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Is Manuel Neuer the best goalkeeper in the world right now?


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I am posting to see whether guys here agree that the German national squad's goalkeeper is the best in the world at the moment, as many pundits and experts claim. I often hear and read the phrase "perhaps the best goalkeeper of today/in the world" from sport comentators and newspapers.

I must say, I think I agree with them, myself. Goalkeepers are definitely heroes of this World Cup (especially in the elimination rounds). So many of them distinguished themselves, and raised their market prices many times over (Guillermo Ochoa, anyone?!), but I think Neuer is just a level above all others at the moment, both those already well established and world-class players (Cech, Bufon, Casillas, Howard, Courtois etc.) and those who will become the new stars thanks to their performance on this WC. You just feel a difference watching him play, and watching all others, IMO. There is an amazing aura of self-assuredness and confidence around him, which gives you the feeling that the chances of him having a poor game are smaller than any other goalkeeper around at the moment.

Also, what distinguishes him from other top goalkeepers is his constant high performance. It seems his concetration is at its absolute maximum every minute of the match.

So, what do you think? Who is the best goalkeeper in the world right now, in your opinion? Is it Neuer or someone else?

PS: I am not bandwagoning due to an amazing (really, already legendary) win of Germany over Brazil from a week ago. I am well aware that that unbelivable win had very little to do with Manuel Neuer and his goalkeeping abilitites. I have been thinking about this question ever since last year, when Bayern Munich won the Champions League.
 

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currently, yeah he's the best. i still see glimpses of the old buffon but he's not consistant enough anymore to say that

i'd say neuer and buffon are both top 5 all time, no doubt
 

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Considering his team would have lost to Algeria without him, yeah he is the best by some margin.

Germany doesn't win this WC with any other keeper in the world.
 

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He's been number one for a couple of years now - I'm not sure why all the additional hype is only just coming in. Him and Courtois are probably the top two, Neuer works well in that Germany set-up because they play a high line and he's quick to sweep up. By the same token, Valdes is excellent with the ball at his feet so was perfect for Barcelona.

The best goalkeeper I've seen live in the last couple of years was David de Gea - he's a fantastic shot stopper, though it must be said he didn't have to face many crosses which is where he's been exposed a few times due to his lack of height.
 

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First saw him at the last World Cup against England, thought he looked quite nervous at times, even when he made saves against England in that first half he didn't look 100% convincing. Seeing him play for Schalke against Man United less than a year later, he looked a lot more assured and commanding.

It's not just his shot-stopping or his command of the area that's his best asset, it's his anticipation and positioning which makes him one of the best goalkeepers in the world, for a goalkeeper he reads the game and his opponents better than most, in one-on-one situations there might not be a better keeper.
 

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Sure he is….Although still has a long way toward Top 2 all time; that would be in my opinion Buffon or Khan.. Both at their peaks were indomitable lions: Kahn almost single-handedly carried an average Germany to WC’02 Final; his only blemish, albeit costly, was his gifted rebound leading to Ronaldo’s goal…Buffon was instrumental during WC’06 but is yet to have his signature Champions League moment (never won a CL), which Khan was decisive in Bayern win vs. Valencia in 2001….I would say Buffon gets my nod slightly because of his longevity at the top..

Overall, Neuer is continuing in German tradition of producing elite GKs (only Italy comes near): Meier, Schumacher, Illgner, Kopke, Kahn, Lehman :eek:
 

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Neuer is the best gk for 2 years now. No doubt. Even better than legends like Kahn, Van der Saar or Maier ever been. The way Neuer is reading the game and playing as the 11 field player comes to a revolution. He is changing the way gk performing. In future it won't be enough to be strong "at the line". new gk-generation will copy Neuer.

Courtois is also huge and in my opinion the second best gk. A great champion and still so young. sooner or later he will be the best.

The likes of Czech, Casillas and Buffon surely in decline. Especially Casillas and Buffon are really weak in these days. Buffon with very slow motions and Casillas can't controll his gk-area. Clowning around even worse than in past. Both shouldn't have start for their countries. They only played due to their name. We did the same mistake with Lehmann at Euro 2008.

