Was Andoni Zubizarreta as good as they say their numbers?

Was Andoni Zubizarreta as good as they say their numbers?

six Leagues, (2 with Athletic, 4 with Barcelona), 1 European Cup, 1 Recopa, 1 European Super Cup, 3 Copas del Rey, other 3 Supercopa of Spain, four World behind (the most surpassed only by the great Matthäus), 126 international matches (only surpassed by Iker Casillas), 1 Zamora trophy, 8Th best goalkeeper in the world according to the latest IFFHS 25 years, the Order of Merit Sports, if the numbers and titles speak for themselves, doubt that there would be no doubt draw Andoni Zubizarreta as one of the best Spanish goalkeepers of all time.

But nevertheless, and sheltered from these data, Our question today is quite another: Was it as good as indicated by their numbers Zubi, or else we are talking about a highly-rated goalkeeper who came to where he came to have the luck to be at the right time at the right place?

Different postures bring some light to the debate. His supporters point to him as a leader, a janitor insurance, sober, not given to the eccentricities and the effectiveness. Placement, Masters in the air balls, tactical management, responsibility, charisma and included, intimidation were some of his best qualities as goalkeeper.

differentiated view of their detractors, very critical for being one of the "friends" of Clement, for being a goalkeeper with little baggage in stopping penalties, for their clamorous failure decisive peak times (there is the end of Athens or the famous match against Nigeria and France World Cup).

The game against Nigeria marked the World Cup in France for Spain.
The game against Nigeria marked the World Cup in France for Spain.

Nobody's goalkeeper of Barcelona eight years, Valencia or four, Athletic fives and Spain over a decade but is good. That seems indisputable. But nevertheless, Brings sixteen years after his retirement a huddle of opinions that undervalue their performance in goal. That's what we asked our readers, just, Was goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta an overrated or otherwise was a brilliant goalkeeper as indicated by their numbers?

Zubizarreta was a specialist in the air.
Zubizarreta was a specialist in the air.
Julio Muñoz

Julio Muñoz

Journalist, specialist in international football and retro. I write in Colgadosporelfutbol.com and you can follow me at @ juliomv1982

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