We knew he was a talent prior to the European Championships and then witnessed as to why he is one of the worlds best Goalkeepers keeping the score low for the French. Now former Olympique Lyonnais Goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris comes to the Premiership So we can watch in awe as he steps between the sticks for Tottenham Hotspur… Oh hang on a minute… Spurs already have a top class Goalkeeper in Brad Friedel… He might be 41 but he is still top class. This surely would give any Manager a selection headache having two great Goalkeepers… But what a fantastic headache for any manager to have… Although spending £11.9m on Lloris would suggest that it won’t be long before Brad has to make way… Even though his heroics this weekend against Norwich, kept the score line down… how could he be sidelined?
And what of QPR… They sign England Goalkeeper Robert Green at the start of the season to replace the outgoing Paddy Kenny (now at Leeds United). A Goalkeeper with a decent Goalkeeping record in the Premiership. Coming to QPR from West Ham, after an impressive 15 clean sheets for the Hammers last term… And although he has made the headlines for England, sometimes for the wrong reasons, he still remains great back up for Joe Hart in the England Squad… A useful acquisition then for QPR. However deadline day saw free spending QPR sign another great Goalkeeper, Brazilian Julio Cesar from Inter Milan. Will that also mean sidelining one talent for another.
Ok there is some method in the madness, of which some other clubs could learn from (those with complacent Goalkeepers), that having another talent on the bench could push the man between the sticks to perform better for fear of losing their place… It can work well, but if the Goalkeeper between the sticks then performs well enough to stay in goal, eventually (if not there for the pay cheque) the Goalkeeper on the bench starts to grumble, which either results in the occasional cameo appearance to appease them or that they start to look for the exit… Like Shay Given did after being in Joe Hart’s shadow for so long…
Shame we can’t play more than one Goalkeeper in one team… After all, they do say that some Goalkeepers are frustrated strikers at heart. Perhaps swapping positions in a match 😉
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…