Europe’s Top 5 League’s 2013-14 Goalkeeper Stats

 Here is a list of goalkeeper statistics from Europe’s top 5 league’s (Spain’s La Liga, England’s Premier League, Germany’s Bundesliga, Italy’s Serie A and France’s Ligue 1) during the first half their domestic seasons up to 31 December 2013:


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Clean Sheets

The Premier League (118) and Ligue 1 (112) have had a significantly higher number of clean sheets than La Liga (92), Serie A (90) and the Bundesliga (70). With this said, it comes as little surprise that of the 28 goalkeepers to keep 6 clean sheets or more so far this season, are predominately made up of players from England and France.

Clean sheets in Europe's top 5 leagues

Lille’s Vincent Enyeama has had a phenomenal start to the season by keeping an incredible 14 clean sheets in 19 Ligue 1 appearances this season. The Nigerian number 1 kept clean sheets against both Monaco and Lyon during the first half of the season and went on an incredible stretch of 11 consecutive league games without conceding a goal between late September and the first weekend in December (1,061 minutes).

Roma’s Morgan De Sanctis has kept 11 clean sheets in 17 Serie A appearances under former Lille manager Rudi Garcia. This included conceding just 1 goal in their opening 10 matches. The capital side have down a good job in limiting the number of shots their goalkeeper has had to keep out during the first half of the season.

Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon has shut out opponents in 10 of his 16 Serie A matches this season, which included eight consecutive clean sheets (805 minutes) before conceding a goal in their 4-1 victory over Atalanta in their final game before the winter break.

Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer has kept 9 clean sheets in his 16 Bundesliga appearances this season. Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Marc-André ter Stegen is the only other goalkeeper in Germany’s top division to have at least 6 clean sheets so far this season.

The Premier League’s top goalkeepers at keeping clean sheets this season have been Arsenal’s Wojciech Szczęsny, Everton’s Tim Howard, Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris and West Ham’s Jussi Jääskeläinen, each with 8.

Minutes per Goal Conceded

Minutes per goal conceded

Having conceded just 7 goals in 17 Serie A matches, Morgan De Sanctis is averaging a goal against once every 219 minutes this season. That’s just shy of conceding a goal every two and a half league games.

Vincet Enyeama is just behind the experienced Italian goalkeeper, allowing a goal every 214 minutes this season. Manuel Neuer is averaging a goal against once every two games.

Goals conceded per 90 minutes in Europe's top 5 leagues

At the other end of the table, 1899 Hoffenheim’s Koen Casteels is conceding on average, more than 2 goals a game this season. The Belgian started the first 14 games of the season without keeping a single clean sheet before being dropped for the final 3 games before the winter break in Germany.

Premier League goalkeepers Keiren Westwood (Sunderland) and Maarten Stekelenburg (Fulham) have similar numbers, allowing a goal every 39 minutes on average this season. The Cottagers’ backup hasn’t fared much better than their Dutch summer signing, conceding just below 2 goals per game, which included 6 at Hull City in Fulham’s final game of 2013.

Rayo Vallecano’s Rubén Martínez, Hamburg’s René Adler, Mainz 05’s Heinz Müller, VfB Stuttgart’s Sven Ulreich, Schalke 04’s Timo Hildebrand and Sochaux’s Simon Pouplin are all averaging at least 2 goals against per game this season.

Most saves

Most saves in Europe's top 5 leagues

Hellas Verona’s Rafael and SC Freiburg’s Oliver Baumann have been the busiest goalkeepers in Europe’s top 5 leagues over the first half of the season, each making 85 seasons. Almería’s Esteban leads La Liga with 83 saves, Reims’ Kossi Agassa and AC Ajaccio’s Guillermo Ochoa lead Ligue 1 with 80 each. David Marshall of Cardiff City leads the Premier League with 77 saves.

Save percentage

Goalkeeper save percentage

Lille’s Vincent Enyeama has made an impressive 87% save percentage this season – the most in Europe’s top 5 leagues amongst goalkeepers to play at least half of their club’s league matches so far in 2013-14.

Roma’s Morgan De Sanctis is next on the list, saving 85% shots on target that he has had to face this season. Barcelona’s Víctor Valdés is the best in Spain, keeping out 84% of the shots faced in La Liga, Manuel Neuer leads Germany with 82% and both Southampton’s Artur Boruc and Sunderland’s Vito Mannone lead the Premier League, keeping out 80% of the shots they have each faced up to 31 December 2013.

Of the top 20 goalkeepers in Europe, 5 represent Serie A, 5 represent Ligue 1, 4 represent the Bundesliga and the Premier League and La Liga are both represented by 3 goalkeepers.

Lowest goalkeeper save percentage

Sunderland’s Keiren Westwood has the lowest save percentage of goalkeepers to appear in at least half of their club’s matches during the first half of the 2013-14 season. The Irish goalkeeper has prevented just 57% of the shots he has faced from hitting the back of the net.

Former Barnsley goalkeeper and current Mainz 05 squad member, Heinz Müller is the only other goalkeeper to allow more than 40% of the shots he has faced this season to hit the back of the net.

Evian have the poorest shot stopper in France with Bertrand Laquait keeping out just 61% of the shots he faced in 9 Ligue 1 appearances.

Real Betis have the poorest shot stopper in Spain with Guillermo Sara also keeping out only 61% of shots faced in 2013-14.

Sampdoria’s Angelo da Costa has saved just 64% of shots faced this season. The average across all 5 leagues is 69%.

10 interesting goalkeeper stats from across Europe’s top 5 leagues:

1 – 1899 Hoffenheim are the only team in Europe’s top 5 leagues not to keep a single clean sheet during the first half of the season.
3 – Chelsea’s Petr Čech is the only goalkeeper to go 3 consecutive games without making a single save.
3 – Eintracht Frankfurt’s Kevin Trapp has saved all 3 penalties he has faced this season.
4 – The Bundesliga has seen just four goalless draws in the 152 matches played during the first half of the season.
7 – Almería’s Esteban, Bastia’s Mickaël Landreau, Cardiff City’s David Marshall and Catania’s Mariano Andujar have each conceded 7 goals from shots outside the penalty area; the most amongst all goalkeepers.
34 – 1899 Hoffenheim’s Koen Casteels and AC Ajaccio’s Guillermo Ochoa have conceded the most goals in Europe top 5 leagues, each allowing 34 goals in 14 and 19 leagues appearances in Germany and France respectively.
92% – Lorient’s Florent Chaigneau has saved an incredible 92% of shots he has faced in 6 league appearances (one as a late substitute), conceding just 1 goal. Teammates Fabien Audard and Baptiste Reynet have conceded 25 goals in a combined 14 games.
118 – The Premier League has seen more clean sheets than any of Europe’s top 5 leagues.
156 – There have been a total of 156 different goalkeepers appear in Europe’s top 5 leagues this season. This excludes Swansea City’s Àngel Rangel, a full-back who played in goal for the final ticks of their 1-0 loss at Cardiff City earlier this season following Michel Vorm’s sending off.
1,061 – Lille’s Vincent Enyeama went 1,061 minutes (11 full matches) without conceding a goal.

Data provided by Opta Sports