Goalkeepers are the foundation of any successful football team. After all, clean sheets win football games. The art of shot stopping has evolved over the last decade, with the #1 often becoming a ball playing maestro out from the back. With this in mind, we have compiled a list of the 10 best goalkeepers of the past decade.
1. Oliver Kahn
The German goalkeeper was a major part of Bayern Munich’s success in the 90s and early 2000s. He won 8 Bundesliga titles with Munich and a Champions League medal in 2001. He also won the Euro 1996 tournament with Germany. Had a very eccentric personality and had a touching moment with Santiago Canizares in a Champions League match which is highly remembered.
2. Gianluigi Buffon
‘Gigi’ is still going strong at Juventus where he has won 5 Serie A titles including the last 3 in succession. He is the current captain for Juventus as well as for Italy of whom he is the record appearance holder on 143 caps, making his debut for the senior side in 1997.
3. Manuel Neuer
Neuer is widely regarded as the best goalkeeper at this moment in time. He has come on leaps and bounds since leaving Schalke and joining Bayern Munich in 2011. An excellent sweeper and is very confident of acting as the 11th outfield player. Is an excellent distributor of the ball and dominates his 18 yard box.
4. Petr Cech
Cech has been at Chelsea since 2004 and was their regular number one up until recent where Thibaut Courtois is now the new number 1. The 6’5 Czech Republic international has made 109 international caps and was a runner up with Czech at the Euro 2004 tournament.
5. Iker Casillas
The Real Madrid goalkeeper has been at the Santiago Bernabeu since he was 9 years old. Now at 33 years of age, he boasts 5 domestic titles at Madrid as well as 3 Champions League triumphs. He has amassed 157 caps for Spain and has won 3 major international competitions, Euro 2008/2012 and World Cup 2010.
6. Edwin Van Der Sar
Having played at some of Europe’s most prestigious clubs, Edwin enjoyed success at Ajax, Juventus and Manchester United in a glittering career. Such was his talent as a goalkeeper, Sir Alex Ferguson signed him from Fulham at the age of 35 where he remained for 6 years before retiring in 2011.
7. Victor Valdes
Valdes won 6 La Liga titles and 3 Champions Leagues in 12 years with Barcelona with whom he has only just left. Had it been for Casillas success for his national side Valdes would’ve made a lot more than 20 international caps he currently has.
8. Hugo Lloris
Now plying his trade at Tottenham, Hugo is also the captain of France, recently falling to Portgual in the Euro 2016 Final. He opted to move from Lyon to England and will be hoping to help Tottenhamto win the Premier League.
9. Julio Cesar
His career has somewhat spiralled since leaving Inter Milan but the Brazilian goalkeeper has had a fantastic career. Cesar won 5 Serie A titles in 7 years at Inter Milan and a Champions League title. Now at Benfica he’ll be hoping to enjoy the latter stages of his career.
10. Joe Hart
Still incredibly young in terms of a goalkeeper but has shown he has the potential to become one of the greatest goalkeepers ever with some inspirational displays. Having cemented his position as number 1 at both Manchester City and England, Hart already has a couple of Premier League titles to his name at the age of just 28. Started his career with Shrewsbury Town.
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