Brazil's greatest goalkeepers
We take a look at Brazil's finest shot-stoppers over the years.
Last Updated: 02/07/10 9:45am
Shot-stopper Taffarel reached two World Cup finals, lifting the trophy at his second attempt in 1994. He played an integral role in helping Brazil claim glory during that year after he saved Italy forward Daniele Massaro's shoot-out penalty in the final. And at the 1998 competition, the keeper again shone during a penalty shoot-out as he saved twice against Holland in the semi-finals. Overall, Taffarel made 18 World Cup appearances during which he was on the losing side just three times.
Gilmar twice claimed glory at the World Cup with Brazil. In fact, he was part of the team that landed Brazil's first World Cup trophy in 1958. At said tournament, Gilmar conceded just four goals. Four years later, he and his team-mates were again triumphant, this time in Chile. The keeper, who was famed for his coolness on the pitch, featured at a third straight World Cup finals when he was named in the squad for the 1966 competition.
Leao made 14 World Cup appearances, conceding just seven times during those outings. He was back-up to first-choice shot-stopper Felix at Brazil's successful 1970 tournament but emerged as their No.1 for the following two campaigns on the world stage. He is regarded as one of Brazil's greatest keepers such were his impressive displays for his nation, while he captained his side during the 1978 competition.
Marcos got his hands on the World Cup trophy during Brazil's successful march in 2002. The shot-stopper played every minute of his team's campaign in Asia. Marcos conceded just four goals in his seven appearances while he also notched four clean sheets. And he was considered one of the best goalkeepers at the tournament. Marcos retired from international football in 2005 but continues to play at club level for Palmeiras.
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