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Mario Kempes
Kempes celebrates a goal in the 1978 World Cup final
Personal information
Full name Mario Alberto Kempes
Date of birth July 15, 1954 (1954-07-15) (age 55)
Place of birth    Bell Ville, Argentina
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1969 Instituto
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1970–1973
1974–1976
1977–1981
1981–1982
1982–1984
1984–1986
1986–1987
1987–1990
1990–1992
1995
1996
Instituto de Córdoba
Rosario Central
Valencia
River Plate
Valencia
Hércules
Vienna FC
VSE St. Pölten
Kremser SC
Fernandez Vial
Pelita Jaya
013 (11)
107 (86)
143 (95)
029 (15)
042 (21)
038 (10)
020 0(7)
096 (34)
039 0(7)
011 0(5)
00? 0(?)
00538 0(291)   
National team2
1973–1982 Argentina 043 (20)
Teams managed
1996
1996
1997–1998
1999
2000
2000–2001
Pelita Jaya
KS Lushnja
Mineros de Guayana
The Strongest
Blooming
Independiente Petrolero

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 25 November 2006.
* Appearances (Goals)

Mario Alberto Kempes (born July 15, 1954 in Bell Ville, Córdoba) is an Argentine former footballstriker. His father, Mario, who was also a football player, inspired him to play from a young age. At the age of 7 years, he began playing with a junior team and at 14 he joined la cuarta de Talleres. He is most famous for playing for Valencia and being the focal point of Argentina's 1978 World Cup win.

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Football career

Kempes was nicknamed El Matador (The Killer) from his time with Valencia, he won two consecutive Pichichis, scoring 24 and 28 goals in 1976-77 and 1977-78. His career started at a local club called Instituto Atlético Central Córdoba before quickly moving on to Rosario Central where he gained 85 goals in just 105 matches and established himself as a notorious goalscorer. Famous as a hard-working forward, he used to strike from outside the penalty area with his surging runs goalwards and was not the traditional center-forward operating solely inside the box. Many defenders found difficulties 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 national team in Argentina, he was at the time playing for Spanish giants Valencia while the other squad members all played in Argentina. The coach described him when announcing the squad he had selected for the 1978 tournament, "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".

The skinny forward had been topscorer in La Liga in each of the past two seasons and was determined to show on home soil that he could deliver against the best on the sport's greatest stage as well. However, in 1974, at 20 years of age, he failed to get on the score-sheet in West Germany and after the first round group stage in 1978, his name was still missing among goalscorers in the tournament. During his playing 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, including two in the final itself. He has also scored some very important goals for Argentina in his career.

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.

Managerial career

Kempes made his full time coaching debut in Albania. His brief spell with KS Lushnja was groundbreaking, as he became the first foreign coach who signed a foreign player for the first time in Albanian soccer 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 worked as assistant coach for Uruguayan manager Héctor Núñez in Valencia, and as a player-manager of Indonesian League champions Pelita Jaya before hanging up his boots for the last time at the age of 41 in 1996.

Journalist career

He currently works as a football analyst and commentates in Spanish for ESPN Deportes (ESPN's Spanish version). He stirred some controversy after commenting on the 2008 semi-final Champions League game between Manchester United and Barcelona, in which he empathetically contextualised 'simulation' (i.e. attempting to trick officials), but also prudently reminded of a certain logic of competitive football, in which those who piously follow the formal rules of FIFA oftentimes stand lower chances of winning than those who do not.[citation needed]

Honours

Kempes at Rosario Central
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Club

Country

Individual

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Argentina League Cup League Cup South America Total
1973 Instituto Córdoba Primera División 13 11
1974 Rosario Central Primera División 36 29
1975 49 35
1976 22 21
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
1976-77 Valencia La Liga 34 24
1977-78 34 28
1978-79 30 12
1979-80 32 22
1980-81 12 9
Argentina League Cup League Cup South America Total
1981 River Plate Primera División 29 15
1982 0 0
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
1982-83 Valencia La Liga 27 13
1983-84 15 8
1984-85 Hércules La Liga 17 1
1985-86 21 9
Austria League Austrian Cup League Cup Europe Total
1986-87 First Vienna Bundesliga 20 7
1987-88 Sankt Pölten First League 0 0
1988-89 Bundesliga 29 9
1989-90 35 15
1990-91 Kremser Bundesliga 21 5
1991-92 18 2
Chile League Copa Chile League Cup South America Total
1995 Fernández Vial 11 5
Indonesia League Piala Indonesia League Cup Asia Total
1995-96 Pelita Jaya Liga Indonesia
Total Argentina 149 111
Spain 222 127
Austria 123 38
Chile 11 5
Indonesia
Career Total

References

"Research: Soccer Net USA". http://www.soccernetusa.com/mario_kempes.htm. Retrieved 2006-11-25. 

  1. ^ South American - Player of the Century Retrieved on January 3, 2009

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Preceded by
Grzegorz Lato
FIFA World Cup Golden Shoe
1978
Succeeded by
Paolo Rossi

Simple English

Mario Kempes
Personal information
Full name Mario Alberto Kempes
Date of birth 15 July 1954 (1954-07-15) (age 56)
Place of birth    Bell Ville, Argentina
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Striker (retired)
Youth clubs
1969 Instituto Córdoba
Senior clubs
Years Club
1970-1973
1974-1976
1977-1981
1981-1982
1982-1984
1984-1986
1986-1987
1987-1990
1990-1992
1995
1996
Instituto Córdoba
Rosario Central
Valencia
River Plate
Valencia
Hércules
First Vienna
St. Pölten
Kremser
Ferroviario Almirante Arturo Fernández Vial
Pelita Jaya
National team
1973-1982 Argentina
Teams managed
1996
1996
1997-1998
1999
2000-2001
Pelita Jaya
Lushnja
Mineros Guayana
The Strongest
Independiente Petrolero

Mario Kempes (born 15 July 1954) is a former Argentine football player. He has played for Argentina national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
ArgentinaLeague
1973Instituto CórdobaPrimera División1311
1974Rosario CentralPrimera División3630
19754935
19762221
SpainLeague
1976/77ValenciaLa Liga3424
1977/783428
1978/793112
1979/803222
1980/81129
ArgentinaLeague
1981River PlatePrimera División2915
198200
SpainLeague
1982/83ValenciaLa Liga2713
1983/84158
1984/85HérculesLa Liga171
1985/86219
AustriaLeague
1986/87First ViennaBundesliga207
1987/88St. PöltenFirst League3210
1988/89Bundesliga299
1989/903515
1990/91KremserBundesliga215
1991/92182
ChileLeague
1995Ferroviario Almirante Arturo Fernández Vial115
CountryArgentina 149112
Spain 223126
Austria 15548
Chile 115
Total 538291

International career statistics

[2]

Argentina national team
YearAppsGoals
Total4320

References


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