Portugal beat France 1-0 to win the fifteenth European Football Championship 2016, and taking their first major title. It was a very exciting tournament with both England and Spain getting an early fight home and Wales and Iceland fighting intensively throughout the football tournament. What really made the Euro 2016 stand out was the goalkeeper performance along the whole football tournament with fantastic world class saves and dedication, therefore we have the pleasure to show our Top 5 Best Euro 2016 goalkeepers.
#5 Hugo Lloris – France
The captain of the French national team was at his second European Championship where he managed to aid France to their first European final since 2000. Hugo Lloris had a vital role in his team and he only conceded 5 goals throughout the tournament. In France’s opening match against Romania, Lloris made one of the best saves of the competition when he denied Bogdan Stancu in the fifth minute of the match.
In the semi-final against Germany, Lloris was tried by the German strikers over and over and managed whatever was tossed at him by the German national team. In the last match and final against Portugal, Hugo Lloris made a coupe of decent saves but was unable to save the final shot in the last minute of second half extra time.
#4 Gianluigi Buffon – Italy
Gianluigi Buffon is still regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world despite his age of 38. His goalkeeper skills were demonstrated time after time during the tournament and just conceded 1 goal during his first matches and as regarded as one of Italy’s best football players. Gianluigi Buffon proved well his worth with fantastic reflexes and saves against Spain and Germany which both continuously tested the Italian world class goalkeeper.
In the quarter-finals against Germany, Buffon made a fantastic save from Mario Gomez and another marvelous save from Thomas Muller during the penalty shootout but unfortunately this was not enough and Italy lost this match 5-6. There is no doubt that there is a very good chance that we will still see Gianluigi Buffon at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
#3 Lukasz Fabianski – Poland
The polish goalkeeper entered the tournament first in the second match as the polish primary goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny endured an injury against Northern Ireland. Lukasz Fabianski stepped up beyond expectations and kept clean sheet against Germany and Ukraine with several fantastic saves.
Lukasz Fabianski conceded only 2 goals during the tournament, one against Switzerland and the last against Portugal before Poland lost in the penalty shootout was out of the Quarterfinal and tournament. Fabianski made a total of 19 saves where multiple of them are regarded as some of the very best at the Euro 2016 and there is no doubt now that Fabianski is longer a substitute for the Polish national team but the primary goalkeeper for the 2018 World Cup qualifications.
#2 Manuel Neuer – Germany
Manuel Neuer is regarded as one of the very best goalkeepers in the world and at the Euro 2016 it was no different where he proved again to be among the best goalkeepers in the competition. Manuel Neuer received the Golden Glove at the World cup 2012 where he only conceded 3 goals during the whole tournament.
At the Euro 2016 he had several amazing reflex saves from very close range furthermore his best match performance was against Italy with 2 penalty saves that helped Germany advance to the semi-finals. Manuel Neuer was consistent throughout the whole tournament and his unique role as the Sweeper-Goalkeeper was again witnessed for the joy of fans and his team.
#1 Rui Patricio – Portugal
Rui Patricio was Portugals best player of the tournament and he was one of the most important players and reason for Portugal winning the tournament. Patricio conceded 5 goals during the tournament with his best performances was especially seen during the knockout stages, which made him the primary goalkeeper in the “European Championship 2016 Team of The Tournament”
At the quarter-finals against Poland, he made the necessary save during the penalty shootout that took Portugal further to the semi-finals. It was in the final against France where Rui Patricio had his very best match, where France dominated the football game in terms of shots on goals and team possession , but no matter how hard France repeadetely tried and tossed at Rui Patricio, then he managed with world class saves to keep the sheet clean and making Portugal the winner of the 2016 European Championship.