More Famous Goalkeepers

We took at look at some famous goalkeepers in history last week, now we are going to continue our series with some additional people worth mentioning.

Walter Zenga

  • DOB: 20/04/1960
  • Height: 6ft 2in (1.88m)
  • Clubs:
    • Salernitana (1978-79)
    • Savona (1979-80)
    • Sambenedetesse (1980-82)
    • Internazionale (1982-94)
    • Sampdoria (1994-96)
    • Padova (1996-97)
    • New England Revolution (1997-99)
  • Years Active: 1978-1999
  • Club Appearances: 530
  • International Appearances: (Italy) 58

Walter Zenga, for a number of years at the end of the 1980s and early 1990s was widely regarded as the best goalkeeper in the world, in the middle part of a successful period of more than a decade that he spent at Inter Milan.

During this time, Zenga would win a Scudetto in 1988-89 and 2 UEFA Cups in 1991 and 1994, making 328 appearances in the process for the Italian greats.

Zenga was IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper for three years running: 1989, 1990 and 1991 as well as being awarded UEFA Goalkeeper of the year in 1990.

Neville Southall

  • Height: 6ft1in (185cms)
  • DOB: 16 September 1958
  • Clubs:
    • Port Vale 1980-81
    • Everton 1981-1998
    • Port Vale (loan) 1983
    • Sheffield United (loan) 1997-98
    • Stoke City (loan) 1998
    • Stoke City 1998
    • Torquay United 1998-2000
    • Huddersfield Town (loan)  1999
    • Bradford City 2000
    • York City 2001
    • Rhyl 2001
    • Shrewsbury Town 2001
    • Dover Athletic 2001
    • Shrewsbury Town 2001-2002
    • Dagenham & Redbridge 2002
  • Years Active: 1980-2002

Neville Southall was one of the finest goalkeepers of the 1980s and 1990s who played most of his best matches for Everton.

In some of the mid 80s Saves Galore videos we’ve got, Big Nev makes up about 50% of the great saves made – notably in 1985, when he was voted the FWA Footballer of the Year for his prowess.

Possessing what could never be described as ‘dishplates’ for hands – Neville Southall wore tiny gloves – Southall made up for being slightly small (by modern standards) at 6ft1in with incredible athleticism and great desire.

Never one to shirk a tackle, this former hod carrier loved his football and played for as long as any professional club would have him. However, he is best remembered for Everton, a club he turned out for on over 700 occassions, including 548 league appearances.

Southall helped everton to win the League Championship twice, and also picked up several other trophies during this great spell, including:

  • Football League Championship Winner 1985 & 1987
  • FA Cup Winner 1984 & 1985; Runner Up 1985 & 1989
  • League Cup Runner Up 1984
  • Football Writers’ Association Player of The Year 1985
  • European Cup-Winners Cup 1985
 Southall, as with many keepers, did not enjoy losing one bit, and many will recall him during the 1990-91 season sulking at half time as Everton trailed to Leeds United by sitting in his goal, leaning on the post. He handed in several transfer requests during this season, and several others.
Ricardo Zamora
  • OB: 21/01/1901 Barcelona, Spain
  • Height: 6ft 4.5 Inches / 1.94m
  • Clubs:
    • Espanol (1916-19)
    • Barcelona (1919-1922)
    • Espanol (1922-30)
    • Real Madrid (1930-36)
    • Nice (1936-38)
  • Years Active: 1916-1938
  • Club Appearances: ?
  • International Appearances: (Spain) 46

Ricardo Zamora was a big, tall, controversial goalkeeper who enjoyed great success with a number of clubs in a country and world which was experiencing political turmoil.

As if to demonstrate the good, bad and ugly of his character in one tournament, in the 1920 Olympic Games at Antwerp, Zamora would come home with a Silver medal, and be arrested, imprisoned and fined for attempting to smuggle Havana Cigars on the way home. During the tournament, he had been sent off for punching an Italian opponent. Zamora was also banned for a full year after failing to declare on his tax forms that he had received a signing on fee on his 1922 return to RCD Espanol.

Despite all of this, Zamora was widely regarded as a brave and extraordinary talent between the sticks. His bravery came to the fore in an historic match against England, in 1929. England had never been beaten by a team from outside of the British Isles, and Ricardo Zamora would prove to be very much the difference as Spain won 4-3. At the end of the match, it became apparent that Zamora had played much of the game with a broken sternum (breastbone) which only goes to show what a tough character Zamora was.

He was also credited as something of a trendsetter as his cloth cap and white polo neck jumper, which he claimed was to keep the sun off, was copied by many others playing in Spain at the time.

Zamora was the most capped player of his generation, and managed to play in several parts of a Spain that was fighting a civil war with itself: such was his talent that it rose above these territorial grievances.

  • Copa Del Rey: Winner 1928-29 (Espanol), 1919-20, 1920-21 (Barcelona)
  • Copa De Espana: Winner 1933-34, 1935-36 (Real Madrid)
  • Catalan Champions: 1917-18, 1928-29 (Espanol), 1919-20, 1920-21, 1921-22 (Barcelona)
  • La Liga: 1931-32, 1932-33 (Real Madrid)

Catalan XI

  • Copa Princep de Asturies: 1922, 1924, 1926

Spain

  • Olympic Games: Silver Medal 1920