Bruce Grobbelaar, Zimbabwean goalkeeper, c 1980s.
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Bruce Grobbelaar, Zimbabwean goalkeeper, c 1980s.

Dawes, John

© Manchester Daily Express / Science & Society Picture Library


Grobbelaar (b 1957, South Africa) joined Liverpool Football Club in 1981. In the 1984 European Cup Final, he famously wobbled his legs, causing Roma's Francesco Graziani to miss a penalty; Liverpool won 4-2. In 2002 he brought a libel action against 'The Sun' newspaper in an attempt to clear his name after match-fixing allegations. He and his co-defendants had been cleared in November 1997, but on appeal he was ordered to pay The Sun's legal costs, estimated at £500,000. He was unable to pay and was declared bankrupt. Grobbelaar made over 600 appearances in 13 years at Liverpool, and won 13 major medals. He joined Southampton in 1994, and has since coached Zimbabwe and managed in South Africa.



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