Antonio Carbajal

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Antonio Carbajal
Liedholm goal Sweden vs Mexico WC 1958.jpg
Personal information
Full name Antonio Félix Carbajal Rodríguez
Date of birth (1929-06-07) 7 June 1929 (age 90)
Place of birth Durango, Mexico
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1948–1950 Club España 45 (0)
1950–1966 León 364 (0)
Total 409 (0)
National team
1950–1966 Mexico 48 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 January 2008

Antonio Félix "Tota" Carbajal Rodríguez (Spanish pronunciation: [anˈtonjo kaɾβaˈxal]; born 7 June 1929) is a Mexican former football goalkeeper. He was also called "El Cinco Copas", in reference to his record of five World Cups played.[1]

Club career[edit]

Born in Mexico City, Carbajal became a professional footballer with the local Club España in 1948,[2] after having been in the squad that participated at the Olympic tournament in 1948. After the disappearance of España in 1950, he joined Club León, where he would remain until the end of his career.

International career[edit]

Carbajal made his international debut in the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on June 24, 1950, against World Cup hosts Brazil. He was the youngest goalkeeper to play in that tournament. He appeared in one match at the 1954 World Cup and in three at the 1958 tournament; at the 1962 World Cup in Chile, he became the first footballer ever to appear in four World Cups, also helping his team win its first ever World Cup match[3] when they defeated Czechoslovakia 3–1 in the first round. Four years later Carbajal established another mark with his fifth World Cup appearance. That record was equaled by German player Lothar Matthäus in 1998 and by his compatriot Rafael Márquez in 2018. In 2015 Homare Sawa and Formiga became the first footballers to appear for a record sixth time at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada.[4] In total, Carbajal appeared in 48 international matches for Mexico. In 11 World Cup matches from 1950 to 1966, he conceded 25 goals, a record that was tied by Saudi goalkeeper Mohamed Al-Deayea in 2002.[5]

Management career[edit]

After retiring as a player, he became a successful manager in the 1980s and 1990s with several teams: Club León, Unión de Curtidores, and Morelia whom he managed for 10 years.


  1. ^ "World Cup Hall of Fame: Antonio Carbajal". 2002-05-08. Archived from the original on August 10, 2002. Retrieved 2012-10-14.
  2. ^ "Antonio Carbajal, el eterno Cinco Copas". Oct 26, 2004. Archived from the original on June 17, 2010.
  3. ^ "Top World Cup goalkeepers - Los Angeles Times". 2010-05-15. Retrieved 2012-10-14.
  4. ^ "Japan legend Sawa makes cut for sixth World Cup". Reuters. May 1, 2015. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
  5. ^ "5 Footballers Who Have Played in More World Cups Than Anyone Else". FTBPro. June 5, 2014. Archived from the original on July 7, 2014. Retrieved July 4, 2014.

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