The 10 Greatest Goalkeeper Saves of All Time

Andrew Jordan@@Andrew_JordanSenior Writer ISeptember 22, 2010

The 10 Greatest Goalkeeper Saves of All Time

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    TBILISI, GEORGIA - SEPTEMBER 05: Gianluigi Buffon of Italy and Vladimer Dvalishvili of Georgia defends the goal during the FIFA 2010 World Cup Qualifier match between Georgia and Italy at Boris Paichadze National Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Tbilisi, G
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    Throughout the history of football, goalkeepers have been known for their heroics in the goal and as the most important footballer on the field.

    From a goalkeeper such as Lev Yashin to Peter Schmeichel and Gianluigi Buffon, the world has really seen some fantastic goalkeepers.

    And these goalkeepers have made some fantastic saves during their careers, as they continue to get better as time goes on.

    With this in mind, here is my list of the 10 greatest saves of all-time.

No. 10: Gianluigi Buffon Saves The World Cup

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    BERLIN - JULY 9:  Zinedine Zidane of France scores the opening goal  from the penalty spot past Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon of Italy during the FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 Final match between Italy and France at the Olympic Stadium on July 9, 2006 in Berl
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    In the 104th minute of the 2006 World Cup final, French legend Zinedine Zidane nearly put France in the lead in extra time as he headed a cross towards the Italian goal.

    But keeper Gianluigi Buffon was there and pushed the shot over the bar in what turned out to be one of the turning points of the World Cup final.

    Zidane, of course, got sent off for a headbutt to the chest of Marco Materazzi

    Italy went on to win the match on penalties by a 5-3 score after the match ended in a 1-1 score.

No. 9: Iker Casillas Robs Diego Perotti

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    SEVILLE, SPAIN - OCTOBER 04:  Frederic Kanoute (L) of Sevilla duels for the ball with goalkeeper Iker Casillas of Real Madrid during the La Liga match between Sevilla and Real Madrid at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on October 4, 2009 in Seville, Spai
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    In a La Liga match in 2009, Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas showed why he is one of the world's top goalkeepers when he robbed Sevilla's Diego Perotti with an absolutely fantastic running stop across the penalty box.

    Sadly for Real Madrid, they lost this match by a 2-1 score, as a late goal from Renato gave Sevilla the win.

No. 8: Bruce Grobbelaar Robs Everton

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    10 May 1986:  Gary Lineker of Everton beats Bruce Grobbelaar and Alan Hansen of Liverpool to score during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium in London. Liverpool won the match 3-1. \ Mandatory Credit: David Cannon /Allsport
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    In the 1986 FA Cup final, Bruce Grobbelaar made a phenomenal stop on Everton's Graeme Sharp with the Toffees up by a 1-0 score early in the second half.

    His save helped lead Liverpool to a 3-1 win, as Ian Rush bagged a brace for Liverpool in the second half.

No. 7: Peter Schmeichel Vs Rapid Vienna

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    In the 1996 Champions League, Peter Schmeichel made one of the greatest saves in history by denying Rapid Vienna's Rene Wagner of a goal off a header.

    United went on to win the match by a 2-0 score, thanks to goals from Ryan Giggs and Eric Cantona.

No. 6: Petr Cech Robs John Heitinga

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    PORTO, PORTUGAL - JULY 1:  Petr Cech of Czech Republic in action during the UEFA Euro 2004, Semi Final match between Greece and Czech Republic at the Dragao Stadium on July 1, 2004 in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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    In one of the best matches of Euro 2004, Petr Cech completely robbed John Heitinga with a fantastic fingertip save, with the Netherlands up by a 2-1 score.

    This save was a major turning point in the match, as the Czech Republic won 3-2 and went through Group D without a loss. (Skip to 3:20 in the video to see the save).

No. 5: Peter Schmeichel Robs Newcastle

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    21 Dec 1997:  Peter Schmeichel of Manchester United controls his defence from the near post during the FA Carling Premiership match against Newcastle United at St James'' Park in Newcastle, England. Manchester United won the match 0-1. \ Mandatory Credit:
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    Voted as the best save in Premier League history in 2003, Peter Schmeichel robbed Newcastle of a brilliant goal off a header from John Barnes.

    This save was huge for United, as they went on to win the match by a 1-0 score.

No. 4: Jim Montgomery Double Save

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    In one of the best FA Cup finals ever, Sunderland were able to upset Leeds by a 1-0 score.

    But that would have never happened unless Jim Montgomery made an absolutely incredible double save as Sunderland were able to keep their lead.

No. 3: David Seaman's Claw

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    MANCHESTER - APRIL 13:  (FILE PHOTO) David Seaman of Arsenal makes a spectacular save to keep the ball out during the FA Cup Semi-Final match between Arsenal and Sheffield United held on April 13, 2003 at Old Trafford, in Manchester, England. David Seaman
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    In a FA Cup semifinal between Arsenal and Sheffield United in 2003, Arsenal legend David Seaman absolutely robbed Paul Peschisolido of a brilliant goal at Old Trafford.

    This was also Seaman's 1,000th career start, and Arsenal advanced onto the FA Cup final, where they beat Southampton by a 1-0 score.

No. 2: Grégory Coupet Double Save on Barcelona

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    LYON - 22 OCTOBER:  Gregory Coupet of Lyon during the UEFA Champions League First Phase Group D match between Lyon and Inter Milan at the Stade de Gerland in Lyon, France on October 22, 2002. The match ended 3-3. (photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)
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    In a match that they lost by a 3-2 score at the Camp Nou, Lyon's Grégory Coupet made a fantastic double save, as he denied Barcelona on a chip and on a point blank shot from in front of the goal.

No. 1: Gordon Banks Vs Pele

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    In England's quarterfinal loss to Brazil in 1970 by a 1-0 score, Gordon Banks put together a fantastic save on Pele that is the greatest save of all time.

    Banks dove down and deflected Pele's power header over the bar, which is the greatest save of all time.


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