Goalkeeper

5 Top Goalkeepers of 2020 You Should Watch Out For

One of the positions that have evolved over the years in football is the position of goalkeeper. They are crucial players on the field, and their roles have changed and are no longer what they used to be. They can start the attack and be the last line of defence. Also, although there have been significant changes in its role, it’s importance is not affected. They are necessary to prevent opposing teams from scoring goals. With that in mind, here are some of the top goalkeepers in football you should know about:

#1 Jan Oblak: Atlético Madrid

The Slovenian stopper is known to be ranked number one among the top goalkeepers of 2020. He currently plays for Atlético Madrid, a Spanish club. He was bought from Benfica, a Portuguese club, for a fee of £14 million. His 73.1% save percentage in La Liga has made him one of the most reliable shot-stoppers. He has an incredible 99 clean sheets and only conceded 115 goals in 180 La Liga games.

#2 Alisson Becker: Liverpool 

Allison is known to be a gifted shot-stopper and has an 80.36% save percentage in the Premier League. The Brazilian goalkeeper has 11 clean sheets, 60 saves and 26 appearances for the 2019-2020 season. He is currently playing for Liverpool and was even named “The Best FIFA Goalkeeper in 2019.” Last year, he also won the FIFA Club World Cup with Liverpool. 

#3 Marc-Andre ter Stegen: Barcelona

Although he had an unconvincing start in Barcelona, ter Stegen has proven why he was the team’s goalkeeper. This season, no La Liga goalkeeper has a higher completion rate than the German footballer. With 86.45%, no wonder he is one of the top goalkeepers this 2020. In 2014, ter Stegen had moved from the Bundesliga club, Borussia Mönchengladbach, to Barcelona for a fee of €12 million. He is a consistent goalkeeper, which is why he is a strong contender for Germany’s first-choice keeper after Manuel Neuer.

#4 Ederson Moraes: Manchester City

The Brazillian goalkeeper currently plays for the Premier League club, Manchester City. He had started his career at São Paulo but later on joined his current team for £35 million. In the past two seasons, he has 36 cleans sheets. He is also known for his ridiculously long kicking range, and he has constantly played a crucial role in Manchester City’s success.

#5 Manuel Neuer: Bayern Munich

It was during the 2010 World Cup that the world saw Manuel Neuer’s talent. Because of his prowess, he became one of the top goalkeepers and was signed by Bayern Munich in 2011 after his iconic performance in Bundesliga. He is known to stay at the half-line of the pitch bravely during counter-attacking moments. Although his recurring foot injuries have caused him to perform poorly during the past games, he remains to be one of the most popular goalkeepers in the world.

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5 Talking Points of the Premier League

The 2019-20 Premier League season just started barely a month ago, and it is already a hotbed of talking points for the spectators to mull over. Early on in the season, the spectators have already an inclination of how the entire season would go.

Here are some things to know about what happened to the league, the clubs, and the players so far.

1) Arsenal still struggles defensively

Arsenal has done well over the summer in terms of transfers and signings. Nicolas Pepe, the marquee signing, joined David Luiz and Kieran Tierney to strengthen The Gunners defence. And yet, the club is still considered as the weakest. 

It shows with their game against Tottenham Spurs wherein they cannot stop the Spurs from scoring. Countering their attacks proved to be fruitless. They also struggled to keep hold of a point when they should’ve already made the goal.

Not to mention, the errors of Bernd Leno and Granit Xhaka committed in their last matches are not helping Arsenal.

2) Liverpool and Manchester City dominate the season

Four games into the season and two clubs have already been showing how strong contenders they are to win the title. This means Liverpool and Manchester City stay ahead of the Big Six, the rest of which—Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, and Tottenham—have been slow this season thus far.

The strong start would be more encouraging for Liverpool, which hasn’t won a title since 1990. The club takes pride in its first clean sheet of the season, though—the same with the Citizens.

