So because Gareth Bale was the worlds most expensive football player, gives the fans the right to single him out for criticism for a failing Madrid side?
Why are goalkeepers singled out for criticism for a side losing because they made one mistake all match, leading to a 1-0 loss?
The same reason for both is that they are both seen as being in a position of responsibility and that some people forget that this is a team game. It is a team that can lose matches not just one player.
I have seen Goalkeepers from grass roots up to professional level, who have for most of the match, played superbly well, but for one moment of madness, at the end of the match to find that because of this the ‘player of the week’ or ‘man of the match’ gets given to an outfield player. What’s more at the end of the season even though they have improved immensely, because they were not star player or had conceded the losing goals in the weeks leading up to the awards, they get overlooked.
Not getting the recognition, because the defence in front of you parts like the Red Sea… Meaning you have more shots at you than a tin can alley. Hmm… Actually looking at it like this, I actually think Bale gets it easy… If you compare him to a grassroots goalkeeper… Even though Bale gets flak, he get paid millions for the privilege… Such a hard life.
What’s more we now learn that David de Gea is considering a move to Real Madrid. It took him a while to win over the fans and the press alike when he started at Manchester United, even when a number of the goals were through Defensive errors. He has now most definitely silenced those critics. So why would he really consider going through all that again, especially if he does make those little mistakes that the at mean he gets the ‘Bale Treatment’… Oh yes and get paid millions for the privilege… Such a hard life. 😉
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
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
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
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…