The Real Show Stoppers

When it comes to football, the strikers take all the accolades. But the real show-stoppers are the men who guard the posts. Generally unheralded but the real heroes. A look at some of the best the European championship has seen over the years.

updated: June 09, 2012 17:52 IST
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"A rare mistake by Oliver Kahn after all the great saves he's made and the man who pounces on the ball is Ronaldo". Like many of us, the commentator could hardly believe that Oliver Kahn had conceded a goal. Kahn, had single handedly pushed the Germans into the finals, but it was not to be his night. He slouched against the post after the final whistle. He, later described it as the "one and only mistake in seven games".

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Football is cruel and unlike strikers, who may miss innumerable chances in a game, goalkeepers certainly do not have that luxury, a single mistake can pretty much seal the team's fate.

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