3) Manchester United’s stumbling away performance

The Red Devils started their campaign solidly. Hope floats, giving the club a new shot at the title from their sixth finish during the last season. 

However, the story is different when the club’s away performance is discussed. It appears that when they are not playing in Old Trafford Stadium, they limp at breaking down resilient defences. That’s despite bringing in prominent defenders such as Harry Maguire.

Nothing’s been proven. For one, the players made only two points during their last three matches. Second, it has not won a Premier League game since February.

4) Leicester City gatecrashing the Big Six

Although it is still too early to say, the Foxes are already displaying their football prowess. The club is unbeaten to date.

Now the fans can set aside their fears when Maguire left Leicester for Manchester United. The rest of the club members are determined to show that they can do without him.

Kasper Schmeichel, Yourie Tielemens, James Maddison, and Jamie Vardy display good plays throughout the games. It’s safe to assume there’s more to expect from these Foxes.

5) Sheffield United put up a good fight

From the looks of it, Sheffield would be relegated this season. They lack the quality, but the club and especially the players have shown deep commitment on the field.

They are still fighting to extend their stay, combining the best of the players’ grit and quality. The display of athleticism is undeniable, putting up the fight as they should.

 

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4 New Football Rules That Every Player Needs to Follow

The recent injunction that the handball rule will not be reviewed after Gabriel Jesus’s goal was disallowed compelled us to think more about the new regulations. Indeed, it is high time to brush up on the latest football rules. The accidental handball rule—one of the several rule changes in the Premier League (PL).

An unalluring a rule it is, the disallowed goal could’ve given Manchester City its 16th consecutive win. Pep Guardiola, Manchester City’s boss, said they accept the video assistant referee’s (VAR) decision.

Here Are 4 New Rules in Football

Accidental handballs

As discussed above, a player is no longer allowed to score a goal or create a goalscoring play by controlling the ball that accidentally involved the hand or arm. If the goal was made, like in the case of Jesus, it would not be counted.

Deliberate handballs were already disallowed aeons ago. When the ball hits the hand of any player in the attacking team so they can have the advantage to score a goal, the referee would call it. The role of the VAR has more weight since the referee cannot always see what’s going on in the field.

To make it clear, the rule applies to the attacking team, not necessarily to the defenders when they are inside their own box.

Drop balls

A drop ball, or having two players aiming at the ball while standing 30 centimetres apart from one another with the referee at the middle, will no longer be seen this and the next seasons. 

The official play will recommence by giving the ball possession to the opposing team against the team that touched the ball last. The questions are central to whether the players would return to their original positions or not or if they can use the penalty area to restrategize. 

Another somewhat controversial aspect was the restart of the game when it stopped at the penalty regardless of whose possession it was.

Goal kicks

The play starts the moment the player kicks the ball. A goalkeeper kicks the ball into the midfield, and the players would engage in a duel by the halfway line. When the defender receives the ball, he would have opposition players pressing them. Interception at the penalty area occurs. This would require the referee to restart the play.

With the new rule, the goalkeeper can pass the ball to any teammate within the penalty area. In this way, passing commences sooner against the possibility of a high press. This aims to be a quick pass play, but, in reality, this goal kicks rule only slows the entire game.

Free kick walls

If there’s a defensive wall, the attackers cannot go against the defenders directly. They should be at least within a yard of the wall. Since free kicks usually happen within 30 yards, the tendency is to have attacking players trying to penetrate the wall, so they are at the goalkeeper’s line of sight. This allows the goalkeeper to pass it to a teammate easily.

The attacking-defending situation always ends up in a foul. Attackers would prevent the defenders from jumping and block the shot. Offences are not usually easy to spot when they happen.

Again, this requires a more in-depth analysis because forming a defensive wall may no longer be valuable if there are no attacking players around it. Not to mention the one-yard requirement wherein precisely measuring it would be another impediment.

 

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