Golden Glove Contenders
May 29, 2016
It has been an incredible season of football this year. We’ve watched in awe as unlikely title winners Leicester City managed to fend off the greatest teams the Premier League has to offer to become champions for the first time in the club’s history. We’ve seen England come back against arch-rivals Germany in a thrilling 2-3 comeback in Berlin and now we can look forward to plenty of football action as we ready ourselves for the start of Euro 2016. There’s bound to be a lot of memorable goals during the tournament but which world-class keepers will be able to deal with the formidable strike forces that they’ll undoubtedly face.
England fans will of course be looking to Hart to lead their defence and to notch up a number of clean sheets throughout their duration of the competition. The 29-year-old keeper has managed 15 clean sheets this season in the Premier League for club Manchester City and has already managed to keep goals out of the net five times out of last his nine international appearances.
In the lead up to the Euros it’s actually Romanian keeper Ciprian Tatarusanu who has the upper hand in the goalkeeping stakes having the highest ratio of clean sheets to games played. The Fiorentina keeper has helped drag his side into a 5th place spot in Serie A and will be looking to soak up all the pressure on the 10 June when Romania take on hosts France for the opening game of the tournament.
David De Gea
It’s been a strange old season for Manchester United. But with lacklustre results aside there was always the question of whether goalie David De Gea would remain at Old Trafford for the foreseeable future when the season ended. The Spanish keeper has once more had a terrific season and made some incredible saves. Of course with Man United’s unbalanced performances it’s been difficult for De Gea to really shine which he’ll be hoping to do so very shortly once more on the international stage. But will fellow Spaniard keeper Iker Casillas have something to say about that?
Bayern Munich recently enjoyed their third straight title win in the Bundesliga thanks to some solid all-round performances from the squad. And let’s face it when your side has only conceded 17 goals all season, half the amount your nearest challengers managed, things are bound to go your way. So with Manuel Neuer in the goalmouth it appears that Germany may be counting on their number one to show exactly what he’s been offering his side at club level for the past few months.