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Rene Higuita


Jose Rene Higuita Zapata (born 27 August 1966 in Medellin (Barrio Castilla)) is a former Colombian football goalkeeper.

Rene Higuita played the majority of his club career with Colombian side Atletico Nacional where he helped the team win the Colombian League on numerous occasions as well as the Copa Libertadores and Copa Interamericana, both in 1989.

He played 68 international matches for the Colombian national team, during which he scored eight goals. Higuita is famed for inventing the scorpion kick, a clearance where the keeper jumps forward, arches his legs over his head and in doing so, kicks the ball away with his heels. This save earned him notoriety when he pulled it off in a friendly game against England in September 1995, blocking a mistaken cross by Jamie Redknapp. It ranked 94th in Channel 4's 100 Greatest Sporting Moments in 2002.

Related websites

Higuita returns to football

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Rene Higuita, nuevo preparador de porteros en elvalladolid.com

Rene 'el Loco' Higuita leads Ecuador's keepers

Two of the best

Colombia inicia con goleada su participacion en Torneo de Las Americas

Career details

International statistics

FIFA interview with Rene Higuita

BBC SPORT Tim Vickery The legacy of Rene Higuita

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