Roque Máspoli

Roque Gastón Máspoli Arbelvide (12 October 1917 in Montevideo – 22 February 2004 in Montevideo) was a Uruguayan football player and coach. He was the goalkeeper for the Uruguay national team that won the 1950 World Cup. He was also the head coach for the Uruguayan team that won the 1980 Mundialito.

Roque Máspoli
Roque maspoli posando.jpg
Máspoli as Peñarol goalkeeper
Personal information
Full name Roque Gastón Máspoli Arbelvide
Date of birth (1917-10-12)12 October 1917
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Date of death 22 February 2004(2004-02-22) (aged 86)
Place of death Montevideo, Uruguay
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
–1933 Nacional
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1933–1939 Nacional 49 (2)
1939–1940 Liverpool MVD 46 (1)
1940–1955 Peñarol 253 (20)
Total 348 (23)
National team
1945–1955 Uruguay 40 (1[1])
Teams managed
1955 Peñarol
1963–1967 Peñarol
1968–1970 Elche
1970–1971 Peñarol
1972–1973 Defensor Lima
1975–1977 Ecuador
1976 Peñarol
1977–1978 Sporting Cristal
1979–1982 Uruguay
1985–1986 Peñarol
1987 Barcelona SC
1988 Peñarol
1992 Peñarol
1997 Uruguay
Representing  Uruguay
FIFA World Cup
Winner 1950 Brazil
*Club domestic league appearances and goals


Born in Montevideo, into a Ticinese family originally from Caslano,[2] Maspoli began playing in the youth ranks of Club Nacional de Football. He would make his Uruguayan Primera División debut with Liverpool de Montevideo in 1939.[3]

After one season with Liverpool, he joined C.A. Peñarol. He would spend the rest of his playing career with Peñarol, winning six Primera titles with the club.[3]

In the final match of the 1950 World Cup, known as the "Maracanazo" due to Uruguay's surprising win at the Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro, in front of near 200,000 Brazilian fans, Máspoli allowed one goal as the visitors beat favorites Brazil 2–1.[4]

Máspoli also coached Uruguayan club Peñarol,[5] with which he won five national championships, the Copa Libertadores and the 1966 Intercontinental Cup, when the team beat Real Madrid 4–0 on aggregate. Later, he managed teams in Spain, Peru and Ecuador.

In the 1980s, Máspoli spent several years coaching the Uruguay national team. He took charge again in 1997, becoming the oldest ever manager of any national football team at the age of 80.

Roque Máspoli was hospitalized on 10 February 2004 with heart trouble. He died twelve days later at the age of 86.[3] His remains are buried at Cementerio del Buceo, Montevideo.[6]


As a playerEdit






As a managerEdit



Defensor Lima

Barcelona SC




  1. ^ Data about Máspoli
  2. ^ "Roque Gastón Maspoli (1917-2004)". Repubblica e Cantone Ticino. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Maspoli, Uruguay's goalkeeping great". 16 April 2011. Archived from the original on 20 April 2011.
  4. ^ Maracanazo
  5. ^ Máspoli at Peñarol
  6. ^ Farewell to Máspoli (in Spanish)

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