|Full name||Mario Alberto Kempes Chiodi|
|Date of birth||15 July 1954|
|Place of birth||Bell Ville, Argentina|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Position(s)||Striker, attacking midfielder|
|1961–1968||Club Atlético y Biblioteca Bell|
|1997–1998||Mineros de Guayana|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals|
Mario Alberto Kempes Chiodi (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmaɾjo alˈβeɾto ˈkempes ˈtʃjoði], Italian: [ˈkjɔ.di]; born 15 July 1954) is an Argentine former professional footballer who played as a striker or attacking midfielder. A prolific goalscorer, he finished as La Liga's top goalscorer twice with Valencia where he amassed 116 goals in 184 league games.
At international level, Kempes was the focal point of Argentina's 1978 World Cup win where he scored twice in the final and received the Golden Boot as top goalscorer. He also won the Golden Ball for the player of the tournament, making him one of only three players to have won all three awards at a single World Cup, along with Garrincha in 1962 and Paolo Rossi in 1982.
Kempes won South American Footballer of the Year, Onze d'Or European 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. Kempes was nicknamed El Toro and El Matador.
Kempes was born in Bell Ville, Córdoba. His father, Mario Quemp, was of German heritage. His mother, Teresa Chiodi, was Italian. At the age of seven he began playing with a junior team and at fourteen he joined the Talleres reserves.
Kempes' career started at local club Instituto, where he played alongside Osvaldo Ardiles before quickly moving on to Rosario Central, where he established himself as a remarkable goalscorer, scoring 85 goals in 105 matches, prompting Valencia to sign him. At Mestalla he would go on to win the Copa del Rey, the European Cup Winners' Cup and the UEFA Super Cup as well as two consecutive Pichichis, scoring 24 and 28 goals in the 1976–77 and 1977–78 seasons. Famous as a hard-working forward, he used to strike from outside the penalty area with his surging runs towards goal 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 Argentina national team. when announcing the squad he had selected for the 1978 tournament, Menotti described him with these words: "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 the previous two seasons and was determined to show on home soil that he could deliver against the best on the sport's greatest stage. However, he had failed to get on the score-sheet in West Germany in 1974, at the age of 20, and after the first round group stage in 1978, his name was still missing among goal scorers in the tournament.
After leaving Valencia in 1984, Kempes spent two years at Hércules in nearby Alicante before spending six years at various Austrian clubs. His play declined in his 30s and he did not compete for top scorer honours in the Austrian top flight. He rounded off his career with stints at more obscure clubs in Indonesia, Chile and Albania during the 1990s.
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 in three braces: the first two in Argentina's first semi-final group stage match against Poland, another two against Peru, and the last two 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. However, in the same tournament, he notoriously stopped a goal with his hand in a second-round match against Poland. This resulted in a penalty kick that was promptly saved by Ubaldo Fillol. His goals in the 1978 World Cup Final were his last for Argentina at the age of just 23.
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.
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 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 had worked as assistant coach for Uruguayan manager Héctor Núñez in Valencia and as a player-manager of Indonesian League champions Pelita Jaya.
He currently works as a football analyst and commentator in Spanish for ESPN Deportes (ESPN's Spanish-language version). With Fernando Palomo and Ciro Procuna he provides the commentary in the Latin American version of the FIFA franchise video games FIFA 13, FIFA 14, FIFA 15, FIFA 16, FIFA 17, FIFA 18, FIFA 19, FIFA 20, FIFA 21, FIFA 22 and FIFA 23.
|River Plate||1981||Primera División||29||15||—||—||—||—||—||—||29||15|
|First Vienna||1986–87||Austrian Bundesliga||20||7||—||—||—||—||—||—||20||7|
|Sankt Pölten||1987–88||Austrian First League||32||10||—||—||—||—||—||—||32||10|
|Kremser SC||1990–91||Austrian Bundesliga||21||5||—||—||—||—||—||—||21||5|
|Fernández Vial||1995||Primera B||11||5||—||—||—||—||—||—||11||5|
|Pelita Jaya||1996||Liga Indonesia||15||10||—||—||—||—||—||—||15||10|
- Scores and results list Argentina's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Kempes goal.
