During his club career Nery Pumpido played for the Argentine club Unión de Santa Fe (until 1981 ), CA Vélez Sarsfield ( 1981-1983 ) and River Plate ( 1983-1988 ), as well as Betis Sevilla 1990/91 in Spain and career - ending 1991-92 back to Argentina in Santa Fe. With the team from El Monumental Stadium, he won the championship, the World Cup and the Copa Libertadores 1986. The Copa de Oro he won in 1986 with River Plate and the Copa Interamericana in 1987.
His debut in the Argentine national team celebrated the goalkeeper on September 12, 1984 in Dusseldorf 's 3-1 win against Germany. The DFB - Eleven was the first time it managed by team boss Franz Beckenbauer and Pumpido advanced to the support of the Argentine team. He was back in 1982 at a World Cup there, but had to settle for the Erstatzspielerrolle still behind Ubaldo Fillol. Four years later in Mexico, he was coached by Carlos Bilardo but the number one. Pumpido was goalkeeper of Argentina during their winning the Football World Cup 1986., He graduated from the side of the superstar Diego Maradona all seven tournament games. In the 1990 World Cup, came in Argentina to the finals, Pumpido was so badly injured in the second game on June 13, 1990 in Naples against the Soviet Union that it stayed with two inserts. In a defensive action teammate Olarticoechea was so unhappy in his goalkeeper that Pumpido broke his right shin. In its place was careful thereafter Sergio Goycochea the gate of the Argentines. The game against the Soviet Union in Naples was his last international match. Overall, he came up with 38 international appearances.
As a football coach Pumpido worked several seasons in Unión de Santa Fe in Argentina, before he went to Paraguay. There he celebrated with Olimpia Asunción his greatest success as a coach: winning the Copa Libertadores in 2002 He then coached Mexican club UANL Tigres and reached the final of the Tigres Apertura 2003/ 04. . From October 2005 to July 2006 Pumpido was coach of the Argentine first division side Newell 's Old Boys. This was followed by station at Vera Cruz in Mexico and Al -Shabab in Saudi Arabia and until 15 April 2012 in Godoy Cruz, before he returned to his hometown club Unión de Santa Fe, which he also trained to date.