It’s not often that a player completely overshadows a major cup final in the build-up. But that was the case in the days leading up to the 2022-23 EFL Cup Final between Newcastle United and Manchester United...
GK Analysis: What can children’s TV teach viewers about goalkeeping?
It all started with a Postman Pat skills compilation. I’ve never published a write on April Fool’s Day, largely because I couldn’t come up with a premise... [READ MORE].
GK Analysis: How penalty-killer Stephanie Labbé backstopped Canada to victory in Japan.
Oh Canada, you big, golden beauty! For the first time in Canadian soccer history, our women's national team has won Olympic gold. The Canadian women’s soccer team defeated reigning silver medallists Sweden in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic... [READ MORE]
GK Analysis: Why Juve’s wall (not Szczęsny) was largely at fault for conceding Oliveira’s free kick.
Juventus fans, you might want to look away. Despite scoring four aggregate goals against FC Porto, the reigning Serie A champions were eliminated from the UEFA Champions League by the Dragões... [READ MORE].
GK Analysis: 3 things that make Emiliano Martínez one of the Premier League’s top shot-stoppers.
Game after game, week after week, Emiliano Martínez continues to prove he’s no one-season wonder. On Feb. 27, the Aston Villa goalkeeper picked up his third clean sheet in his last four Premier League... [READ MORE].
GK Analysis: A goalkeeper breaks down Sergio Ramos’ penalties.
Try as he might, Neto just could not reach Sergio Ramos’ penalty shot. On Saturday, Oct. 24, the FC Barcelona man became the latest in a long list of goalkeepers tasked with trying to save a Ramos penalty attempt... [READ MORE].
Classic GK Analysis: Roman Bürki defies logic with stunning Slavia save.
The chaaampiooons! Ahh, it’s going to feel so good hearing that again. On October 20, the UEFA Champions League returns with its first batch of group stage games. Zenit St. Petersburg vs. Club Brugge and Dynamo Kiev... [READ MORE].
GK Analysis: Breaking down Édouard Mendy, Chelsea’s newest addition. (Part Two: Aerial ability, distribution & sweeper keeping)
One of the biggest criticisms Kepa Arrizabalaga faced last season was his reluctance to attack crosses and set-pieces. The Spaniard was very reserved -- he rarely, if ever, left his line, and it was even rarer to... [READ MORE]
GK Analysis: Breaking down Édouard Mendy, Chelsea’s newest addition. (Part One: Shot-stopping)
Chelsea fans, your wish has been granted. With the current season already underway, the Blues have finally found a new goalkeeper in Édouard Mendy. Days after Chelsea manager Frank Lampard confirmed the 28 year old's medical... [READ MORE]
GK Analysis: How Mikel Merino illegally obstructed Thibaut Courtois’ line of sight.
On Sunday, June 21, Real Madrid defeated Real Sociedad by a score of 2-1. Goals from Sergio Ramos -- the new top-scoring defender in Liga Santander history -- and Karim Benzema sealed the deal for the visitors, who've... [READ MORE].
GK Analysis: What Bürki could’ve done better (and no, ‘stronger wrists’ is not one of ’em).
The title race is over, eh?
With seven games remaining going into Tuesday, Borussia Dortmund had a golden opportunity to close the gap on Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich. The North Rhine-Westphalia-based club... [READ MORE].
Classic GK Analysis: Saint Iker performs two miracles in Seville.
For a number of soccer fans, especially those who grew up in the 21st century, former Real Madrid and Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas may be the greatest goalkeeper in the sport's history. He's... [READ MORE.
Classic GK Analysis: The game that introduced Lev Yashin to the world.
How can you say this player was so good when you never saw him play?
It's the go-to argument for when a player of the past is mentioned in a positive light. I'm sure you've heard it dozens... [READ MORE]
Classic GK Analysis: Manuel Neuer’s performance vs. Algeria was nothing short of iconic.
Every player has that one game that we remember them for; that performance that trumps any other single-game show the player has put on. It's not just one spectacular goal or gritty tackle; this is... [READ MORE].
GK Analysis: Muslera save shows how important a one-man wall can be.
It's a victory 21 years in the making. For the first time since 1999, Galatasaray beat their cross-town rival Fenerbahçe in Kadıköy, Istanbul. The reigning Süper Lig champions defeated their eternal enemies by a score of 3-1... [READ MORE]
GK Analysis: What to make of Thibaut Courtois on Levante’s game-winner?
Stop me if you've heard this before: Thibaut Courtois' error cost Real Madrid a win. It seems to be the story of his Los Blancos career. Since controversially forcing his way to the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in 2018, Courtois'... [READ MORE]
GK Analysis: Last-minute save showcases all of Oblak’s strengths.
Jan Oblak clearly doesn't believe in New Year's resolutions. While most of us are spending our first days of 2020 living through our "new year, new me" fantasies, Oblak has continued doing what he's always... [READ MORE].
GK Analysis: Kepa could do nothing to stop Daniel Wass’s game-tying goal.
What's with Spanish football clubs and Champions League goals being scored from incredibly acute angles? A day after Atletico Madrid conceded a Paulo Dybala freekick from the left side of their goal, Valencia struck a... [READ MORE]
Counterparts: Agility and footwork the keys to Navas and Quick’s success.
Ice hockey and soccer nets are pretty big for their sports. It's not rocket science. In the National Hockey League, the world's premier ice hockey club competition, a goaltender must guard a goal measuring 120 cm tall and 180 cm... [READ MORE]
Counterparts: Neuer and Brodeur’s distribution changed their sports forever.
From an honours perspective, it's easy to see where some of the similarities between goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and goaltender Martin Brodeur lie. Both goalies have won practically everything there was to win in their careers. Neuer... [READ MORE]