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Teófilo Cubillas
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Personal information
Full name Teófilo Juan Cubillas Arizaga
Date of birth March 8, 1949 (1949-03-08) (age 60)
Place of birth    Lima, Peru
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Alianza Lima
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1966–1972
1973
1974–1976
1977–1978
1979–1983
1984
1985
1987
1988
1989
Alianza Lima0
Basel0
Porto0
Alianza Lima0
FL Strikers0
Alianza Lima0
South Florida Sun0
Alianza Lima0
Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Miami Sharks0
0Total
0175 (116)
0014 00(7)
0108 0(65)
0056 0(42)
0141 0(65)
0004 00(4)
0006 00(3)
0013 00(3)
0012 00(7)
0008 00(1)

0 533 (312)   

National team
1968–1982 Peru 0081 0(26)

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

Teófilo Juan Cubillas Arizaga (born 8 March 1949) is a Peruvian former footballer. He is considered Peru's most renowned player,[1] and one of the best South-American footballers of all-time.[2]

Nicknamed El Nene (The Kid), he was part of the Peru national team that won the 1975 Copa América.[3] He helped Peru reach seventh place at the 1970 FIFA World Cup,[4] eighth place at the 1978 World Cup[5] and was elected the South American Footballer of the Year in 1972.

Cubillas was a midfielder of excellent technical ability, powerful shot and great dribbling, he was also known as a free kick specialist.[6] He was a prolific goalscorer (with 515 goals in his whole career), his 10 World Cup goals place him in seventh place in the ranking of the World Cup all-time scorers, and are the most by any midfielder in the World Cup. He is the all-time leading scorer for his country, with 45 goals in 117 matches. He was voted the 48th best footballer of the 20th century in a poll by the IFFHS.[7] Pelé named Cubillas as one of the 125 greatest living footballers in his 2004 FIFA 100 list.[8] In February 2008, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Brazilian World Cup victory, he was selected in the All-Star First Team of South America of the past 50 years.[9]

Contents

Club career

Nicknamed "Nene" (the babe) for his boyish looks, Cubillas was born near Puente Piedra, Lima. His career began with Peruvian club Alianza Lima at the age of 16. Already in his first season, he was top scorer of the League with 19 goals in 23 matches. He made his international debut for Alianza against Independiente in February 1967. His team won 6-1 with Cubillas scoring two goals.

The 1970 season proved to be another good season for Cubillas as he scored 22 Goals in 29 games for Alianza, earning himself the title of Top Scorer. Despite his brilliant form, however, Alianza were unable to mount a title challenge that year, and their fourth place finish was not enough to attain even a Libertadores Cup place.

In 1972, he had his most successful season in several years. He was Libertadores Cup top scorer and South American Footballer of the Year.[10] During his first stint at Alianza, he scored 116 goals in 175 games between 1966 and 1972.

On 27 August 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, Rivelino, and Cubillas participated in that game. The game finished 4-4, and in Penalty kicks, America won 7-6. By then, he was considered one of greatest soccer stars in the world at that time.

After a successful career in Peru he left his homeland to play for Swiss football club FC Basel. Unable to settle in Switzerland, Cubillas moved to Portuguese club FC Porto, where he scored 65 goals in 108 games, but trophies still evaded him.

Cubillas returned to Peru in the 1977-78 season for a second stint with his beloved Alianza Lima, where he won two Peruvian league titles and scored 42 goals in 56 appearances. His European and international experience had shaped him into an amazing player.

In 1979, Cubillas followed the leads of many of the great players of the time like Pelé, Johan Cruyff, George Best, and Franz Beckenbauer by joining the NASL — the United States' rapidly rising soccer league. Nene signed for George Best's Fort Lauderdale Strikers, where he spent five seasons, scoring 65 goals in 141 games and notably scoring three goals in seven minutes against the Los Angeles Aztecs in 1981[11]. At this point, Cubillas' best days were behind him, he joined the Fort Lauderdale Sun of the U.S. second division United Soccer League (USL).

