Goalkeepers are one of the most important individuals of the game not just in football, but in all the sports that contain this position. In this article, we want to talk about the best Barcelona goalkeepers of all time.
FC Barcelona or simply known as Barcelona or Barca is a Spanish professional football club that competes in La Liga, the top tier league in Spain.Barcelona was founded in 1899 and, its first season took place in the same year. Barcelona is the fourth-most valuable sports team in the world, and the world's richest football club in terms of revenue.
As one of the most successful teams in Spain,Barcelona
has won numerous titles at both domestic and international levels, including 26 La Liga, 31 Copa del Rey, 13 Supercopa de España, 3 Copa Eva Duarte, and 2 Copa de la Liga trophies, as well as 5UEFA Champions League
titles, a record 4 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, a joint-record 5 UEFA Super Cup, a record 3 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, and 3 FIFA Club World Cup.
Obviously, a huge part of Barcelona's suceess is due to the players. From the goal-scoring strikers to capable defenders and of course, the guarding goalkeepers. Unfortunately, the goalkeepers are remembered for their mistakes and not their saves but, no one can deny that in some situations the whole game depends on a team's goalkeepers. Here we want to review some individuals that are believed to be Best goalkeepers in Barcelona club history. What should a goalkeeper possess to be on this list? well, agility, pace, coordination, bravery, strength, and leadership are some of the requirements but generally, it depends on many things.
Here is the list of the
Greatest Barcelona goalkeepers of all time
. Tune in and enjoy.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen is the first individual on the list of the
Best Barcelona goalkeepers of all time
. He is a German professional footballer who is considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world. Marc-Andre ter Stegen plays as a goalkeeper for Spanish club Barcelona and the Germany national team.
Born on 30 April 1992 in Mönchengladbach, Germany, he started his youth career in 1996 with Borussia Mönchengladbach where he stayed for almost 15 years. In 2009 he began his senior career withBorussia Mönchengladbach II, then he moved toBorussia Mönchengladbach
where he had 108 appearances. In 2014 he left the Bundesliga to join the Spanish club, Barcelona. He established himself as the star with the club and in the first season, he could win the treble. Some of his honors in the club including La Liga in 2014–15, 2015–16, 2017–18,2018–19, Copa del Rey in 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17,2017–18, 2020–21, Supercopa de España in 2018, UEFA Champions League in 2014–15, UEFA Super Cup in 2015, FIFA Club World Cup in 2015.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen is a very smart, talented goalkeeper who is known for his passing, reflexes, and ball-playing ability. On 24 November he reached his 100th clean sheet with Barcelona and on 6 January 2021, he reached 250 appearances for Barcelona in all competitions. In general, his achievement with Barcelona was more and he undoubtedly is one of the best Barcelona goalkeepers of all time.
Pedro María Artola Urrutia is a Spanish retired footballer that is believed to be one of the Best Barcelona goalkeepers of all time.Born on 6 September 1948 in Andoain, Spain, he started his professional career in 1967 with San Sebastián.
In 1970 he joinedReal Sociedad
where he played for 5 years, appearing in 30 matches. In 1975, when he was almost 27, Artola signed with FC Barcelona, where for the next 10 years he was positioned as a successful goalkeeper.
Regarded as one of the
Greatest goalkeepers in Barcelona history
, Artola won many trophies and honors with the club including Copa del Rey in 1977–78, 1980–81, 1982–83, Supercopa de España in 1983, Copa de la Liga in 1983, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1978–79 and 1981–82.
Francisco Javier González Urruticoechea, known as Urruti,was a Spanish footballer who played as a goalkeeper.Born on 17 February 1952 in San Sebastián, Spain, Urruticoechea started his youth career when he was 15 and before joining Barcelona in 1981, he played for different clubs such asSan Sebastián
, Real Sociedad, and Español.
Urruticoechea was a clever, quick goalkeeper who became a legend in La Liga playing 307 games throughout 16 seasons. He won many trophies with Barca including La Liga in 1984–85, Copa del Rey in 1982–83, 1987–88, Supercopa de España in 1983, Copa de la Liga in 1983, 1986, European Cup Winners' Cup in 1981–82 and European Cup runner-up in 1985–86. He also had many individual honors such as the Don Balón Award – Spanish Footballer of the Year in 1980–81 and Zamora Trophy in 1983–84.
