Ricardo Zamora invented his own stop, the “zamorana”

Ricardo Zamora invented his own stop, the “zamorana”
Zamora played for Real Madrid and Barca.

Hanging by the Football presents one of the best goalkeepers ever: Ricardo Zamora, the legendary Spanish goalkeeper of the early twentieth century. Born in 1901 in Barcelona, “The Divine”, He was known as, handy during his childhood all kinds of sports (Athletics, swimming, boxing, pelota and even got to play football front) until in 1916 he signed for RCD Spanish.

In the white club began its first steps as a goalkeeper and quickly established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in Spain. A safe and sober style, tremendously effective, Ricardo Zamora showed his tremendous personality interventions of all kinds. Especially, spectacular was his stop with the elbow, called the “Zamorana” in honor of his name.

Spectacular images and Zamora left early twentieth century.
Spectacular images and Zamora left early twentieth century.

But nevertheless, He lasted just three years “The Divine” with the “parakeets”. In 1919, after a tough confrontation with the direction of the blanquiazules, Zamora signed for city rival, FC Barcelona. With the Blaugrana won their first titles (of Cups) and good work earned him to be summoned with the Spanish team to the Olympic Games in Antwerp 1920. In the Belgian city, the Spanish team played successfully achieving its first international competition silver medal.

At the individual level, Zamora made an excellent performance highlighting his first game against Denmark, where the porter pulled over shoulders. As good role made at this meeting that following the famous phrase there arose “1-0 and goalkeeper Zamora”. His only moon, It was his expulsion in the match against Italy, expulsion would be the only one of his career.

Zamora was the first great goalkeeper of Spain.
Zamora was the first great goalkeeper of Spain.

The highlight good performance of goalkeeper caused around Antwerp, Ricardo asked for a raise, which he was flatly denied by the Barcelona. This brought him a blank year to Zamora, until finally in 1922 returned to Spanish. A signing for Espanyol, which it became a “boom” media of the time, since the club paid him españolista 25.000 pesetas Card, Y 1000 monthly salary, all crazy for that time.

In the Spanish, eight remain until 1930. They would be great years for Zamora, It ended up being the goalkeeping in the first Football League in Spain 1929. Goalkeeper always well placed and excellent above, his team took advantage of the pull of her figure to play friendly matches in Spain and abroad (especially in America) and take economic slice of it (He came to collect 1000 pesetas per game).

Ricardo Zamora in the cold in the old Les Corts.
Ricardo Zamora in the cold in the old Les Corts.

In 1930, Ricardo Zamora was signed by Real Madrid in exchange for 150.000 pesetas, as a completely disproportionate figure shows that even 18 years later he was not surpassed by any other player. With white Chamartin defend the goal for six years, winning two league titles and two Cups Republic. In one of the leagues (31-32), Real Madrid finished undefeated throughout the competition and Zamora only got five goals at home).

In 1934, Ricardo Zamora played the World Cup in Italy, where the selection would fall against the hosts in the quarterfinals and Zamora would end up with two broken ribs after a match full of tension and violence. Civil War cut short his long career. It is therefore, his last official match was the final of the Copa del Rey 1936 contested between Real Madrid and Barcelona, the first is carried by 2-1 thanks to a superb game Zamora, in which he highlighted an amazing save yours Escolà in the last minutes of meeting.

Ricardo Zamora and gloves utlizaba. In the image, the famous stop the Copa del Rey against Barcelona.

Initiated the Spanish military struggle, Zamora was jailed and subsequently was allowed to take refuge in France, where he gave up football in Nice next to Samitier. Shortly after various teams coach was. His credit, include a silver medal (Antwerp 1920) five Cups, two league titles, 46 internacionalidades (during 10 years Zamora played every team matches) and plenty of stops to remember.

In 1959, sports daily Marca awarded the Zamora goalkeeping award in his honor. In 1978 finally he died, but he receives the Gold Medal of Sporting Merit. It was his last big hit. It said Don Alfredo Di Stéfano who have only been two goalkeepers: San Pedro in the sky, and Ricardo Zamora on Earth. Don Alfredo word.

Zamora, the first big player in the history of Spanish football.
Zamora, the first big player in the history of Spanish football.
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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