He made a return from retirement to play for Alianza Lima after its entire team died in an aircraft crash in the ocean near Ventanilla, Callao, Peru, on 8 December 1987, the worst tragedy in the history of Peruvian football. Cubillas scored three goals in 13 matches. But the comeback was really only to give hope to the fans and respect to the fallen players of the team he loved.

In May 1987, Cubillas signed with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the American Soccer League.[12] The Stikers went to the ASL title game where they fell to the Washington Diplomats.[13] Following the loss to the Diplomats, the Strikers released Cubillas.[14] In March 1989, he signed with the Miami Sharks bus released on July 3 after scoring only one goal in eight games.[15] He continued to play at the amateur level with Miramar Ilusiones of the Gold Coast League.[16] He eventually settled in Coral Springs, Florida, where he lives to this day teaching football to the children at his academy with his sons (both former professional players).

International career

Cubillas played in two World Cups eight years apart and scored five goals in each, something that had never been achieved before, making him one of the most prolific scorers in World Cup history. Also, he is considered one of the greatest World Cup players of the 1970s.[17]

1970 World Cup: Quarter Finals (7th Place)

Cubillas was only 20 when he made his World Cup debut at the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. Not only did he fulfil all the fans' expectations, he became a househole name after the tournament. He was considered no less a star than Jairzinho, Gerd Müller, Franz Beckenbauer and Gianni Rivera. Some even compared him to a youthful Pelé.

Cubillas helped Peru advance to the quarterfinals of the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. He scored in all of Peru's four matches: once against Bulgaria, twice against Morocco, and one against West Germany, all in the first round, and one more in the quarterfinal loss against eventual champions Brazil. He had picked up the FIFA World Cup Young Player Award, Bronze boot award (he finished behind Jairzinho and Gerd Müller — impressive considering he played two less games), made the World Cup All-star team, and far exceeded the expectations of a humble football nation. After the World Cup, Pelé himself named Cubillas his "successor".

1975 Copa America: Champion

Peru did not qualify for the 1974 FIFA World Cup in West Germany, but a year later, Cubillas helped the Peruvian team win its second South American title, scoring two goals that helped Peru beat Brazil 3-1 in the semi-finals.

1978 World Cup: Quarter Finals (8th Place)

In the 1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina, he scored five goals for the Peruvian national team, finishing joint second highest goal scorer after Mario Kempes. Peru advanced to the second phase of the tournament thanks largely to goals Cubillas: he scored two memorable goals in the opening match against Scotland, one from a free kick. Then, Peru was held by the mighty Netherlands team but Cubillas scored a hat-trick in the game against Iran, including two penalties. However, just like in Mexico, Peru failed to win against stronger opponents and this time they lost to Brazil, Poland, and [[Argentina national football team|

1982 World Cup: First Round

He was also in the Peruvian squad for 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 César Cueto, José Velásquez, Julio César Uribe, and Cubillas. However, Peru were knocked out in the first round, after draws against both Cameroon (0-0) and Italy (1-1) and a loss against Poland (1-5). Months later, Cubillas retired from the Peru national team.

Honors

Club

Alianza Lima

Basel

Porto

FL Strikers

South Florida Sun

National team

Individual

Records

  • Cubillas played in 13 World Cup matches for Peru.
  • 7th place in the all-time World Cup goalscoring list. (10 goals)
  • He was the first player in World Cup history to score at least 5 goals in each of 2 World Cups (1970, 1978). Miroslav Klose of Germany is the only other player to have achieved the feat (2002, 2006).
  • On the international level, he is the all-time highest scorer for Peru's national team, with 45 goals in 117 national team matches.
  • Younger Scorer of the Peruvian League all-time (17 years, 7 months), in 1966 (19 goals, 23 matchs).
  • 16th place in the NASL all time players points table, with 179 points, 5 seasons, 120 matches, and 59 goals

