first_imgSOCCER: Romanian player Daniel Timofte who had his crucial spot-kick saved by Packie Bonner at Italia 90 twenty-five years ago this month has told the Donegal goalkeeper he made him a ‘superstar’.Bonner’s dramatic penalty save is regarded as one of the greatest moments in Irish sport and paved the way for Ireland to reach a historic World Cup quarter-final.Bonner became a national hero and is still revered by Irish soccer fans for that ‘save’ in Genoa in 1990. However, for Timofte it was a different story, in the immediate aftermath of his penalty miss he was subjected to a lot of abuse from irate fans, and received calls in the middle of night from fans ‘attacking’ him over the miss.Injuries also curtailed his promising career and he missed out on USA 94 because of injury, Romania performed superbly at that tournament and he missed the opportunity to redeem himself.He is unfortunately now best remembered in his country for missing that penalty.Despite the fact they’re lives are intertwined, Bonner and Timofte have never spoken to each other until earlier this week. Graham Clifford from the Irish Independent travelled to Bucharest to meet Timofte and arranged a call between him and Bonner.Timofte laughs and tells Packie, ‘I made you a superstar.’Packie responds by telling him ‘You’re also a superstar in Ireland’ to which Timofte responds, ‘Yeah, but not over here.’Bonner also tells Timofte about how friends of his where renovating a boat in Burtonport and decided to call the boat ‘Timofte’ in memory of Bonner’s superb save at Italia 90.Timofte responds by telling Bonner he opened a bar in his hometown which he called ‘penalty’. Packie asked him what was going through his mind when he stepped up to hit the penalty.Timofte revealed he was going to go down the middle, but at the last moment his teammate said Bonner wasn’t diving and told him not to put it down the middle.Timofte changed his mind and of course Bonner saved the penalty and the rest they say is history.Bonner also adds that while he admits live changed for the better for him he said he hoped it hadn’t changed his for the worst. To listen to the full interview, click on the link below. WORLD CUP VILLAIN TELLS PACKIE BONNER – ‘I MADE YOU A SUPERSTAR’ was last modified: June 6th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Daniel TimofteHome-page SportItalia ’90newsPackie Bonnersoccerlast_img