Sergio Goycochea

Sergio Goycochea
Sergio Goycochea (1).jpg
Goycochea in 2011
Personal information
Full name Sergio Javier Goycochea
Date of birth (1963-10-17) 17 October 1963 (age 57)
Place of birth Zárate, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position(s) Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1982 Defensores Unidos
1982–1988 River Plate 58 (0)
1988–1990 Millonarios 39 (0)
1990–1991 Racing Club 35 (0)
1992 Brest 11 (0)
1992 Cerro Porteño
1993 Olimpia Asunción
1993–1994 River Plate 16 (0)
1994–1995 Mandiyú 30 (0)
1995–1996 Internacional 22 (0)
1996–1997 Vélez Sársfield 2 (0)
1997–1998 Newell's Old Boys 13 (0)
Total 226 (0)
National team
1981 Argentina U20 3 (0)
1987–1994 Argentina 44 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Sergio Javier Goycochea (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈseɾxjo xaˈβjeɾ ɣojkoˈtʃea]; born 17 October 1963) is an Argentine former professional football goalkeeper and male model. He is best known for helping his country reach the 1990 FIFA World Cup Final with his penalty kick saves.[1]


Goycochea was the substitute for Nery Pumpido both in River Plate and in the Argentine national team, and got his big break in the 1990 FIFA World Cup. When Pumpido broke his leg Argentina's second group game against the Soviet Union, Goycochea stepped in and remained the team's starting goalkeeper for the remainder of the tournament. In the knockout stage, Goycochea effectively played a huge part in keeping Argentina in the tournament; he kept a clean sheet in the 1–0 Second Round victory over Brazil and saved penalties in the quarter-final and semi-final penalty shootout victories against Yugoslavia and Italy. He was also close to saving the game-winning penalty kick from Andreas Brehme at the 1990 World Cup final against Germany, which Argentina lost 1–0.[2] He was chosen as the goalkeeper of the Cup's All-Star Team. Reflecting on the 1990 tournament, Goycochea told “To my mind, it was as if we were world champions again anyway”. [3]

Goycochea with the Argentina squad that won the 1991 Copa América held in Chile

El Goyco also played a few months in 1991 for the team Stade Brestois 29 from Brest in the region of Brittany, which was then named Brest Armorique, and was in the French second division and included players David Ginola, Corentin Martins and Stéphane Guivarc'h. Nonetheless, the team went bankrupt in November of that year, and was moved to the third division and lost its professional-team status.

With the national team, Goycochea also won the 1991 Copa América, 1992 FIFA Confederations Cup, 1993 Artemio Franchi Trophy, and 1993 Copa América. On the occasion of that 1993 Copa América tournament, Goycochea appeared on TV commercials for a Pepsi promotion by PepsiCo's division in Guayaquil. He also was on TV commercials for Adidas soccer apparel some years later.

His last name, Goycochea, spelled without e, but which other people of the same genealogy spell as Goycoechea, is derived from the Basque surname Goikoetxea meaning topmost house (from goiko "of the top" and etxe "house"). Sergio is frequently nicknamed thus El Vasco, but also El Goyco.

Goycochea is a football journalist hosting Elegante Sport (Argentina's Canal 7) and has partnered with Diego Maradona at La noche del Diez.

Career statistics


Source: [4]
Argentina national team
Year Apps Goals
1987 1 0
1988 0 0
1989 0 0
1990 7 0
1991 13 0
1992 4 0
1993 16 0
1994 3 0
Total 44 0



River Plate






  1. ^ "Meet the penalty killers". FIFA. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Argentina: Top Ten Past Heros". Retrieved 25 January 2014.
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  4. ^ "Sergio Goycochea". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.
  5. ^ FIFA XI´s Matches - Full Info
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  8. ^ "South American Team of the Year". 16 January 2009. Retrieved 10 March 2015.

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