Bruce Grobbelaar

1957 - Today

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Bruce David Grobbelaar (born 6 October 1957) is a Zimbabwean former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper, most prominently for English team Liverpool between 1981 and 1994, and for the Zimbabwean national team. He is remembered for his gymnastic-like athletic ability, unflappable confidence and eccentric and flamboyant style of play, as well as his rushing ability, which has led pundits to compare him retrospectively to the sweeper-keepers of the modern era.Born in South Africa, Grobbelaar grew up in neighbouring Rhodesia (today Zimbabwe), and served in the Rhodesian Army before he joined the Vancouver Whitecaps of the North American Soccer League in 1979. He gained Liverpool's attention during a loan spell at Crewe Alexandra during the 1979–80 season, and signed for the Merseyside club in 1981. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bruce Grobbelaar has received more than 1,639,226 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Bruce Grobbelaar is the 1,270th most popular soccer player (up from 1,981st in 2019), the 54th most popular biography from South Africa (up from 88th in 2019) and the most popular South African Soccer Player.

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    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 27

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 4.53

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.94

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Over the past year Bruce Grobbelaar has had the most page views in the with 197,456 views, followed by Italian (47,132), and French (19,377). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Malagasy (194.27%), Egyptian Arabic (132.87%), and Italian (121.94%)


Among soccer players, Bruce Grobbelaar ranks 1,270 out of 21,273Before him are Zlatko Zahovič, Jürgen Croy, Anatoly Tarasov, Rio Ferdinand, Roberto Perfumo, and Juan Alonso. After him are Hiroshi Katayama, Rihei Sano, Sachi Kagawa, Raymond Braine, Antoine Cuissard, and Joan Capdevila.

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Among people born in 1957, Bruce Grobbelaar ranks 130Before him are Genie, Viktor Vekselberg, Kadim Al Sahir, Paul Reiser, Shirin Neshat, and Susanna Tamaro. After him are Brad Bird, Nikos Galis, Robert Harris, Bret Hart, Nikolaos Michaloliakos, and José Coronado.

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In South Africa

Among people born in South Africa, Bruce Grobbelaar ranks 54 out of 454Before him are Angelique Rockas (1951), Ronald Harwood (1934), Christiaan de Wet (1854), Frances Ames (1920), Piet Joubert (1834), and Eugène Terre'Blanche (1941). After him are David Cooper (1931), Trevor Jones (1949), Reggie Walker (1889), Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer (1907), Cyril Cusack (1910), and Dave Matthews (1967).

Among SOCCER PLAYERS In South Africa

Among soccer players born in South Africa, Bruce Grobbelaar ranks 1After him are Benni McCarthy (1977), Gordon Hodgson (1904), Dimas (1969), Steven Pienaar (1982), Phil Masinga (1969), Lucas Radebe (1969), Siphiwe Tshabalala (1984), Mark González (1984), Hans Vonk (1970), Aaron Mokoena (1980), and Quinton Fortune (1977).