Thibaut Courtois makes shortlist for Team of the Year following wonderful 2014…
UEFA has released the nominations for its European Team of the Year, and has named the four goalkeepers in contention for a place in the side.
The world’s best keeper is a rarely debated subject anymore, due to the jaw-dropping form of Germany and Bayern Munich no.1 Manuel Neuer throughout the calendar year. While he’s the heavy favourite to earn a place in the side, Chelsea man Thibaut Courtois is the man likely to run him closest.
The 22-year-old Belgian enjoyed a superb season with Atletico Madrid in 2013/14, and his form helped them win La Liga, and reach the Champions League final, too. Since returning to parent club Chelsea, he has yet to lose a match this season.
Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon also makes the list, having barely lost a Serie A match all year, while Sevilla stopper Beto is a surprise list entrant – having been largely faultless for the Spanish club in 2014.