Category: "Goalkeeper"

49. Oliver Kahn

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Oliver Kahn at his testimonial in September 2008

Oliver Kahn at his testimonial in September 2008

“Der Titan” (“The Titan”) was one of the most successful German players and was considered throughout his career to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

With Bayern Munich, the club for which he played for 14 years, Kahn won the Champions league (2000-01) and eight Bundesliga titles (1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2005–06 and 2007–08).

Four consecutive times Best European Goalkeeper (1999,2000,2001 and 2002) and three times IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper (1999, 2001 and 2002), Kahn played 632 games for the Bayern – over half of them as captain.

Kahn reached the final of the 2002 World Cup with some strong performances, conceding only three goals – including two in the final.

Oliver Kahn finished third in the 2001 and 2002 Ballon d’Or.

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38. Edwin van der Sar

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Edwin van der Sar

Edwin van der Sar

Edwin van der Sar began his career with Ajax Amsterdam where he won four Dutch titles (1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96 and 1997-98) three national cups (1992-93, 1997-98 and 1998-99) and one Champions League in 1994-95 for a total of 312 games.

He also played for Juventus and Fulham, but it is with Manchester United he found the greatest success including being voted Best European Goalkeeper in 1995, 2008, 2009 and 2010 by the UEFA magazine and UEFA Club Goalkeeper of the Year in 2009 by UEFA, winning four Premier League titles (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2010-11) and the Champions League (2007-08).

Van der Sar is still the most capped Dutch player with 130 games.

Considered by many as one of the best goalkeeper of all time, van der Sar is the oldest player to have won the Premier League (near 41 years) and the first goalkeeper to keep 50 clean sheets in Champions League.

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28. Sepp Maier

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The legendary Sepp Maier

The legendary Sepp Maier

Sepp Maier, nicknamed “The Cat” for his ability to leap to every ball, made his reputation and his career with Bayern Munich between 1965 and 1979.

With Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Müller, Maier was part of the backbone of Bayern’s team of the 1970s which won many titles.

Maier won four German championships (1968-69, 1971-72, 1972-73 and 1973-74), four Cups (1965–66, 1966–67, 1968–69 and 1970–71) and three Champions League in a row (1973–74, 1974–75 and 1975–76).

With the West German national team, he lifted the 1974 World Cup (finalist in 1966) and is still the most capped goalkeeper for Germany (95 games).

Maier beat the record of uninterrupted presence in league games with 447 games in a row in 13 seasons; a series that only a car accident interrupted, as his career ended at just 29 years old.

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15. Iker Casillas

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Iker Casillas Euro 2012 final trophy

Iker Casillas Euro 2012 final trophy

Iker Casillas, educated at the training center of Real Madrid, is considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world due to his performances for the national team and his club.

Casillas was the captain of the Spanish team that won their first European Championship for 44 years in 2008 and their first World Cup in 2010.

With his club, Casillas has won the Champions League three times (1999-00,2001-02 and 2013-14) and La Liga five times (2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08 and 2011–12).

Casillas has broken the records for the most games played by a goalkeeper for both Real Madrid and the Spanish national team.

Iker Casillas is also the first European player to lift as captain three international trophies in four years.

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