Sergio Goycochea – from the goalmouth to the small screen
Argentinian goalkeeper Sergio Goycochea made his name by saving a string of penalties at the 1990 FIFA World Cup TM in Italy. “Goyco”, who has also worked as a fashion model, is now entering his fourth season as the anchor of the television programme ?Resto del Mundo’ in his home country.
Seventeen years ago, goalkeeper Sergio Goycochea was transformed into an Argentinian national hero and worldwide phenomenon as Argentina defeated Yugoslavia and Italy on penalties to reach the 1990 FIFA World Cup TM final, which, ironically, they went to lose to West Germany thanks to a penalty by Andreas Brehme.
Since then, little has been heard of Goycochea outside Argentina. After those magical nights at Italia’90, he played for various Argentinian clubs, then in France, Paraguay and Brazil. In 1998, he hung up his boots and set his sights on a career in television, something he had always dreamt of. “I didn’t want to go in front of the cameras in any old way, I wanted to do it properly. That’s why I studied journalism,” he explains in the studio of Buenos Aires television station Canal 13 where he has presented ?Resto del Mundo’ (“Rest of the World”) for the past four years, a programme that profiles landscapes, exotic locations and unique characters from all over the world.
“El Vasco” (the Basque), as he is universally known in Argentina, studied at a journalism school owned by another former pro with a highly successful media career, Quique Wolff, who played in defence for Real Madrid and represented Argentina at the 1974 FIFA World Cup TM in West Germany. Having gained his diploma, Goycochea had one big advantage over other graduates: his popularity and charisma opened doors for all his projects.
Nowadays he is one of the most famous television presenters in Argentina, with an enviable career history and very high audience ratings, most notably in 2005 when he co-hosted with Diego Maradona on the latter’s show ?La noche del 10’ (“An evening with no. 10”), a programme that was talked about all over the world. While most of his team-mates became coaches, Goycochea decided to place himself at the public’s mercy by appearing on television. “I started out in this because I liked it. As soon as I stopped playing, I enrolled on a sports journalism course and got my first job very quickly. I started with a programme about cars, then I did one about football, then I co-hosted with Diego and now I present ?Resto del Mundo’, which ahs nothing to do with football. I feel comfortable doing it. ?La noche del 10’ attracted six million viewers on Monday nights, but he was not weighed down by the responsibility of appearing before the cameras: “I lost all fear,” he confesses, “it was the same as on the pitch – Diego soaked up all the pressure. I tried to enjoy myself – just like in the stadium, it didn’t matter if there were 80,000 or 500 watching, the trajectory of the ball was the same because the important thing was who was kicking it, the spectators can’t change the flight of the ball.”