Confederations Cup 2017: Goalkeeper Preview

A look at the goalkeepers from the eight teams competing in the Confederations Cup 2017, Russia’s dress rehearsal for the 2018 World Cup.

Mexico

Guillermo Ochoa 
Age: 31 years
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 78 kg
Club: Free Agent

The frizzy haired goalkeeper shot to fame after his heroic exploits against Brazil in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. A decent shot stopper with a penalty saving trait, he is the first-choice goalkeeper for Mexico. Coming off a disappointing season with Granada, where he broke the record of most goals conceded in a single La Liga season (82), which ultimately led to relegation. However, he displayed his reflex abilities by recording the most saves in across the top 5 leagues in Europe in the 2016/17 season. The CONCACAF Gold champions will be depending heavily on this proven shot-stopper.

New Zealand

Stefan Marinovic
Age: 25 years
Height: 192 cm
Weight: 96 kg
Club: SpVgg Unterhaching

The Auckland resident plays for German 4th division club SpVgg Unterhaching. A decent presence between the sticks, he helped his team achieve promotion to the third tier in the 2016/17 season. A regular for the “All Whites”, he was outstanding in New Zealand’s triumph at the OFC Nations Cup 2016, winning the Golden Gloves Award.

Portugal

Rui Patricio
Age: 29 years
Height: 190 cm
Weight: 84 kg
Club: Sporting Clube de Portugal

Patricio was a standout performer for Portugal as they won Euro 2016, and was named in the team of the tournament. The Portuguese keeper has been capped 57 times for his country, while clocking up almost 400 appearances for the Primeira Liga side since graduating from their youth academy in 2006. He may not receive the same adulation as his national captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, but Portugal’s strive at yet another cup will depend a lot on how he performs.

Russia

Igor Akinfeev
Age: 31 years
Height: 186 cm
Weight: 82 kg
Club: PFC CSKA Moscow

Igor Akinfeev has been the number one keeper for CSKA Moscow since 2003 where he debuted as a 17-year-old. A real stalwart for CSKA and Russia, he also holds the unwanted record of having not earned a single clean sheet in the UEFA Champions League, i.e. 39 Champions League matches (43 if you include qualifying rounds). An experienced head between the sticks, the club and national team captain will be leading from the front, hoping to win his first international crown.

Australia

Mathew Ryan
Age: 25 years
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 82 kg
Club: Brighton & Hove Albion F.C

The Socceroo goalie is well travelled, having played in the top divisions in Australia, Belgium and Spain. He has also competed in European competition, settling down as first choice for his nation. Ryan has previously won the Belgian Cup and was chosen as the Belgian Pro League Goalkeeper of the Year in both 2014 and 2015. Premier League new boys Brighton & Hove Albion recently agreed to a club-record deal to sign him from Valencia. Approaching his prime, he will be determined to leave an impression at the big stage.

Cameroon

Fabrice Ondoa
Age: 21 years
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Club: Sevilla Atletico

First coached at Fundesport, the foundation created by Samuel Eto’o back in Cameroon, his football education continued at Barcelona’s prestigious La Masia academy. Loaned out to Sevilla, Ondoa has not enjoyed the spell as he would have wanted, spending the season as an understudy in the club’s B team, Sevilla Atletico. His fortunes may be about to change, however, with the Andalusian club having just signed him on a deal that will run to 2020. His brilliant performance at the Nations Cup, which the Indomitable Lions won, justifies his tag as first-choice for his country.

Chile

Claudio Bravo
Age: 34 years
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Club: Manchester City

The Chilean veteran has experienced a nightmare debut season in English Football, conceding a goal with almost 65% of the shots he faced. Amidst this rough patch, he is still the number 1 for his country. Excellent with his feet, he was instrumental for both FC Barcelona and Chile, winning a host of titles, with his recent antics at the Copa America Centenario guiding his nation to victory. He will be geared up at this tournament to prove his critics wrong and remind everyone of his abilities that influenced Pep Guardiola to bring him to England.

Germany

Marc-André ter Stegen
Age: 25 years
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 85 kg
Club: FC Barcelona

Many doubted his abilities when he Joined FC Barcelona in 2014, but the young German has since won his duel against Claudio Bravo, successfully jotting down a permanent first team slot which eventually led to Bravo’s departure. Adept with both his hands and feet, he is probably the most talented of the lot of goalkeepers in action at the Confederations Cup. Coming off a strong season with the Catalans, he will be determined to put up a quality performance in Manuel Neuer’s absence, pushing his claim for the number one spot.