About Mario Kempes


El Matador.

Mario Alberto Kempes, better known as El Matador, is an Argentinian sports commentator, coach and former soccer player. He was born on July 15, 1954 in Bell Ville, province of Córdoba, Argentina. His father, Mario, also a soccer player, was the person who inspired him to play since he was 9 years old.

Worldwide, Kempes is recognized as the reason for Argentina's victory in the 1978 World Cup, where he scored twice at the very end of the game, earning him the Golden Boot award as top scorer that year.


At the club level, Mario Kempes is best known for playing for Valencia CF, finishing twice as the League's top scorer and as the club's ambassador.

El Matador remains one of the most well-recognized soccer players in the world, and very highly regarded as one of the best Argentinian soccer players ever. After he retired, he coached teams in Indonesia, Albania, Bolivia and Venezuela.

Mario Kempes is currently a soccer analyst and Spanish commentator for ESPN Deportes. Mario Kempes, Fernando Palomo and Ciro Procuna, have all participated in narrating the Latin American version of the FIFA 13, FIFA 14, FIFA 15 and FIFA 16 video games.


When Kempes is not discussing soccer on ESPN's Out of Play program, you can find him around the country on tour presenting his new Autobiography and speaking about his life experience at renowned conferences worldwide.

Follow along here to learn more about where he will be stopping on his new book tour.

To watch Mario Kempes’ documentary, check out this link.