As I write, the second largest tournament in international football kicks off in 58 hours, 11 minutes and 12 seconds, 11 seconds, 10 sec—the point is: Euro 2012 is close.
The competition will see the best of the best from all over Europe compete in an arena designed to produce one victor that will stand triumphant above the rest.
While all nations may not face each other directly, the Euros are as fine a chance as any to see just who the truly dominant players are. And while it’s ultimately the team effort that matters most, you can bet that individual performances will get critically analyzed to nearly the same extent.
With that in mind, here is the first installment of a four-part series that will start at the back and move to the front line of the field, pointing out the top 10 players in each position and just why they have been nominated as such.
The last line of defence and each team’s No.1, it feels appropriate that we rank the goalkeepers first.
To set the record straight, each country is allowed only one candidate for this ranking in order to give the fairest and most balanced Top 10.
That applies not just to goalkeepers but to all four parts of the series.
So, let us get underway with the top ten stoppers.