José René Higuita Zapata
Is a Colombian former football goalkeeper nicknamed El Loco ("The Madman"). Rene stood out in history as he was considered one of the most 'unique' and remarkable goalkeepers of all time due to his 'crazy' style of playing and impressive displays.
Known for being the creator of the scorpion kick, Higuita made an impact on reinventing the way goalkeepers played in a game.
Rene Higuita played the majority of his club career with Colombian side Atlético 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 came out of retirement in 2007 to sign for Venezuelan club Guaros de Lara FC.
In January 2008,
aged 41, he signed for Colombian second division team Deportivo Rionegro. In June 2008 he signed for Colombian first division team Deportivo Pereira and retired in January 2010
Higuita would often take set-pieces for the Colombian national team and became known for scoring directly from free-kicks, as well as penalties. In all, he scored 8 goals in his 68 international appearances. Higuita is also 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 considerable media attention when he successfully used it in a friendly game against England at Wembley Stadium in September 1995, blocking a shot by Jamie Redknapp.
It ranked 94th in Channel 4's 100 Greatest Sporting Moments in 2002.
On the pitch, Higuita was known for his eccentric playing style, taking unnecessary risks and actively trying to score goals. He was also prone to blunders, and it was a mistake by him that knocked Colombia out of the 1990 World Cup, when he seemingly dithered with the ball at his feet near the halfway line enabling Cameroon striker Roger Milla to dispossess him and score, putting Cameroon through to the quarter-finals. Higuita himself described it as "a mistake as big as a house".
As a result of such behaviour, Higuita was nicknamed El Loco ("The Madman") by media and fans alike.
Higuita is friends with Diego Maradona and played in the Argentine's farewell match in 2001
Copa Libertadores: 1989; Runner-up 1995.
Copa Interamericana: 1990, mina el prince
Intercontinental Cup: Runner-up 1989.
Colombian League: 1991, 1994.
Name: Goalkeeping Coach -José René Higuita Zapata
Place of birth: Barrio Castilla