Jürgen CROY | 1971-1976


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Jürgen CROY | 1971-1976

Postby Plava Čigra » 2009 Aug 13, 23:06

Club: Sachsenring Zwickau



Growth type: Standard/Lasting

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Jürgen Croy is something of an unsung hero in the world of goalkeepers. Chances are that you've probably never heard of him, but had he born on the other side of the Wall he could have very well been playing in the 1974 World Cup Final instead of Sepp Maier - he was that good.

Born in the city of Zwickau, Croy spent his entire career with his hometown club, BSG Sachsenring Zwickau (now known as FSV Zwickau), playing nearly 400 top flight matches. He earned his first international cap at the tender age of twenty and kept a clean sheet as East Germany beat Sweden 1-0 and would go on to play 94 times for his country in an international career spanning fourteen years, keeping another clean sheet in his last appearance at the age of 34 against Cuba. But it was during the 1974 World Cup Finals that Croy came to the attention of the football world.

Drawn in the same group as their neighbours, the East Germans - with their outdated blue shirts with GDR emblazoned on the front - upset the form book by beating their counterparts from the West 1-0 in the final game to top the group. And although they were eventually undone by Brazil and Holland in the next round, they went home with their heads held high. None more so than Croy, who, with his excellent saves and reflex reactions, had captured the admiring glances of many.

It was during this period that Croy was at his best and experienced the most success. The 1974 team had built upon the foundations laid by the Olympic squad of 1972, who had walked away with the Bronze medal in Munich, and in 1976 they went all the way and won Gold at Montreal. On the domestic front, Croy won his second East German Cup Final with BSG in 1975, enjoying a run to the Semi-Final of the Cup Winners' Cup the following season. And it was during this period that the outstanding shot stopper was elected East German Football of the Year three times, in 1972, '76 and '78, not to mention being awarded the title of Honorary Citizen of the city of Zwickau in 1976.

Despite winning the East German Cup in 1967 and 1975, the dominance of teams like Dynamo Dresden and FC Carl Zeiss Jena restricted Croy's opportunities to shine in European competitions, which partly goes someway to explaining his partial anonymity in the West. However, his ability to stay at the top of his game earned him rave reviews in both the East and West German media and he deservedly made the Top Fifty of the International Federation of Football History and Statistics' Goalkeepers of the Century.

Croy was an outstanding shot-stopper capable of amazing reflexes on his line. Combined with an excellent command of his penalty area, first-rate ball-handling skills, and above-average consistency, this quality made Croy one of the best goalkeepers of his time and arguably one of the best ever. East and West German media alike often placed him on an equal footing with his contemporaries Sepp Maier and Dino Zoff, two of the game's all-time legends. Croy is generally regarded as the greatest footballer ever to play for East Germany.


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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%BCrgen_Croy

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%BCrgen_Croy

http://www.goalkeepersaredifferent.com/keeper/greatsframe.htm

http://www.11freunde.de/geschichtsstunde/105664

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Re: Jürgen CROY | 1972-1976

Postby Falco » 2010 Sep 15, 06:14

aren't you being a bit taugh with him? :roll:
I think you're underrating him here, you forget he was one of the best goalkeepers in germany and europe. Many persons consider him without discusion between the top 10 goalkeepers of all time...

He diserves better stats at least in Jump and respones. GKS could also be improved.
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Re: Jürgen CROY | 1972-1976

Postby Albo7 » 2010 Sep 21, 22:50

Seriously why this low stats? He looks like an average good keeper, nothing more.
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Re: Jürgen CROY | 1972-1976

Postby Paddy » 2010 Sep 22, 01:38

You must be joking.
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Re: Jürgen CROY | 1972-1976

Postby Albo7 » 2010 Sep 22, 07:41

Me? Why?
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Re: Jürgen CROY | 1972-1976

Postby as_10 » 2010 Sep 22, 17:24

AlboSoldier wrote:He looks like an average good keeper.

