From Ricardo Zamora to David De Gea

Ciudad del Fútbol 18 Jul 2014
David de Gea became the 50th goalie to debut with the Spanish team since 1920 in the match against El Salvador. Discover the history of some of the goalkeepers who have defended Spain!

The first goalkeeper of the Spanish National Team was Ricardo Zamora at the Olympics in Antwerp (1920). It was against Denmark and Zamora managed to keep his goal to zero in the victory by 1-0 of team then led by Paco Bru.

The hegemony of Zamora in the Spanish context lasted, almost uninterrupted, until the 1926 Civil War. He took over the Spanish National Team's goal for 16 years. 

Born in Barcelona in 1901 his life was always football. He confessed that: "I promised my parents that I would leave football to finish my studies. But I was still meeting with friends to play and  Barça's Board of Directors came to talk to me. They convince me and I to returned to play".
 
Zamora played five matches and won the silver medal at the Olympic Games in 1920. Then he was in the starter lineup during the 20s except for the Olympic Games in 1928 which took place in Amsterdam. He was not called up and he was replaced d by Jauregui. 

He played 46 matches between 1920 and 1936, a record that took 40 years to be reached (by José Ángel Iribar in 1976).
 
According to FIFA "he had the virtues of a great archer: feline reflexes, steely nerves, strong personality and a great security.And above all, an impressive confidence in his qualities, as much as to invent an own stop, 'la Zamorana', which consisted of clearing the ball with the forearm or elbow".

Known as "El Divino" and creator of the technique known as "la Zamorana", he played the Olympic Games in Amberes (1920), Paris (1924) and in the Italy World Cup (1934).

He played consecutively the first 26 matches played by the National team until the Olympics in Amsterdam (1928) when he was not called up as being considered "professional".
 
Zamora returned to the Spanish goalie in 1935, period in which he only left the goal in three times,  one in the tie-break match against Italy at the 1934 World Cup after falling injured at the battle of Florence. After the World Cup he only played two matches, the last one against Germany on February 23, 1936 at the Montjuic Stadium, meeting which meant his last match and in which he was paid tribute.
 
Already retired he confessed : "You must not lose the sight on the ball until you don't have it absolutely controlled. And that is very important and happens to many goalies, that don't look at the ball until the last moment, feel that they already have it in their power, they look to other side and lose control. We must also learn the sense of placement; but placement is not easy. As reflexes, or you're born with them or you do not acquire them. You can improve them a bit, there are some ways. But it is not so simple".