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Ubaldo Matildo Fillol , nicknamed El Pato ("The Duck"), is an Argentine football coach and former goalkeeper. He took part of 1974, 1978 (where he won the championship with his team and was voted Best Goalkeeper) and 1982 World Cups representing his country. He played in the South American qualifiers for the 1986 World Cup, but he was finally not chosen for the final team that played (and won) in Mexico. All in all, he is rated as one of the best keepers of Football History.
In 1977 Fillol was awarded the Olimpia de Plata as the Argentine sports writer's footballer of the year, he was the first goalkeeper ever to receive the award.
At the 1978 World Cup, Fillol wore the jersey number 5, instead of 1 which is the standard for goalkeepers. This happened because Argentina, at that time, gave players their numbers alphabetically. The number 1 jersey was worn by Norberto Alonso. For the same reason, Fillol wore the number 7 jersey at the 1982 tournament while Osvaldo Ardiles wore the number 1. This practice was last permitted in 1986.
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