It struck me that after several years of drought, the Greek league this season has a fine selection of goalkeepers. Who do you think is the best objectively
Mario Galinovic - Panathinaikos
Perhaps Zajec's only great transfer from Croatia, Super Mario won a starting spot last year and did well, but this season he's been in fantastic form for Panathinaikos, despite having a tragic defence in front of him.
Daniel Fernandez - PAOK
The young Portuguese (only 21 years old) won the starting spot after Kostikos took over and has never looked back. An impressive goalkeeper under the posts, he is also really good at exits, a weakness of many young goalkeepers. Add to that his impressive physical abilities, and we're looking at a goalkeeper who will soon be too big for the Greek league. Fernando Santos apparently called Scolari to let him know that there is a Portuguese goalkeeper in Greece that is good enough for the national team! He still makes the occasional mistake every now and then though, but that's something natural.
Stefano Sorrentino - AEK
Despite the good reputation of Italian goalkeepers, many eyebrows were raised when AEK loaned Stefano Sorrentino from Torino. Sorrentino was said to be the best goalkeeper of Serie B but he was already 28 years old and had played only 2 games in Serie A. Would he be out of his debth? Well, all these doubts were erased when Sorrentino put one good performance after the other. AEK was fast to make the deal permanent.
Antonis Nikopolidis - Olympiakos
Age is getting on to him, but Nikopolidis remains an extremelly good goalkeeper. Despite the occasional mistake here and there, he has been solid for Olympiakos, less so for the national team though. Olympiakos is looking for a replacement goalkeeper, but Nikopolidis won't give up his place so easily... Some believe he's still the best goalkeeper of the league.
Petr Pizanowski - Scoda Xanthi
Another veteran, Pizanowski was signed by Xanthi at the age of 33 as a stop-gap in midseason till they find a better goalkeeper. Despite his age, he's proven himself as a reliable solution and Xanthi has not only stopped searching for a goalkeeper, but has given him an extension till 2008, when he will be 37. Impressive stature, and great experience characterise his game, but at shot stopping he's merely competent.
Michalis Sifakis - OFI
The goalkeeper of the Greek U-21 team, Sifakis is a very good talent. Tall, aggressive and very jumpy, he's still making silly mistakes every now and then, but his talent has impressed already the likes of Real Betis and Marseille who have been watching him. The future goalkeeper of the national team.
Stefanos Kotsolis - Larissa
Despite being 27 years old, Stefanos Kotsolis is still a "rookie" in the first division. After 10 years of being the back up at Panathinaikos with limited chances, Kotsolis moved to Larissa where he has won everyone, even Rehhagel who gave him a call for the NT, with his performances. He's clearly not going to become the goalkeeper everyone predicted when he was 17, but he still has several years of good football in front of him. And he could very well be the link-up between Nikopolidis and the younger generation of goalkeepers for the National Team.
If someone could make this a poll, it'd be nice.