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