Top Five Football Goalkeepers Ever
There have been a number of great goalies throughout the history of soccer. The list is a mile long, but here are five that should be considered, if not, the best of all time.
5. Oliver Kahn (GER)
Oliver Kahn seemed to win trophies wherever he went. While at Bayern Munich, he won no less than EIGHT Bundesliga titles, six German Cups, six League cups, a UEFA cup and a Champions League trophy.
His success story didn't end with his club side, he was successful on the national side as well. With team Germany he racked up 86 caps, won the European Championship in 1996, and received numerous individual titles - including, but not limited to, German Footballer of the Year twice, IFFHS Best Goalkeeper thrice, and Best Bundesliga Goalkeeper seven times.
4. Dino Zoff (ITA)
Dino Zoff holds the distinction of being the oldest player to have ever won a World Cup, when he captained his Italy to the World Cup victory at age 40. He holds the record for shutout minutes in international tournaments, having gone 1142 minutes without conceding a goal. Almost 40 years later, this record still stands.
With 112 caps for Italy, he is (today, April 13th 2011) the third most capped player in the history of the game. He won the European Championship in 1968 as well as the World Cup in 1982. At the club level he won six Serie A titles, two Italian Cups and one UEFA Cup.
3. Gordon Banks (ENG)
Gordon Banks' trophy wasn't exactly laden with trophies, but his qualities as a netminder were hailed nonetheless. His most renowned feat is no doubt his impossible save against Pelé in the 1970 World Cup - by many hailed as the best save in the history of the game.
Gordon Banks holds the unique distinction of being the only English goalkeeper to win a World Cup, when they clutched the victory in 1966. In total, he played for England 73 times.
His career was, unfortunately, brought to a premature end when he lost the sight in his right eye following a car crash.
Gordon Banks will live on eternally, embodied by his remarkable save and his exceptional skill.
2. Peter Schmeichel (DEN) Continued on the next page