Unfortunately, Javier Urruticoechea died in a road accident near Barcelona at the age of 49 but he surely will be remembered as one of the
Best Barcelona goalkeepers of all time
Juan Zambudio Velasco was a Spanish football goalkeeper.
Born on 21 November 1921 in La Alquería, Spain, Velasco started his senior career in 1940 and 2 years later he signed a contract with FC Barcelona when he was just 21. For the next 12 years, he was positioned as Barcelona goalkeeper and he was the official goalkeeper of the club until he got injured in his eyes in 1954.
Velasco won many trophies with Barcelona including Spanish League in 1944–45, 1947–48, 1949–49, 1951–52, 1952–53, Spanish Cup in 1950–51, 1951–52, 1952–53, Latin Cup in 1949, 1952, Copa Eva Duarte in 1948, 1952, 1953, Zamora Trophy in 1947–48.
Juan Zambudio Velasco died on 21 January 2004 at the age of 82 and there isn't much detailed information about him but his name is surely among the Best Barcelona goalkeepers of all time.
Ferenc Plattkó also known as Ferenc Platko or Francisco Platko is the next individual in the list of Best Barcelona goalkeepers of all time. He was a Hungarian footballer and manager.Born on 2 December 1898 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary, Plattko started his football career as the goalkeeper in 1917 when he was 20. Before joining FC Barcelona in 1923 he played for some other clubs such asVasas
(1917-1920), Wiener (1920), KAFK (1921-1922), and MTK Hungária (1922-1923).
In 1922 MTK had two friendly matches with Barcelona in which Plattko could impress Barcelona to sign a contract with him. Plattko established himself as a legend in Barca. He spent seven successful years including 189 appearances with the club. During those years he won many trophies and honors with Barcelona including La Liga one time in 1928–29, Copa del Rey three times in 1925, 1926, 1928, Catalan Champions six times in 1923–24, 1924–25, 1925–26, 1926–27, 1927–28 and 1929–30.
Ferenc Plattko was very popular as a brave goalkeeper. It might be interesting for you to know that the poem Oda A Platko by Rafael Alberti goes back to the time of the Copa del Rey final in 1928 in which FC Barcelona took three games to beat Real Sociedad. During the first encounter, Rafael Alberti was so impressed with the bravery of Platko that he later wrote the poem in his honor.
The next individual whose name is among
Barcelona Goalkeepers history
is Salvador Sadurni. Sadurni is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper.Born on 3 April 1941 in L'Arboç, Spain, Sadurni began his youth career in 1956 by joining Vendrell and after one year he went to Barcelona.
In 1960 he continued his senior career with Barcelona, where he remained for the rest of his 16-year career. Sadurni had 247 appearances in the club during which established himself as a star.
Salvador Sadurni won three Ricardo Zamora Trophy awards with Barcelona as well as La Liga in 1973–74, Copa del Generalísimo in 1962–63, 1967–68, 1970–71, Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1965–66, 1971 Trophy Play-Off. It might be interesting for you to know that when In the 1973–74 campaign Sadurni won the second of his third Ricardo Zamora Trophy awards, Barcelona won the national championship and finished with the best defensive record in the competition.
Salvador Sadurni retired at the age of 35 and he is 80 now.
The Spanish footballer and manager, Ricardo Zamora is another goalkeeper whose name is among the Greatest goalkeepers in Barcelona history.Nicknamed El Divino, his fast reflexes, flexibility, and agility are some of the many reasons that he is among the
Best Barcelona goalkeepers of all time
He was elected as the best Spanish goalkeeper by IFFHS in 1999 as well as the fourth-best in Europe and fifth-best overall – of the twentieth century, he also was voted one of the greatest players of the 20th century by World Soccer magazine.Regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, Ricardo Zamora was Spain's most capped player for 45 years.
Born on 14 February 1901 in Barcelona, Spain started football in the youth team. Then, he began his senior career withEspanyol
in 1916 and after 48 appearances in that club, he joined Barcelona.Zamora established himself as a legend in Barcelona along with Josep Samitier, Sagibarba, Paulino Alcántara and Félix Sesúmaga.He spent 3 years with the club, appearing in 38 matches, and during this period he helped the team win the Copa del Rey twice as well as Campionat de Catalunya three times.
