Amadeo Carrizo

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Amadeo Carrizo
Amadeocarrizo 1961.jpeg
Carrizo as covered on El Gráfico
magazine in 1961.
Personal information
Full name Amadeo Raúl Carrizo
Date of birth (1926-06-12) 12 June 1926 (age 93)
Place of birth Rufino, Argentina
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1945–1968 River Plate 513 (0)
1969 Alianza Lima 1 (0)
1969–1970 Millonarios 53 (0)
Total 567 (0)
National team
1954–1964 Argentina 20 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Amadeo Raúl Carrizo (born 12 June 1926 in Rufino, Santa Fe[1]), popularly known by his first name "Amadeo", is a former football goalkeeper. Carrizo is considered a pioneer of the position, helping to innovate techniques and strategies for goalkeepers. the IFFHS ranked Carrizo as the best South American keeper of the 20th century in 1999.[2][3][4]

Carrizo and Lev Yashin on cover of "El Gráfico" magazine

He was the first goalkeeper to wear gloves, the first one to leave the penalty area to defend his goal and the first one to use goal kicks as a strategy to start counterattacks.[5]

He made his debut in the Argentine First Division on 6 May 1945, playing for River Plate. The match was against Independiente, River Plate won 2–1.[1]

During his time at River Plate, he played along stars such as José Manuel Moreno, Félix Loustau, Adolfo Pedernera, Ángel Labruna and Alfredo Di Stéfano. He won five Championship trophies in 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956 and 1957.

He played for the Argentina national football team with significant success, especially against Brazil, but he also suffered a 6–1 defeat against Czechoslovakia, in the 1958 FIFA World Cup.[6]

He also played for the Colombian team Millonarios and won the Mustang Cup (also known as Copa Mustang).

His way of playing has been imitated by many famous South American keepers, most notably Hugo Orlando Gatti, René Higuita, and José Luis Chilavert.[1]

In 1968, Carrizo simultaneously established two records for his time: official matches in the Argentine First Division (513) and consecutive matches without conceding any goals (8).


  1. ^ a b c "Los 80 años de Amadeo Carrizo". Clarí (in Spanish). 12 June 2006. Retrieved 19 December 2010.
  2. ^ "Raul Carrizo (Argentina) won the title of The Goalkeeper of the Century in South America before Jose Luis Chilavert and Ubaldo Fillol."
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  4. ^ "The International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) chose him as the "Best South American Goalkeeper of the twentieth century.""
  5. ^ "Amadeo Carrizo: The Man Who Redefined Goalkeeping". 18 December 2015. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  6. ^ "World Cup 1958". Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 19 December 2010.