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


  • Olympic Games: Silver Medal 1920

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.

Scoring Goalkeepers

Inter Milan goalkeeper Toldo scored a goal in the 95th minute against rival Juventus. Juventus had just taken a 1-0 lead in the 90th minute on a sketchy penalty kick, but then Toldo scores the goal to tie it up.

Peter Schmeichel sprinted his 6’3″ frame across the field in the final minutes only to help Manchester United score on a penalty kick. The header was never in doubt. He also scored a goal back in 2001 that was the first by a goalkeeper in the European Premiere League.

Schmeichle was always a force to be reckoned with, but usually it was his ability to make show-stopping saves.

In 1999, Carlisle began the final game of the season bottom of the Football Lague, with Scarborough 1 point ahead of them. They thought they were going to be relegated.

During their matches, Carlisle were going down, as they were drawing 1-1 in their match with Plymouth and Scarborough had just drawn themselves. Carlisle had four minutes to save themselves.

In the 95th minute, caution was thrown to the wind, and Jimmy Glass, the on-loan Carlisle goalkeeper, headed to join this last minute corner:

The real question is who thinks this is the 72nd best goal on any list? It saved a team from being relegated. Everyone in the stands it seemed like jumped on him in the center of the field. It had to be kind of scary for him being mobbed like that. He was carried off the field by over 7,000 screaming fans.