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UBALDO FILLOL (1950-) 
 

Argentina, Goalkeeper
World Cup Record: 1974, 1978 (winner), 1982

In a 21-year career that included spells in Spain and Brazil as well as at home in Argentina, Ubaldo Fillol established a good claim to the title of South America's greatest ever goalkeeper.

Fillol made his World Cup debut in the second round at the 1974 finals against East Germany, but by then defeats by Brazil and the Netherlands had ended Argentina's interest in the competition.

By 1978 however Fillol was firmly established as Argentina's No.1 as the host nation, which had lost the first final across the Rio de la Plata in Montevideo, finally brought the trophy home to Buenos Aires, beating the Netherlands 3-1 in the final.

With a brutal military junta willing it victory, Argentina certainly enjoyed the benefits of home advantage, particularly in the freakish 6-0 win over Peru in the second round that clinched its place in the final. The Dutch could also feel aggrieved about some questionable decisions in the final.

Yet nobody could question Fillol's excellence throughout the tournament. In the second round he kept three clean sheets, saving a penalty along the way against Poland, and in the final he was as much a source of frustration to the Dutch as the referee.

Fillol was still Argentina's first choice for the 1982 finals, although its title defense would end in the second round. He played on for the national side until 1985, winning 58 caps in more than a decade of service.

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