Cup, held between June 18 and June 25, 1972, in Manaus, Brazil. He helped his team to the championship game with a 1-0 victory over Venezuela, but the Peruvian team lost in its group's final game to Yugoslavia, 2-1.

In 1975, Chumpitaz played for the national team that won the Copa America held in Colombia.[5]

Chumpitaz returned to the World Cup in 1978,[6] when Peru played for the FIFA's most heralded championship in Argentina. Peru played six games in that World Cup, winning three of them. This would turn out to be Chumpitaz's lastWorld Cup participation; he retired from the Peruvian national team after the team qualified for the 1982 World Cup, held in Spain. Chumpitaz played a total of 105 games with the national team.

In February 2008, to celebrate of first World Cup win Brazilian, he was selected as the All-Star First Team of America of the past 50 years.[7]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 18 June 1969 Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru  Colombia 1–1 Draw Friendly
2. 2 June 1970 Estadio Nou Camp, León, Mexico  Bulgaria 3–2 Win 1970 FIFA World Cup
3. 10 October 1979 Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru  Paraguay 2–3 Lost Friendly
Correct as of 8 March 2012


Universitario de Deportes[edit]

Sporting Cristal[edit]

National team[edit]

Individual awards[edit]

  • 1969 Best Defender CONMEBOL
  • 1971 Best Defender CONMEBOL
  • 1973 All Stars CONMEBOL: Captain[8]
  • 2000 World Soccer's: The 100 Greatest Footballers of All Time[9]
  • 2004 South American - Player of the Century: Ranking Nº 35[10]
  • 2007 Midfield Dynamo's 10 Heroes of the Copa América[11]
  • 2007 Copa America All-Star team, all-time[12]
  • 2008 All Stars CONMEBOL in the last 50 years[13]
  • 2008 Defender all-time scoring: Ranking Nº 32[14]

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
1964 Deportivo Municipal Primera División 0 0 - -
1965 -
1966 Universitario Primera División 10 2
1967 13 3
1968 10 1
1970 8 0
1971 8 1
1972 7 0
1973 2 0
Mexico League Copa México North America Total
1975-76 Atlas Primera División
1976-77 -
Peru League Cup South America Total
1977 Sporting Cristal Primera División -
1978 4 0
1980 6 1
1981 6 1
Total Peru 404 60 0 0 74 9 478 69
Mexico 52 5 0 0 0 0 52 5
Career total 456 65 0 0 74 9 530 74

Current life[edit]

Despite retiring, Chumpitaz continued being a public figure, and, on December 3, 2004, he was found guilty and sentenced to four years of suspended sentence (probation), for allegedly accepting US$30,000 from presidential advisor and right-hand man Vladimiro Montesinos, supposedly after joining former minister Juan Carlos Hurtado in latter's quest to become mayor of Lima in 1998, during Alberto Fujimori's presidency. After the appeals process, on April 8, 2005, the Supreme Court of Peru nullified the sentence against Chumpitaz.


  1. ^ a b Behr, Raul. "Oh capitán, mi capitán" (in Spanish). Dechalaca.com. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  2. ^ IFFHS' Century Elections Archived March 3, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. - rsssf.com - by Karel Stokkermans, RSSSF, 2000.
  3. ^ Captains the American and European: Chumpitaz and Cruyff
  4. ^ World Cup 1970
  5. ^ Copa América 1975 Archived March 27, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ World Cup 1978
  7. ^ All-Star First Team Selection (1958-2008) Retrieved on January 17, 2009.
  8. ^ 1973 All Star CONMEBOL
  9. ^ World Soccer's: The 100 Greatest Footballers of All Time Archived December 31, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ South American - Player of the Century Archived December 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Midfield Dynamo's 10 Heroes of the Copa América Héctor Chumpitaz listed in the top 10
  12. ^ Copa America All-Stars of All Time
  13. ^ Named in the Ideal Selection of sudamerica in the last 50 years
  14. ^ The World's 80 most successful Top Division Goal Scorers among the defensive Players of all time

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