Jean-Marie Pfaff

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Jean-Marie Pfaff
Jean-Marie Pfaff at Runa Ralley 2007 cropped.jpg
Pfaff in 2007
Personal information
Date of birth (1953-12-04) 4 December 1953 (age 67)
Place of birth Lebbeke, East Flanders, Belgium
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1982 Beveren 305 (0)
1982–1988 Bayern Munich 156 (0)
1988–1989 Lierse 23 (0)
1989–1990 Trabzonspor 22 (0)
Total 506 (0)
National team
1976–1987 Belgium 64 (0)
Teams managed
1998–1999 K.V. Oostende
Honours
Representing  Belgium
UEFA European Championship
Runner-up 1980
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Jean-Marie Pfaff (born 4 December 1953) is a Belgian former professional football goalkeeper[1] who spent most of his professional career with Beveren and Bayern Munich. Pfaff was capped 64 times playing for Belgium, and participated at the 1982 FIFA World Cup and 1986 FIFA World Cup tournaments.

Club career[edit]

Pfaff was born in Lebbeke. At the age of 16, he joined K.S.K. Beveren with whom he won a Belgian champions title (1979) and a Belgian Cup (1978). The same year, he received the Belgian Golden Shoe. In 1982, he entered the Bayern Munich squad,[2] getting three Bundesliga titles (from 1985 to 1987) and two German cups (1984 and 1986).[3]

International career[edit]

Pfaff first played with the Red Devils in 1976 against the Netherlands.[4] He was the goalkeeper during Euro 80 and Euro 84, and the 1982 and 1986 World Cups.[citation needed]

Style of play[edit]

Despite his sturdy physical build, Pfaff possessed quick reflexes and was known for his spectacular playing style, as well as his ability to produce acrobatic saves, which made him an effective shot-stopper. He was also known for his extroverted and outspoken character, his lively and eccentric personality, and his strong and charistmatic leadership qualities, as well as his confidence, fair-play, and professionalism, which made him an excellent organiser of the defence and a popular figure among the fans; as such, due to his cheerful attitude on the pitch and humorous demeanor, he earned him the nickname El Simpático ("Mr. Nice Guy," in Spanish) during the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. He also excelled at quickly rushing off his line; moreover, although he was not the tallest goalkeeper, his large hands aided him when coming out to claim the ball, which made him an authoritative presence in goal. Furthermore, he was renowned for his penalty–stopping abilities. Despite his goalkeeping ability, however, and his reputation as one of the best goalkeepers in the world in his prime, and as of Belgium's greatest goalkeepers ever – with some in the sport even ranking him as one of the best goalkeepers of all time –, he was also known to be inconsistent and prone to occasional errors.[a]

After retirement[edit]

Pfaff was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004. He is now a TV star in Belgium with the reality show De Pfaffs showing him and his family from 2002 to 2012.[19]

Honours[edit]

Beveren[20]

Bayern Munich[21]

Belgium

Individual

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

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  11. ^ "Meet Svilar, Benfica's rookie goalkeeper". ESPN.com. 31 October 2017. Retrieved 12 June 2021.
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  13. ^ "PFAFF Jean-Marie: il burattino senza fili" (in Italian). Storie di Calcio. 29 March 2017. Retrieved 12 June 2021.
  14. ^ Di Benedetto, Lorenzo (4 December 2020). "Jean-Marie Pfaff, portiere dai guanti giganti e showman dopo il ritiro" (in Italian). www.tuttomercatoweb.com. Retrieved 12 June 2021.
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  17. ^ Camedda, Paolo (2 October 2020). "Jean-Marie Pfaff, 'il clown della porta' che fece grande il Belgio e il Bayern Monaco" (in Italian). www.goal.com. Retrieved 12 June 2021.
  18. ^ "Van der Sar ranks among the all-time greats". ESPN.com. Retrieved 12 June 2021.
  19. ^ "De Pfaffs". IMDB. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  20. ^ "SK Beveren | Geschiedenis".
  21. ^ "FC Bayern München | Honours".
  22. ^ "UEFA Euro 1980".
  23. ^ "Winnaars Gouden Schoen".
  24. ^ "Nationale Trofee voor Sportverdienste".
  25. ^ "Ballon d'Or 1983".
  26. ^ "Ballon d'Or 1986".
  27. ^ "Ballon d'Or 1987".
  28. ^ "1986 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team".
  29. ^ "IFFHS (International Federation of Football for History & Statistics)". iffhs.de. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  30. ^ "Soulier d'or belge du 20ème siècle".
  31. ^ a b "IFFHS' Century Elections". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  32. ^ UEFA.com (15 January 2004). "Aruna voted Belgium's finest | Inside UEFA". UEFA.com. Retrieved 8 November 2020.
  33. ^ "FIFA 100".
  34. ^ "Legends". Golden Foot. Archived from the original on 25 September 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015.

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