Mexican great Antonio Carbajal took part in five consecutive World Cups between 1950 and 1966. The legendary goalkeeper reminisces about the five tournaments with Marcelo Victor writing for FIFA Magazine.

Carbajal, nicknamed “La Tota”, was born in Mexico City on June 7, 1929 and began his career with Club Espana on December 2, 1948.

Carbajal was called up to the national team in 1949 and soon moved on to Leon where he

twice won the Mexican championship. His unforgettable debut for Mexico came in the 1950 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. His full debut came against Brazil in the Maracana.

Oddly enough, despite making his international debut at the tender age of 21, he was not overawed by the experience. He reflected on Switzerland in 1954 and Sweden in 1958. After Chile in 1962, where he was lauded by the fans, people began to call him “Four Cups”. Mexico’s unforgettable 3-1 victory over Czechoslovakia was the nation’s first win in the World Cup. It came on 7 June – Carbajal’s birthday – in Vina del Mar, and Carbajal was captain.