093. Héctor Chumpitaz
One of Peru’s greatest players of all-time, central defender Héctor Chumpitaz enjoyed a long and successful career at both club and international level. In a sixteen year international career he became the first Peruvian to win 100 caps for his country and won numerous league titles in domestic football.
Starting out in the second division in Peru with Unidad Vecinal No. 3, Chumpitaz spent a short time with Deportivo Municipal before a move to Universitario in 1965. Making his international debut that year, he went on to stay at the heart of Universitario’s defence for a decade and helped the club to great domestic success. Winning the league title in 1966, 1967 and 1969, Chumpitaz led his country into 1970 World Cup as captain.
Peru reached the quarter-finals of that World Cup before losing to eventual winners Brazil, while at domestic level success continued into the 1970s for Chumpitaz as Universitario won further league titles in 1971 and 1974 as well as reaching the final of the Copa Libertadores in 1972. After a short two-year break from Peruvian football with Atlas of Mexico, he returned home in 1977 to join Sporting Cristal.
In 1978, Chumpitaz captained his country in the World Cup for the second time where they impressed in the opening stage, surprisingly winning their group. In the second stage they fell apart and were accused of throwing their final match against Argentina, but no corruption was ever proved. Despite the disappointment of that World Cup, Chumpitaz enjoyed further success domestically with Sporting Cristal. League titles in 1979, 1980 and 1983 took his career total to eight Peruvian championships.
Chumpitaz finally brought his playing career to an end in 1984, at the age of 40. The first player to win 100 caps for Peru, his appearance record lasted for more than 20 years. After his retirement he coached youth teams at Universitario before pursuing a career in politics, but in 2001 was arrested and accused of accepting money from a former spy chief to take a council job. Although he denied the charge, he was sentenced to four years in prison in 2004, but the following year his conviction was quashed on appeal.