Oscar Míguez

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Óscar Míguez
Personal information
Full name Óscar Omar Miguez Antón
Date of birth (1927-12-05)5 December 1927
Place of birth Uruguay
Date of death 19 August 2006(2006-08-19) (aged 78)
Place of death Artigas, Uruguay
Position(s) Forward
Youth career
1943–1947 Sud América
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1947–1948 Sud America 39 (29)
1948–1959 Peñarol 336 (107)
1959–1960 Sporting Cristal 18 (10)
1960–1961 Rampla Juniors 41 (19)
1961–1962 Colón F.C. 55 (30)
Total 489 (195)
National team
1950–1958 Uruguay 39 (27)
Representing  Uruguay
FIFA World Cup
Winner 1950 Brazil
South American Championship
Winner 1956 Uruguay
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Óscar Omar Miguez Antón (5 December 1927 – 19 August 2006) was a Uruguayan footballer. He played as a forward.[1] Míguez was part of the Uruguay team in the 1950 and 1954 World Cups. He played as a striker for the national team. Míguez is the all-time record World Cup goal scorer for Uruguay with eight goals. Míguez had 27 goals in 39 games in total for Uruguay, For a long time, he was the third-highest scorer for the national team, behind Héctor Scarone and Ángel Romano. He was overtaken by Diego Forlán, Edinson Cavani and Luis Suárez. Míguez was known for his mental quickness and an unusual command of the ball, with goals with headers, volleys or bicycle kicks sought for an entire match until they came out. He was often satisfied with just scoring goals, he was a juggling centre-forward. He, however, He denied that he had been a great player. He is regarded among the best football players of all time. Míguez is considered as one of the greatest Uruguayan strikers of his era.

Club career[change | change source]

He was born on December 5, 1927 in Montevideo. He began his adult football career in 1947.

His play attracted the attention of representatives of one of the strongest clubs in the country, Peñarol. He joined the team in 1948, He was a part of a famous forward line that included Alcides Ghiggia, Ernesto Vidal, Juan Schiaffino and the Argentinian Juan Hohberg. He played for this team for the next twelve seasons of his playing career. As part of Peñarol, he was one of the main scorers of the team. He had an average performance of 0.78 goals per championship game. He was the top scorer of the Uruguayan championship twice. His team won that competition six times. Míguez was the most outstanding footballer in the history of Peñarol de Montevideo, where he played for almost his entire life as a professional athlete, and did not accept offers received from European teams. He was a juggler with the ball, having made his bicycle kicks famous. He was Uruguayan champion with Peñarol in 1949, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1958 and 1959.

Subsequently, in 1960 he played in Peru for Sporting Cristal, the following year he defended the colors of Rampla Juniors, and finished his playing career with Montevideya Colón in 1962.

International career[change | change source]

In 1950, he made his debut in official matches as part of the Uruguayan national team. In the same year, he went as part of the team to the 1950 World Cup in Brazil. In the very first game of the tournament, he scored a hat-trick, contributing to the defeat of the Bolivian national team with a score of 8:0 in the first group stage. At the final stage, at which the world champion was determined, he scored two goals against the Swedish national team, which brought the Uruguayans a victory with a score of 3:2 and left them in the fight for the championship title. He fully played the decisive game against the home team, in which the Uruguayans won a sensational victory with a score of 2:1, becoming world champions in 1950.

Four years later, at the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland, he also started the tournament as the main striker of the national team. In the group stage of the competition, he scored a goal against the Czech Republic (win 2:0) and two goals against Scotland (win 7:0). In the quarterfinal match against England, won 4-2, he was injured and missed the rest of his team's matches, in which they lost in the semifinals and the game for third place to the national teams of Hungary and Austria, respectively. Despite missing these games for two World Cups, he scored 8 goals, which remains a record for the players of the Uruguayan national team in the finals of the World Cup.

Subsequently, he participated in the South American championships of 1955 and 1956, in the second of which the Uruguayans won their ninth title of the strongest national team on the continent. Miguez's personal contribution to the title, which included three goals scored, was recognized by awarding him the title of the best player of the tournament.

In total, during his career in the national team, which lasted 8 years, he played 39 matches in its uniform, scoring 27 goals.

Death[change | change source]

He died in 2006 at the age of 78.[1] His remains are buried at the Cementerio del Buceo, Montevideo.[2]

Career statistics[change | change source]

International[change | change source]

Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Uruguay 1950 8 7
1951 0 0
1952 5 6
1953 1 1
1954 6 4
1955 5 3
1956 8 4
1957 4 1
1958 2 1
Total 39 27

Honours[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Pérez Torres, Laura (26 August 2006). "Obituario / 'Cotorra' Miguez: Futbolista del 'Maracanazo'". El Mundo (in Spanish). Vol. XVIII, no. 6098. Archived from the original on 1 September 2009. Retrieved 31 March 2009.
  2. "Avisos Funebres: Oscar Omar Miguez Anton". LaRed21 (in Spanish). 21 August 2006. Archived from the original on 10 December 2013. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  3. "Oscar Míguez - AUF". Retrieved 26 November 2020.