Nery Pumpido

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Nery Pumpido
Nery Pumpido.jpg
Pumpido in 2006
Personal information
Full name Nery Alberto Pumpido
Date of birth (1957-07-30) 30 July 1957 (age 61)
Place of birth Monje, Santa Fe, Argentina
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1981 Unión Santa Fe 137 (0)
1981–1983 Vélez Sársfield 78 (0)
1983–1988 River Plate 121 (0)
1988–1990 Real Betis 67 (0)
1991–1992 Unión Santa Fe 37 (0)
1993 Lanus 0 (0)
Total 440 (0)
National team
1983–1990 Argentina 36 (0)
Teams managed
1999–2001 Unión Santa Fe
2001–2003 Olimpia
2003–2004 UANL Tigres
2005–2007 Newell's Old Boys
2007 Veracruz
2008 Al-Shabab (Riyadh)
2010–2011 Olimpia
2012 Godoy Cruz
2012–2013 Unión Santa Fe
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Nery Alberto Pumpido (born 30 July 1957 in Monje, Santa Fe) is an Argentinian football coach and former goalkeeper who played for the national team in two World Cups. After retirement, Pumpido moved into club management, his nephew Facundo Pumpido, is also a professional footballer.[1]

Club career[edit]

Pumpido began his career at his home city side Unión de Santa Fe. After a brief stint for Vélez Sársfield, where his form saw him called up for the 1982 FIFA World Cup squad, he moved to Club Atlético River Plate to replace the departing national 'keeper Ubaldo Fillol. Here, he became part of the side that won the Argentine Primera División as well as the Copa Libertadores for the first time in its history in 1986 under manager Héctor Veira.[2] In 1988, he transferred to Spanish club Real Betis where, in 1989, he almost lost a finger during a training session when his wedding ring caught on a nail in the crossbar of the goal,[3] he returned to Argentina to his first club, Union in 1991. His last season was at the Lanus Athletic Club in 1993, and then he retired from football.

International career[edit]

Although chosen by Argentinian coach César Luis Menotti as the third goalkeeper of the Argentinian national team in the 1982 World Cup, he did not play in the tournament.[4] Pumpido eventually made his international debut against Paraguay the following year, he was the starting goalkeeper during Argentina's victorious 1986 World Cup campaign, playing in all seven games, conceding just five goals in 630 minutes of football, and keeping three clean sheets.[5]

At the 1990 World Cup, Pumpido was at fault for Cameroon's winning goal, fumbling François Omam-Biyik's header into the net as the African nation shocked the defending champions at the tournament's opening game in Milan, winning by a goal to nil.[6][7] Pumpido then broke his leg in the eleventh minute of Argentina's second game against the USSR,[8] he was replaced by substitute Sergio Goycochea (also his understudy at River Plate),[9] who had not played a game in eight months.[8] Goycochea eventually became key to Argentina's run to the final, saving penalty shoot-out kicks in the quarter final win over Yugoslavia and the semi-final victory over hosts Italy.

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring as a player, Pumpido went into management. After several seasons at Unión de Santa Fe he took over at Paraguayan side Olimpia, from the capital city of Asunción, winning the Copa Libertadores in 2002. After resigning from Olimpia due to a lack of "[...] support from the president",[10] he then became coach of UANL Tigres in Mexico, reaching the final of the 2003–04 Primera División de México championship. Between October 2005 and July 2006, Pumpido coached Argentinian Primera División club Newell's Old Boys, followed by brief stints at Mexican club side CD Veracruz and Saudi club Al-Shabab, before his return to Olimpia, Paraguay's most successful football club and winner of three Libertadores cups, as well as one Intercontinental cup. On 23 December 2011, he was hired as coach of the Argentinian club Godoy Cruz. On 3 September 2012, he returned Unión de Santa Fe for a second spell as manager.


  1. ^ "Héroe. Todos abrazan a Facundo Pumpido, el hijo de Nery, que metió el gol del triunfo (HEVA)". San Isidro. 5 May 2015. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  2. ^ "River Plate 1986". Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Top 5 When Posts Hit Back". Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  4. ^ "1982 Argentina World Cup Squad". Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  5. ^ "1986 Fifa World Cup". Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  6. ^ "Greatest World Cup Matches". Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  7. ^ "Top 10 World Cup Goalkeeping Blunders". Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  8. ^ a b Vecsey, George (14 June 1990). "Maradona Has Arm Maybe in Victory". Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  9. ^ "Sergio Goycochea Stats". Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  10. ^ "Pumpido speaks about money troubles with Olimpia". Retrieved 7 March 2010.

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