Monthly Archives: July 2012

Team GB football goes for gold?

So the exciting Goalkeeping that is Jack Butland may not have got a start at Euro2012 with two more experienced keepers getting in his way, but he will get the chance now on the Olympic stage.

Birmingham City’s Jack Butland joins the impressive young Middlesbrough Goalkeeper Jason Steele in the newly formed Team GB for this summers Olympics.

Image from www.mfc.co.uk

Could they pick up deserved medals? Well it might not necessarily be Gold with In form Brazilian and Spanish teams. Then again in knockout competitions any one can dream…

The dream though has better odds for the Women’s football under the experienced guidance of Hope Powell, with the chance of watching the great Women’s Goalkeeping talents of Linkoping’s Karen Bardsley and Everton Ladies’ Rachel Brown.

Image from www.corren.se

For years Women’s football has been overshadowed by the Men’s but could the Women now get one over the Men by getting the Gold they deserve?

With the Goalkeepers in both teams they certainly both stand a chance of keeping it tight at the back so they should have the confidence to attack and get the goals needed – so both indeed have every chance of success… So come on Great Britain lets all cheer on these Great Britons!

Goalkeeping It Real gets a wider audience after being published in UPRO Football Magazine

I was recently asked if I could write an article for UPRO Football Magazine on Goalkeeper Communication, including the interaction with their Defence…

… After much writing, re-writing, spell checking, grammar checks (albeit I think I missed two mistakes…!), however I have just found out and am pleased to announce (and feeling rather chuffed too!) that the article was accepted for publishing and you can now view it at:

http://uprofootballmag.com/2012/07/21/effective-communication-commanding-goalkeepers/

Enjoy ūüėČ

Sign up for Bernard Day’s 2012 Summer Goalkeeping Course

One of our Academy coaches, Bernard Day is again running his annual Goalkeeping course.

Bernard Day is an FA registered UEFA coach, with full CRB, FA First Aid, FA Safeguarding Children, Welfare Officer Workshop Accreditation and holds public liability.

His courses are always fun and challenging. This training will be jam-packed full and will cover all aspects of goalkeeping. What a great start to the season for any Goalkeeper!

It is a 3 day course over Monday 30th July through to Wednesday 1st August. Starting at 10 am and finishing at 3:30pm daily.

Held at Braemar Road, Sutton Coldfield B73 6LS.

Costs are £45 for the whole course or £17 per day.

To register your interest please email: bernard.day@worcestergoalkeeperacademy.com

Euro 2012 – the stats say one thing but you said another

So we have heard who UEFA think were the best Goalkeepers in the tournament and we have seen Ireland’s Shay Given (http://wp.me/p27nBU-fW) and Spain’s Iker¬†Casillas (http://wp.me/p27nBU-g5) as the best from the Stats, with Iker¬†outshining them all by collecting 5 awards in the stats, but lets face it the award that really matters is the one voted on by you, my blog readers… and this time it wasn’t won¬†by Iker¬†Casillas.

You voted the Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament as Germany’s Manuel Neuer

image from commons.wikimedia.org

A great choice by you all, unlucky twice in 2012 , missing out on penalties in the Champions League for Bayern Munich against Chelsea and then seeing an inspired Mario Balotelli¬†put two goals past him so that Italy progressed to the final. Not many Goalkeepers would have coped with Mario that day – he was quite super… But then again so was Manuel through out¬†the tournament. So congratulations Manuel Neuer!

The final results:

  Player Country Percentage of Votes
1st Manuel Neuer Germany 25%
2nd = Iker Casillas Spain 19%
2nd = Rui Patricio Portugal 19%
4th = Gianluigi Buffon Italy 13%
4th = Joe Hart England 13%
4th = Hugo Lloris France 13%

Euro 2012 stats continued – Is Iker Casillas the greatest ever?

Euro 2012 Stats Part Two: The remaining stats awards…

I looked at the number of shots¬†Spain’s¬†Iker¬†Casillas¬†had to deal with on goal and wondered if he was actually one of the¬†best Goalkeepers in Europe as it seemed that he hadn’t necessarily been tested. However when I looked started calculating the stats from the tournament I could believe my eyes when he almost wiped the floor of awards on offer… I say almost as there was only one he did not get, which was the busiest keeper, but then with the Spanish defence and an average team possession of approximately 60% he was never likely to be… but he showed just why indeed he deserved to be classed as one of the best Goalkeepers in Europe and indeed the World…

So from the stats Iker Casillas picks up the awards for:

  • The¬†Golden Glove – Most Clean Sheets¬†–¬†Iker¬†had¬†5 clean sheets in total from the¬†6 games he played, with the next best being 2 clean sheets from 4 other Goalkeepers (England’s Joe Hart, Italy’s Gianluigi Buffon, Portugal’s Rui Patricio and Greece’s Michalis¬†Sifakis);
  • Clean Sheets vs Games Played – An impressive 83.33% with the next best being Greece’s Michalis¬†Sifakis at 66.67%;
  • Clean Sheets vs Shots on Goal¬†– Even though (as we previously saw in the last post) Iker had only 16 shots at goal to cope with, with keeping 5 clean sheets meant that he topped the charts at 31.25%, with the next best being again Greece’s¬†Michalis¬†Sifakis and Portugal’s¬†Rui Patricio at 13.33%;
  • Meanest Keeper Part 1 : Goals Conceded vs Shots on Goal¬†– Iker¬†only conceded 1 goal in the whole tournament meaning his ratio was at 6.25 %, with the next best being England’s Joe Hart at 9.09%; and
  • Meanest Keeper Part 2 : Goals Conceded vs Games Played¬†– this has got to be the greatest stat of the lot with playing 6 games and conceding only 1 means that Iker¬†has a phenomenally low 0.17%. No other Goalkeeper could come close with the next best being Poland’s Przemyslaw¬†Tyton at 0.67%.

