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Petr ÄŒech to retire: Champions League’s biggest ever goalkeepers

  • January 15, 2019

After Petr ÄŒech’s proclamation that he is set to retire during a finish of a season, takes a demeanour during where a 36-year-old stands in a pantheon of UEFA Champions League goalkeeping greats.


Goalkeepers: Most European Cup appearances

European Cup (ECCC)/UEFA Champions League (UCL) games including qualifying; Totals in brackets is organisation theatre to final only

*Clean sheets embody prejudiced games: e.g. Lehmann’s in a initial 18 mins of a 2006 UCL final

Van der Sar (Ajax 1995 and United 1998) is a usually goalkeeper to have won a ECCC/UCL with dual teams.

Goalkeepers who have played in a many UEFA bar competition* games

Casillas is still going clever with Porto

Casillas is still going clever with Porto©Getty Images

184: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid, Porto)
171: Pepe Reina (Barcelona, Villarreal, Liverpool, Napoli, AC Milan)
163: Gianluigi Buffon (Parma, Juventus, Paris)
143: Olexandr Shovkovskiy (Dynamo Kyiv)
143: Edwin outpost der Sar (Ajax, Juventus, Fulham, Manchester United)
142: Oliver Kahn (Karlsruhe, Bayern München)
131: Petr Čech (Chmel Blšany, Sparta, Chelsea, Arsenal)
125: Frank Rost (Werder Bremen, Schalke, Hamburg)
118: Víctor Valdes (Barcelona)
116: Jens Lehmann (Schalke, Dortmund, Arsenal, Stuttgart) 

*Includes European Cup/UEFA Champions League (ECCC/UCL), UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League, UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, UEFA Intertoto Cup and European/South American Cup

Goalkeepers who have won a many caps for a UEFA nation

176: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)
167: Iker Casillas (Spain)
143: Thomas Ravelli (Sweden)
134: Shay Given (Republic of Ireland)
133: Andreas Isaksson (Sweden)
130= Edwin outpost der Sar (Netherlands)
130= Peter Jehle (Liechtenstein)
129: Peter Schmeichel (Denmark)
126: Andoni Zubizarreta (Spain)
125: Peter Shilton (England)
124: Petr ÄŒech (Czech Republic)

Goalkeepers who have won a many ECCC/UCL titles

Keylor Navas has won a Champions League 3 times

Keylor Navas has won a Champions League 3 times©Getty Images

3= Keylor Navas (Real Madrid 2016, 2017, 2018)
Juan Alonso (Real Madrid 1956, 1957, 1958)
3= Iker Casillas (Real Madrid 2000, 2002, 2014)
3= Ray Clemence (Liverpool 1977, 1978, 1981)
3= Sepp Maier (Bayern München 1974, 1975, 1976)
3= Heinz Stuy* (Ajax 1971, 1972, 1973)
3= Víctor Valdes (Barcelona 2006, 2009, 2011)

*Uniquely, Stuy kept purify sheets in all of his finals

Goalkeepers who have won all 3 vital UEFA bar competitions*

Vítor Baía (ECCC/UCL: Porto, 2004, ECWC: Barcelona, 1997, UCUP/UEL: Porto, 2003)
Stefano Tacconi (ECCC/UCL: 1985, Juventus, ECWC: Juventus, 1984, UCUP/UEL: Juventus, 1990)

*Includes European Cup/UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League, UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup

Goalkeepers who have scored a many ECCC/UCL goals

3: Hans-Jörg Butt (Hamburg, Leverkusen, Bayern München)*
2= Vincent Enyeama (Hapoel Tel-Aviv)
2= Dimitar Ivankov (Levski Sofia)
1= Sinan Bolat (Standard Liège)
1= Eloy Casals (Santa Coloma)

*Butt converted penalties opposite Juventus for 3 clubs

Youngest goalkeeper to win a ECCC/UCL

Iker Casillas (Real Madrid v Valencia, 2000) – 19 years 4 days 2000

Oldest goalkeeper to win a ECCC/UCL

Van der Sar with a prize in 2008

Van der Sar with a prize in 2008©Getty Images

Edwin outpost der Sar (Manchester United v Chelsea, 2008) – 37 years 205 days

Youngest goalkeeper to play in a ECCC/UCL

Mile Svilar (Benfica v Manchester United, 18/10/17) – 18 years and 52 days

Oldest goalkeeper to play in a ECCC/UCL

Marco Ballotta (Real Madrid v Lazio, 11/12/07) – 43 years and 253 days

Oldest goalkeeper to play in an ECCC/UCL final

Dino Zoff (Hamburg 1-0 Juventus, 1983) – 41 years 86 days

Most uninterrupted ECCC/UCL purify sheets

9: Jens Lehmann (Arsenal, 09/03/05-17/05/06*)

*Lehmann was discharged (having not conceded) 18 mins into a final diversion of that run – Arsenal’s 2006 UEFA Champions League final detriment to Barcelona

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