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Which Goalkeeper has the Most Clean Sheets at the Euros?

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Which Goalkeeper has the Most Clean Sheets at the Euros?

A lot of the plaudits for international success is down to the players who convert big chances in big moments. It is now time to show our appreciation for those who plied their trade between the sticks to see who holds the main accolades for clean sheet records in the European Championships.

Pickford, England

Clean Sheets: 9 | Edwin Van Der Sar | Netherlands

The Dutch giant who competed for his national team at the Euros between 1998-2008. Edwin Van Der Sar managed nine clean sheets during this time which makes him the joint all-time clean sheet holder. In a career which saw him play 130 times for the Netherlands, his impressive record began at the Euro 96 against Scotland in which he recorded a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw.

The 53-year-old’s European journey ended in disappointing fashion, as he couldn’t help his side win a championship during his career, the last game he played in was a 3-1 defeat to Russia in Euro 2008.

Clean Sheets: 9 | Iker Casillas | Spain

Equalling the Dutchman’s record, one of the famous Galacticos of Spain, Iker Casillas who persistently showed his qualities at the European Championships.

Nine clean sheets from 2004 to 2012 over three tournaments is an outstanding achievement for the Spaniard. In 2008 and 2012 Casillas was part of one of the greatest Spanish sides in history, as he helped secure back-to-back European titles.

The 42-year-old set a record for most clean sheets at an individual tournament until 2020, with five clean sheets at Euro 2012, which included a clean sheet in the 4-0 rout of Italy in the final of that competition, in what was his last major honour for his national team. Spain’s victory over the Azzurri saw them become the only team to retain the Euros.

Clean Sheets: 8 | Gianluigi Buffon | Italy

He will go down as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, former Italy captain, Gianluigi Buffon, who managed eight clean sheets in 17 appearances at the European Championship finals.

The former Juventus goalkeeper finally made his European Championship bow against Denmark which was a 0-0 draw at Euro 2004 after having a metacarpal fracture for Euro 2000.

Buffon’s personal best Euros tournament came in Euro 2016, where he managed to keep three clean sheets in the tournament, having previously managed two clean sheets on a couple of occasions. Despite not winning a European gong, Buffon managed to secure a World Cup title during his career in 2006, beating France 6-5 on penalties.

Clean Sheets: 5 | Manuel Neuer | Germany

The German giant whose career has faltered after a skiing incident, Manuel Neuer has played in three European Championships, keeping five clean sheets without securing a title.

Neuer’s first Euro’s appearance came in 2012 where he kept a clean sheet in a 1-0 victory over Portugal. The 37-year-old reached the semi-finals twice with Germany, and his last cap at the Euros ended in disappointment after a 0-2 defeat in the round of 16 to England.

Despite his recent injury woes, Neuer had clocked up an impressive 1380 minutes of European football and has also won a World Cup after defeating Argentina in 2014.

Clean Sheets: 5 | Jordan Pickford | England

Arguably the most dangerous contender to set a new clean sheet record, England stopper Jordan Pickford has managed five clean sheets in just seven European Championship matches.

He’s played a total of 690 minutes during this time and conceded just twice in his only European competition for the senior side, which ended in heartbreak as the Three Lions lost to Italy in the final on penalties. At the age of 29 and should he be available for selection next summer, Pickford will see this as a big opportunity to become a record breaker, and look to contribute in ending England’s trophy drought that will have lasted 58 years come Euro 2024.

Who has the Most Clean Sheets at One Tournament?

At Euro 2020, England international Jordan Pickford equalled a European record set by Iker Casillas before him with five clean sheets at one tournament.

Not only did Pickford set a European record, but he also broke a 55-year England record of setting a 721-minute marker of not conceding a goal for his national team, an accolade previously held by the legendary Gordon Banks.

Eventually, the man to beat him was Mikkel Damsgaard, and his chances of being a leader ahead of Casillas was taken away. The ex-Real Madrid captain Casillas kept five clean sheets at Euro 2012 as Spain went on to lift the trophy. The legendary Spanish stopper also holds the record for most consecutive minutes without conceding in this run at a total of 519 minutes.