Luis Cubilla

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Luis Cubilla
Cubilla 1966.jpg
Cubilla playing at River Plate in 1966
Personal information
Full name Luis Alberto Cubilla Almeida
Date of birth (1940-03-28)28 March 1940
Place of birth Paysandú, Uruguay
Date of death 3 March 2013(2013-03-03) (aged 72)
Place of death Asunción, Paraguay
Playing position Winger
Youth career
Colón de Paysandú
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1957–1962 Peñarol 63 (14)
1962–1964 Barcelona 16 (2)
1964–1968 River Plate 129 (31)
1969–1974 Nacional 120 (39)
1975 Santiago Morning
1976 Defensor Sporting
National team
1959–1974 Uruguay 38 (11)
Teams managed
1979–1980 Olimpia Asunción
1980 Newell's Old Boys
1981 Peñarol
1982 Olimpia Asunción
1983 Atlético Nacional
1984 River Plate
1988–1993 Olimpia Asunción
1994 Racing Club
1995–2002 Olimpia Asunción
2003 Talleres
2005 Comunicaciones
2007 Barcelona SC
2009 Colegio Nacional Iquitos
2010 Olimpia Asunción

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of March 2008.

† Appearances (goals)

Luis Alberto Cubilla Almeida (28 March 1940 – 3 March 2013) was a Uruguayan football player and coach. He had a successful playing career winning 16 major titles. He then went on to become one of the most successful managers in South American football with 17 major titles.

Early career

Also known as "El Negro", Cubilla was born in Paysandú and started his playing career in the youth team of Colón de Paysandu. In 1957 he joined Peñarol where he was part of the team that won four Uruguayan league championships, two Copa Libertadores and a Copa Intercontinental.

Career highlights

In 1962 he joined FC Barcelona of Spain, where he was part of the team that won the Copa del Rey in 1963. He played 49 games and scored 12 goals with Barça.

Cubilla returned to South America in 1964 to play for River Plate of Argentina. In 1969 he returned to Uruguay joining Nacional where he won 4 more Uruguayan league titles, another Copa Libertadores, a Copa Interamericana and another Copa Intercontinental.

In the last years of his career he played for Santiago Morning of Chile and Defensor Sporting of Uruguay where he helped the club to win their first league championship and break the complete dominance of the league by Peñarol and Nacional.

Between 1959 and 1974 Cubilla played 38 games for the Uruguay national team in which he scored 11 goals.[1] He played in three World Cups in 1962, 1970 and 1974.

Managerial career

As a coach, Cubilla achieved enormous success with Olimpia Asunción of Paraguay, winning 7 international titles and several national championships. He also coached Nacional, Peñarol, Defensor Sporting, Danubio (all of Uruguay), Atlético Nacional of Colombia, Newell's Old Boys and River Plate of Argentina and Cerro Porteño and Club Libertad, both from Paraguay.

Between 1991–1993 Luis Cubilla was the head coach of the Uruguay National Team and worked together with his older brother Pedro Cubilla as his assistant coach and Alejandro Riccino as the physical trainer.[2]

During 1994 he coached the famous Argentinean club Racing Club de Avellaneda.

In February 2007, Cubilla signed with the Ecuadorian team Barcelona de Guayaquil.

In 2010, he returned once again as a coach for Olimpia Asunción of Paraguay. He died, aged 72, in Asunción.


As a player


As a manager

Olimpia Asunción


Preceded by
Sebastião Lazaroni
South American Coach of the Year
Succeeded by
Alfio Basile