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How are the Euro 2012 Goalkeepers performing? Who do you think is the pick of the bunch?

Have you been keeping an eye on those Euro 2012 Goalkeepers?

There have been cracking examples of great Goalkeeping… oh and some not so good examples… across this competition.  So have any of the Goalkeepers playing at these European Championships stood out for you as of a different class to all the others at the tournament?

I have now opened up the poll for you to start register your votes as to who you think has been the best.

Please may I ask you to cast the vote based on reviewing all of the Goalkeepers and try not to vote for them because it is your home nation… unless of course they honestly deserve it!

This poll shall close soon after the tournament at which point the results shall be announced.

I look forward to seeing who you choose and of course please feel free to comment as to your reasons why…

Euro 2012 Group D Goalkeepers

The Goalkeepers to Watch in this tournament (if they get their chance)… A quick guide to the Goalkeepers at Euro 2012

PART FOUR – GROUP D

England

Joe Hart, Manchester City FC, Age 25 – Squad Number 1 – 18 senior international appearances prior to this tournament

Robert Green, West Ham United FC, Age 32 – Squad Number 13 – 12 international appearances

Jack Butland, Birmingham City FC, Age 19 – Squad Number 23 – 0 international appearances

France

Hugo Lloris, Olympique Lyonnais, Age 25 – Squad Number 1 – 33 international appearances

Steve Mandana, Marseille, Age 27 – Squad Number 16 – 15 international appearances

Cedric Carasso, Bordeaux, Age 30 – Squad Number 23 – 1 international appearance

Sweden

Andreas Isaksson, PSV Eindhoven, Age 30 – Squad Number 1 – 93 international appearances

Johan Wiland, Copenhagen, Age 31 – Squad Number 12 – 8 international appearances

Par Hansson, Helsingborgs IF, Age 25 – Squad Number 23 – 2 international appearances

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Ukraine

Maksym Koval, Dynamo Kiev, Age 19 – Squad Number 1 – 1 international appearance

Andriy Pyatov, Shakhtar Donetsk, Age 27 – Squad Number 12 – 26 international appearances

Oleksandr Goryainov, Metalist Kharkiv, Age 37 – Squad Number 23 – 2 international appearances

image from uk.eurosport.yahoo.com

So with this the final part, you have now been introduced to the 48 Goalkeepers at these European Championships. Only a small selection of these will get their chance, unless of course they get sent-off or injured, then we will see a few more…

Will the French va va voom or the power houses of Schevchenko (Ukraine) and Ibrahimavic (Sweden) take the action away from goal and further up the field, giving their Goalkeeper a break… Hmm… I doubt it, as all group games so far have produced much action with very few clean sheets… Or perhaps could England’s Joe Hart repeat his Manchester City form that got him the Golden Glove Award for his impressive 17 clean sheets in the Premiership or will England’s defence do him no favours… We shall wait and see…

So will any of these be your pick of the tournament…

Euro 2012 Group C Goalkeepers

The Goalkeepers to Watch in this tournament (if they get their chance)… A quick guide to the Goalkeepers at Euro 2012

PART THREE – GROUP C

Croatia

Stipe Pletikosa, FC Rostov, Age 33 – Squad Number 1 – 91 senior international appearances prior to this tournament

Ivan Kelava, GNK Dinamo Zagreb, Age 24 – Squad Number 12 – 0 international appearances

Danijel Subašić, Monaco, Age 27 – Squad Number 23 – 4 international appearances

Italy

Gianluigi Buffon, Juventus, Age 34 – Squad Number 1 – 114 international appearances

Salvatore Sirigu, Paris St Germain, Age 25 – Squad Number 12 – 3 international appearances

Morgan De Sanctis, Napoli, Age 35 – Squad Number 14 – 5 international appearances

Republic of Ireland

Shay Given, Aston Villa FC, Age 36 – Squad Number 1 – 122 international appearances

Kieran Westwood, Sunderland FC, Age 27 – Squad Number 16 – 10 international appearances

David Forde, Milwall FC, Age 32 – Squad Number 23 – 2 international appearances

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Spain

Iker Casillas, Real Madrid, Age 31 – Squad Number 1 – 131 international appearances

Victor Valdes, Barcelona, Age 30 – Squad Number 12 – 8 international appearances

Pepe Reina, Liverpool, Age 29 – Squad Number 23 – 25 international appearances

This group boast a lot of experience Goalkeepers with all the teams Number 1’s having over 90 caps each. Will experience count? Or will we see more un-characteristic mistakes from the more experienced? So will any of these be your pick of the tournament…

Euro 2012 Group B Goalkeepers

The Goalkeepers to Watch in this tournament (if they get their chance)… A quick guide to the Goalkeepers at Euro 2012

PART TWO – GROUP B

Denmark

Stephan Anderson, Évian, Age 30 – Squad Number 1 – 10 senior international appearances prior to this tournament

Anders Lindegaard, Manchester United, Age 28 – Squad Number 16 – 5 international appearances

Kasper Schmeichel, Leicester City, Age 25 – Squad Number 22 – 0 international appearances

Germany

Manuel Neuer, Bayern Munich, Age 26 – Squad Number 1 – 26 international appearances

Tim Wiese, 1899 Hoffenheim, Age 30 – Squad Number 12 – 6 international appearances

Ron-Robert Zieler, Hannover 96, Age 23 – Squad Number 22 – 1 international appearance

Holland

Maarten Stekelenburg, Roma, Age 29 – Squad Number 1 – 47 international appearances

