With the Bundesliga now at an end for another season, Chris Ellis looks back on the year that was to bring you the top five goalkeepers from Germany’s top flight, with some familiar faces and some surprise inclusions.
Rankings are based on the squawka.com player rankings and players must have made a minimum of 20 appearances to qualify for consideration.
5 - Ron Robert Zieler – Hannover 96
Age: 25 Apps: 34 Clean Sheets: 6
Former Manchester Unite ‘keeper Zieler secured a place in Joachim Low’s World Cup squad on the back of his impressive Bundesliga performances for Hannover this season. The 25-year-old made 34 appearances and boasts the highest number of saves made by our top five across the season (91) whilst conceding the most goals (59).
4 – Ralf Fahrmann – Schalke
Age: 27 Apps: 22 Clean Sheets: 11
Schalke stopper Fahrmann made the fewest appearances of those in the top five with 22 Bundesliga outings this term but only conceded 19 times keeping an impressive 11 clean sheets in the process. The 25-year-old, in his second spell with Schalke after a brief stint at Eintracht Frankfurt, averaged 2.55 saves per game over the course of the season.
3 – Bernd Leno – Bayer Leverkusen
Age: 22 Apps: 34 Clean Sheets: 7
Leno has had a busy time of things in the Leverkusen goal facing no fewer than eight penalties; remarkably the 22-year-old managed to keep out five of them. Leno, who holds the record of being the youngest ever goalkeeper to play in the Champions League, also managed to make 100 percent of his 126 attempted claims from high balls.
2 – Marc-Andre Ter Stegen – Borussia Monchengladbach
Age:22 Apps:34 Clean Sheets:9
Ter Stegen, 22, has finally completed his expected move to FC Barcelona, where he will succeed the departing Victor Valdes. The German stopper has garnered a reputation as one of the most promising stoppers in Europe and his performances this season have done him no harm at all. Nine clean sheets in 34 outings for Monchengladbach makes an impressive return alongside his 100 percent record of claiming crosses and his 76 percent accuracy of distribution.
1 – Manuel Neuer – Bayern Munich
Age: 28 Apps: 31 Clean Sheets: 15
As you’d expected Bayern Munich and Germany national team ‘keeper Neuer tops the list. The big German leads the way with the most clean sheets (15), fewest goals conceded (18), best distribution (90 percent) although as you’d expect from playing in such a dominant Bayern side, Neuer has only be forced into making 51 saves in his 31 appearances.
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