Leopoldo Luque

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Leopoldo Luque
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Luque (1978)
Surname Leopoldo Jacinto Luque
birthday May 3, 1949
place of birth Santa FeArgentina
date of death February 15, 2021
size 178 cm
position Center Forward
Years station Games (goals) 1
1967-1968 Esgrima de Jujuy
1969-1970 Central Norte
1971 Unión de Santa Fe
1972 Rosario Central 4 0(3)
1973-1974 Unión de Santa Fe 34 0(8)
1975-1980 CA River Plate 176 (75)
1981 Unión de Santa Fe 24 (12)
1981-1982 CD Tampico 15 0(9)
1982 Racing Club 11 0(2)
1983 FC Santos 2 0(0)
1984 Chacarita Juniors
1985 Textile Mandiyú
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1975-1981 Argentina 45 (22)
1 Only league games are given.

Leopoldo Jacinto Luque (born May 3, 1949 in Santa Fe , † February 15, 2021 ) was an Argentine football player .


During his career he played for Unión de Santa Fe , Rosario Central , CA River Plate and Racing Club de Avellaneda, among others . The striker was first called up in 1975 for the Argentina national team and took part in the 1975 Copa America . There he was the top scorer with four goals, although Argentina was eliminated in the preliminary round. Luque established himself in the South American attack in the years that followed. So it was no surprise that the River Plate striker was named to Argentina’s World Cup squad for the 1978 World Cup in his own country.

Luque thanked his coach César Luis Menotti with four goals in five appearances. Winning the soccer world championship in 1978 represented the absolute highlight of his career for him. He played for the national team until 1981. He then failed to recommend himself for the 1982 World Cup in Spain or to play again for Argentina . In total, he scored 22 goals in 45 international matches for Argentina.

His last years as a professional footballer were marked by numerous club changes. After trying his hand at FC Santos in Brazil in 1983 and 1984 , he returned to Argentina for a year in 1984 and played for Deportivo Textil Mandiyú .

Given that Argentina was a fascist state at the time of the World Cup that tortured and disappeared people, and that Argentina had bought a game (the 6-0 win over Peru), Luque later testified that he was unable to win the 1978 World Cup could be proud and that Argentina should never have hosted the World Cup.

Leopoldo Luque died in February 2021 at the age of 71 due to a heart attack , which probably occurred as a late sequel or in connection with a SARS-CoV-2 infection at the beginning of the year, from which Luque had not recovered.


  • World Champion 1978
  • Copa San Martín de Tours: 1977, 1978 with River Plate
  • Liguilla Pre-Libertadores: 1976 with River Plate
  • Liga Santafesina de Fútbol 1971

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Murió por coronavirus el campeón mundial Leopoldo Jacinto Luque
  2. ^ Peter Maxwill: Last World Cup in South America: Argentina's scandalous triumph. In: Spiegel Online . May 28, 2014, accessed June 9, 2018 .
  3. Argentina mourns the next football legend , kleinezeitung.at, February 15, 2021, accessed on February 16, 2021.