Tim Howard came up huge for the United States on Tuesday, stopping 16 shots against Belgium. Though he knocked away strike after strike, Howard’s hands were well protected by a pair of gigantic gloves. Goalkeepers weren’t always so lucky. It wasn’t until the late 1940s that Argentinian Amadeo Carrizo became the first keeper to popularize protective mitts. It took much longer still for gloves to balloon to the size of today’s models. Below, our visual tour of goalkeepers’ hands at the World Cup.