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 Alberto SPENCER 1960-1966 
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Name: Alberto Spencer Herrera

Nickname: "Cabeza Mágica" ("Magic Head")


Country: :ECU: Ecuador
Club: C.A. Peñarol
Position: *CF
Side: RF/BS
Age: 23-29 years (06/12/1937)

Height: 180 cm
Weight: 78 kg

Attack: 95
Defence: 38
Balance: 84
Stamina: 82
Top Speed: 85
Acceleration: 88
Response: 91
Agility: 80
Dribble Accuracy: 84
Dribble Speed: 85
Short Pass Accuracy: 76
Short Pass Speed: 70
Long Pass Accuracy: 71
Long Pass Speed: 72
Shot Accuracy: 92
Shot Power: 85
Shot Technique: 89
Free Kick Accuracy: 68
Curling: 73
Header: 97
Jump: 92
Technique: 84
Aggression: 95
Mentality: 83
Goalkeeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 77

Injury Tolerance: A
Condition: 8
Weak Foot Accuracy: 7
Weak Foot Frequency: 7
Consistency: 7
Growth Type: Standard

S03 - 1-on-1 Finish
S05 - 1-touch Play
P13 - Goal Poacher

SPECIAL ABILITIES: Positioning - Scoring - 1-1 Scoring - Lines - 1-Touch Pass

Attack/Defence Awareness Card: Attack Minded


Spencer was an Ecuadorian football (soccer) player, regarded as the best of his country. He is probably best known for his still-standing record for scoring the most goals in the Copa Libertadores, the most important club tournament in South America. He was elected the 20th best South American footballer of the 20th century in a poll by the IFFHS in 2004. He was known as "Cabeza Mágica" (Spanish for magic head).

He was an ambidextrous striker with lethal pace, off-the-ball movement, heading and balance skills, and excellent finishing, that tore defences to shreds for over a decade. After his retirement in 1973, he lived in Montevideo, Uruguay. In 1982, he was appointed consul of Ecuador in Uruguay.

On the international front, Spencer holds the unique distinction of being the only goalscorer, capped by two different countries simultaneously: Ecuador, and Uruguay. He 'switched' shirts no less than four times. Incredibly, because of his last name (indicating British ancestry from his father's side) and brilliant football skills, he was nearly capped by the England before their run into their 1966 FIFA World Cup. He played for Uruguay against England (2-1) in a friendly match at the legendary Wembley Stadium and scored, making him the first Ecuadorian-born player to score in that stadium.

He is widely considered one of the best South American players of all time, he still remains largely an unknown figure in Europe. This is presumably due to his having never participated in a World Cup or playing in Europe. Similar fates awaited other greats such as Alfredo Di Stéfano and George Best, though both are far more known due to their domestic careers with Real Madrid and Manchester United respectively.

He was elected the 20th South America Player of the Century in a poll by the IFFHS in 2004.

Spencer still maintains the South American club record in Copa Libertadores, with his tally of 54 goals between 1960 and 1972, playing for Everest of Guayaquil, Barcelona of Guayaquil, and Peñarol (Uruguay). During that period, he walked away as winner of the competition three times (1960, 1961, 1966) and was winner of the Intercontinental Cup twice, beating Eusebio's Benfica and Real Madrid, and was runner-up once. In fact, his Intercontinental goal tally is only one goal behind the all-time record of his more famous contemporary, Pelé.

Spencer was also four times the leading scorer of Uruguay's League, helping them to win the Uruguayan championship eight times during his 12-year stay. Throughout his professional career, he scored a grand total of 450 goals, surpassing 500, if friendlies were taken into account.



*Uruguayan League: 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968
*Copa Libertadores: 1960, 1961, 1966
*Intercontinental Cup: 1961, 1966

Barcelona Guayaquil:

*Ecuadorian League: 1971


*Copa Libertadores Goalscorer: 1960, 1962
*Uruguayan League Goalscorer: 1961, 1962, 1967, 1968
*Best South American Player of the century: 20th

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