The New Goalkeeper Hype

While Edwin Van Der Sar heads towards his midlife crisis and Gianluigi Buffon finding it difficult to maintain his sleek hair, new emerging keepers have come into question.

The top 3 Spanish goalkeepers, as well as Brazil’s#1 are still considered top class, however in the past couple years new names have emerged and have taken over as the #1 for top clubs and national teams.

France #1 - Hugo Lloris

The German’s have not had success in developing a goalkeeper since, arguably the best goalkeeper to date, Oliver Khan. In recent years a new, equally as pale and lengthy keeper has earned the #1 for Germany. Manuel Neuer has been compared to The Oliver Khan for the past 2 years. I’ve watched him rather closely and can tell he has the reflexes to top Iker Casillas, but Neuer is also currently sitting bottom of the table with Schalke 04.

soon-to-be Manchester United's #1 - Anders Lindegaard

Ex-Manchester United goalkeeper Fabien Barthez was once recognized as one of the world’s greatest in net. For a few years he was MU’s #1 and during his time in Ligue 1, he won the European Cup. 1998 was the year he became a celebrity as he conceded just 2 goals in 7 games en route to winning the World Cup in front of his home crowd. Since then, a new face has emerged as 24 year old Hugo Lloris has now taken over as the French #1. A dismal performance by France in the previous World Cup destroyed Lloris’ image, however he is the most highly regarded keeper in France. Lyon would not be able to consistently compete in the close title race in France nor enter Champions League without him.

Somehow, Nordic countries have been able to consistently create some of the world’s best keepers to this day. Edwin Van Der Sar has been one of the EPL’s best if not The Best in the last few years. Last month, the most capped player in Dutch Football history turned 40, an age that is unheard of for most footballers, let alone athletes. I know goalkeepers are better with age, but 40+ is pushing it. Manchester United always manage to have top class goalkeepers and the hype is now behind a 26 year old that comes from the same country as the great Peter Schmeichel. Denmark native, Anders Lindegaard is set for his medical sometime in the near future and is all the talk to become the new Red, or green or blue or yellow, Devil #1. Van Der Sar has worn just about every color of the rainbow.

Still hard to pronounce - Itumeleng Khune of SA

One of the better goalkeepers, or at least one of the most talked about, did not come from Europe, Asia, nor South America. If you can pronounce his name you have conquered something. Itumeleng Khune, the South African Bafana Bafana goalkeeper. Nobody knew who he was until the host nation allowed him to distribute the ball for the first time. There is not a single goalkeeper in the world besides this guy that can side-volley a ball to a winger on the touchline without it going 40+ feet in the air. If there is one player with unusually large gloves on that I can trust to give a backpass to, it would be Mr. Itumeleng Khune. I don’t think South Africa’s hopes laid on the shoulders of Steven Pienaar, who hardly showed up during the summer, nor the long haired Tshabalala, but rather their keeper that kept them in the tournament. An unfortunate red card saw him off due to a Luis Suarez dive inside the box, but no other goalkeeper in the tournament could drop kick a ball right to a players foot. Get Khune out of Africa, someone could use his talents in Europe. If it is any consolation, you can probably sign his brother too. His name is Lucky Khune.

Itumeleng Khune

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