Duckadam in 1986
|Full name||Helmuth Robert Duckadam|
|Date of birth||1 April 1959|
|Place of birth||Semlac, Romania|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|1975–1977||Şcoala Sportivă Gloria|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He was dubbed "the Hero of Seville" due to his display in the 1986 European Cup Final, won by his main club Steaua Bucureşti, where he saved all four penalties against Barcelona in the penalty shootout, for the first time in football history. He represented three other teams in a 14-year senior career.
Duckadam regularly appears as a studio guest on Digi Sport's "Fotbal Club" programme.
Born in Semlac, Arad County of Banat Swabian descent, Duckadam started playing in his regional leagues, before moving to FC UTA Arad in 1978 to become professional. He earned two full caps for Romania in 1982 and, subsequently, was signed by country giants FC Steaua Bucureşti.
Duckadam, who was instrumental in helping the capital side to two consecutive Liga I titles, was also between the posts for the 1986 European Cup final against FC Barcelona, which was played in Seville, on 7 May 1986. He saved four consecutive penalty shots in the shootout, from José Ramón Alexanko, Ángel Pedraza, Pichi Alonso and Marcos, being the first one to do so in an official European competition. Steaua won the shootout 2–0 and Europe's most important club trophy for the first time, and much of the credit for the surprise victory was given to him; he scored one goal for his main club, through a penalty kick against AFC Progresul Bucureşti in the domestic cup.
In 1986, Duckadam suffered a rare blood disorder only few weeks after the Seville performance, and would only resume his career three years later, finishing it with lowly Vagonul Arad in the second division. According to a personal interview given in 1999, he had become a major with the Romanian Border Police (Poliția de Frontieră) in his hometown; additionally, he opened a football school in the city, named after himself.
On 25 March 2008, Duckadam was decorated by the President of Romania, Traian Băsescu, with Ordinul "Meritul Sportiv" – ("The Sportive Merit" Order – class II), for his part in winning the 1986 European Cup. Two years later, on 11 August, he was named Steaua's president.
- Steaua Bucureşti
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- Duckadam inspires Steaua; UEFA.com, 18 April 2006
- "Eroul de la Sevilla, Helmuth Duckadam si-a vazut visul cu ochii" [The hero of Seville, Helmuth Duckadam saw his dream with his eyes] (in Romanian). Virtual Arad. 28 December 1999. Retrieved 26 January 2007.
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- "Romania - Player of the Year Awards". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
- "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or") 1986". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 26 March 2016.