Mario Kempes

Written by Sebastien on 08 April 2013. Posted in World Cup Legends

Mario Alberto Kempes Chiodi was born on 15 July 1954 in the town of Bell Ville, Córdoba. He is currently a retired Argentine footballer. His birth father, Mario was one of the inspirations, which led him to start playing at the age of seven. He started playing professionally at the age of 14, where he joined the Talleres reserves, a local club. He is known for playing for one of the biggest clubs, Valencia. He also gained the most reputable role in the Argentina 1978 World Cup win, which changed his career totally.

His career started at the Instituto Club, and later shifted to Rosario Central, where he scored a notable 85 goals in 105 matches and this made him one of the biggest names in soccer for his era. His appearances with Rosario were superb and Valencia signed him. At Spain, he becomes even better and learns more things, developping a lot as a professional. He was part of the team that assisted in the European Cup Winners' Cup and the popular UEFA Super Cup.

He had the chance to represent the country in three FIFA World Cup tournaments in 1974, 1978 and 1982, winning the competition in 1978. He was the leading goal scorer in the 1978 World Cup, scoring six goals.

He has managed to win a number of awards and titles. Legendary football star Pele named him one of the best 125 international footballers of all times in 1994, and was given the best title in 1978 as the South American Football Player of the Year

He is one of the few footballers who took the career further after retiring and aims to keep changing young sports personalities in different events. He still trains and plays for charitable matches and sponsored events.


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