Amadeo Carrizo

  • Name: Amadeo Carrizo
  • DOB: 12/06/1926 Rufino, Argentina
  • Height: 6 Feet 2 Inches / 1.88m
  • Clubs:
    • River Plate (1945-68) – 513 Apps
    • Milonarios (1969-70) – 53 Apps
  • Years Active: 1945-70
  • Club Appearances: 556
  • International Appearances: (Argentina) 20

Amadeo Carrizo Claims a High Ball

Amadeo Carrizo Profile

Amadeo Carrizo is perhaps best remembered as a pioneer of goalkeeping, who set trends that were to be echoed by the great South American goalkeepers who followed in his example. Amadeo Carrizo was the first goalkeeper to popularise the use of gloves; the first to venture on regular forays out of the confines of his area; and the first goalkeeper to use the goal kick as a method with which to begin attacks.

All of the above elements are now mainstays of modern goalkeeping considered nearly as important as the ability to make saves and deal with crosses, so it is difficult to assess just what an impact this lithe South American great has had on the modern game of football with his, then, unorthodox methods.

Certainly, players like Bruce Grobelaar and José Luis Chilavert, themselves considered unorthodox in the extreme, would have had a lesser impact had Carrizo not led the way by playing and posting records in South American football, for appearances with River Plate and for an eye-catching eight match clean sheet streak. Here was a man with more than a little method to his apparent madness. Here was a truly effective goalkeeper.

While Carrizo would not go on to rack up the huge numbers of international caps of others within these pages, his importance upon the game of football, and his contributions to the position of goalkeeper are almost immeasurable. A club man who put in half a thousand appearences for River Plate, Amadeo Carrizo set a standard that few in the sport will ever match.

One of the games all-time greats.

Amadeo Carrizo Honours

  • Argentinian Championship (All with River Plate): 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957
  • Copa Mustang (Columbia, Milanarios): 1970

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