Number Ones

Of all the positions on the football pitch, that of the goalkeeper is the most fascinating. In a team game, it is the one position that can often feel the loneliest. The stories produced by these characters often surpasses all others. In this series we celebrate some of those legends.

Iker Casillas: from saint to martyr – By Ryan Plant

Hans Tilkowski: time heals all wounds – By Gary Thacker

Gianluca Pagliuca: Sampdoria’s wall – By Matt Evans

Craig Nixon: the gloveless hero – By Rich Beedie

Keylor Navas: Zidane’s last line of defence – By Charlie Pritchard

Lev Yashin: the Black Spider – By Ryan Plant

Andy Rankin: the forgotten history maker – By Paul McParlan

Nick Culkin’s record-breaking debut – By Dan Williamson

The meteoric rise of Neville Southall – By Lee Wynne

The unstoppable presence of Andoni Zubizaretta – By Roy Emanuel

Marc-André Ter Stegen – The safest pair of German hands – By Michael Gallwey

The colourful life and career of Steve Ogrizovic – By Phil Withall

Aldo Simoncini’s passport to the top – By Aidan Williams

Roberto “Pato” Abbondanzieri – By Stephen Brandt

Rogério Ceni: the magician of São Paulo – By Sam Wilson