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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

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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%
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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…

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