Sergio Goycochea

Sergio Goycochea

Argentine footballer, goalkeeper
Date of Birth: 17.10.1963
Country: Argentina

  1. Biography of Sergio Goycochea
  2. Early Career
  3. International Success
  4. Club Career

Biography of Sergio Goycochea

Sergio Goycochea is an Argentine footballer best known for his exceptional goalkeeping skills and penalty saves. He was born on October 17, 1963, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Early Career

Goycochea began his career at the club "Defensores Unidos" before making a move to "River Plate." He played for River Plate for six years and achieved great success, winning the Argentine championship, the Inter-American Cup, the Intercontinental Cup, and the Copa Libertadores. During his time at River Plate, Goycochea started receiving call-ups to the Argentine national team.

International Success

Goycochea made his international debut for Argentina in 1987, representing his country in the Copa America. In 1990, he was selected as the backup goalkeeper for the FIFA World Cup. However, due to an injury to the first-choice goalkeeper, Goycochea was called upon to replace him. He played a crucial role in helping Argentina reach the final, where they faced Italy. Goycochea's penalty saves against Yugoslavia and Italy in the knockout stages were instrumental in Argentina's progress. Although Argentina finished as runners-up in the tournament, Goycochea's performances earned him recognition as the second-best goalkeeper in the world by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS).

Club Career

After the World Cup, Goycochea returned to Argentina and joined Racing Club for a season. He then played for French club "Brest 29" and various Paraguayan clubs. In 1991 and 1993, he won the Copa America with the Argentine national team and also triumphed in the 1992 Confederations Cup. Goycochea eventually retired from professional football in Argentina.

Throughout his career, Sergio Goycochea established a reputation as a reliable and skilled goalkeeper. His exceptional ability to save penalties made him stand out from his peers. Goycochea's contributions to the Argentine national team and River Plate have secured his place in Argentine football history.