|Place of birth Talca, Chile|
Name Hugo Rubio
Height 1.78 m
Parents Ildefonso Rubio
|Playing position |
1979–1982 Rangers de Talca
Role Football player
Weight 72 kg
|Full name Hugo Eduardo Rubio Montecinos|
Date of birth (1960-07-05) 5 July 1960 (age 55)
Children Diego Rubio, Eduardo Rubio, Matias Rubio
Similar People Eduardo Rubio, Diego Rubio, Matias Rubio
Hugo Eduardo Rubio Montecinos (born 5 July 1960 in Talca, Chile) is a former Chilean football forward. Rubio's nickname is "Pajaro," which in Spanish is "bird." He was known for his speed and finishing. He played in Chile, Spain, Italy, and Switzerland. Today he is an agent for Pass Ball Sports Management and represents many young Chilean talents such as Luis Jimenez and Matias Fernandez.
At the age of 16, Rubio joined amateur club Club Internacional Atletico Comercio. The club is from Talca and was founded by Rubio's grandfather Aurelio Mortecinos Carrasco. The club paid him $100 per goal he scored. In 1978 he joined the youth system of Rangers de Talca. He also spent time on loan with San Javier, another youth squad.
In 1979, Rubio had an offer to sign with Chilean club San Luis Quillota, an established team. However he decided to stay with Rangers since he was studying at the time at Universidad Catolica de Talca (1978–1981). His first two professional goals came on 6 August 1979 in the '63 and '80 minutes. In 1981, he helped Rangers gain promotion to Chilean First Division.
He became very popular among the Rangers supporters during his time with the club. His good form piqued the interest of Chilean club Cobreloa, who would be playing in the Copa Libertadores. Cobreloa signed Rubio in 1982 and went on to place as runner-up in 1982 Copa Libertadores. In 1982, he won the Chilean national title. He stayed with the club until 1985. During his time with Cobreloa he made a name for himself in all of Chile.
Rubio's good form led him to be loaned to Spanish club CD Malaga, where he would score seven goals in the season of 1985–1986. He was then sold to Chilean club Colo-Colo. He immediately showed his good football once again. In 1988 he was sold for, at the time, a record amount to Italian side Bologna. The profits Colo-Colo received for Rubio helped finish the construction of their current stadium, Estadio Monumental David Arellano.
He scored two goals in five games played in the Coppa Italia. He played in 20 Serie A games before devastatingly injuring himself against Napoli, which kept him out of football for five months. In 1989, he was loaned to FC St. Gallen, where fellow Chilean Ivan Zamorano played. He would stay in Switzerland until 1991.
Rubio returned to Chile to play for Colo-Colo, where he would win the Recopa Sudamericana and Copa Interamericana in 1991. His second stay would last until 1994 when he moved to Union Espanola. He scored seven goals in the lone season he played for Union. His third stop with Colo-Colo would lead to his retirement in 1997.
His international career began in 1983 and lasted until 1991. His two biggest accomplishments with La Roja were the second place in the 1987 Copa America in Argentina and the third place in 1991 Copa America in Chile. He played 36 games and scored 12 goals for La Roja.
Rubio's sons are professional footballers. His older son, Eduardo currently play for La Serena, his middle son Matias plays for Rangers and his younger son Diego plays for Sporting Clube de Portugal.