Teófilo Cubillas

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Teófilo Cubillas
Teófilo Cubillas.JPG
Cubillas in 2009
Personal information
Full name Teófilo Juan Cubillas Arizaga
Date of birth (1949-03-08) 8 March 1949 (age 72)
Place of birth Lima, Peru
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Youth career
Alianza Lima
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1972 Alianza Lima 175 (117)
1973 Basel 10 (3)
1974–1977 Porto 85 (48)
1977–1978 Alianza Lima 47 (35)
1979–1983 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 139 (65)
1983 Fort Lauderdale Strikers (indoor) 9 (9)
1984 Alianza Lima 4 (4)
1984–1985 South Florida Sun 7 (5)
1987–1988 Alianza Lima 13 (3)
1988 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 12 (7)
1989 Miami Sharks 8 (1)
Total 506 (297)
National team
1968–1982 Peru 81 (26)
Teams managed
1988 Alianza Lima
Honours
Men’s football
Representing  Peru
Copa América
Winner 1975
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Teófilo Juan Cubillas Arizaga (Spanish pronunciation: [teˈofilo kuˈβiʎas]; born 8 March 1949) is a Peruvian former footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. He was selected as Peru's greatest ever player in an IFFHS poll, in which he was also included in the world's Top 50.[1] He was renowned for his technique, shooting ability and free kick ability.[2] He was one of the best players in the world of the 1970s and the best in his position of the decade only behind the Dutch Johan Cruyff. Among his main achievements are the FIFA awards for the best young player and the bronze boot in Mexico 1970, as well as the silver boot and member of the ideal team of Argentina 1978, he was also champion and best player of the 1975 Copa América. He is one of the best attacking midfielders in the history of football.

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

In 2004, Pelé selected Cubillas as one of the FIFA 100, a list of 125 footballing greats.[6] 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.[7] Cubillas is one of only three players to score five or more goals in two different World Cups, the other two being Miroslav Klose and Thomas Müller.[8]

Club career statistics[change | change source]

[9]

Club statistics League CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
PeruLeague Cup South AmericaTotal
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 29 14
SwitzerlandLeague Schweizer Cup EuropeTotal
1973/74 Basel Nationalliga A 10 3 2 2 2 2 14 7
PortugalLeague Cup of Portugal EuropeTotal
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
PeruLeague Cup South AmericaTotal
1977 Alianza Lima Primera División 32 23 32 23
1978 15 12 15 12
United StatesLeague U.S. Open Cup North AmericaTotal
1979 Fort Lauderdale Strikers NASL 30 16 30 16
1980 27 14 27 14
1981 28 17 28 17
1982 13 4 13 4
1983 22 8 22 8
PeruLeague Cup South AmericaTotal
1984 Alianza Lima Primera División 4 4 4 4
United StatesLeague U.S. Open Cup North AmericaTotal
1985 South Florida Sun United Soccer League 6 3 6 3
PeruLeague Cup South AmericaTotal
1987 Alianza Lima Primera División 13 3 13 3
United StatesLeague U.S. Open Cup North AmericaTotal
1988 Miami Sharks American Soccer League 16 7 16 7
Country Peru 233 152 233 152
Switzerland 10 3 2 2 2 2 14 7
Portugal 85 48 13 10 10 7 108 65
United States 142 69 142 69
Total 470 272 15 12 12 9 497 293

International career statistics[change | change source]

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Peru national team
YearAppsGoals
1968 4 0
1969 14 4
1970 15 8
1971 4 0
1972 8 2
1973 8 3
1974 0 0
1975 7 2
1976 0 0
1977 5 2
1978 11 5
1979 0 0
1980 0 0
1981 1 0
1982 4 0
Total 81 26

References[change | change source]

  1. Karel Stokkermans (30 January 2000). "World Player of the Century". IFFHS' Century Elections. RSSSF. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  2. Teófilo Cubillas Planet World Cup
  3. Martin Tabeira (12 August 2009). "Copa América 1975". RSSSF. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  4. "Group D". World Cup 1970 results and line-ups. RSSSF. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  5. "Group D". World Cup 1978 finals – results and line-ups. RSSSF. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  6. "Pele's list of the greatest". BBC. 4 March 2004. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  7. All-Star First Team Selection (1958–2008) Retrieved on 17 January 2009. Archived 4 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  8. "World Cup Countdown: 12 Weeks to Go - The Story of Teofilo Cubillas, the Peruvian Pele". Sports Illustrated. 29 March 2018. Retrieved 23 August 2020.
  9. Strack-Zimmermann, Benjamin. "Teófilo Cubillas". www.national-football-teams.com.
  10. "Teófilo Cubillas - Goals in International Matches". www.rsssf.com.