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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%

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 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… 

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 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…

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