We are almost there! As football fanatics wait in bated breath, in just just under a month, the biggest showpiece would grace the vociferous bylands and soak up the beaches in Sambaland. Spain won the last edition and the first one to be held in Africa, but the forthcoming edition in Brazil is expected to be more open in recent memory. Today we take a look on five goalkeepers who would be the cynosure of all eyes come in June.
Iker Casillas: Saint Iker will surely be playing in his final World Cup and would in all certainty want to sign off with a bang. The La Furia Roja would travel to Brazil as one of the pre tournament favourites as Vicente Del Bosque’s side would be looking to retain their crown this time too. There is no doubt that Spain boast of a plethora of attcaking options in middle of the park and up front but history shows teams which have the best defensive record go on to secure the cup. Casillas has enjoyed a strong season with Real this campaign and might also win the La Decima if Real are to beat Atletico in the Madrid derby in the Champions League final at Lisbon
Manuel Neuer: When it comes to the World Cup, the Germans are one of the most intimidating teams to face, there is no exception to the rule this time around too. A plethora of talent, one which boasts of riches in midfield should see them through all the way. Manuel Neuer has enjoyed a sinecure at Bayern this season with the Bavarians winning the Bundesliga in record time but can the tall and lanky stopper go a step further from last time around?
Julio Cesar: The home side will be the cynosure of all eyes going into the World Cup with a frenzy in Brazil sweeping across that the Selecao will lift the famed Cup in front of the vociferous home faithful. Julio Cesar hasn’t enjoyed much competitive football recently on his loan from APR to MLS side Toronto which might be a source if great concern for Scholari’s side. Having said that Cesar is a top goalkeeper who has made a name in the International stages and would be also looking to win the Golden Glove in the World Cup.
Sergio Romero: Argentina have been dubbed ad the most attacking side ahead of the showpiece event but it would count for nothing if the Albilcileste can’t maintain a good defensive record in the tournament. The 27 year old Monaco custodian will have to be at his very best for Alessandro Sabella’s side if Lionel Messi is to weave his magic in the attacking third up front.
Gianlugi Buffon: Yet another illustrious goalkeeper who will in all probability play in a major international tournament for hiscountry. The veteran shot stopper has enjoyed a terrific season with Juventus winning the Serie A title and will again be a vital cig in the Azzurris’ wheel for the showcase tournament in the World Cup.
So here are the five goalkeepers to watch out for in FIFA World Cup 2014
5. Iker Casillas
4. Manuel Neuer
3. Julio Cesar
2. Sergio Romero
1. Gianlugi Buffon