Greatest Goalkeeper of all Time?

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Greatest Goalkeeper of all Time?

Poll closed Dec 25, 2018.
  1. Banks

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  2. Barthez

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. Buffon

    9 vote(s)
    23.7%
  4. Casillas

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    0.0%
  5. Cech

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    0.0%
  6. Chilavert

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    0.0%
  7. Courtoiz

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    0.0%
  8. Kahn

    3 vote(s)
    7.9%
  9. Lehmann

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. Maier

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  11. Neuer

    5 vote(s)
    13.2%
  12. Preud'homme

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  13. Schmeichel

    7 vote(s)
    18.4%
  14. Schumacher

    1 vote(s)
    2.6%
  15. Seaman

    1 vote(s)
    2.6%
  16. Shilton

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  17. Taffarel

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  18. Van Der Sar

    2 vote(s)
    5.3%
  19. Yashin

    10 vote(s)
    26.3%
  20. Zoff

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. gary69

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    I don't think that was so much an issue in the 1990's, as Barca only won their first CL and only one of the decade in the early part of his ManUtd career and Real later in the decade. While Serie A (Milan and Juve) was a major player of the decade, it's not that their keepers got a huge reputation boost just because of that. It doesn't seem that whether Schmeichel would have played in Italy, Spain or England during his prime years had made much of difference to how he is rated historically.
     
  2. Evilo

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    And Chilavert was the only reason they were in thie game. Paraguay did nothing except defend and Chilavert saved them twice or three times in the game.
     
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    That really wasn't the case. Not really.
    They had a wonderful central defence, with Celso Ayala playing sweeper and Carlos Gamarra playing CB, who were clearing EVERYTHING. Sarabia was the other CB but for me was much less impressive than Ayala and Gamarra. They were, for me, the best central defense of the tournament.
    (at the time, I was playing youth football in our top league, I watched this two guys play with reverence that summer)

    They played a very defensive system (didn't have the players for anything else, Benitez was their best offensive player, far from a world class), and Chilavert was rarely tested.
    The few saves he had to make were mostly routine.

    He did okay, though the highlight of his WC was the free kick he took vs Bulgaria.
    He wasn't a bad goalkeeper, but it was his free kicks that gave him extra exposure and is why people remember him most. His 98 WC was "okay", but not much more.
    His 2002 WC was awful.

    Similar how Jorge Campos, while a decent goalkeeper, was always more exposed due to having outrageous jerseys. Or costumes, let's call them.
     
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    Alas, Chilavert got to play like Brodeur in New Jersey back then. If you want t look at an amazing performance from a keeper of a minor nation, Luis Cabelo Conejo's heroics at the WC 1990 were most likely the best ever. He was the reason they qualified from the group stage, and when he unfortunately was out for the knockout game because of injury, they got trashed.
     
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    I meant if he had played for one of those countries internationally, not their domestic leagues.
     
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    Ah, okay, that makes sense.
     
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    Yeah he was good at it but the point is ideally you don't want to have to have your goalkeeper taking them because of the risk of counter-attack when he has to run back to his goal. I'm saying a better team would have someone just as good or at least nearly as good to offset that risk part of it.
     
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    Campos was a clown. Chilavert was a great goalie. Can't see the comparison.

    Disagree with your evaluation of his 98WC. He was key in advancing and his saves certainly weren't routine.
     
  9. lud

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    Yashin and Buffon in close race..

    How nobody voted for Cech?
    His performance in 2012 CL is in my top 5 of all time.
     
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    I’d put him somewhere in like the 7-15 range? Definitely an all timer, but doesn’t have much of an argument to be the goat imo.
     
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    I'm surprised Yashin is not winning this one. It's sad he had less exposure than all the GOAT candidates because of where he played.

    I'm the first to admit to have never watched him but from all accounts he was the first goalkeeper with game breaking abilities. I think Buffon achievements are more team related than his actual abilities but still a very top goalkeeper.
     
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    Voted Schmeichel. Buffon seems so fragile in finals.
     
  13. Jeffrey Pedler

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    Buffon has been consistently good for 20+ years. Even other goaltenders say he is the best.
     
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    Peter Schmeichel for me
     
  15. Hadoop

    Hadoop The GOAT Generation

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    Yashin. I like Buffon but he is not number 1.
     
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    Also the goal he conceded in the final was a PK, so other than own goals and PKs he didn't let anything by him.
     

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