There was a time (not so remote) in which the most important criterion for judging goalkeepers was their ability to stop any ball ready to slip into the net. It was thought that their only destination was to stop and, therefore, the best was the one that stopped the most. But that conception, at least among technical bodies, has radically changed. As game strategies have progressed toward greater complexity and video and data analysis tools have arrived, such as LaLiga’s sophisticated Mediacoach project, countless factors beyond under-stick performance have begun to be valued.
The best goalkeeper is no longer just the one who stops the most or who scores the fewest goals. Without forgetting their fundamental defensive work, today the clubs analyze everything from the success in the success in their passes, to the time they spend outside the goal or how many times a good decision of theirs leads to launching an effective attack. The goalkeeper is no longer a figure treated separately, experts say, but instead develops a fundamental tactical role to display a style of play. “The modern goalkeeper conditions his way of stopping to the team’s game model,” argues Fabio Nevado, LaLiga analyst technician and doctor in Physical Activity and Sports Sciences.
How much do you know about LaLiga Santander goalkeepers?
* The answers are in accordance with the data collected up to day 18
The game starts
Which goalkeeper has the highest percentage of stopped shots in LaLiga Santander?
Jan Oblak has saved 88% of the shots he has received. Which goalkeeper has played the most minutes?
The Valencia CF goalkeeper has played 1,752 minutes. Which goalkeeper has traveled the most accumulated distance so far in the competition?
It’s Marko Dmitrovic, ____________
The SD Eibar goalkeeper has traveled an average of 5.4 km per game. Which goalkeeper has made the most detours without leading to a reject action?
Jordi Masip has conceded a rebound in two of his 20 diversions. Which LaLiga Santander goalkeeper has made the most saves?
Jaume Doménech has made 64 saves. Which goalkeeper has done the most sprints?
Marko Dmitrovic has done 610 sprints. Which goalkeeper is the fastest in LaLiga Santander?
Sergio Herrera was able to run at 30.9 k / h. Which goalkeeper has traveled the most distance at high intensity?
CA Osasuna’s goalkeeper traveled 746 meters at high intensity. Which goalkeeper is the one with the highest number of shots blocked?
Edgar Badía has 25 saved saves. Which LaLiga Santander goalkeeper is the one that blocks the most centers?
The Argentine has blocked 18 centers to his area. Which goalkeeper is the one who has made the most punches clearances so far in set pieces?
The SD Huesca goalkeeper has five punches clearances. Which goalkeeper has completed the most long passes in LaLiga Santander?
Sergio Herrera has completed 218 long passes Who is the goalkeeper with the best passing percentage in LaLiga Santander?
The azulgrana has 92.3% in passing success. Which goalkeeper has completed the most passes in the competition?
The Elche CF goalkeeper has completed 650 passes successfully
Your score is:
* The answers are in accordance with the data collected up to day 18
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A good example of this new paradigm, Nevado highlights, is SD Eibar. The Gipuzkoan team is the second in LaLiga Santander that advances the defensive line the most, seeking to pressure, being all close together, the exit of the opponent’s ball. A plan based on stealing fast and attacking quickly that requires an essential actor: a goalkeeper who accompanies his defense to those positions and who can run fast forward or backward to stop possible long balls at his back. Something that the Serbian Marko Dmitrovic fulfills perfectly, a goal that made all the headlines for scoring a penalty last Thursday, but that few know for being the one who has made the most sprints – races at more than 21 km / h – and the one that has traveled the most distance to date. Figures that, added to great reflexes to solve one-on-one situations in front of the forwards, make him the ideal guard for Ipurua.
One of the most outstanding cases of symbiosis between a team’s footballing proposal and its goalkeeper is represented by Ter Stegen and FC Barcelona. Since his arrival at the Camp Nou more than six years ago, the successor of Víctor Valdés and Claudio Bravo has taken that revolutionary (but now increasingly generalized) conception of the goalkeeper as the first attacker to its maximum expression. It is not by chance that he is the LaLiga Santander goalkeeper with the best passing success rate and the only one who could boast in the last edition of the tournament of having given two goal assists, one to Antoine Griezmann on matchday 16 and the other to Luis Suárez in the seventh.
Can you tell if a goalkeeper will avoid a goal before they shoot him?
For a few years now, analysts have been looking for predictive models that can determine the chances that a goalkeeper has of avoiding a goal even before he is kicked. A possibility that they have begun to glimpse thanks to two metrics: the xG (Expected Goal) and the xGOT (Expected Goal On Target), which aim to measure the quality of the shots that a goalkeeper receives and the probability that a shot has of finishing in goal based on an algorithm that calculates the distance from which the attacker shoots, the goalkeeper’s position in relation to the goal or the angle of the shot.
