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Sergio Goycoechea

Sergio Goycoechea
 
Complete Name: Sergio Javier Goycoechea
Nationality: Argentinian
Place of Birth: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Date of Birth: 17/10/1963
National Team: Argentina
Current Club: Retired
Position: Goalkeeper
 

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Club career history

Deportivo Mandiyu (Argentina), Velez Sarsfield (Argentina), River Plate (Argentina), Newell's Old Boys (Argentina), Racing Club (Argentina)
 

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Biography

Sergio Goycochea ['ze?.xjo xa.'ßje? ?oj.ko.'?e.a] (born October 17, 1963 in Lima, Buenos Aires, Argentina) is a famous retired Argentinian football goalkeeper. He is mostly known for being a good penalty kick saver. That is why he was sometimes nicknamed El Tapapenales or El Atajapenales.

In the 1990 World Cup, he substituted for Nery Pumpido for the Argentine national team after Pumpido got injured in the Argentinian team's second game against the Soviet team. Goycochea was the goalkeeper in the penalty shootout in the quarterfinal game against the Yugoslavian team. In the semifinal game, he saved penalty kicks in the penalty shootout against the Italian national team's Roberto Donadoni and Aldo Serena. He was also close to saving the game-winning penalty kick of the 1990 World Cup final against Germany, which Argentina lost 0-1.

Goycochea also played a few months in 1991 for the team Stade Brestois 29 from Brest in the region of Bretagne, which back then was 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.

Goycochea also won the 1993 Copa América final in Ecuador on July 4, 1993 with Argentina 2-1 against goalkeeper Jorge Campos' Mexican national team. 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, which is spelled without e but which other people of the same genealogy spell as Goycoechea with e, is derived from the Basque language, and so Sergio is frequently nicknamed El Vasco, but also El Goyco.
 

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