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Friday 19 September 2014

World Cup Watch: Goalkeepers

Oscar Perez (Mexico)
England fans have already had a glimpse of the Mexico stopper during the recent friendly. Yet if fans were sitting in Row Z, they might not have seen him. At just 5'7", Perez will be the shortest keeper on show. How he fares against the height of Peter Crouch or the strength of Didier Drogba could be entertaining.
David James (England)
Goalkeepers are an eccentric bunch, and in the absence of Germany's Jens Lehman, the most eccentric of the 2010 gang could well be our very own David James. Undoubtedly an excellent keeper, there's always a feeling that he's just one touch away from an almighty blooper. The art-loving afro-wearing former Spice Boy will have England fans on the edge of their seats.
Lounes Gaouaoui (Algeria)
England fans will get a good look at Gaouaoui when Fabio Capello's team meet Algeria during the group phase. The 32-year-old is well known for his leaping abilities and it would also appear he's willing to aim high at this World Cup: "The USA, Slovenia and especially England make for a very hard World Cup group," he said. "However, why shouldn't we aim for second place?" Why indeed.

Over the years there have been some memorable World Cup stoppers.

We've enjoyed Jorge Campos and his zany kit, Ramon Quiroga who managed to pick up a yellow card in the opposition's half and Jose Luis Chilavert who would take Paraguay's free-kicks. Hopefully 2010 can produce another hero. Here's our pick of the most likely candidates.

>> Click on the image to launch our guide.

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