Goal Keepers - National Record Holders International Appearances


Data on players with more than 100 international caps or 30 goals for their national side are available as well.

Since goal keepers tend to have long careers and often a stable place in their national team, they figure notably among the record appearance holders. Below a list of national records of apperances of goal keepers. Those given in bold face are national record holders for all positions.

Data as of 2004.


Country           Goalkeeper               Caps              Years

Albania           Foto STRAKOSHA             67 *        (1990 - 2004)
Andorra           Jesús J. Alvarez "KOLDO"   37 *        (1998 - 2003)
Argentina         Ubaldo FILLOL              58          (1974 - 1985)
Armenia           Roman BEREZOVSKI           36 *        (1998 - 2003)
Australia         Zeljko KALAC               39 *        (1992 – 2003)
Austria           Friedrich KONCILIA         84          (1970 - 1985)
Azerbaijan        Jahangir HASANZADEH        22 *        (2000 - 2004)
                  Dmitriy KRAMARENKO         22 *        (1992 – 2004)
                  Alexsandr ZHIDKOV          22 *        (1994 – 1998) 
Belarus           Gennadiy TUMILOVICH        32 *        (1998 – 2004)
Belgium           Jean-Marie PFAFF           64          (1976 - 1987)
Bolivia           Carlos TRUCCO              51          (1989 - 1997)
Brazil            Claudio TAFFAREL          101*         (1988 - 1998)
Bulgaria          Borislav MIKHAILOV         97   [8]    (1983 - 1998)
Cameroon          Thomas N’KONO              66          (1975 - 1990)
                  Jacques SONGO’O            66 *        (1983 - 2002)
Canada            Craig FORREST              55 *        (1988 - 2001)
Chile             Nelson TAPIA RÍOS          53 *        (1994 - 2001)   
China             JIANG Jin                  52 * [6]    (     - 2002)
Colombia          Oscar CÓRDOBA              70 *        (1993 - 2003)
Costa Rica        Erick LONNIS               76 *        (1992 - 2002)
Croatia           Drazen LADIC               59*         (1990 - 1999)
Cyprus            Nikos PANAYIOTOU           65 *        (1994 - 2003)
Czech Republic    Pavel SRNICEK              49 *        (1994 - 2001)
Czechoslovakia    Frantisek PLANICKA         73          (1926 - 1938)
Denmark           Peter SCHMEICHEL          129*         (1987 - 2001)
East Germany      Jürgen CROY                86   [9]    (1967 - 1981)
Ecuador           José CEVALLOS              74 *        (1994 - 2003)
Egypt             Nader EL-SAYED            103 * [4]    (1992 - 2004)    
England           Peter SHILTON             125          (1970 - 1990)
Estonia           Mart POOM                  98 *        (1992 - 2004)
Faroe Islands     Jens-Martin KNUDSEN        60 *        (1988 - 2004)
Finland           Olli HUTTUNEN              60          (1980 - 1992)
France            Fabien BARTHEZ             65 *        (1994 - 2004)
Georgia           David GVARAMADZE           28 *        (1998 - 2004)
(West) Germany    Sepp MAIER                 95          (1966 - 1979)
Greece            Nikolaos SARGANIS          58          (1980 - 1991)
Hungary           Gyula GROSICS              86          (1947 - 1962)
Iceland           Birkir KRISTINSSON         73 *        (1988 - 2002) 
Iran              Ahmad Reza ABEDZADEH       79          (1987 - 1998)  
Ireland           Patrick BONNER             80          (1981 - 1996)
Israel            Bonny GINZBURG             62          (1984 - 1996)
Italy             Dino ZOFF                 112          (1968 - 1983)
Jamaica           Warren BARRETT            127 * [5]    (19.. - 2000)
Japan             Yoshikatsu KAWAGUCHI       55 *        (1997 – 2003)
Latvia            Alexander KOLINKO          48 *        (1997 – 2004)
Liechtenstein     Peter JEHLE                32 *        (     - 2003)   
Lithuania         Gintaras STAUCE            60 *        (1992 - 2004)
Malta             David CLUETT               68 *        (1987 - 1996)
Mexico            Jorge CAMPOS              130 *        (1991 - 2003)
Moldova           Denis ROMANENCO            24 *        (1996 - 2001)
Netherlands       Edwin VAN DER SAR          81 *        (1995 - 2004)
Nigeria           Peter RUFAI                70 *        (19.. - 1998)
Northern Ireland  Pat JENNINGS              119          (1964 - 1986)
Norway            Erik THORSTVEDT            97          (1982 - 1996)
Paraguay          Roberto FERNÁNDEZ          78          (1979 - 1987)
Peru              Miguel MIRANDA             47 *        (1993 - 2001) 
Poland            Jan TOMASZEWSKI            59   [11]   (1971 - 1981)
Portugal          VÍTOR Manuel Martins BAÍA  80 *        (1990 - 2002)
Romania           Bogdan STELEA              88 *        (1988 - 2004)
Russia            Stanislav CHERCHESOV       39 * [10]   (1992 - 2000)
San Marino        Federico GASPERONI         33 *        (1996 – 2003)
Saudi Arabia      Mohammed AL-DEAYEA        166 *        (1990 - 2004)
Scotland          Jim LEIGHTON               91 *        (1982 - 1998)
Slovakia          Miroslav KÖNIG             42 *        (1997 - 2004)
Slovenia          Marko SIMEUNOVIC           57 *        (1991 - 2004)
South Africa      Andre ARENDSE              67 *        (1995 - 2004)
Soviet Union      Rinat DASSAEV              97          (1979 - 1990)
Spain             Andoni ZUBIZARRETA        126          (1985 - 1998)
Sweden            Thomas RAVELLI            143 *        (1981 - 1997)
Switzerland       Eric BURGENER              64          (1973 - 1986)
Tunisia           Chokri EL OUAER           101 * [7]    (     - 2002)
Turkey            RÜSTU Recber               90 *        (1994 - 2004)
Ukraine           Olexandr SHOVKOVSKYI       49 *        (1994 - 2004)
United States     Tony MEOLA                 99 *        (1988 - 2002)
Uruguay           Rodolfo RODRÍGUEZ          78          (1976 - 1986)
Venezuela         Rafael DUDAMEL             44 *        (1993 - 2004)
Wales             Neville SOUTHALL           92 *        (1982 - 1997)
Yugoslavia        Vladimir BEARA             59          (1950 - 1959)

Notes: 
 [1] (*) indicates players still playing at least at club level.
 [2] players in bold face hold the absolute record of caps for their
     national team.
 [3] data for non-European and non-American teams are not completely reliable.
 [4] "Al-Ahram Al-Riyadi" magazine, issue # 409, reports 123 caps for Ahmed 
     Shoubeir, but this includes youth and olympic teams.
 [5] Jamaican F.A. reports 127 matches for Barrett but they include also 
     matches against clubs, olympic and youth national teams.
 [6] Number of caps reported by FIFA prior to the start of the WC 2002. 
     However, English magazine World Soccer reported 35 caps in its WC 2002 
     Guide (May 2002).
 [7] Reported by World Soccer in its WC 2002 Guide (May 2002); however this 
     number of caps remains to be confirmed. 
 [8] Verification is still under way. He has played 102 matches according to
     the Bulgarian Federation, but so far only 97 were verified.
 [9] Number of caps corrected after deduction of Olympic matches; was 94 caps.
[10] Played another 10 games with the Soviet Union / C.I.S.
[11] Number of caps corrected after deduction of Olympic matches; was 65 caps.

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