The World Cup’s Star Goalkeepers

The World Cup’s Star Goalkeepers

📅03 June 2014, 12:32

Many would argue that a team’s goalkeeper is its most important player. Goalkeepers help form the shape of the team and without a great goalkeeper it is nearly impossible to win the World Cup.

Manuel Neuer (Germany)

Many would argue that Manuel Neuer has developed into the world’s best goalkeeper during his time at Bayern Munich. He is extremely consistent at blocking shots and distributes the ball extremely well. Furthermore, at 6-foot-4 he manages to fill the goal effortlessly.

Iker Casillas (Spain)

While he may no longer play for Real Madrid, Casillas is certainly one of the world’s best goalkeepers. He has no obvious weakness and extremely good reflexes which have made him an above average penalty shot stopper.

Hugo Lloris (France)

Lloris is a truly modern goalkeeper as he has the ability to serve as a sweeper on the back line. Furthermore, he has natural shot stopping ability and he is not afraid of fighting for balls in the air.

Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)

Buffon is a true veteran; at 36-years-old he will now be nearing the end of his professional career. However, despite his age he still has great mobility and aerial ability. He is a natural team leader and is sure to make in impact in what may be his last major international tournament.

Joe Hart (England)

Joe Hart has all the tools to be one of the world’s best. At 6-foot-3 he has no problem dominating the goal and he also has the benefit of above average reflexes. If Hart is at his best during the World Cup then he will prove extremely difficult to get around.