Yet another goalkeeping blunder
June 13, 2010 2:02pm CST
We all saw what happened with the English keeper Green and what his mistake cost his team and then it happened again with Algeria letting in a soft goal. Now for the 3rd time useless keeping has led to another goal. The Australian keep made a basic error and allowed Klose(German) to get goal side of him and header home from a great cross. What is wrong with the keepers this world cup? We have seen some great keeping from Khunye from South Africa and the Nigerian keeper but then we see the exact opposite. I feel strongly that the ball has nothing to do with this but its all school boy errors that will cost their teams greatly in the end.
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13 Jun 10
While I could enjoy all the matches and have a broader perspective, the England vs USA match is the only one that I have seen. tiar19, your view that there is nothing wrong with Green is preposterous. while I'd like to hear your expanded reasons behind your view, it was clearly a blunder. The keeper's hands were his own worst enemy and even though he had his full body behind the ball, it was deflected around his back-up positional posture due to his mishandling ... a definite mistake that he compounded himself. His reactions also strongly indicated that he instantly knew that he had let himself and his team down :) Eric TeamCholent ... can you share what league/level that your husband engages in?
14 Jun 10
I think goal given by Green and the Algerian goalkeeper were both school boyish errors. They had more to do with the mental approach of the goalkeepers who were nervous rather than anything else. Mark Shwarzer effort on the Klose goal cannot be blamed though. It happened so fast and Klose was real brave to put his body on the line, so I will absolve Shwarzer of the blame for that goal. Cheers! Ram
13 Jun 10
I said the same thing last night - after a few expletives to make my views on that goal clear. These players are paid in telephone number salaries, yet they make errors you wouldn't expect to see in the local park on Sunday morning, with about 20 spectators. The probelm is, these players believe their own publicity, and they think they're good enough, when they're just mediocre. There are no great goalkeepers today, and as the last couple of days has proved, the team is only as good as the last line of defence.
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13 Jun 10
I don't agree 100% with you as we have seen some great keepers so far, Khunye from South Africa is having a great tournament and even the Nigerian keeper. The rest well are making mistakes I would be ashamed of as a player playing social soccer never mind on this level. Salary should depend on performance :D