Shortest world-class football goalkeeper

Jorge Campos (born 1966) was the number 1 goalkeeper for Mexico’s national team, and one of the most notable players in world football in the 1990s.

He was capped 131 times (another report says 129) between 1991 and 2004, one of the most capped players in Mexican footballing history.

He also had an eccentric style, often playing outside his penalty area, had an acrobatic style in goal and of course his self-designed, brightly colourful kits.

His jumping prowess and speed made up for his small stature: he is only 5′ 6″ (1.68m) tall, the smallest goalkeeper in history to reach the pinnacle of his chosen sport.

He was also a good striker, hence showcasing a rare versatility. Sometimes, he would start a game as goalkeper, then later in the game, would go upfield, turning into a striker.

He played in the 1994 and 1998 World Cups. In the 1994 edition, they were in the tournament’s Group of Death, with Italy, Ireland and Norway, yet managed to top the group. They lost to eventual semifinalist Bulgaria on penalty kicks in the next round. In the 1998 edition, they also managed to reach the second round, and actually led Germany 1-0 in that round before Klinsmann and Bierhoff struck back in the second half.

He was also in the team that finished as runner-up in the 1993 Copa America, losing to mighty Argentina 1-2 in the final. Mexico did well in other Copa Americas too, another runner-up finish in 2001, and 3rd place in 1997 and 1999.

He was goalkeeper when Mexico became champions of the 1999 Confederations Cup, when they defeated Brazil, who were then in their second golden era, 4-3 in the final.

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