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Ricardo Zamora

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«Ricardo Zamora»

Played in the Spanish club Espanyol, FC Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid, the French "Nice." From 1920 to 1936, was a goalkeeper team in Spain.

Full name of the legendary Spanish goalkeeper - Ricardo Martinez Zamora (Zamora). He was born in Barcelona, ​​to a family doctor, and his father, of course, saw in his son successor to the family business. However, Ricardo is not too interested in school and most of his youth was fond of sports - boxing, basketball, athletics, enthusiastically played the Spanish national game pelota, remotely similar to tennis, and requires excellent agility and reaction.

But in the end his heart took over football. First football battles took place, as well as throughout the world, at the level of amateur teams, where Ricardo has played in the attack. He liked to trace the enemy players, score goals. And when he was nearly 16, Zamora decided to offer its services to this football team - Barcelona Espanyol. And he immediately took ... substitute goalkeeper.

Coaches were very farsighted people. The boy, not even had time to finish school already vymahal to 185 inches, he had a long, prehensile hands, perfect coordination of movements and a great reaction. In addition, Zamora was endowed with remarkable equanimity - the quality, rather rare among the Spaniards. And, despite her young age, a great psychological resistance: no failure could not knock him out of a rut.

Passed only a year, and Ricardo Zamora, originally released only on a replacement, became the main goalkeeper and fan favorite Espanyol. They are admired for his acrobatic throws when he pulled out a hopeless, seemingly the ball from the far corner of the gate. In addition, it is increasingly ventured, in contrast to other goalies of his time to leave the goalmouth and boldly go to intercept suspended broadcasts.

And after Espanyol came to Madrid for the match with Real Madrid, "about a young goalkeeper Ricardo Zamora spoke all Spain. In that match, he performed miracles and had left his gate "dry". His teammates scored Real Madrid four goals. One of the Madrid newspapers enthusiastically wrote that the goalkeeper of Barcelona gave the game a whole - from the tips of shoelaces on boots up goalie visor cap.

Soon, someone from the football fans gave the nickname of Zamora, which quickly caught on - "Octopus". There is another - "Tiger in human skin". Meanwhile, after graduating from school, Ricardo did, at the insistence of his father, a university, but studies are still interested in a little. Increasingly, there have been serious talk with his father, whom football career seemed precarious, despite all the successes of Ricardo. One day, somehow Zamora, Sr. made his son swear that he will not play for Espanyol at least until graduation. Ricardo kept his oath and swore For Espanyol it is no longer performed, because ... became the goalkeeper for Barcelona.

In this team he played until 1922, then returned to Espanyol, where he spent nine seasons. But already in 1920, at age nineteen, Zamora first arose at the gate with Spain.

It was then the coach Francisco Bru, both coached Espanyol. Although Ricardo moved to Barcelona, ​​Brou did not let him out of sight.

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«Ricardo Zamora»

Team was preparing for the VII Olympic Games, which were to be held in Antwerp. August 28, 1920 Zamora made his debut in a match against a team from Denmark, which the Spaniards won, scoring the only goal and leaving the gate "dry", thanks to the young goalkeeper. Already much later, in response to a journalistic question of its best match, Zamora said: "Clearly, the match against Denmark at the Olympics in 1920. I defended like a demon. That day I had surpassed himself. I did not think capable of such a game."

True, the owners of the tournament - Belgians - Spanish footballers still lost 1:3. As a result, the team Zamora had to fight only for third place, which they won.

Nevertheless, the Spanish team won ... silver Olympic medals. The fact that in the final match of the Czechoslovak team, losing to Belgium with a score of 0:2 and left the field in protest against biased, according to its players, officiating. Therefore, the Czechoslovak players have been punished - an Olympic silver gave the Spanish national team. As for Ricardo Zamora, he was declared the best goalkeeper of the tournament.

