1976: My first pair of goalkeeper gloves

My first pair was branded FCS at the time it was a very popular brand, the Indian company banked it when they came out with this concept of goalkeeper gloves. Uhlsport also had a range of GK gloves at the time, but the price range was beyond any middle class families reach. So these were the “Hot-Ticket” for all keepers that wanted gloves at a reasonable price. The first goalkeeper to wear gloves was Amadeo Carrizo when he played for River Plate in the late 1940s and 1950s. Carrizo’s gloves were made out of cotton, which were IMO a bad idea as they would soak up moisture and water and caused the gloves to be very slippery.

Goalkeepers wearing gloves was unheard of 50 years ago. England goalkeeper Gordon Banks wore a pair of red and black gardening gloves purchased at a hardware store during the 1966 World Cup. However, in the last 35 years they have become a necessity with zero pro-soccer players playing with their bare hands.

At the start of the 1980’s as goalkeepers and manufacturers took goalkeeper gloves more seriously a range of grippy materials were tested to find the most suitable. For example the material used on table tennis bat coverings were used for over 5 years, then it was decided latex foam was the best material. Over the years manufacturers have worked at improving latex foam treatments to create even more sticky, durable and versatile foams for goalkeeper gloves. The factory where the ZEE Goalkeeper Gloves are designed and created they have a testing lab for new latex ideas.
Cushioning in the 80’s was also a serious concern and the latex foam was backed up with the use of foam fabrics to further help absorb a shot.

Anyhow… The point is that you young goalkeepers of 2019 are very lucky, you didn’t have to go through the first evolution of goalkeeper gloves. Today it’s very different, there are dozens of brands that offer quality goalkeeper gloves and in all sizes. For sure you’ll never get to wear a pair of these: