Former Liverpool Goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar Named Fury FC Goalkeeper Coach
Ottawa Fury FC today announced the appointment of Bruce Grobbelaar as the club’s goalkeeper coach. As per club policy terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Grobbelaar brings over 20 years of professional experience as a player to Ottawa with 13 of those years spent with English Premier League side Liverpool FC.
“Bruce is a fantastic addition to this staff and will help everyone in this club be better,” said Fury FC Head Coach Marc Dos Santos. “Our goalkeepers will benefit from this addition. The experience and knowledge that Bruce brings to his role will be of great benefit to Ottawa Fury FC.”
Grobbelaar’s 13 seasons with Liverpool saw the South African born keeper make 440 appearances winning six League titles, three FA Cups, three League Cups and the 1984 European Cup. Best known for his unflappable confidence and unconventional style of play, it is the unique flare that Grobbelaar brought to the game that many credit for Liverpool’s European Cup victory over Roma on penalty kicks.
“It is an honour and a privilege to be part of this ambitious project,” said Grobbelaar. “We have a great team of staff and players in a very committed organization that I’m excited to be part of with many exciting times ahead.”
In all, Grobbelaar made 574 professional appearances that also includes 24 appearances in the NASL with the Vancouver Whitecaps during the 1979-80 season. Born in Durban, South Africa, Grobbelaar was raised in neighbouring Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) and would go on to be capped 32 times from 1980-1998.
He would turn to coaching in 1999 upon his return to South Africa starting with the Seven Stars. He was also twice briefly player-manager of Zimbabwe’s National Team.
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