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Nery Alberto Pumpido (born July 30, 1957 in Monje, Santa Fe) is a football coach and former goalkeeper who played for the Argentine national team in two World Cups.Currently is the head coach to the Mexican club CD Veracruz.Pumpido was a precise passer of the ball, allowing for quick counter-attacks.

Club career

In the early 1980s, Pumpido made a name for himself as a secure presence in the goal for Unión de Santa Fe. During his football career, Pumpido played for Unión, Vélez Sársfield, River Plate, and Spanishmarker side Real Betis.

After a brief stint for Vélez Sársfield, he was transferred to Club Atlético River Plate to fill in the shoes of departing Ubaldo Fillol.

In 1987, Pumpido lost a finger during training when his wedding ring was caught in a nail on the crossbar, but it was restored by a surgery procedure [195973].

National team

He was chosen by Argentine coach César Luis Menotti as the third goalkeeper of the Argentine national team in the 1982 World Cup, but did not play in the tournament.

He was the starting goalkeeper during Argentina's win of the 1986 World Cup. He played all seven games, conceded five goals in 630 minutes, and had three clean sheets.

At the 1990 World Cup, Pumpido only played two games since he broke his leg in his team's second game against the USSR. He was replaced in that game by his substitute (both in River and in the national team) Sergio Goycochea, who eventually became the hero of Argentina's team, twice saving two penalties in penalty shootouts to help his team reach the final against Germany.

Coaching career

After retiring as a player, Pumpido started to work as a football coach. After several seasons at Unión de Santa Fe he took over at Olimpia Asunción, winning the Copa Libertadores in 2002. He then became coach of UANL Tigres in Mexico, reaching the final of the 2003-04 Apertura championship. Between October 2005 and July 2006, Pumpido coached Argentine first division club Newell's Old Boys. He is currently coaching Saudi football club Al-Shabab since the start of 2008/2009 season.

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