Michel Vorm, Swansea City FC, Age 28 – Squad Number 12 – 9 international appearances

Tim Krul, Newcastle United FC, Age 24 – Squad Number 22 – 3 international appearances

Portugal

Eduardo Carvalho, S.L. Benfica, Age 29 – Squad Number 1 – 28 international appearances

Rui Patricio, Sporting Club de Portugal, Age 24 – Squad Number 12 – 11 international appearances

Beto, CFR Cluj, Age 30 – Squad Number 22 – 1 international appearance

This is the group they are calling the ‘Group of Death’ albeit we are not expecting anyone to lose life, however we are expecting some major casualties. Will this be the group that we see the tournaments best goalkeeper come from as they do battle against some stern opposition?  Will any of these be your pick of the tournament…

Euro 2012 Group A Goalkeepers

The Goalkeepers to Watch in this tournament (if they get their chance)… A quick guide to the Goalkeepers at Euro 2012

PART ONE – GROUP A

Czech Republic

Petr Cech, Chelsea FC, Age 30 – Squad Number 1 – Prior to this tournament, 90 international appearances

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Jaroslav Drobny, Hamburger S.V, Age 30 – Squad Number 16
– 6 international appearances

Jan Lastuvka, FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Age 29 – Squad Number 23
– 1 international appearance

 Greece

Konstantinos Chalkias, PAOK, Age 38 – Squad Number 1 – 30 international appearances

Alexandros Tzorvas, Palermo, Age 29 – Squad Number 12 – 16 international appearances

 Michalis Sifakis, Aris, Age 27 – Squad Number 13 – 12 international appearances

Poland

Wojciech Szczesny, Arsenal FC, Age 22 – Squad Number 1 – 10 international appearances

Pnzemyslaw Tyton, PSV Eindhoven, Age 25 – Squad Number 12 – 5 international appearances

Grzegorz Sandomiershi, Jagiellonia Bialystok, Age 22 – Squad Number 13 – 3 international appearances

Russia

Igor Akinfeev, CSKA Moscow, Age 26 – Squad Number 1 – 52 international appearances

Anton Shunin, Dynamo Moscow, Age 25 – Squad Number 13 – 2 international appearances

Vyacheslav Malafeev, Zenit St Petersburg, Age 33 – Squad Number 16 – 25 international appearances

So after the first round of games for this Group we have seen a few examples of great goalkeeping and some not so great – including a sending-off and a penalty save. But will any of these be your pick of the tournament…

Keep your eyes peeled – watch the Euro 2012 goalkeepers in action…

Towards the end of the Euro 2012, I shall be asking you all to vote for the best Goalkeeper of he tournament.

… And even though all my European followers may wish to be patriotic, I ask you to vote honestly for the best Goalkeeper from all of the 16 teams playing. After all you have a great deal of quality Goalkeepers to choose from!

Why the new FA youth development plan is good news for Goalkeeper development

The new FA rules for player development have had mixed reviews but are they really that bad and could they actually be beneficial. Here’s my opinion on why I think it’s good for young goalkeepers (and outfield too) – let me know what you think and if you agree with me…

The new development plan as stated on www.FA.com:

Introducing 5v5 for U7s and U8s, with progression to 7v7 and then 9v9, allows the children to play on appropriate size pitches and with appropriate size goals.

The smaller pitch and number of players allows greater number of touches of the ball and involvement in the game, helping develop greater technical skills at a lower age.

The move will also bring a more child friendly approach to competition, breaking up the eight-month long adult based season into smaller periods of competition which encourage increased learning.

So my reasoning why this is good for youth goalkeeper development:

1/ Appropriate Size Goals

How many of our young Goalkeepers have seen themselves move up an age group and into goals that are just too big. That they then get demoralised seeing numerous more goals go past them because now the opposition has a greater target to shoot at… Yes, this is a greater challenge for a goalkeeper to overcome technically, but a harder challenge still for many Goalkeepers psychologically. So to putting them in appropriate size goals will benefit their confidence, rather than destroy it.

This also benefits the outfield player too, as they now must improve their technical abilities to try to get past a Goalkeeper in an appropriate size goal, rather than not necessarily improve their techniques (as seen with the previous format), as they have such a large target, meaning that outfield players would tend to just shoot at will, without actually having to be that accurate!

2/ Smaller Game Formats and evenly matched teams

By limiting team sizes at a smaller age on appropriately sized pitches will mean each player will get more time with the ball. That includes the goalkeeper as combining this with teams being equally matched should lead to more end-to-end action and therefore more shots on goal. Instead of the current game format, where either the action is limited because there are too many bodies on the pitch, or that the one team is far stronger than the other team with more action at only one end of the field. This current format can be quite tedious for players, especially Goalkeepers who get bored from lack of action.

3/ Everyone gets a chance/Appropriate coaching

Consider this:

  • What if there is a player not selected because the coach feels they are not as good as another player;
  • That this player is a slower developer than others;
  • That this player could with the right development, one day be better than that other player;
  • But because they do not get given the game/development time of the other player they never reach that potential or simply get frustrated and walk away from the game.

– That would be sad wouldn’t it…?

So really as my final point, this goes hand in hand with my previous two points, that coaching should now focus not only on the technique, but also giving everyone a chance to play football! Meaning that we should hopefully keep our kids interested and develop them correctly, allowing confidence and ability to build!

These are just some of the big reasons why I think the new FA Youth Development Plan will be great for not just future Goalkeepers but all future footballer  players. Let’s get behind it and get developing the potential stars of the future!

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