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