Won't Somebody Think Of The Third-Choice Keepers

It must be wonderful being part of a World Cup squad, but what of the third-in-line to the goalkeeper's throne? Nick Miller examines the strangest of tournament 'participants'...

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early (Liverpool) says...

Reina WAS second choice - Valdes had one cap, having made his debut a month before the tournament. Reina had twenty - his lower squad number (23) wasn't significant.

Posted 9:21pm 14th June 2014

budek (Bolton Wanderers) says...

Reina was second choice I thought?

Posted 7:49am 14th June 2014

thomspur (Tottenham Hotspur) says...

Good article, I felt it was a little harsh on Reina who a. was good enough to be part of that squad b. was celebrating just like any spaniard would & should (just happened to be part of the 23) c. might, for all we know, not have his medal on a shelf at home, it might be in a box in the loft because he feels that to show it would be disingenuous... or not...?

Posted 1:51pm 12th June 2014

walrus (Aston Villa) says...

@ arexrarris....what?

Posted 12:07pm 12th June 2014

paul_f says...

I think you've c*cked that up arexrarris.

Posted 11:28am 12th June 2014

nanouk (Rangers) says...

What I find strange is that the goalkeeper is seemingly only allowed to play as goalkeeper. Why not take somebody who is a good player but can do some goalie if has to be as well. I donĀ“t understand the rules in this respect. Do I have to nominate a midfielder and he is then only allowed to play in midfield? What do you do with players which can be used in more than one position......

Posted 10:50am 12th June 2014

sterry (Manchester United) says...

just had to google nominative determinism... thanks football365 for educating me

Posted 10:47am 12th June 2014

arexrarris (Liverpool) says...

Apparently Casillas sent a message out to Casillas about which way Cardozo would put the penalty in the round of 16 match against Paraguay in the last WC.. Cadillacs saved it and Spain won 1-0 - a pretty handy contribution...

Posted 9:47am 12th June 2014

iai (Middlesbrough) says...

"replacement Dominique Dropsy suffered from an unfortunate case of nominative determinism." Outstanding.

Posted 9:39am 12th June 2014

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