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Bruce Grobbelaar's Biography

 
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Bruce Grobbelaar was born in Durban in South Africa on 6 October 1957.

After leaving the Rhodesian army, Bruce Grobbelaar went to Canada and played football in goal for the Vancouver Whitecaps.

He was loaned out to Crewe Alexandra and in 1981 Grobbelaar was propelled to the big time when he was signed by Liverpool manager Bob Paisley for £250,000.

With Liverpool, Bruce Grobbelaar won six League titles, a European Cup, three FA Cups and three League Cups, before leaving the club in 1994.

The most famous moment in Grobbelaar's Liverpool career was when he helped the club win the penalty shoot-out of the 1984 European Cup final against Roma by his 'spaghetti legs' routine, pretending to go weak in the knees to test the concentration of the penalty-taker.

Later, Bruce Grobbelaar was embroiled in controversy when he was charged with match-fixing and conspiracy to corrupt, and a related libel case with The Sun.

Since leaving Liverpool, Bruce Grobbelaar had spells as goalkeeper for various UK clubs, before short stints coaching in Zimbabwe and South Africa.

In 2009, Bruce Grobbelaar became a celebrity contestant on Hell's Kitchen.

In spite of being regarded as solid as a rock, Bruce Grobbelaar chose to walk from Hell's Kitchen of his own accord and became the third celebrity to leave.



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