As some of my readers probably will already know: the position on a football pitch I like most (unlike Roy Keane) is the goalkeeper. He stands out not only on first watch with the different coloured kit and the gloves but also in his special duties during a match. Unlike his ten colleagues he isn’t on the pitch to score goals but to keep his goal clean. And on a personal view I like this position most because football is a team’s sport but the goalkeeper actually is the lone wolf within the team. And unlike all of his ten colleagues he can become hero or villan within just a tiny moment.
Yesterday was another goalkeeper day for me. I watched the Champions League game SSC Napoli vs Chelsea just because of Napoli goalkeeper Morgan de Sanctis. I first took notice when I thought that he looks slightly like Stephen McManus. Yesterday I thought he looks like Stephen McManus and Carlo Cudicini and besides from this I always wonder why he is still Napoli’s numero uno. I mean he plays exactly like Stephen McManus but still is a goalkeeper — very suicidal gameplay and always on the edge of crazyness, ergo: a real joy to watch. I know you want photo proof, so here he is:
I don’t really know why this was necessary but I don’t care 😉 But he can also look and behave like Superman:
Plus he also has some quiet moments:
Because it was European football day it wasn’t possible to watch any tiny Championship game. But I noticed from the written live stream that short in the second half of Blackpool vs West Ham United West Ham’s goalkeeper Rob Green was sent off for a two footed challenge outside the penalty area:
As I knew from their game before their manager Sam Allardyce decided to have no sub keeper on the bench and he did so yesterday as well. So Arsenal loany Henri Lansbury (a 21 year old midfielder) had to go in goal. But as he said after the game he always enjoys goalkeeping in training and now hopes to be in goal for the next match (he joked about this point but deep inside I think he was serious).
He had to pull over a plain goalkeeper shirt and Rob’s gloves, both obviously far too big for him:
But he kept a clean sheet in the remaining 40 minutes plus West Ham scored another two goals to win 4-1 in the end.