Euro 2012: Ranking 16 Starting Goalkeepers Going to Poland, Ukraine
Casillas or Buffon? Cech or Neuer?
There's no wrong answer, really, when you're talking about those guys.
But since everybody likes a few good rankings, that's exactly what we've got for you today at Set Piece: a list of the best goalkeepers at Euro 2012.
We've got all 16 starting stoppers ranked from 16 to 1. Know who we picked at the top?
Keep reading to find out.
16. Kostas Chalkias
Club: PAOK (Greece)
The Greeks traditionally don't allow many goals, but after the retirement of national hero Antonios Nikopolidis, it's hard to gauge how much credit to give his successors.
English fans might be familiar with Kostas Chalkias from his spell with Portsmouth in 2005-06. Now 37 (he turns 38 on May 30), Chalkias plays for PAOK in his native Greece.
Will that be a bit too old this summer? We'll find out soon enough.
15. Oleksandr Shovkovskiy
Club: Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine)
Oleksandr Shovkovskiy has plenty of experience, having compiled 92 caps for Ukraine.
Along the way, Shovkovskiy has seen his share of ups (the penalty shootout against Switzerland at the 2006 World Cup) and downs (a famous blunder against Slovenia in Euro 2000 qualifying).
He's 37 now, though. We'll see how he holds up this summer on home soil.
14. Stipe Pletikosa
Club: Rostov (Russia)
Stipe Pletikosa is the second-most capped player on Croatia's provisional Euro 2012 roster. He has compiled 90 caps since making his debut against Denmark in 1999.
Now 33, Pletikosa had a spell at Tottenham and a short trial at Celtic in 2011. He currently starts for Rostov in Russia.
13. Thomas Sorensen
Club: Stoke City (England)
Like most of the keepers around the lower portion of these rankings, Thomas Sorensen is getting on in years.
But at 36, Denmark's No. 1 still has the skills and reflexes to sway the outcome of a match. And with 101 caps, he's a leader with plenty of experience.
12. Shay Given
Country: Republic of Ireland
Club: Aston Villa (England)
Seamus "Shay" Given has consistently been one of the top keepers in the English Premier League for several years, but age is catching up to him.
11. Andreas Isaksson
10. Rui Patricio
Club: Sporting (Portugal)
A reserve for his country at the World Cup two years ago, Rui Patricio is expected to step into the starting role this summer. Still just 24, he has the potential to join the continent's elite stoppers.
This summer could prove pivotal for Rui Patricio.
9. Igor Akinfeev
Club: CSKA Moscow (Russia)
Igor Akinfeev, the captain of CSKA, has reportedly attracted the interest of big-spending Chelsea on more than one occasion.
That Akinfeev has been considered as Petr Cech's long-term replacement at Stamford Bridge should tell you all you need to know about the 26-year-old's talents.
If not, watch the videos above. Russia could be a team to watch this summer, not least because of their rising star of a goalkeeper.
8. Wojciech Szczesny
Club: Arsenal (England)
It almost seems blasphemous to rank Wojciech Szczesny so low, but the 22-year-old Poland and Arsenal keeper has time on his side.
Already one of the top keepers in the English Premiership, Szczesny is one to watch for the future.
7. Joe Hart
Club: Manchester City (England)
At 25, England's Joe Hart is a rising star and a potential star for the future.
A cricketer in his youth, Hart brings a high level of athleticism to the England goal. It's no stretch to say that England might finally have found the successor to David Seaman.
With a good tournament this summer for the Three Lions, Hart could vault up this list.
6. Maarten Stekelenburg
Club: AS Roma (Italy)
Often overshadowed by his predecessor (the retired Edwin van der Sar), Holland's Maarten Stekelenburg is nonetheless one of Europe's top keepers.
Stek was solid in goal for the Dutch during the Oranje's run to the World Cup final in South Africa. Now 29, he's poised to enter Europe's elite this summer.
5. Hugo Lloris
4. Manuel Neuer
Club: Bayern Munich (Germany)
The disappointment of Bayern Munich's Champions League final may still sting, but Manuel Neuer has the skills necessary to lead Germany back to the top.
You never know when that might come in handy.
3. Petr Cech
Country: Czech Republic
Club: Chelsea (England)
Petr Cech and Manuel Neuer are hard to separate, but because Cech and Chelsea beat Neuer and Bayern in the Champions League final shootout, the edge goes to Cech for now.
Cech is worthy of top-three billing, as any Chelsea or Czech Republic fan will tell you. Capable of both jaw-dropping and routine stops, Cech is rightfully considered one of the best in the world today.
And having just turned 30, he's entering his prime.
2. Gianluigi Buffon
Club: Juventus (Italy)
Gianluigi Buffon has been regarded among the world's top keepers for a decade-plus, and there's good reason for that.
Buffon, the Italian captain, has won the World Cup, the UEFA Cup, the Coppa Italia and three Scudettos during his illustrious career.
But is it sacrilege to ask whether, at age 34, he's on the decline?
1. Iker Casillas
Club: Real Madrid (Spain)
For all of Buffon's brilliance, Spain's Iker Casillas has achieved more in a shorter time.
Casillas, 31, has won the World Cup, Euro 2008, five La Liga titles, one Copa del Rey and two Champions League crowns. With 129 international appearances, he's Spain's most-capped player of all time.
And he hasn't just been along for the ride, either. As captain of both Real Madrid and Spain, Casillas is one of the best, most experienced and most important players in world football today.
If you have any doubts, watch the highlights.