Normally in these major tournaments we see more keepers who fall into the “oh dear” bracket rather than the “Wow” one. In general, the goalies have had a good tournament so bar, with the exception of Iker Casillas, but which ones have been the stand outs? Here are our top five so far.
Guillermo Ochoa (Mexico): The Mexican stopper arrived at the World Cup looking for a job next season after ending his time with French club Ajaccio, and it’s fair to say he won’t be short of offers after the tournament if you listen to the Betfairodds. Following a promising start to the World Cup with a clean sheet against Cameroon, Ochoa made the headlines with an incredible performance in the 0-0 draw against hosts Brazil.
Keylor Navas (Costa Rica): Costa Rica have undoubtedly been this World Cup’s surprise package, and goalkeeper Keylor Navas have been integral to the underdogs shocking the world to progress from their group. Levante stopper Navas has been attracting interest and plaudits aplenty during the tournament, and the 27-year old could be set for a big-money move to Atletico Madrid this summer, according to the Betfairodds.
Tim Howard (USA): While maybe not as surprising as Costa Rica coming through their group, USA’s progression to the second round upset a number of Betfairpunters. As ever, Howard’s commanding presence in goal has set the tone for his team’s defence, and the Everton stopper has further cemented himself as one of the world’s most consistent goalkeepers.
Victor Enyeama (Nigeria): As well as being one of the tournament’s most eccentric goalkeepers, Nigeria’s Victor Enyeama has also proven himself to be one of the most reliable. Behind a questionable Nigerian defence, Enyeama has brought a sense of calm despite his sometimes-wacky antics and has been key to the Africans coming through their tough group despite being written off by many Betfair fans.
Thibaut Courtois (Belgium): While the Belgians may have not torn up as many trees in Brazil as many expected, their young goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has proven why he has been labelled as the best prospect in world football. The 22-year old is expected to be given his long-awaited chance at Chelsea next season, but Belgium fans will be hoping Courtois still has a job to do in Brazil this summer.