Goycochea in 2011
|Full name||Sergio Javier Goycochea|
|Date of birth||17 October 1963|
|Place of birth||Zárate, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|1997–1998||Newell's Old Boys||13||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Sergio Javier Goycochea (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈserxjo xaˈβjer ɣoikoˈtʃea]; born 17 October 1963) is an Argentine former football goalkeeper and male model. 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 replaced him. As Argentina qualified for the knockout stage, 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. 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 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.
|Argentina national team|
- River Plate
- Argentine Primera División (2): 1985–86, 1993 Apertura
- Copa Libertadores (1): 1986
- Copa Interamericana (1): 1987
- Intercontinental Cup (1): 1986
- FIFA World Cup All-Star Team (1): 1990
- Footballer of the Year of Argentina (1): 1990
- FIFA XI (1): 1991
- IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper (2): Silver ball 1991, 1993
- South American Team of the Year (2): 1992, 1993
- Copa América player of the tournament (1): 1993
- "Meet the penalty killers". fifa.com. FIFA. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
- "Argentina: Top Ten Past Heros". attackingsoccer.com. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
- Sergio Goycochea at National-Football-Teams.com
- FIFA XI´s Matches - Full Info
- "South American Team of the Year". 16 January 2009. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
- (Spanish) Futbol Factory profile (Archived)
- (Spanish) Argentine Primera statistics
- (Spanish) Interview to Sergio Goycochea - Diagonal
- (Portuguese) Globo Esporte's Futpédia entry