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César Cueto
Personal information
Full name César Augusto Cueto Villa
Date of birth June 6, 1952 (1952-06-06) (age 57)
Place of birth    Lima, Peru
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 5+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Alianza Lima
José Gálvez
Deportivo Municipal
Alianza Lima
Atlético Nacional
América de Cali
Deportivo Pereira
Cucuta Deportivo
National team
1972-1985 Peru 51 (6)

1 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 a Peruvian former football midfielder who played 51 times for the Peru national team between 1972 and 1987[1] and was part of the squad that won the Copa América 1975[2]. He also competed for Peru at the 1978 and 1982 FIFA World Cup.



Cueto, nicknamed el Poeta de la Zurda (Cueto, the Poet with the Golden Left Foot), he is one of the most revered footballers in the history of his club Alianza Lima, and Peruvian football. He is also considered Atlético Nacional's most renowned player,[3] and was Carlos Valderrama's favorite player and initial inspiration.[4]


Club career

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[5] [6] and he was elected "Mustang Cup best player on the Year": 1980, 1981. He signed with América de Cali in 1984, winning another league title that year with the club. also as captain and team leader. [7]

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.

International career

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 American 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,[8] 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 Cesar Uribe, José Velásquez, Teófilo Cubillas and Cueto. With 2 loss 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.

Yet, not to forget was his great appearance in the World Cup qualifying match against the Argentina of Maradona in the city of Buenos Aires in 1985, where his skills left 4 opponents looking down on him and left the magic pass to Geronimo Barbadillo for the 2-1 lead before the final tragic tie.[9]

Participation in the World Cup

World Seat Result
1978 FIFA World Cup Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina Seventh Place
1982 FIFA World Cup Flag of Spain.svg Spain 1º Round


Season Team Title
1975 Peru Peruvian national team Copa America
1975 Peru Alianza Lima Peruvian League
1977 Peru Alianza Lima Peruvian League
1978 Peru Alianza Lima Peruvian League
1981 Colombia Atletico Nacional Mustang Cup
1984 Colombia America de Cali Mustang Cup

Individual awards

  • 1980 Peruvian Footballer of the year
  • 1981 Mustang Cup Best player on the year


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