Famous Goalkeepers

Andoni Zubizarreta

  • Name: Andoni Zubizarreta
  • DOB: 23/10/1961, Vitoria, Spain
  • Height: 6ft 2in / 1.88m
  • Clubs:
    Alaves (1979-1980) 0 Apps
    Bilbao Athletic (1980-1981) 7 Apps
    Athletic Bilbao (1981-1986) 169 Apps
    Barcelona (1986-1994) 301 Apps
    Valencia (1994-1998) 152 Apps
  • Years Active: 1979-1998
  • Club Appearences: 629
  • International Appearances (Spain): 126

Andoni Zubizarreta was the Spanish international goalkeeper for more than a decade, who racked up an impressive 126 appearances for his country between 1985 and 1998.

With Atletico Madrid, Zubizarreta was instrumental in the back-to-back league successes of 1982/83 and 1983/84 and featured as an ever-present in the league winning sides.

When in 1986 he transferred to Barcelona, Andoni Zubizarreta Urreta, to use his full name, became the most expensive goalkeeper in the World, with a transfer record, at the time, fee of 1.6million Euro (or its currency equivalent!).

With Barcelona, Zubizarreta would not disappoint – he missed only four matches in four league campaigns as Barcelona swept to La Liga victory four times in succession between 1991 and 1994. In 1992, he would also lift the UEFA Champions League trophy after keeping a clean sheet in the final against Sampdoria.



  • La Liga: 1982/83, 1983/84 (both Atletico Madrid), 1990/91, 1991/92, 1992/93, 1993/94 (all Barcelona)
  • Copa del Rey: 1983/84 (Atletico Madrid), 1987/88, 1989/90 (both Barcelona)
  • Supercopa de Espana: 1984 (Atletico Madrid), 1991, 1992 (both Barcelona)
  • UEFA Cup Winners Cup: 1988/89 (Barcelona)
  • UEFA Champions League: 1991/92 (Barcelona)
  • UEFA Super Cup: 1992 (Barcelona)
  • UEFA Intertoto Cup: 1998 (Valencia)


  • Spanish Player of the Year: 1987
  • Zamora Trophy: 1986/87

Sepp Maier

Name: Josef “Sepp” Maier

Club Appearences: 536 – Bayern Munich 1965-1980

National Appearences: 95 – West Germany – 1966-1979


Sepp Maier was one of the greatest keepers during a period which saw many great goalkeepers rise to prominence, particularly in Europe.

He spent his entire playing career at Bayern Munich – which is an achievement in itself – though he achieved great things with Bayen, winning the Bundesliga four times, and the European Cup three times.

The Duck Hunt

Sepp Maier’s goalkeeping ability was matched only by his eccentricity, as Maier was regarded as a bit of a joker by a lot of players and fans. This idea was enhanced in one match which Bayern were dominating easily, Maier turned his attention to hunting a duck which had got stricken in the Olympia Stadion, rather than concentrate on the game.

Bodo Illgner

Name: Bodo Illgner

Club Appearances: 417 (326 for 1.FC Koln; 91 for Real Madrid)

National Appearances: 54 (Germany)

Height: 6ft 1in – 187cm

Date of Birth: 07/04/1967, Koblenz, West Germany


Bodo Illgner was the vociferous shot-stopping goalkeeper who achieved great things for club and country, winning the FIFA World Cup (1990, Germany), the European Champions League twice (1998, 2000, Real Madrid), World Club Cup (1998, Real Madrid), as well as numerous Budesliga and German Cup Runners-Up medals.

Illgner’s finest moments were in the FIFA World Cup of 1990 when he helped his native Germany to collect their third World Cup, on the way breaking English hearts with a penalty save in the semi-final. In the final, Illgner would claim an unsurpassable record: by becoming the first man ever to keep a clean sheet in a World Cup final.

Illgner also kept a clean sheet in his first and only Champions League Final appearance versus Juventus in 1998, which Real Madrid won 1-0 (he was replaced by Iker Casillas in the final of 2000).

While Illgner was undoubtedly ably assisted by one of the most consistently excellent backlines in international football, he is widely regarded as one of the finest shot-stoppers of all time. Furthermore, the style of football played by Real Madrid make his Spanish League winning season of 1997 especially good: in 40 matches, Illgner conceded just 31 goals (that year Real also won the Spanish Cup).

For his efforts he was awarded Germany’s Goalkeeper of the Year a remarkable four times in a row (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992) and European Goalkeeper of the Year (1991).

Renat Dasaev

Full Name: Rinat Fayzrakhmanovich Dasayev

D.O.B – 13/6/1957. Astrakhan

Clubs – Spartak Moscow, Sevilla(1979-1991)

Height – 1.87(6’2″)

Renat Dasaev, described by many as the finest goalkeeper of the 1980′s, was born in Astrakhan, on the Caspian Sea and played for his home town club until the age of 21, until the day Spartak Moscow arrived to play a friendly. Renat Dasaev’s performance that day was good enough to persuade Spartak Moscow to sign him immiediately; had it not been for that chance friendly, Dasaev’s talents may have run their course in that desolate outpost.

From the outset of the following season, Dasaev was promoted to first choice goalkeeper for both Spartak, and the Soviet national side. The Russian muslim always carried a copy of the koran on to the pitch with him and placed it in his goal.

By 1982, Dasaev was earning plaudits world wide for his performances during the World Cup in Spain, the highlight of which was probably a save from Scotland’s Joe Jordan which was simply magnificent; shifting his body weight quickly to turn the point-blank header to safety.

Very slim for a goalkeeper, Dasaev relied heavily on his superb reflexes, rather than trying to claim crosses against heavier and more powerful opponents.

In 1986, Dasaev participated in the World Cup in Mexico, the Soviet Union losing out to Belgium 4-3 in the second round, which was widely regarded as one of the greatest world cup matches ever played.

World’s Best

In the years, 1982, 1983, 1985 and 1988 Renat Dasaev was voted the world’s best goalkeeper, which is a special achievement, only the great Lev Yashin, another Russian, surpassed this feat, voted the best on six occasions.

The form of Renat Dasaev continued in an upward arc until 1988, when again in the European championships his performances peaked, helping the Soviet Union to the final where they met the Dutch, and in particular the unsurpassable Marco Van Basten. The Soivet Union held out for a long time, and even missed a penalty, but eventually succumbed to first Ruud Gullit, and then to a memorable Van Basten volley from an acute angle.

During the season following the Chamionship, Dasaev transferred to Sevilla in Spain, and found his new surroundings difficult to adjust to, missing his homeland, his form deteriorated until 1990 when he was axed from the Soviet team and replaced by Alexandr Uvarov.

Despite a relatively sad ending to his career, Dasaev will be remembered for an outwardly frail appearance but an astonishing ability to produce saves that would seem impossible.

Dasaev was the second most capped Soviet player of all time with 91 Caps spanning eleven years from 1979 through to the 1990 World Cup.