Bruce Grobbelaar

Bruce David Grobbelaar (born 6 October 1957) is a Zimbabwean former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper, most prominently for English team Liverpool between 1981 and 1994, and for the Zimbabwean national team. He is remembered for his gymnastic-like athletic ability, unflappable confidence and eccentric and flamboyant style of play. He was appointed as goalkeeper coach for Ottawa Fury FC of the North American Soccer League in 2014.[1] In March 2018 he was announced as goalkeeper coach for the Matabeleland football team.[2]

Bruce Grobbelaar
Grobbelaar in 2008
Personal information
Full name Bruce David Grobbelaar
Date of birth (1957-10-06) 6 October 1957 (age 63)
Place of birth Durban, South Africa
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1974 Highlanders 2 (0)
1975 Chibuku Shumba 13 (0)
1976 Highlands Park 0 (0)
1977–1978 Durban City 23 (0)
1979–1981 Vancouver Whitecaps 24 (0)
1979–1980Crewe Alexandra (loan) 24 (1)
1981–1994 Liverpool 440 (0)
1993Stoke City (loan) 4 (0)
1994–1996 Southampton 32 (0)
1996–1997 Plymouth Argyle 36 (0)
1997 Oxford United 0 (0)
1997 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (0)
1997–1998 Oldham Athletic 4 (0)
1998 Chesham United 4 (0)
1998 Bury 1 (0)
1998 Lincoln City 2 (0)
1999 Northwich Victoria 1 (0)
2002 Hellenic 1 (0)
2007 Glasshoughton Welfare 1 (0)
Total 574 (1)
National team
1977 Rhodesia 1 (0)
1980–1998 Zimbabwe 32 (0)
2018 Matabeleland 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Born in South Africa, Grobbelaar grew up in neighbouring Rhodesia (today Zimbabwe), and served in the Rhodesian Army before he joined the Vancouver Whitecaps of the North American Soccer League in 1979. He gained Liverpool's attention during a loan spell at Crewe Alexandra during the 1979–80 season, and signed for the Merseyside club in 1981. Making 628 appearances for Liverpool over the next 13 years, including 440 in the League, he won the League championship with the club six times, as well as three FA Cups, three League Cups and the 1983–84 European Cup.

Grobbelaar left Liverpool for Southampton in 1994, transferred to Plymouth Argyle two years later, and thereafter played for an assortment of English lower-league teams, never for more than a few games.