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Guillermo Stábile
Guillermo Stábile in 1933
Personal information
Full name Guillermo Stábile
Date of birth January 17, 1905(1905-01-17)
Place of birth    Buenos Aires, Argentina
Date of death    December 27, 1966 (aged 61)
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career

Sportivo Metán
CA Huracán
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
CA Huracán
S.S.C. Napoli
Red Star Paris
0? 0(?)
41 (16)
20 0(3)
0? 0(?)   
National team
1930 Argentina 04 0(8)
Teams managed
Genoa (co-manager)
Red Star Paris
Racing Club

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Guillermo Stábile (January 17, 1905 - December 27, 1966) was an Argentine footballer and coach. On club level Stábile won two national championships with CA Huracán and played in Italy and France. He was the top-striker of the first World Cup 1930. As coach he led Argentina to victory at six Copa Américas and the suburban Buenos Aires side Racing Club to three league titles.



Stábile was born in Parque Patricios, Buenos Aires.

He started playing football with local club Sportivo Metán and from 1920 with Club Atlético Huracán. 1924 he progressed to the first team which played in Argentinas top league, which then still had amateur status. He started out on the right wing but soon evolved as the centre forward of the standard formation. Huracán won many competitions with Huracán, most notably the championships of 1925 and 1928 and the regional trophy Copa Dr. Carlos Ibarguren in 1925.


World Cup

Prior to the first FIFA World Cup which was held in Uruguay; Stábile had never played for Argentina before at 25 years old. He did not play in Argentina's first match of the competition against France.

However, he got his international debut in the following game against Mexico because first choice striker Roberto Cherro couldn't play to due an anxiety attack. The game finished 6-3 to Argentina with Guillermo Stábile scoring a hat-trick on his debut. This was long thought to be the first World Cup hat-trick until 76 years later on November 10, 2006 world football's governing body FIFA declared that United States forward Bert Patenaude had scored the first hat-trick 2 days prior to Stábile.[1]

The final game of the group stages saw Argentina facing South American rivals Chile, they won the game 3-1 with Stábile scoring twice. This meant that Argentina had qualified for the semi-finals, against the United States. The South Americans breezed through, with a 6–1 victory; Stábile added two more goals to his account and his nation had qualified for the World Cup final.

On July 30, 1930 the first ever World Cup final took place, between Argentina and Uruguay. At half time Argentina were leading 2-1, Stábile scoring the second goal. However they went on to lose 4-2.

Despite losing the final; Guillermo Stábile had made history in only four games, becoming top scorer in the first ever Football World Cup. It turned out that he would never play for Argentina again, and thus scored in every game he played for his country, with a ratio of two goals per match.

Move to Europe

After capturing the world's attention with his impressive feats in the First World Cup, he was signed by Italy's oldest football club; Genoa Cricket and Football Club. He instantly became a fan favourite at Genoa, chalking up a hat-trick on his debut against rivals Bologna. He stayed with the Genoan club for five years, playing 41 games and scoring 16 goals.

During the 1935-36 season,he moved to S.S.C. Napoli with Antonio Vojak transferring the other way to Genoa. This was during the era where with Attila Sallustro another South American legend played for Napoli. The club finished 8th in the league with Stábile scoring 3 goals in 20 games.

As a last act of his playing career, Stábile moved to Red Star Olympique in Paris, the club founded by Jules Rimet, the initiator the first World Cup in 1930. He stayed with the club until 1939 with the last honour of his playing career being helping the club achieve promotion, from Ligue 2 back into Ligue 1. He also served as player-manager for the club.


Stábile had received his first taste of coaching, way back in the 1931-32 season at Genoa, long before he retired from playing. Here he spent the aforementioned season as a co-manager alongside Luigi Burlando.

After a year at Red Star Paris, he became player-manager for the club; this included the season in which they were promoted from Ligue 2. Stábile left the French club, to coach the Argentine national team; He began his spell in 1939.

Stábile coached Argentina to six South American Championship trophies: in 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1955 and 1957. After the first round exit at the World Cup 1958, where Argentina lost the last of its three matches with 1-6 to Czechoslovakia, his time with the national side came to a halt. He was called back to the helm of Argentina in 1960 and he led Argentina in the third and last edition of the Panamerican Football Championship which took place in Costa Rica..

With the Argentine national side, as a coach (just as he had as a player) Stábile, set records; he coached the club for 123 official matches gaining 83 victories, making him one of the few coaches with more than 100 international matches in charge.

While managing the national side, he also had spells coaching three other clubs, first the club where he began his career; Huracán and then later Ferro Carril Oeste and Racing Club. He led Racing to three consecutive championships between 1949 and 1951.[2]

Stábile retired from management in 1960 to take up the role of director of the Argentine national school of football coaching, a post he held until his death in 1966.


Playing honours


  • World Cup: Runner-up 1930
    • Top-Striker: 1930

CA Huracán:

  • Championship of Argentina: 1925, 1928
  • Copa Dr. Carlos Ibarguren: 1925

Coaching honours


Racing Club:


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Preceded by
FIFA World Cup Golden Shoe
Succeeded by
Czechoslovakia Oldřich Nejedlý
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Argentina Ángel Fernández Roca
Argentina National Team Coach
1939 – 1960
Succeeded by
Argentina Victorio Spinetto

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