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Carbajal with Mexico at the 1958 FIFA World Cup
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Full name Antonio Félix Carbajal Rodríguez
Date of birth (1929-06-07)7 June 1929
Place of birth Ciudad de México, Mexico
Date of death 9 May 2023(2023-05-09) (aged 93)
Place of death León, Guanajuato, Mexico
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1948–1950 Club España 45 (0)
1950–1966 León 364 (0)
Total 409 (0)
National team
1950–1966 Mexico 48 (0)
Teams managed
1969 León
1970–1972 León
1974–1977 Unión de Curtidores
1978–1979 León
1979–1981 Mexico (assistant coach)
1980 Atletas Campesinos
1985–1995 Atlético Morelia
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Antonio Félix "Tota" Carbajal Rodríguez ( 7 June 1929 – 9 May 2023) was a Mexican professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He was also called "El Cinco Copas", in reference to his record of five World Cups played.

Club career

Born in Mexico City, Carbajal became a professional footballer with the local Club España in 1948, after having been in the squad that participated at the Olympic tournament in 1948. After the disappearance of España in 1950, he joined Club León, where he would remain until the end of his career.

International career

Carbajal made his international debut in the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on 24 June 1950, against World Cup hosts Brazil. He was the youngest goalkeeper to play in that tournament. He appeared in one match at the 1954 World Cup and in three at the 1958 tournament; at the 1962 World Cup in Chile, he became the first footballer ever to appear in four World Cups, also helping his team win its first-ever World Cup match when they defeated Czechoslovakia 3–1 in the first round. Four years later Carbajal established another mark with his fifth World Cup appearance. That record was equaled by German player Lothar Matthäus in 1998 and by his compatriot Rafael Márquez in 2018 and in 2022 by Argentine Lionel Messi, Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo and two more of his compatriots, Guillermo Ochoa and Andrés Guardado. In 2015 Homare Sawa and Formiga became the first footballers to appear for a record sixth time at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. In total, Carbajal appeared in 48 international matches for Mexico. In 11 World Cup matches from 1950 to 1966, he conceded 25 goals, a record that was tied by Saudi goalkeeper Mohamed Al-Deayea in 2002.

Management career

After retiring as a player, he became a manager in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s with Club León, Unión de Curtidores, Atletas Campesinos and Atlético Morelia. He twice won both the Copa México as Campeón de Campeones with Club Leon in the early 1970s. Then he managed Unión de Curtidores in the only two seasons this club advanced to the play-offs, and was awarded Primera División's best coach one time. He achieved the championship in Segunda División with Atletas Campesinos in partnership with Antonio Ascencio. He managed Morelia for 10 years.

Personal life and death

Carbajal died on 9 May 2023, at the age of 93. He had been hospitalised the week prior with blood pressure problems. From January 2023 until his death in May 2023, Carbajal was the last surviving player from the 1950 World Cup.


Nat From To Record
G Pld W D L Win % GF GA +/-
León1 Mexico 1969 1969 18 9 4 5 50% 27 18 +9
León2 Mexico 1970 1972 82 36 24 22 43.9% 154 109 +45
Unión de Curtidores3 Mexico 1974 1977 156 49 52 55 31.4% 222 214 +8
León4 Mexico 1978 1979 18 9 1 8 50% 23 29 -6
Atletas Campesinos5 Mexico 1980 June 22, 1980 8 6 1 1 75% 15 4 +11
Atlético Morelia6 Mexico January 5, 1985 September 23, 1995 440 139 149 152 31.6% 589 629 -40
Career 722 248 231 243 34.3% 1030 1003 +27

1Includes results from season 1969-1970 Primera División de México & cup tournament

2Includes only results from 1970 to 1971 & 1971-72 Primera División de México (regular seasons and play-offs), cup tournaments and Campeón de Campeones. It does not include results from Torneo México 70 and 1972-73 Primera División de México's season

3Includes results from Primera División de México (regular seasons and play-offs) and cup tournaments

4Includes only results from 1978 to 1979 Primera División de México. It does not include results from 1979 to 1980 Primera División de México

5Includes only eight play-offs results from Segunda División de México

6Includes results from Primera División de México (regular seasons and play-offs), cup tournaments and 1988 CONCACAF Championship





  • IFFHS CONCACAF Men's Team of All Time: 2021



  • Copa México: 1970–71, 1971–72
  • Campeón de Campeones: 1970–71, 1971–72

Atletas Campesinos

  • Segunda División: 1979–80


  • Citlalli Trophy (Best Coach): 1975-76

See also

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