July 31, 2014
IFFHS says Abbondanzieri '10th World's best Goalkeeper of 21st century'
Former Argentina’s international goalkeeper Roberto Abbondanzieri was chosen as one of the ten world's best goalkeepers of the 21st Century by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS).
The former Rosario Central keeper, got 68 points to finished in the tenth position, while Italian World Champion Gianluigi Buffon ended as the best goalkeeper of the decade with 199 points. Second came Spanish Iker Casillas (197 points), and third the Czech Peter Cech with 154 points.
According to the IFFHS, establishing The World‘s best Goalkeeper of the 21st Century can only be done on the basis of the annual world vote (by the IFFHS). Each year many different jurors (countries) have taken part in the vote and, in the early years the jurors voted for the top three places (3 points to 1 point), and only later for the top four places (4 points to 1 point). So it would not be possible to simply add the points awarded in the annual votes.
The IFFHS has devised an equitable method for determining The World‘s best Goalkeeper of the 21st Century. From the annual ranking of the goalkeepers (as a result of the world vote) the IFFHS will take into consideration the "Top 20" for each year and allocate points to each place. So the first-placed receives 20 points, the second-placed 19 points, the third-placed 18 points ... and a point for twentieth place. If the annual world ranking comprises more than 20 goalkeepers, then the goalkeepers from 21st place onwards receive no points. If the annual world ranking comprises fewer than 20 goalkeepers (based on the fixed rules), no points will be awarded for the unoccupied places.
From the addition of the points received in the single years produces the world ranking list of the 21st century, which widens of a year every year in January. Each first-placed goalkeeper of this world ranking list is the leading World’s best Goalkeeper of the 21st Century to date.
Abbondanzieri started his professional football career playing for Rosario Central (1994-96), and then was transferred to Boca Juniors (1996-2006) from where he took off to Europe for an almost 4-year spell in Getafe (2006-2009).
Afterwards, “El Pato” returned to Boca Juniors (2009-2010), to then retire in 2010 wearing the colours of Brazil’s Internacional de Porto Alegre.
Throughout his extensive career, Abbondanzieri was awarded as South America’s best goalkeeper in 2003; Sudamericana Cup’s best goalkeeper for the 2005 edition. In Europe, “El Pato” won the “Zamora Trophy” –which is given to the goalie with fewer goals against- for the 2006-2007 La Liga season.
Abbondanzieri played the 2006 World Cup in Germany, in which Argentina lost on penalties to hosts Germany in the quarter-finals.
His 16-year career includes winning 6 Argentine leagues; 4 Libertadores de América cups; 2 Intercontinental Cups; 2 Sudamericana cups; 1 Recopa Sudamericana, 1 Conmebol Cup.
Following is the IFFHS Ranking (2001-2011):
1) Gianluigi Buffon (Italy) 199 points.
2) Iker Casillas (Spain) 197
3) Petr Cech (Czech Republic) 154
4) Edwin van der Sar (Netherlands) 116
5) Oliver Kahn (Germany) 99
6) Dida (Brazil) 90
7) Víctor Valdés (Spain) 82
8) Júlio César Soares (Brazil) 76
9) Jens Lehmann (Germany) 72
10) Roberto Abbondanzieri (Argentina) 68.
To see the complete list, visit: http://www.iffhs.de