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Sergio Goycochea
Personal information
Full name Sergio Javier Goycochea
Date of birth October 17, 1963 (1963-10-17) (age 46)
Place of birth    Lima, Argentina
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Defensores Unidos
River Plate
Racing Club
Cerro Porteño
River Plate
Vélez Sársfield
Newell's Old Boys
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58 (0)
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30 (0)
22 (0)
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13 (0)   
National team
1988–1994 Argentina 44 (0)
1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of July 2007.
* Appearances (Goals)
Sergio Javier Goycochea (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈserxjo xaˈβjer ɣoikoˈtʃea]; born October 17, 1963 in Lima, Buenos Aires) is a famous Argentine former football goalkeeper. He is best known for his penalty kick saves.
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 was injured in Argentina's second group game against the Soviet Union. Goycochea was then the goalkeeper in the penalty shootout in the quarterfinal game against the Yugoslavian team. In the semifinal game against Italy, he saved penalty kicks in the penalty shootout from players Roberto Donadoni and Aldo Serena. He was also close to saving the heavily criticized game-winning penalty kick of the 1990 World Cup final against Germany, which Argentina lost 0-1. He was chosen as the goalkeeper of the Cup's All-Star Team.
El Goyco also played a few months in 1991 for the team Stade Brestois 29 from Brest in the region of Bretagne, 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 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.
For Argentina, Goycochea played in the following competitions:
Nowadays, Goycochea is a football journalist hosting Resto del mundo (Argentina's Canal 13) and he partnered Diego Maradona at La noche del Diez.


Copa America: 1991, 1993
Liga Argentina: 1986
Copa Libertadores: 1986
Intercontinental Cup: 1986
Interamerican Cup: 1987
Liga Colombiana: 1988
Liga Paraguaya: 1993

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