Goalkeeping Greats

Gordon Banks

Considered by many to be the best goal keeper of all time, Gordon Banks will eternally be remembered for his save from Pele’s header during the 1970 World Cup Finals. Yet those who saw Banks play knew he was worthy of repeating such a feat on a cold December afternoon when all that was at stake was two points. He wasn’t just great – he was consistently on top of his game and a Banks’ mistake was very rare indeed.

Peter Shilton

One of the great, driven players, Peter Shilton set out to become the greatest goal keeper of all time. Legend has it that on being told he might not make the grade because he wasn’t tall enough, Shilton went home and began a training regime that involved spending hours at a time hanging from the stairs in attempt to add inches to his frame. He wanted it that badly.

Peter Schmeichel

This Danish great goalie was very well-known for his acrobatic movement in the field. He is the highest capped player for Denmark with his 129 international matches. He spent his successful time of his club career with famous English premier League club Manchester United where he played 292 matches. He won the 1992 European Championship with his country Denmark. He became the ‘World’s Best Goalkeeper’ for two times. He also led his country for 30 matches as captain. He won the UEFA Champion’s League with Manchester United. He is a member of the English Football Hall of Fame.

Sepp Maier

Maier is another rare fighter under the goal bar. This great player of West Germany was very active in the field and his flexible movement made him an instant titan for the opposition strikers and wingers. In 1974 he helped Germany to win the world cup in their soil. In the tournament he could finish four matches with clean sheet out of seven matches. He played for Bayern Munich for his entire career where he played consecutive 422 matches which is still a record for German football league. He won four West German leagues and three UEFA champions leagues with Bayern Munich. Later after his retirement from football he has been a goalkeeping coach for Germany national team.

Lev Yashin

Famed for always wearing a distinctive all-black strip when playing, Yashin is one of the few goalies who could genuinely compete with Gordon Banks for the title of greatest goalkeeper of all-time.

Pat Jennings

If ever there was a goalkeeper that could be described as atypical of the breed, it was Pat Jennings. Unorthodox, unflappable, respectable and polite, Jennings commanded his penalty box with an air of nonchalance and calmness that would shame Peter Schmeichel into retirement. Yet despite never receiving any formal kind of coaching – or even because of it – he become one of the greatest goal keepers the game has ever seen.

Dino Zoff

Dino Zoff is an Italian legendary football goalkeeper and the oldest ever winner of the World Cup as a captain of the Italian national team in Spain in the 1982 World Cup. Zoff spent most of his career at Juventus. He holds the record for the longest stretch (1142 minutes) without allowing any goals.

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