10 Days To Go - World Cup 2018

It gives me great pleasure to serve you with the final double-digit countdown entry of this year's World Cup 2018 Countdown. It really is only ten days to go now!

Goalkeeper performances in big games have been the subject of some debate in recent days in the wake of a certain goalies' horror show over in Kiev. By contrast, the two keepers who hold the record that make today's countdown number were known as being a little more assured and dependable between the posts. 

The record in question is the goalkeeper with the most career clean sheets at World Cup finals tournament. Two men who each played in three World Cups share this record:

  • Peter Shilton, England (1982, 1986, 1990)
  • Fabien Barthez, France (1998, 2002, 2006)

In their World Cup games they both recorded an impressive 10 clean sheets across three separate tournaments. 

Both Shilton and Barthez are remembered as top quality keepers in their own ways, however the World Cup legacies of the two men are quite different. 

Where Barthez goes down in World Cup folklore as a winner at France 98 at the helm of a French defence featuring Laurent Blanc and Didier Deschamps, Shilton is best remembered as the keeper who let in the infamous 'Hand of God' goal from Diego Maradona in the quarter-finals of Mexico 86. 

Not only that but he was between the sticks when England lost a penalty shoot-out to the Germans four years later at Italia 90. Oh dear. 

This year, a certain Herr Manuel Neuer has amassed four clean sheets from the 2014 tournament and with his comeback from injury who knows how many he'll get in 2018. 

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