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
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|
|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%|
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 TWO – GROUP B
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
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
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
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…