Helmuth Duckadam

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Helmuth Duckadam
Personal information
Full name Helmuth Robert Duckadam
Date of birth (1959-04-01) 1 April 1959 (age 55)
Place of birth Semlac, Romania
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1974–1975 Semlecana Semlac
1975–1977 Şcoala Sportivă Gloria
1977 UTA Arad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1978 Constructorul Arad
1978–1982 UTA Arad 53 (0)
1982–1986 Steaua Bucureşti 80 (0)
1989–1991 Vagonul Arad
Total 133 (0)
National team
1981 Romania U21 4 (0)
1982 Romania 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Helmuth Robert Duckadam (Romanian pronunciation: [helˈmut dukaˈdam]; born 1 April 1959) is a Romanian retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

He was dubbed "the Hero of Seville" due to his heroics in the 1986 European Cup Final, won by his main club, Steaua Bucureşti. He represented three other teams in a 14-year senior career.

Football career[edit]

Born in Semlac, Arad County of Banat Swabian descent, Duckadam started playing in his regional leagues, before moving to FC UTA Arad in 1978 to become professional. In 1982 he gained two caps for Romania and, subsequently, was signed by country giants Steaua Bucureşti.

Duckadam, who was instrumental in helping the Bucharest side to two consecutive league titles, was also between the posts for the 1986 European Cup final against FC Barcelona, which was played in Seville, on 7 May 1986: amazingly, he saved four consecutive penalty shots in the shootout, from José Ramón Alexanko, Ángel Pedraza, Pichi Alonso and Marcos, being the first one to do so in an official European competition. Steaua won the shootout 2–0, and Europe's most important club trophy for the first time, and much of the credit for the surprise victory was given to Duckadam. He scored one goal for his main club, through a penalty kick against AFC Progresul Bucureşti in the domestic cup.[1]

In 1986, Duckadam suffered a rare blood disorder only few weeks after the Seville performance,[2] and would only resume his career three years later, finishing it with lowly Vagonul Arad in the second division. According to a personal interview given in 1999, he had become a major with the Romanian Border Police (Poliția de Frontieră) in his hometown; additionally, he opened a football school in the city, named after himself.[3]

On 25 March 2008 Duckadam was decorated by the President of Romania, Traian Băsescu, with Ordinul "Meritul Sportiv" – ("The Sportive Merit" Order – class II), for his part in winning the of 1986 European Cup. Two years later, on 11 August, he was named Steaua's president.[4]

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cum era să rămînă Duckadam fără mînă" (in Romanian). Cupa de legendă. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Duckadam inspires Steaua; UEFA.com, 18 April 2006
  3. ^ "Eroul de la Sevilla, Helmuth Duckadam si-a vazut visul cu ochii" (in Romanian). Virtual Arad. 28 December 1999. 
  4. ^ Duckadam appointed Steaua president; FIFA.com, 11 August 2010

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