Flashback Friday celebrates Colombian goalkeeper Rene Higuita’s invention the outrageous ‘Scorpion Kick’ save in an international against England 21 years ago.
The flamboyant, shaggy-haired shot-stopper unveiled the bizarre but spectacular technique in a 1995 friendly between the two footballing heavyweights on the hallowed turf of Wembley.
Jumping forward and extending his legs behind his head to clear a shot on goal by England’s Jamie Redknapp with his heels (when an easy catch of the ball would have sufficed), Higuita earned a perpetual place in goalkeeping folklore.
In a bonus flashback, and to fully illustrate Higuita’s eccentric and enigmatic style, we take you back 25 years to World Cup Italia ’90, when he came up with one of the great goalkeeping gaffes of all time.
Taking a pass from a teammate 25 metres in front of the box during extra-time of the Round of 16 showdown, Higuita’s lackadaisical approach saw him dispossessed by Cameroon cult hero Roger Milla, who fired the ball into an open goal to spearhead a 2-1 victory.
Higuita’s antics saw him nicknamed ‘El Loco’ (The Madman) by media and fans, but he could certainly play, as his 68 international caps from 1987-99 attests.