Football lovers and statics love to remind and discuss about the stars who are scoring goals and do assist in the match.But this time in the 2014 FIFA world cup goal keepers are leading their team from back of the team. Following six are best goal keepers so far in the tournament ---
German keeper Manuel Neuer is performing brilliantly throughout the tournament and made some stunning stops.Against Algeria he had 59 touches, 21 of which were outside penalty area and passed ball 32 times.
28-year-old has played a key part in Germany's run to the final of Brazil 2014 by dominating his penalty area and pulling off a string of key saves. There are also few more players Julio Cesar,David Ospina and Tim Krul who were previously hardly heard of until the world cup. Now they have become favourites among fans of the social media and football clubs.
Manuel Neuer, last defence of Germany, performed outstandingly to save his team from unexpected defeat to Nigeria and denied Nigeria's hope to qualify for quarter-final.
Argentina's goalkeeper Sergio Romero has become Argentina's emerging hero in the ongoing Wolrd cup. Romero saved twice in penalty shoot-out as Argentina won 4-2 against the Netherlands in the semi-final to progress to the final after a goalless regulation time and then 30 minutes extra time.
27-year-old Goal Keeper didn't allow Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder to score from penalty. Because of brilliant performance now Romero has been nominated in best goal keeper of the tournament.
Costa Rica's goalkeeper Keylor Navas was instrumental all throughout the qualifying stage as well as during the entire tournament. The Levante goalkeeper was out of regular form in the penalty shootout that decided the quarterfinal against the Netherlands. In five matches Navas conceded a tournament-low two goals and he couldn't be accused for either of them.
Because one of them was a penalty kick from Edinson Cavani and other one was a rebound shot from Sokratis Papastathopoulos. In last La Liga season he conceded only 43 goals with 160 saves and because of him Levante ended season at tenth place in league table.
El Tri goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa played outstandingly, not only against hos, against host nation Brazil, against the Netherlands he was also unbeatable and proved against Brazil his performance was not a fluke. In the second half Netherlands had an opportunity off of a set piece from the corner to even the score.
Unfortunately for the Dutch, Ochoa was there to once again prove he has been the best goal keeper in the 2014 World Cup. This 28-years old goalkeeper's reflexes and robust wrists forced samba squad to end the match with goal less draw.
Tim Howard protected the USA's goal brilliantly throughout the tournament, specially against Belgium in their World Cup last-16 tie - breaking the record for most saves in a World Cup match.
The Everton goalkeeper made history with 16 saves in a single match but he was eventually beaten twice in extra time. Howard had been exceptional throughout the tournament and hardly to beat him, though this was easily his best effort.
The Chilean goal keeper Claudio Bravo was crucial to Chile’s impressive World Cup campaign, and help his nation to finish as second in their group.
Bravo's quick reflex ability forced the Brazil match into extra-time after a string of saves — the most impressive of which was a quick double save. He conceded four goals in four matches and saved sixteen times that was so impressive record for any goal keeper.