Ricardo Zamora died on 8 September 1978 at the age of 77.It worth mentioning that The award for the best goalkeeper in La Liga, the Ricardo Zamora Trophy, is named in his honor.
The current Spanish football coach and former professional player, Víctor Valdés Arribas is another goalkeeper whose name is among the Greatest goalkeepers in Barcelona history.He received the La Liga titles six times as well as UEFA Champions League championships three times. Valdés also won the Zamora Trophy a record five times.Born on 14 January 1982 in L'Hospitalet, Spain, started his youth career in 1992 with Barcelona and after playing with Barcelona C and Barcelona B for 3 years he signed a contract with Barca in 2002 where he spent most of his professional career.
Considered a successful and generally high-quality goalkeeper,he is known for his handling, good reflexes, positioning, and shot-stopping abilities. Valdes was a clever goalkeeper who had a high ability to produce decisive saves and to read the game. He also had high speed as well as good agility and composure in goal.
During the time with the club, he won many trophies and honors including La Liga in 2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2012–13, Copa del Rey in 2008–09, 2011–12, Supercopa de España in 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, UEFA Champions League in 2005–06, 2008–09, 2010–11, UEFA Super Cup in 2009, 2011, FIFA Club World Cup in 2009, 2011.
Antoni Ramallets Simón who was a Spanish football goalkeeper and manager is the next individual on our list of
Best goalkeepers in Barcelona club history
. Winning the Ricardo Zamora Trophy as the best goalkeeper in La Liga five times, Ramallets spent most of his career at FC Barcelona.Born on 1 July 1924 in Barcelona, Spain, Ramallets started his professional career withSan Fernando
in 1942. Then he continued with Mallorca in 1944 and after 39 appearances he finally joined Barcelona in 1946 at the age of 23. Although he had just one appearance during the first season, he became the starter and an essential defensive for his team.
During the 1950s, Ramallets along with some other players such as Joan Segarra, Marià Gonzalvo, László Kubala, Sándor Kocsis, Evaristo, Luis Suárez and Zoltán Czibor made a very successful era in Barcelona history.Ramallets made 538 appearances with the club including 288 in the domestic league and he won many trophies including La Liga in 1947–48, 1948–49, 1951–52, 1952–53, 1958–59, 1959–60, Copa del Generalísimo in 1951, 1952, 1952–53, 1957, 1958–59, Copa Eva Duarte in 1948, 1952, 1953, Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1955–58, 1958–60, Latin Cup in 1949, 1952.
Antoni Ramallets died in his Vilafranca del Penedès home near Barcelona, on 31 July 2013 at the age of 89. He undoubtedly will be remembered as one of the Best Barcelona goalkeepers of all time.
The last person in the list of the Greatest goalkeepers in Barcelona history is Andoni Zubizarreta Urreta, the retired Spanish goalkeeper who holds the record for the all-time most capped player for the Spain national team as well as the records for most appearances and clean sheets in La Liga for several years.Born on 23 October 1961 in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, Zubizarreta started his professional career in 1979. He played for various clubs, but he spent most of his career with Barcelona appearing in more than 950 official professional matches.
Nicknamed "Zubi", Zubizarreta was considered to be one of Spain's and Barcelona's greatest and most successful goalkeepers ever.He established himself as Barcelona starting goalkeeper as soon as he moved to the club. As a 1.87 m man, he is a tall and physically strong player, and that helps his goalkeeping a lot. Besides that, his speed, stamina, intelligence, and composure are well known. Zubizarreta is also known for his work rate and longevity, as well as his ability to rush off his line.
During his 8 year career in Barca, he won many honors including La Liga in 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, Copa del Rey in 1987–88, 1989–90, Supercopa de España in 1991, 1992, European Cup in 1991–92, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1988–89, UEFA Super Cup in 1992.
It worth mentioning that Zubizarreta retired in 1998 and he was named Barcelona's director of football by president Sandro Rosell on 2 July 2010.
So that was the list of the Greatest Barcelona goalkeepers of all time. Hope you enjoyed it.