The application of these metrics to evaluate performance can be understood through a practical case such as Álvaro Fernández’s, for example, in the SD Huesca duel against FC Barcelona on matchday 7. During the match, the Local goal received 20 shots, seven of them between the three suits and only conceded one goal. However, if these data are calibrated with the metrics xG and xGOT, a value of 3.30 is obtained. In other words, FC Barcelona theoretically should have scored three goals instead of one.
This year, one of the goalkeepers with the best accumulated records is Edgar Badía, from Elche CF. He averages an xGOT conceded of 1.68 goals conceded, while the reality is that he has an average of 1.35 goals conceded. The difference would be what he has saved for his good work: 0.33 goals per game.
For his part, Jan Oblak, from Atlético de Madrid, is the goal that receives less dangerous shots due to the good work of his defense. Even so, they should have scored 0.64 goals each game, when the reality is that he has only conceded 0.38 goals per game. The difference tells us the goals that he has managed to save 0.39 goals per game. The best data from LaLiga Santander.
Analysis of the performance of the SD Huesca goalkeeper Álvaro Fernández on matchday 7 against FC Barcelona. The league
Proof that this position has become a key gear in the schemes, where very specific qualities are sought, is its price. Kepa Arrizabalaga’s record transfer of € 80 million from Athletic Club to Chelsea is only the epitome of a trend installed in LaLiga Santander, where since 2010 his teams have sold or bought a goalkeeper for € 25 million or more on six occasions.
In the solitude of the goal, bearing a great responsibility, the protagonists have understood that to wear the number one on the shirt (or 13) it is no longer enough to save the goal, just as they assumed, from time immemorial, that they will only come out in the photo for a stellar performance or a blunder. “When I started we never played short. Now almost all coaches want to propose to go out playing and take the initiative. It was a very abrupt change and little by little I became more comfortable, ”explained Sergio Asenjo, from Villarreal CF, to EL PAÍS last October.
The LaLiga analyst recalls that the goalkeeper’s main mission is still to stop, but it is important to note that the evolution of football has forced them to be in tune with a game model, even if it requires them to bring out qualities that could be considered more old school. Notable, for example, are the cases of Edgar Badía and Jeremías Ledesma, who respectively defend the goals of Elche CF and Cádiz CF.
The Cádiz CF goalkeeper clears a cross in a match against SD Eibar. .
“Ledesma is the one with the most blocks blocked and the second with the most punches clearances in the championship. In a team that defends in a low block and with the lines very close together, forcing the rival to attack from the outside, it is essential to have a good goalkeeper against the lateral centers, something in which he is showing outstanding ”, he explains.
“On the other hand, Edgar Badía is the second goalkeeper who makes the most saves and the fourth with the best percentage of saves. With his 1.79 cm high, this newcomer in the category, who remembers Iker Casillas for his height, agility and efficiency under sticks, has managed to place his team as the fourth that must be shot the most to score a goal ”, Add.
How the modern goalkeeper prepares
Nevado, who also has the title of national coach and has experience in professional technical teams, says that the specialization of goalkeepers and the multiplication of their functions has necessarily led to changes in their training during the week.
Technology and data storage are, in this sense, its main allies, explains the LaLiga analyst. “During the week the coaches have data and video clips from Mediacoach to analyze the performance of their own goalkeepers or rival forwards. Likewise, through the Mediacoach Live and Mediacoach Mobile applications, the technicians can analyze the performance of the goalkeeper in real time from the bench during matches, rewatching some actions or knowing if their percentage of stops is below the average ” .
Simulation of the operation of the analysis panel dedicated to Mediacoach Vision goalkeepers. The league
So specific is the type of work that is done with them that LaLiga analysts have released a new specific report for goalkeepers in their innovative online tool Mediacoach Vision. This analysis panel is divided into several parts. At the top, a series of graphs contextualize the performance of all LaLiga goalkeepers, analyzing any aspect of their game with the possibility of comparing the goalkeepers with each other.
Further down, the focus is directed to the analysis of the offensive and defensive aspects, with data on the number of passes, his most recurrent receiver, the areas from where he has been shot or how many times he has intervened. Likewise, there is a specific tool to work on the opponent’s set piece based on numerous variables: launch zones, whether it is closed or open, the leg with which the corner is executed, among others.
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