Statistics

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Peru League Cup South America Total
1966 Alianza Lima Primera División 23 19 23 19
1967 25 9 25 9
1968 25 19 25 19
1969 11 5 11 5
1970 27 22 27 22
1971 29 22 29 22
1972 29 14 6 6 35 20
Switzerland League Schweizer Cup Europe Total
1973-74 Basel Super League 10 3 2 2 2 2 14 7
Portugal League Cup of Portugal Europe Total
1973-74 Porto Portuguese Liga 12 4 2 2 - 14 6
1974-75 30 9 4 4 4 2 38 15
1975-76 29 28 5 3 4 4 38 35
1976-77 14 7 2 1 2 1 18 9
Peru League Cup South America Total
1977 Alianza Lima Primera División 32 23 32 23
1978 15 12 10 7 25 19
Peru League Cup South America Total
1979 FL Strikers North American
Soccer League
32 16 32 16
1980 34 18 34 18
1981 34 19 34 19
1982 18 4 18 4
1983 23 8 23 8
Peru League Cup South America Total
1984 Alianza Lima Primera División 4 4 4 4
Peru League Cup South America Total
1985 South Florida Sun USL 6 3 6 3
Peru League Cup South America Total
1987 Alianza Lima Primera División 13 3 13 3
Peru League Cup South America Total
1988 Miami Sharks ASL 16 7 16 7
Total Peru 233 152 0 0 16 13 249 165
Switzerland 10 3 2 2 2 2 14 7
Portugal 85 48 13 10 10 7 108 65
USA 163 75 0 0 0 0 163 75
Career Total 491 278 15 12 28 22 534 312

Competition statistics

International goals

Teofilo Cubillas Arizaga: International goals[31]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 1969-07-17 Bogotá, Colombia  Colombia 2-1 3-1 Friendly
2 1969-09-07 Lima, Peru  Paraguay 1-0 2-1 Friendly
3 1969-09-07 Lima, Peru  Paraguay 2-0 2-1 Friendly
4 1969-08-17 Lima, Peru  Bolivia 2-0 3-0 1970 World Cup Qualifier
5 1970-07-02 Lima, Peru  Czechoslovakia 2-1 2-1 Friendly
6 1970-09-02 Lima, Peru  Romania 1-1 1-1 Friendly
7 1970-02-24 Lima, Peru  Bulgaria 1-2 5-3 Friendly
8 1970-06-02 León, Mexico  Bulgaria 3-2 3-2 1970 World Cup
9 1970-06-02 León, Mexico  Morocco 1-0 3-0 1970 World Cup
10 1970-06-06 León, Mexico  Morocco 3-0 3-0 1970 World Cup
11 1970-06-10 León, Mexico  West Germany 1-2 1-3 1970 World Cup
12 1970-06-14 Guadalajara, Mexico  Brazil 2-3 2-4 1970 World Cup
13 1972-04-05 Mexico City, Mexico  Mexico 1-1 1-2 Friendly
14 1972-04-23 Bucharest, Romania  Romania 1-1 2-2 Friendly
15 1973-03-04 Lima, Peru  Guatemala 2-0 5-1 Friendly
16 1973-03-04 Lima, Peru  Guatemala 4-1 5-1 Friendly
17 1973-04-23 Lima, Peru  Panama 3-0 4-0 Friendly
18 1975-08-20 Lima, Peru  Chile 2-0 3-1 Copa America 1975
19 1975-09-30 Belo Horizonte, Brasil  Brazil 2-0 3-1 Copa America 1975
20 1977-07-17 Cali, Colombia  Bolivia 2-0 5-0 1978 World Cup Qualifier
21 1977-07-17 Cali, Colombia  Bolivia 3-0 5-0 1978 World Cup Qualifier
22 1978-06-03 Córdoba, Argentina  Scotland 2-1 3-1 1978 World Cup
23 1978-06-03 Córdoba, Argentina  Scotland 3-1 3-1 1978 World Cup
24 1978-06-11 Córdoba, Argentina  Iran 2-0 4-1 1978 World Cup
25 1978-06-11 Córdoba, Argentina  Iran 3-0 4-1 1978 World Cup
26 1978-06-11 Córdoba, Argentina  Iran 4-1 4-1 1978 World Cup

