Luis Adolfo Galván (born 24 February 1948 in Fernández, Santiago del Estero) is a retired Argentine footballer, who played in the centre back position. He is perhaps most famous for having been part of the 1978 World Cup winning team.

Luis Galván
Galván with Argentina in 1978
Personal information
Full name Luis Adolfo Galván
Date of birth (1948-02-24) 24 February 1948 (age 75)
Place of birth Fernández, Argentina
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1982 Talleres de Córdoba 267 (15)
1982–1983 Loma Negra 14 (0)
1983–1984 Belgrano de Córdoba 10 (0)
1984–1985 Central Norte 10 (0)
1986 Bolívar ? (?)
1986–1987 Talleres de Córdoba ? (?)
International career
1975–1982 Argentina 34 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of July 2007

International career edit

Galván played his first game of his 8-year international career for Argentina in 1975. He played for Argentina at the 1975 Pan American Games.[1] The indisputable highlight of his footballing career came in 1978 when he was selected to represent Argentina at the Argentina 78 tournament. He played all games in the tournament alongside captain Daniel Passarella which included the World Cup Final in the Monumental, where Argentina beat the Netherlands 3-1 after extra time, to win their first World Cup.

Galván was selected to play for Argentina at Spain 82, but the albicelestes had a disappointing campaign, eliminated in the 2nd group phase. He retired from international football one year later in 1983, at the age of 35. Galván made a total of 34 appearances for Argentina.[2]

Club career edit

Galván started his career at 17, possibly playing for Club Atletico Union Santiago.[3] He joined Talleres de Córdoba in 1970, which was the club where he spent the majority of his career. He never won a major trophy with the club but did help Talleres achieve second (1977)[4] and fourth place (1976, 1978)[5] in the Nacional Championship, and third place (1980) in the Metropolitano Championship. The Metropolitano and Nacional championships were Argentine football tournaments that existed between 1967 and 1984. The Metropolitano formed one half of the Argentine 1st division taking place in the first half of the year, while the Nacional took place in the 2nd half of the year.

Galván left the Talleres in 1982 after giving a 12-year service to the club, and went on to play for a string of provincial teams including Talleres' main rivals Belgrano de Córdoba.

In 1986 Galván moved to Bolivia to play for Bolívar in La Paz, but his stay there didn't last long, and he returned to play for Talleres in 1987. He left professional football to play for Sportivo Fernandez in his home province of Santiago del Estero in 1988, and finally for Talleres de Jesus Maria in 1989, where he retired from football at the age of 41.

Honours edit

Club edit

Talleres de Córdoba

Loma Negra

  • Liga de Fútbol de Olavarría: 1982

International edit


References edit

  1. ^ "Pan-American Games 1975 (Mexico) - Match Details". RSSSF. Retrieved 2020-05-01.
  2. ^ "Argentina —- Record International Players —- Luis Adolfo Galván". Prepared and maintained by Roberto Mamrud for the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 2 February 2017. Archived from the original on 13 January 2010. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  3. ^ El Crack Responde - Luis Adolfo Galvan [And Tresor the best "libero"], web: Goles Mundial, June 1978, Issue #1538, 1978, retrieved 13 March 2023
  4. ^ "Campeonato Nacional 1977 (Nacional Championship)". Prepared and maintained by Pablo Ciullini for the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 28 May 2006. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Campeonato Nacional 1978 (Nacional Championship)". Prepared and maintained by Pablo Ciullini for the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 9 January 2007. Retrieved 11 March 2017.

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