On This Day – Maier and Zoff Born

28-2-1942 Italy’s legendary keeper Dino Zoff was born on this day in 1942. On the same day two years later (28-2-1944) German keeper legend Sepp Maier was born.

In 1999 the IFFHS (International Federation of Football History and Statistics) voted for best keeper of the century. Zoff came third behind Lev Yashin and Gordon Banks, while Maier was placed fourth.

Zoff’s club career stretched from 1961 to 1983 and spanned spells at Udinese, Mantova, Napoli and Juvenstus. He won six Serie A trophies at Juve. He won 112 caps for Italy. Only Fabio Cannavora (136) and Paolo Maldini (126) have won more caps for Italy. He captained Italy to World Cup victory in Spain in 1982, aged 40, the oldest World Cup winner. Zoff also managed the national team, leading them to the final of the 2000 European Championships, where they were defeated by France.

Goalkeeper gloves

Sepp Maier played his whole career at Bayern Munich. A career that lasted from 1962 to 1979. This was the team featuring Gerd Muller and Franz Beckenbauer, that won the European Cup in 1974, 1975 and 1976. They where also the backbone of a national team that won the European Championships in 1972 and the World Cup on home soil two years later in 1974.

Photo: Brigaid

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