IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper

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Belgian goalkeeper Jean-Marie Pfaff was the first ever winner of the award, in 1987.

The IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper is a football award given annually since 1987 to the most outstanding goalkeeper of the year as voted by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS).[1] The votes are cast by IFFHS's editorial staff as well as experts from different continents.

List of winners[edit]

Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas holds the record for most award victories, alongside Gianluigi Buffon, having won the prize five consecutive times between 2008 and 2012.

The award is awarded every January. The winning goalkeeper is awarded a gold trophy at the World Football Gala. Italy's Gianluigi Buffon and Spain's Iker Casillas have the most award victories, having won it five times, followed by Germany's Manuel Neuer, who has won the award four times; Casillas won the award for five consecutive years between 2008 and 2012. Below is a list of the previous winners since the first award in 1987.[1] Bayern Munich, with a total of eight, is the team with the most wins.

Year Winning player Winning player's club Runner-up player Runner-up player's club Source
1987 Belgium Jean-Marie Pfaff Germany Bayern Munich Soviet Union Rinat Dasayev Soviet Union Spartak Moscow [1]
1988 Soviet Union Rinat Dasayev Soviet Union Spartak Moscow Netherlands Hans van Breukelen Netherlands PSV Eindhoven [1]
1989 Italy Walter Zenga Italy Internazionale Belgium Michel Preud'homme Belgium KV Mechelen [1]
1990 Italy Walter Zenga (2) Italy Internazionale Belgium Michel Preud'homme Belgium KV Mechelen [1]
1991 Italy Walter Zenga (3) Italy Internazionale Argentina Sergio Goycochea Argentina Racing Club [1]
1992 Denmark Peter Schmeichel England Manchester United Spain Andoni Zubizarreta Spain Barcelona [1]
1993 Denmark Peter Schmeichel (2) England Manchester United Argentina Sergio Goycochea Argentina Racing Club [1]
1994 Belgium Michel Preud'homme Belgium KV Mechelen
Portugal Benfica
Sweden Thomas Ravelli Sweden IFK Göteborg [1]
1995 Paraguay José Luis Chilavert Argentina Vélez Sársfield Denmark Peter Schmeichel England Manchester United [1]
1996 Germany Andreas Köpke France Marseille England David Seaman England Arsenal [1]
1997 Paraguay José Luis Chilavert (2) Argentina Vélez Sársfield Italy Angelo Peruzzi Italy Juventus [1]
1998 Paraguay José Luis Chilavert (3) Argentina Vélez Sársfield France Fabien Barthez France Monaco [1]
1999 Germany Oliver Kahn Germany Bayern Munich Denmark Peter Schmeichel England Manchester United [1]
2000 France Fabien Barthez England Manchester United Germany Oliver Kahn Germany Bayern Munich [1]
2001 Germany Oliver Kahn (2) Germany Bayern Munich Colombia Oscar Córdoba Argentina Boca Juniors [1]
2002 Germany Oliver Kahn (3) Germany Bayern Munich Spain Iker Casillas Spain Real Madrid [1]
2003 Italy Gianluigi Buffon Italy Juventus Spain Iker Casillas Spain Real Madrid [1]
2004 Italy Gianluigi Buffon (2) Italy Juventus Czech Republic Petr Čech France Rennes
England Chelsea
[1]
2005 Czech Republic Petr Čech England Chelsea Brazil Dida Italy Milan [1]
2006 Italy Gianluigi Buffon (3) Italy Juventus Germany Jens Lehmann England Arsenal [1]
2007 Italy Gianluigi Buffon (4) Italy Juventus Czech Republic Petr Čech England Chelsea [1]
2008 Spain Iker Casillas Spain Real Madrid Italy Gianluigi Buffon Italy Juventus [2]
2009 Spain Iker Casillas (2) Spain Real Madrid Italy Gianluigi Buffon Italy Juventus [3]
2010 Spain Iker Casillas (3) Spain Real Madrid Brazil Júlio César Italy Internazionale [4]
2011 Spain Iker Casillas (4) Spain Real Madrid Germany Manuel Neuer Germany Bayern Munich [5]
2012 Spain Iker Casillas (5) Spain Real Madrid Italy Gianluigi Buffon Italy Juventus [6]
2013 Germany Manuel Neuer (1) Germany Bayern Munich Italy Gianluigi Buffon Italy Juventus [7]
2014 Germany Manuel Neuer (2) Germany Bayern Munich Belgium Thibaut Courtois Spain Atlético Madrid
England Chelsea
[8]
2015 Germany Manuel Neuer (3) Germany Bayern Munich Italy Gianluigi Buffon Italy Juventus [9]
2016 Germany Manuel Neuer (4) Germany Bayern Munich Italy Gianluigi Buffon Italy Juventus [10]
2017 Italy Gianluigi Buffon (5) Italy Juventus Germany Manuel Neuer Germany Bayern Munich [11]

