Goalkeepers

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The enduring lessons of Tony DiCicco

I know your first instinct, when presented with the picture above, is to giggle at the garish goalkeeper jerseys and outdated hairstyles. But take a closer look: front and center, in the stripey top, is Tony DiCicco. This is a staff photo of a Soccer Plus Goalkeeper Camp that was held in Connecticut circa 1990. …

The Ter Stegen save that stifled Man City

Marc-André ter Stegen’s crucial and simple-looking save in the 38th minute was actually very complex Marc André ter Stegen milliseconds before the save (YouTube) Yesterday’s Champions League group game between Manchester City and FC Barcelona will be remembered for Claudio Bravo’s gaff, but I want to draw your attention to a key play made by the …

Boubacar Barry, Hero of the Stupid Game

This was not supposed to happen Illustration by Noah MacMillan I gave up hope of ever writing an ode to Boubacar Barry on June 24, 2014. I tossed the outline I had written for an article about “one of international football’s most loveable, tragic figures” in the trash. I went through my inbox and deleted every …

The numbers that show Iker Casillas’s decline

Compared to his once and current rivals, the Real Madrid captain looks decidedly average By Javier Hernandez | Photograph by Ryu Voelkel [I]ker Casillas, captain of perhaps the best national team in history, World Cup and Champions League winner, two-time European Champion, Real Madrid idol — you know who I’m talking about, right? Nice guy? Good looking? …

Fourteen ways of looking at a goalkeeper

Crazy, tragic, forgotten, or otherwise, soccer’s most maligned figure is also its most interesting by Benjamin Healy | illustrations by Haisam Hussein photograph by Ryu Voelkel We all know it: goalkeepers are different. And good thing, too. They prompt a special affection or loathing from fans, and even their nicknames — a solid indicator of devotion — carry a yearning …