It is the least fashionable of all the footballing positions, but also one of the most important. Any great side is, normally, based upon the reliable presence of an outstanding goalkeeper.
The World Cup next summer will provide an opportunity to see some of the very best goalkeepers in action, with 32 nations all gunning for global glory.
It may well be, as has been the case in several tournaments in the past, that it will be one of those in the No. 1 shirt who plays a decisive role in carrying his team to success. Indeed, Claudio Taffarel still dines out on his 1994 heroics in a Brazil shirt.
Let's, then, take an early look at 10 of the best goalkeepers set to be involved next summer.