Euro 2008: fantastic tournament, crap goalkeeping
I am not sure if I am the only one noticing it, but there is a bizarre phenomenon going on here: while we saw some amazing football and an overall great tournament, the one weakness seems to be the goalkeeper position. Boruc, Van der Sar, Casillas, Akinfeev and Volkan are the only goalkeepers that left me a really good impression, the others vary from insecure to simply unreliable. That is very bizarre, the only players hugely underperforming seem to be goalkeepers...
Ricardo (Portugal): fumbled twice against Germany (especially the first and third goal) which cost his team a semi final spot
Petr Cech (Czech Rep.): two fumbles against Turkey in less than 10 minutes, partially responsible for the elimination of his team
Recber Rüstü (Turkey): a huge mistake leaving his goal too early which lead to an almost lethal Croatian goal in the quarter finals, and today in the semi against Germany he made a huge mistake on the second German goal when he again left his goal and completely missed the ball. Left a very insecure impression overall as well against Croatia.
Jens Lehmann (Germany): the only guy whose mistakes have not cost his team elimination yet. But he gives me no reliable impression. Today against Turkey he makes a mistake on both goals: first goal he could have saved but just lets the ball slip through both hands and legs, second goal he waits too long to leave his goal and leaves the corner of the goal open. Against Portugal he was decent but still hesitated on the Portuguese cross leading to the second goal. During the game against Croatia, he could have saved the second Croat goal if he didn't leave the corner of the goal open. Made some other mistakes where he was lucky none of them had gone in. Totally ununderstandable that he still is nr 1 while a huge talent like Adler remains on the bench...
Gregory Coupet (France): right at the moment France was putting Holland under pressure, he makes a capital and big mistake on the 2-0.
What is it with the goalies at this tournament? We've seen too many goalkeeping errors for a tournament which should involve the best ones in Europe. Sure, Van der Sar and Casillas were impressing, Akinfeev did his duty well, Boruc and Buffon were decent, but the rest was left unnoticed or was mainly noticed by big mistakes.