Best Keeper's Boots
The goalkeeper is the player directly responsible for preventing the opposition from scoring by defending the goal. The goalkeeper is the only player in the side who may use hands and arms (within the penalty area) to play the ball.
Top 5 Boots for Goalies
1. Nike Tiempo Legend VIII
Some goalkeepers, like outfield players, strictly stick to leather constructed football boots and Nike's Tiempo are worn by World Cup winner Hugo Lloris, Liverpool's Alisson and Manchester City's Ederson.
2. Puma Future 5.1 Netfit
Puma will forever be a firm favourite amongst goalkeepers, mainly due to having Gianluigi Buffon headlining the brand for many years, now Jan Oblak is Puma's big shot-stopper, wearing the Puma Future at Atletico Madrid.
3. adidas Predator Mutator 20
adidas provide top-level goalkeepers with premium football boots in the form of their Predator 20 range, with most GK's preferring the laced options of the 20.1 with including Manuel Neuer, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Keylor Navas, with just Marc-Andre Ter Stegen wearing the 20+ laceless version.
4. Nike Phantom Venom
A boot that offers goalkeepers extra technology for increasing the distance and accuracy of kicks out of a hand and off the ground, with their Precision PWR strike zone. The off-centre lacing also offers a larger strike zone and is worn by the likes of Thibaut Courtois at Real Madrid, Nick Pope, Ben Foster, Tom Heaton and Dean Henderson.
5. Nike Mercurial Superly 7
Historically, goalkeepers would select a boot model which was protective and supportive however that has changed in recent years with keepers preferring thinner and more sock-like options. Nike's Mercurial Superfly epitomises that with Jack Butland and Joe Hart both lacing-up in the so-called speed-themed model.
Some of the popular goalkeepers in today’s age are Manchester United & Spain's David de Gea with his extraordinary reflexes to block close-range goal attempts, Liverpool & Brazil's Alisson with his excellent distribution, and Barcelona & Germany's Manuel Neuer with his fantastic sweeping.
Football boots wise, Manchester United’s de Gea uses Adidas’ Copa 19.1, Liverpool’s Alisson, together with Manchester City rival Ederson, wears Nike’s Tiempo Legend VIII, and Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer, plus PSG’s Keylor Navas, laces up Adidas’ Predator 20.1
Other boots worn by other famous goalkeepers are Puma’s Future 5.1 and One 20.1 (Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid and Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus respectively), Adidas’ Predator 20+ (Marc-Andre Ter Stegen of Barcelona), and Nike’s Phantom Venom (Thibaut Courtois of Real Madrid).
While there can be multiple defenders, midfielders, and/or forwards in a football team’s starting 11, there is only one player who can and is required to be assigned to the most specialised role, the No. 1, more commonly known as the goalkeeper.
Primarily stationed inside the the 18-yard box, the goalkeeper’s main purpose is to prevent the opposing team from putting the ball past the goal line they are defending.
These are placed right at the end of the pitch and are equidistant to the corner flags. They are marked by goal posts placed 24 feet apart and are joined together by a horizontal crossbar at a height of 8 feet, with nets attached to this frame primarily to catch goals scored.
To perform this role of preventing goals, the goalkeeper has the privilege of blocking strikes (most especially during free kicks and penalties), handling, and passing the balls using his hands and arms as long as he is within the 18-yard box.
However, as indicated in the back-pass rule, the goalkeeper cannot use this privilege during the following sequence: a) the ball is kicked back to him by a teammate b) that the said action is deliberate and not a result of a deflection or miskick, and c) there is no intervening touch of the ball by anyone else. Because of the novelty of his role, the No. 1 normally has a different uniform from the rest and has gloves for protection.
It is also this role that makes the goalkeeping position inherently a defensive position. He usually organizes the backline in front of him as well as the ‘wall’ during freekicks. He is expected to have exceptional reflexes to block the incoming goal attempts aided by intelligent defensive positioning and proper diving techniques, which are what one can expect in a goalkeeper’s highlight reel.
The role does not prevent the goalkeeper from going outside the box and joining the other outfield players. Aside from those balls that were not cleared by the opposition and went straight past the demarcated goal line, some goalkeepers were able to score goals and earn a place in history.
In the same way, that big men in the NBA are being asked to do more in terms of shooting and passing other than blocking and rebounding, the modern goalkeepers are being asked to be able to handle the ball well with their feet and be able passers to either build play from the back or to pick out long passes to jumpstart the attack. Goalkeepers who have a great sense of anticipating dangers are encouraged to step in to intercept in any way possible. As such, from simply being shot-stoppers goalkeepers are now expected to be good distributors and sweepers from the back.
Football boots produced by adidas, Nike, & Puma are the frontrunner options for professional goalkeepers within the professional game. The technical requirements for modern day goalkeepers have become an essential part of the game, especially when analysing the likes of David De Gea and Ederson who essentially act as their team's quarterback.