Mario Kempes, Argentina

Mario Kempes, Argentina

Background
Mario Alberto Kempes was born on July 15, 1954 in Belville, Córdoba, and was one of Argentina’s greatest ever strikers.

Football career
Nicknamed The Matador, owing to his huge success with Valencia, Mario Kempes kicked-off his footballing career by signing with Argentinean club Instituto Atlético Central Córdoba in 1971, where he would remain for two years. He then moved onto Rosario Central before coming over to Europe to play in the Spanish League, where he attained the Pichichi trophy (Spain’s equivalent to the Golden Boot award for the most goals scored in a season) two years in succession.

World Cup history
Scoring 20 international goals for Argentina in 43 appearances, six of which came in the 1978 World Cup, Mario Kempes helped Argentina win that tournament and was also in the side for the 1974 and 1982 World Cups.

Clubs
• Instituto Atlético Central Córdoba: 1971-1973
• Rosario Central: 1974-1976
• Valencia CF: 1977-1981, 1982-1984
• Club Atlético River Plate: 1981-1982
• Hércules Club de Futbol: 1984-1986
• First Vienna FC: 1986–1987
• VSE Sankt Pölten: 1987-1990
• Kremser SC: 1990-1992
• Fernandez Vial: 1995
• Pelita Jaya: 1996

Awards
• FIFA World Cup 1978 Golden Boot - 6 goals
• South American Coach and Player of the Year: 1978

• La Liga leading goal scorer:
• 1976-1977 - 24 goals
• 1977-1978 - 28 goals

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