General statistics

  • The information includes official and friendly games.
Team Goals Matches Goal average
Peru Alianza Lima 295 448 0.66
Switzerland Basel 8 16 0.50
Portugal Porto 69 113 0.61
United States Fort Lauderdale Strikers 74 155 0.48
United States South Florida Sun 7 14 0.50
United States Miami Sharks 9 19 0.45
PeruPeru 45 117 0.38
Others 8 10 0.80
Total 515 892 0.58

References

  1. ^ IFFHS' Players and Keepers of the Century for many countries Retrieved on January 17, 2009
  2. ^ ESPN Perfiles: Cubillas, One of the Greatest Soccer Players of All Time Retrieved on april 7, 2009
  3. ^ Copa América 1975 Retrieved on January 17, 2009
  4. ^ World Cup 1970 Retrieved on January 17, 2009
  5. ^ World Cup 1978 Retrieved on January 17, 2009
  6. ^ The 25 best free-kicks of all-time Retrieved on april 7, 2009
  7. ^ IFFHS' Century Elections - rsssf.com - by Karel Stokkermans, RSSSF, 2000.
  8. ^ Source: http://www.the-100.com/players/Teofilo_Cubillas.aspx
  9. ^ All-Star First Team Selection (1958-2008) Retrieved on January 17, 2009.
  10. ^ South American Player of the Year 1972
  11. ^ Team Records and League Honors Retrieved on January 3, 2009
  12. ^ CUBILLAS SIGNS WITH STRIKERS Miami Herald, The (FL) - Saturday, May 7, 1988
  13. ^ The Year in American Soccer - 1988
  14. ^ STRIKERS LOSE FINAL, RELEASE CUBILLAS Miami Herald, The (FL) - Sunday, August 28, 1988
  15. ^ SHARKS OWNER CUTS CUBILLAS , CLAIMS POOR PLAY, LITTLE EFFORT Miami Herald, The (FL) - Monday, July 3, 1989
  16. ^ BACK TROUBLE - GOLD COAST SOCCER Sun-Sentinel - Friday, JUNE 21, 1991
  17. ^ Teofilo Cubillas: Legends of the Football World Cup Retrieved on April 8, 2009
  18. ^ Peruvian Championship: Top Scorer Retrieved on January 3, 2009
  19. ^ CONMEBOL All-Star Team Retrieved on January 3, 2009
  20. ^ a b NASL All-Star teams, all-time Retrieved on January 3, 2009
  21. ^ Fort Lauderdale Strikers: Top Scorer, all time Retrieved on January 3, 2009
  22. ^ France Football's World Cup Top-100 1930-1990 Retrieved on January 3, 2009
  23. ^ World Soccer: The 100 Greatest Footballers of All Time Retrieved on January 3, 2009
  24. ^ Placar's 100 Craques do Século Retrieved on January 3, 2009
  25. ^ Os 100 Craques das Copas (Placar Magazine) Retrieved on January 3, 2009
  26. ^ IFFHS' Players and Keepers of the Century for many countries Retrieved on January 3, 2009
  27. ^ World - Player of the Century Retrieved on January 3, 2009
  28. ^ South American - Player of the Century Retrieved on January 3, 2009
  29. ^ "The Best of The Best" Retrieved on January 3, 2009
  30. ^ CONMEBOL All-Star first team 1958-2008 Retrieved on January 3, 2009
  31. ^ "Teófilo Cubillas - Goals in International Matches". Rsssf.com. 2006-11-03. http://www.rsssf.com/miscellaneous/cubillas-intlg.html. Retrieved 2009-01-21.  

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