With the Olympic Games in Antwerp began world-wide fame the young goalkeeper in Spain. Legends about his fantastic game and the extraordinary reaction already walked around the sports world. When the Spaniards carried out in Uruguay, a friendly match with this country's bankers Montevideo promised to give the house to the footballer, who can hit the gate Zamora. Gift and not found the owner. In 1925 only because of his incredible game, was defeated in the match against Hungary - 1:0. In May 1929, in Madrid, the Spaniards defeated the first time lawmakers football fashion - the English with a score of 4:3. In 1930 in Bologna won the Italian national team - 3:2, and the Italian tiffozi, shaken by the Spanish goalkeeper's game, carried him off the field on their shoulders.

Incredibly sad that there was no video cameras, and to judge how to play Zamora, can only be from the photos, rare footage documentaries and eyewitnesses. Nevertheless, memories eloquent. For example, only one fragment of a journalistic report on the match between Hungary and Spain: "A strong blow from close range Zamora reflected in the incredible cast, but the ball, hitting up the Spanish defender, srikoshetiroval the opposite corner. No goalkeeper in the world could would be in this situation to save the goal. None other than Zamora. As he was on the ground, managed to jump up and re-roll to get that game, only God knows ... "

In 1934, the Spanish team for the first time participated in the World Cup held in Italy. However, the championship was only the second. In the first held in 1930 in Uruguay, have become the masters champion. Championship in 1934 again won the masters tournament - the Italian team - winning the final match of a very strong team of Czechoslovakia. But most of all, this tournament is remembered for a fantastic game between two brilliant goalkeeping. One of them was the Czech Frantisek Planichka, and others - Ricardo Zamora.

In his first match (1 / 8 finals) Spanish team beat the Brazilians, the attack which led the legendary Leonidas. In the second half penalty kick was parried by Zamora.

One goal in this game he still missed, but the Spaniards scored three Brazilians.

In the quarterfinal match between Spain met with the Italian team. On a match attended by Mussolini himself. With the score 1:1 Zamora again saved his goal after the penalty kick. In extra time, expense and has not changed, according to the regulations of that time was appointed to the rematch. But Zamora, confronted in the first game with one of the Italians and severely damage the eyes, in the second match did not participate. Perhaps that is why the Spaniards and lost - 0:1.

During this championship newspaper vengeance exploited nickname Zamora - Octopus, and often put him in cartoons as octopus tentacles rending balls from all sides ...

All in all, Zamora held for Spain 46 matches and 20 retained their goal intact. In 24 games he left the field with the captain's armband.

And in the championships of Spain, speaking for Espanyol, and then for Barcelona again for Espanyol and finally for Real Madrid, where he played in 1931, Zamora had almost 500 games. Along with "Real" twice - in 1932 and 1933 - was a champion of the country. In 1934 and 1936, together with Madrid's team won the Spanish Cup. Prior to this, in 1920, 1922 and in 1929 he won the Cup, playing for FC Barcelona and Espanyol.

The last time the field of Spanish Stadium Ricardo Zamora came June 21, 1936, in the final cup match, where his "Transformers" has met with Barcelona. About how the game ended, Zamora later recalled: "We have been 2:1. There remained three minutes to play. And then someone like lightning" shot "from five meters. I pulled into a string at the last moment and hit the ball with his left hand. What going on in the stands! me as a bullfighter, took away from the field on his hands. Last night I sat in the car and said to myself: good-bye football! a dream come true. I wanted to go to the top of fame. "

Three weeks later, the Spanish Civil War began. Ricardo Zamora moved to France. Here, he accepted an invitation to play "nice" and played for this team for two years. April 20, 1938, he spent his final match.

In 1939 he returned home and tried his hand as a coach. Worked in "Celta", "Málaga" in 1952 even led for a while the team of Spain. Finally started working in his native Barcelona club Espanyol, where he began a career keeper, in charge of public relations. In addition, Zamora was a successful sports journalist, where he first tried the pen has not finished playing.

In 1967, by decision of FIFA in honor of Ricardo Zamora in Spain was held match between the country and the world team. Spain won with a "dry" 3:0, and the audience welcomed the legendary goalkeeper, which is present on the rostrum, a long standing ovation. The last time the stadium applauded him for life.

And eleven years later, in September 1978, all Spanish players, conducting the next round of their championship, came to the field with crape, and the match began after a moment of silence. Spain said goodbye to Ricardo Zamora.

 
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