When it comes to finding the top 10 goalkeepers in European Football, it is not an easy task. There are so many quality keepers throughout Europe but when looking at a few different qualifications, these ten seemed to outweigh the rest.
10. Petr Cech- The long time Chelsea keeper has been often looked as the one of the best in the world and he still is indeed. However, since his collision sometime ago, many fans and coaches have claimed he has never been the same.
9. Igor Akinfeev- The young superstar is about to bust out into the world stage as the starting keeper for CSKA Moscow. At 18 years old, he is the future of European football and it won’t be long until he reaches stardom in the Premier League or Spanish League.
8. Hugo Lloris- Starting keeper for Lyon, another young keeper who has a bright future. Expect a big money move out of France and into the Premier League.
7. Joe Hart- This may be a bit of a stretch but Joe Hart put himself on the map last season with Manchester City. Most expect him to be England’s keeper for the next World Cup in 2014.
6. Julio Cesar- It is rare for Brazilian keepers to be among the worlds best but he has proved himself in the past few seasons. Widely accepted as one of the top 2 goalies in the Serie A.
5. Gianluigi Buffon- Considered by many as the greatest of his time, Buffon is really something else. He is aging but still has many years left to come.
4. Maarten Steklenburg- The Dutch keeper is currently playing for Ajax but is expected to be the future of European keeping. After helping the Netherlands reach the World Cup Final in 2010, anything is possible.
3. Pepe Reina- The longtime Liverpool keeper is one of the few keepers of his age that keep getting better and and better. It seems as if he is destined to stay at Liverpool for the rest of his career after appearing in his 150th straight cap for them last season.
2. Manuel Neuer- For the 2011 season, this guy is one to watch. Currently playing for Schalke 04, his play in the 2010 World Cup has brought new light onto the goalkeeping position for the German National team.
1. Iker Casillas- Called the world’s number one keeper by so many, he etched his name into history when he won the World Cup with Spain in 2011. He still has tons of time left in his career and will be continuing to impress for years to come.