I think I speak for many Goalkeeping fans when I say Wow – What a great Goalkeeper. The stats say it all – he most definitely deserves the accolades!

Here are the stats in full for all of these awards:

  Player Country Clean Sheets
1st Iker Casillas Spain 5
2nd = Joe Hart England 2
2nd = Michalis Sifakis Greece 2
2nd = Rui Patricio Portugal 2
2nd = Gianluigi Buffon Italy 2
  Player Country Games Played Clean Sheets % Clean Sheets vs games
1st Iker Casillas Spain 6 5 83.33%
2nd Michalis Sifakis Greece 3 2 66.67%
3rd Joe Hart England 4 2 50.00%
4th Rui Patricio Portugal 5 2 40.00%
5th Przemyslaw Tyton Poland 3 1 33.33%
  Player Country Clean Sheets Shots on Goal % Clean Sheets vs Shots
1st Iker Casillas Spain 5 16 31.25%
2nd Michalis Sifakis Greece 2 15 13.33%
3rd Rui Patricio Portugal 2 15 13.33%
4th Przemyslaw Tyton Poland 1 9 11.11%
5th Hugo Lloris France 1 11 9.09%
  Player Country Goals Conceded Shots on Goal % Conceded vs Shots
1st Iker Casillas Spain 1 16 6.25%
2nd Joe Hart England 3 33 9.09%
3rd Vyacheslav Malafeev Russia 3 21 14.29%
4th Stipe Pletikosa Croatia 3 18 16.67%
5th Andrij Pyatov Ukraine 4 19 21.05%
  Player Country Games Played Goals Conceded Average conceded/ game
1st Iker Casillas Spain 6 1 0.17
2nd Przemyslaw Tyton Poland 3 2 0.67
3rd Joe Hart England 4 3 0.75
4th Rui Patricio Portugal 5 4 0.80
5th Vyacheslav Malafeev Russia 3 3 1.00

Stats by www.goalkeepingitreal.co.uk

Euro 2012 Goalkeepers – What the stats showed:

In the previous posting http://wp.me/p27nBU-fP it was seen that UEFA had chosen their 3 goalkeepers of the tournament. However what did the stats say… who are the goalkeepers that the stats showed to deserve recognition…

Euro 2012 Stats Part One: The busiest Goalkeeper of the tournament (Shots on goal per game)

Sometimes you have to feel for these Goalkeepers as they have a barrage of shots on goal, meaning that either their team is up against huge fire power or the defence isn’t doing their job or perhaps the team are not taking the action further up the field, meaning that the Goalkeeper has to deal with a lot more shots on goal, which makes the job of keeping a clean sheet that much harder (student Goalkeepers should take note, that it can be difficult to keep clean sheets in such situations – even for the vastly experienced Goalkeepers).

With Spain keeping the ball more than any other team and having one of the best defences, it is unlikely to see Iker Casillas in the top 5 of this stat…

Winner: Shay Given

So the first award, is for the busiest Euro 2012 Goalkeeper and there was none busier than Ireland’s Shay Given who had an incredible average of 10 shots on goal per game. He most definitely deserves this award as throughout the tournament Shay had to put up with tremendous back pain whilst still pulling off some great saves in the processes.

Runner up: Joe Hart

Shay Given was closely followed by England’s Joe Hart who not only from stats claimed to be the second busiest keeper (at an average 8.25 shots per game) but in the last match against Italy had more passes than any other England player… some feat…

The top 5 stats in full:

Player Country Games Played Shots on Goal Shots on per game
1st Shay Given Republic of Ireland 3 30 10.00
2nd Joe Hart England 4 33 8.25
3rd = Vyacheslav Malafeev Russia 3 21 7.00
3rd = Maarten Stekelenburg Holland 3 21 7.00
5th Andrij Pyatov Ukraine 3 19 6.33

Stats by www.goalkeepingitreal.co.uk

Euro 2012 Goalkeepers of the Tournament

So Euro 2012 is now over, with Spain crowned the kings of Europe again. What a tournament –¬†not just for the dazzling goals and outfield action¬†but for the Goalkeeping too!

We saw fantastic examples of Goalkeeping¬†and then again some not so good examples with Arsenal’s Worjciech¬†Szczesny seeing red or¬†seeing errors from Goalkeepers who we have recently seen to have had excellent seasons relatively error free. However to jump to the defence of a number of Goalkeepers here,¬†some of these¬†were errors¬†not because they were poor on judgement, that they had to deal with a very unpredictable ball… As Joe Hart experienced and as only one camera angle caught, the ball flew through the air almost ‘wobbling’ in flight. So Goalkeepers had extra factors to deal with in this tournament rather than the obvious ones…

So with the tournament over, UEFA posted their 23 man squad of the tournament, showing that they felt the 3 best goalkeepers had been:

  • Iker¬†Casillas;
  • Gianluigi Buffon; and
  • Manuer¬†Neuer.

3 quality Goalkeepers who I agree deserve recognition, however what did my followers think and who do the tournament stats say were the best? 

There is still time for you all to vote for your favourite, with polls closing this week. I shall then provide an insight into who else deserves our recognition from this great tournament…¬†

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