|1||22 April 1974||José Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina||Romania||2–1||2–1||Friendly|
|2||18 May 1974||Parc des Princes, Paris, France||France||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|3||22 May 1974||Wembley Stadium, London, England||England||1–2||2–2||Friendly|
|5||3 August 1975||Estadio Olímpico, Caracas, Venezuela||Venezuela||2–1||5–1||1975 Copa América|
|6||10 August 1975||Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario, Argentina||Venezuela||5–0||11–0||1975 Copa América|
|8||27 February 1976||Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti, Buenos Aires, Argentina||Brazil||2–1||2–1||Roca Cup 1976|
|9||20 March 1976||Central Stadium, Kyiv, Ukraine||Soviet Union||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|10||14 June 1978||Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario, Argentina||Poland||1–0||2–0||1978 FIFA World Cup|
|12||21 June 1978||Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario, Argentina||Peru||1–0||6–0||1978 FIFA World Cup|
|14||25 June 1978||Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti, Buenos Aires, Argentina||Netherlands||1–0||3–1||1978 FIFA World Cup|
- Argentine Primera División top scorers: 1974 Nacional, 1976 Metropolitan
- Pichichi Trophy: 1977, 1978
- FIFA World Cup Golden Boot: 1978
- FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: 1978
- FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1978
- Ballon d'Or: 1978 - Le nouveau palmarès (the new winners)
- Onze d'Or: 1978
- Olimpia de Plata: 1978
- South American Footballer of the Year: 1978
- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup top scorers: 1979–80
- FIFA 100: 2004
- South American Player of the Century: Ranking Nº 23: 2006
- Golden Foot: 2007, as football legend
- Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes: 2010, The stadium in Córdoba, Argentina was named after him.
- AFA Team of All Time (published 2015)
- ^ a b c "One's Kompany: just where have all the player-managers gone?". FourFourTwo. 22 May 2019.
Mario Kempes - Pelita Jaya and KS Lushnja (1996) | In his early forties, Kempes chanced his arm as player-manager of Albanian side KS Lushnja. His time in the Balkans was short-lived before he endured a similar fate in Indonesia with Pelita Jaya
- ^ "Kempes manager profile". BDFutbol.
- ^ "Pele's list of the greatest". BBC Sport. 4 March 2004. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
- ^ Argentina vs Poland – World Cup 1978 – full match – part 4/8 @YouTube
- ^ FIFA.com 1978 World Cup Match Report – Argentina – Poland
- ^ Mario Kempes at National-Football-Teams.com
- ^ "Indonesia – List of (Semi-)Professional Champions". Retrieved 18 October 2014.
- ^ "FIFA World Cup Golden Ball Awards". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 12 January 2016. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
- ^ Crépin, Timothé (2 December 2015). "Pelé devait être le recordman" (in French). France Football.
- ^ South American – Player of the Century Retrieved on 3 January 2009
- ^ "Golden Foot Award". Goldenfoot.com. Archived from the original on 10 February 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
- ^ "La Selección de Todos los Tiempos" [The Team of All Time] (in Spanish). Argentine Football Association. 4 January 2016. Archived from the original on 14 August 2018. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
"Research: Soccer Net USA". Soccer Net USA. Archived from the original on 16 November 2006. Retrieved 25 November 2006.
- Mario Kempes – FIFA competition record (archived)
- Mario Kempes at National-Football-Teams.com
- Mario Kempes at ESPN FC
- Mario Kempes at FootballDatabase.eu
- Mario Kempes at FootballFacts.ru (in Russian)
- Mario Kempes at L'Équipe Football (in French)
- Observer Sport biography
- Futbol Factory profile at the Wayback Machine (archived 20 October 2007) (in Spanish)
- Mario Kempes at BDFutbol
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