This I guess.
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Re: Jürgen CROY | 1972-1976

Postby Albo7 » 2010 Sep 22, 19:09

I was referring to the stats. I know who Jurgen Kroy is. And I don't care how many italians say Buffon is the best GK ever, or how many spaniards say Casillas is the best GK ever. To me they are not even top 20. See Casillas 2008 thread, see Buffon Classic thread. Compare them to Jurgen Kroy. Is that fair? For 15 years old fanboys that at max have seen maybe the 2006 FIFA world cup, not to people that know smth about classic players.
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Re: Jürgen CROY | 1972-1976

Postby patrick88 » 2011 Feb 05, 10:21

rather than the obvious stats (defence, goalkeeper skils, etc), maybe albosoldier is referring to his ghastly stamina, speed and passing stats?

they seem an awful lot lower than the 'default' stat range for keepers generally
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Re: Jürgen CROY | 1972-1976

Postby Brezza » 2011 Feb 05, 12:00

Yeah he's generally considered to be the most underrated keepers ever. Ability wise he was considered to be right up there with Sepp Maier and Zoff at the time, if it wasn't for the wall he might of even been first choice ahead of Maier. He couldn't leave for a huge club side in the west either as he probably wouldn't of been able to see his family again.

I'm not a massive expert on him but from what ive seen after watching the famous 74 W. Germany v E. Germany match in full and other highlights from the world cup, qualification and olympic matches around this time ( all of which can be seen on youtube) the first thing immediately stood out was that had a great presence about him, really athletically built which helped him to be super commanding in the box. He was very alert and knew when to come off his line and pounce and smother ball at just the right time. Id say he was quite similar to Banks, Dasaev and Maeir in this area and he could be on a 95 value for defence like them, really underrated speed wise as which should be closer Banks. I read a couple of interviews where he said he took a couple of penalties in his career so shooting stats could be slightly above normal standards.

Might need to download and watch more full matches of his before a full update, but honestly apart from the obvious standardisation mistakes here, roughly all main goalkeeping stats could be raised be three points each at least.

Hopefully some other users have seen him?
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Re: Jürgen CROY | 1972-1976

Postby Albo7 » 2011 Feb 20, 15:10

All of zingos stats in the classics are a joke guys, just don't use them until the players get updated.
Brezza are you making the set for Croy?
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Re: Jürgen CROY | 1972-1976

Postby Brezza » 2011 Feb 20, 16:30

Plava already has a very nice set that he has pm'd to me actually, I still need need to watch a couple of full matches to get a better picture of him but I dont think they need changing much.
I'm planning on fixing some Of Zingo's Dutch stats for the Euro 88 team next. Give it some time though. :)
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Re: Jürgen CROY | 1972-1976

Postby Albo7 » 2011 Feb 20, 16:39

Very well mate. Don't worry , take your time. zingos players are a catastrophe, it'll be as creating new stats. Plava told me he is working with pre war players (belive me that's hard to deal with :D ). I, in the meantime, am finishing the last stats of Classic Albania. By the next weekend, I will start work with Classic Greece & Bulgaria. :)
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Re: Jürgen CROY | 1972-1976

Postby Brezza » 2011 Apr 10, 16:13

Apologies guys, I was caught up in doing other updates to watch more matches of him. Here is a 'rough' set that Plava sent me that I will be working on. Explanations/full update should be done this week hopefully.

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Name: Croy

Position: GK*
Nationality: German _ger
Age: 25 (xx-yy-1986)

Foot: R
Side: L

Length: 186
Weight: 85

Attack: 30
Defence: 96
Balance: 88
Stamina: 69
Top Speed: 70
Acceleration: 72
Response: 94
Agility: 84
Dribble Accuracy: 54
Dribble Speed: 56
Short Pass Accuracy: 57
Short Pass Speed: 58
Long Pass Accuracy: 63
Long Pass Speed: 67
Shot Accuracy: 48
Shot Power: 86
Shot Technique: 48
Free Kick Accuracy: 48
Curling: 49
Header: 48
Jump: 86
Technique: 56
Aggression: 62
Mentality: 89
Keeper Skills: 92
Team Work: 85

Injury Tolerance: B
Condition/Fitness: 7
Weak Foot Accuracy: 4
Weak Foot Frequency: 4
Growth type: Standard/Lasting

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1-on-1 Keeper

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Re: Jürgen CROY | 1972-1976

Postby Albo7 » 2011 Apr 14, 17:59

Go on and move it to the first post, mate. ;)
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Re: Jürgen CROY | 1972-1976

Postby Brezza » 2011 Apr 14, 20:20

Done. Im 100% sure that there better than the first post and they resemble the kind of set I was aiming at when I wrote that post a while back. anything could be revised later on if need be. :)

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