Goalkeeper of the Century[edit]

At the end of the 20th Century, Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin was named World's Goalkeeper of the Century by IFFHS.

At the end of the 20th century, the IFFHS also voted on the World's Goalkeeper of the Century, won by the Soviet Union's Lev Yashin running ahead of Gordon Banks and Dino Zoff.[12][13]

Rank Player Nation Period Votes
1 Lev Yashin Soviet Union Soviet Union 1950–1970 1002
2 Gordon Banks England England 1963–1972 717
3 Dino Zoff Italy Italy 1968–1983 661
4 Sepp Maier West Germany West Germany 1966–1979 456
5 Ricardo Zamora Spain Spain 1920–1936 443
6 José Luis Chilavert Paraguay Paraguay 1989–2003 373
7 Peter Schmeichel Denmark Denmark 1987–2001 291
8 Peter Shilton England England 1970–1990 196
9 František Plánička Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 1926–1938 194
10 Amadeo Carrizo Argentina Argentina 1954–1964 192

The World's Best Goalkeeper of the 21st Century's first decade[edit]

In 2011, Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was named World's Best Goalkeeper of the 21st Century's 1st decade by IFFHS; in 2012, he was named World's Best Goalkeeper of the Past 25 Years.

In 2011, the IFFHS also voted on The World‘s Best Goalkeeper of the 21st Century's first decade, taking into consideration goalkeepers' performances during the first decade of the 21st century, between 2001 and 2011; the award was won by the Italy's Gianluigi Buffon running ahead of Iker Casillas and Petr Čech.[14]

Rank Player Nation Votes
1 Gianluigi Buffon Italy Italy 199
2 Iker Casillas Spain Spain 197
3 Petr Čech Czech Republic Czech Republic 154
4 Edwin van der Sar Netherlands Netherlands 116
5 Oliver Kahn Germany Germany 99
6 Dida Brazil Brazil 90
7 Víctor Valdés Spain Spain 82
8 Júlio César Brazil Brazil 76
9 Jens Lehmann Germany Germany 72
10 Roberto Abbondanzieri Argentina Argentina 68

The World's Best Goalkeeper of the Past 25 Years: 1987–2012[edit]

In 2012, the IFFHS also voted on The World‘s Best Goalkeeper of the past 25 years, taking into consideration goalkeepers' performances between 1987 – the year of the award's inception – and 2012; the award was won by the Italy's Gianluigi Buffon running ahead of Iker Casillas and Edwin van der Sar.[15][16][17][18][19][20]

Rank Player Nation Votes
1 Gianluigi Buffon Italy Italy 226
2 Iker Casillas Spain Spain 213
3 Edwin van der Sar Netherlands Netherlands 201
4 Peter Schmeichel Denmark Denmark 179
5 Oliver Kahn Germany Germany 162
6 Petr Čech Czech Republic Czech Republic 154
7 José Luis Chilavert Paraguay Paraguay 146
8 Walter Zenga Italy Italy 132
Andoni Zubizarreta Spain Spain 132
10 Cláudio Taffarel Brazil Brazil 130

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  12. ^ "The World's best Goalkeeper of the Century". IFFHS. 
  13. ^ World - Keeper of the Century
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  17. ^ "Buffon out-saves Casillas during last 25 years". Marca. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2017. 
  18. ^ "Buffon é eleito o melhor goleiro dos últimos 25 anos pela IFFHS" (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 25 January 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2017. 
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  20. ^ "Buffon miglior portiere degli ultimi 25 anni" (in Italian). La Repubblica. 25 January 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2017. 

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