Amadeo Carrizo

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Amadeo Carrizo
Personal information
Full name Amadeo Raúl Carrizo Larretape [1]
Date of birth (1926-06-12)12 June 1926
Place of birth Rufino, Argentina[2]
Date of death 20 March 2020(2020-03-20) (aged 93)
Place of death Buenos Aires, Argentina[3]
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1945–1968 River Plate 521 (0)
1969 Alianza Lima 1 (0)
1969 Club Universitario de Deportes 1 (0)
1969–1970 Millonarios 53 (0)
Total 576 (0)
International career
1954–1964 Argentina 20 (0)
Managerial career
1973 Deportivo Armenio
1973 Once Caldas
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Amadeo Raúl Carrizo Larretape (12 June 1926 – 20 March 2020), popularly known by his first name "Amadeo", was an Argentine football goalkeeper and manager. 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.[4][5][6]

He was the first goalkeeper in Argentina to wear gloves, following an example by Italy's Giovanni Viola. He also was the first one to regularly leave the penalty area to defend his goal and the first one to use goal kicks as a strategy to start counterattacks.[7] His way of playing has inspired many famous South American keepers, most notably Hugo Orlando Gatti, René Higuita, and José Luis Chilavert. Germany's Manuel Neuer is a more recent exponent of this style.[2]

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.[2]

During his time at River Plate, he played alongside stars such as José Manuel Moreno, Félix Loustau, Adolfo Pedernera, Ángel Labruna and the young Alfredo Di Stéfano. He won seven national Championship trophies in 1945, 1947, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956 and 1957. With River he also won the Copa Aldao of 1945 and 1947 and the Copa Ibarguren of 1952, and reached the 1966 Copa Libertadores Finals, losing out after three matches against CA Peñarol of Uruguay.

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.[8] In 1964 he won with Argentina the Taça das Nações, a tournament held in Brazil, featuring also England and Portugal, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Brazilian Football Confederation.

In 1968, Carrizo simultaneously established two records for his time: official matches for River Plate in the Argentine First Division (521) and consecutive matches without conceding any goals (8, resp. 769 minutes).

In 1969 he reinforced two Peruvian teams in one match for each: Alianza Lima in a match against Lev Yashin's Dynamo Moscow and Club Universitario de Deportes in a match against SC Corinthians Paulista from Brazil.

In April 1969 he joined the Colombian team Millonarios where he ended his career as keeper in April 1970. His sometimes acrobatic saves earned him the moniker Tarzan from the local audience.

In 1973 Carrizo managed Deportivo Armenio, a club from the Province of Buenos Aires and led the team to promotion to the league Primera C. In 1973 he returned to Colombia, to manage first division team Once Caldas, from Manizales, then known as Cristal Caldas.[9]


River Plate



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  2. ^ a b c "Los 80 años de Amadeo Carrizo". Clarí (in Spanish). 12 June 2006. Retrieved 19 December 2010.
  3. ^ Levinsky, Sergio (20 March 2020). "Murió Amadeo Carrizo". Infobae (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Raul Carrizo (Argentina) won the title of The Goalkeeper of the Century in South America before Jose Luis Chilavert and Ubaldo Fillol." Archived 2019-04-04 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "IFFHS' Century Elections".
  6. ^ "The International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) chose him as the "Best South American Goalkeeper of the twentieth century.""
  7. ^ "Amadeo Carrizo: The Man Who Redefined Goalkeeping". 18 December 2015. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  8. ^ "World Cup 1958". RSSSF. Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 19 December 2010.
  9. ^ Los títulos que conquistó Amadeo Carrizo, TNT Sports, 2020-03-20
  10. ^ "IFFHS ALL TIME SOUTH AMERICA MEN'S DREAM TEAM". IFFHS. 26 May 2021. Retrieved 19 December 2022.