I know americans love Tim Howard. But please don't you ever consider him as Top 10 in world. He is good, that's it. There is a reason, why never made it at any european topclub:angel:
 

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He is better than most right now, but there is absolutely no reason to create any rankings of top goalkeepers based their skills because they vary little to be frank. As Johnny rightly stated, most of the time they are as good as the defense(and opponents offense) helps them to be.
 

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He is better than most right now, but there is absolutely no reason to create any rankings of top goalkeepers based their skills because they vary little to be frank. As Johnny rightly stated, most of the time they are as good as the defense(and opponents offense) helps them to be.
But these little differences can make the difference between winning and loosing.
I say Neuer would have saved that Götze goal against Romero. Romero moving to the right corner the moment before Götze is shooting. So he opens up the left/middle, where Mario puts it in. Neuer normally is waiting very long and could have saved that
And I also say, that Neuer put Palacio directly under pressure, so he wasted that chance away.
 

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He's been number one for a couple of years now - I'm not sure why all the additional hype is only just coming in. Him and Courtois are probably the top two, Neuer works well in that Germany set-up because they play a high line and he's quick to sweep up. By the same token, Valdes is excellent with the ball at his feet so was perfect for Barcelona.

The best goalkeeper I've seen live in the last couple of years was David de Gea - he's a fantastic shot stopper, though it must be said he didn't have to face many crosses which is where he's been exposed a few times due to his lack of height.
Another bad thing about De Gea is he's quite weak at one-on-one situations, partly because he doesn't have that imposing presence of someone like Courtois or Neuer. Usually the defence at United was reasonably good enough to prevent David from being in that situation, but the train wreck of last season has brought it into the light.
 

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Buffon was instrumental during WC’06 but is yet to have his signature Champions League moment (never won a CL), which Khan was decisive in Bayern win vs. Valencia in 2001….I would say Buffon gets my nod slightly because of his longevity at the top..
Buffon had many signature CL moments, that he never won it is irrelevant. He saved 2 penalties in the 2003 final, if his teammates can't score it's not his fault. He also made a world class save against Inzaghi during that final, saved a PK against Figo in the semi final that would have changed the course of the tie, and made another world class save in the QF against Barcelona in Extra Time, that would have eliminated Juventus.

The likes of Czech, Casillas and Buffon surely in decline. Especially Casillas and Buffon are really weak in these days. Buffon with very slow motions and Casillas can't controll his gk-area. Clowning around even worse than in past. Both shouldn't have start for their countries. They only played due to their name. We did the same mistake with Lehmann at Euro 2008.
First of all, it's CECH. He is from Czech Republic, but that's not his name. Buffon it's not weak at all, he declined yes, but is still TOP 10 in the world, probably TOP 5 as well. If you watch the match against Uruguay, Buffon saved Italy twice before Uruguay score. Not his fault at all Italy got eliminated, quite the opposite with Casillas that was a tota clown.
 

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IMO the current top 5 is:
1) Courtouis, 2) Neuer, 3) Weidenfeller, 4) Lloris, 5) Mignolet.

In the WC 2014:
1) Navas, 2) Howard, 3) Neuer.

Btw, looks like Navas will be the new Real Madrid GK.
 

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Yes he is and no one comes even close at the moment. Not even Courtois. He doesn't have any weakness in his game, IMO.
 

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Buffon had many signature CL moments, that he never won it is irrelevant. He saved 2 penalties in the 2003 final, if his teammates can't score it's not his fault. He also made a world class save against Inzaghi during that final, saved a PK against Figo in the semi final that would have changed the course of the tie, and made another world class save in the QF against Barcelona in Extra Time, that would have eliminated Juventus.
Fact is he was still outshone by Dida for the night who stopped three juventini Pks..And I love how not winning a CL becomes "irrelevant" when is not Messi is the one to be defended :lol:..Not winning a CL is far more flagrant than missing out on WC - a competition held once in 4 years-- especially for a top flight Club who has been hoarding domestic titles left and right..Not saying it is Buffon's fault, but it is what it is; he never climbed the summit of Europe. For a so-called era when football revolve around club level competition, it is a gaping hole in his resume :shrug:..
 
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