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Slovakia’s Martin Dúbravka Dunks On His Own Net For Legendary Own Goal

As a Newcastle United supporter, I’ve spent a large portion of my life telling anyone and everyone how Martin Dúbravka is the most underrated goalkeeper in the Premier League. The 32-year-old Slovak is a world-class shot stopper, but most of those keepers come with the caveat of “prone to the odd howler.”

Not Dúbravka. 

At least not until Wednesday when Slovakia met Spain in its Euro 2020 Group E finale.

Safe Hands: Ranking All 24 Starting Goalkeepers At Euro 2020

The build-up to every major international tournament is the same: who has the best striker? Or, this is why x midfielder is going to dominate or why this winger is the key to this country getting out of its group. 

But no one ever talks about the goalkeepers. In such a short tournament, where three matches decide a team's fate, the importance of the goalkeeper becomes magnified. 

So let's give the goalkeepers the spotlight for a little bit, because often they're the ones that end up deciding the tournament.

Joe Willock Breaks Romelu Lukaku’s Record And Joins Alan Shearer’s Company

Here’s a live look at Joe Willock’s transfer value using a sophisticated tool that I’ve been developing.

Joe Willock transfer value

You can see the part where Joe Willock starts scoring goals. Photo: ShutterStock

The18 Sets Out To Determine Who The Worst Player In The Premier League Is

Every Premier League fan has those few players they believe should be banished from the league, whether it be a starter on their team that regularly makes costly errors, or the bench player who has as many first team appearances as loan spells.

When it comes to evaluating the worst players of the Premier League, one soon realizes there is a problematic paradox that arises. I refer to it as the mediocrity paradox:

Newcastle Owner Blames ‘Dark Forces’ For Lack Of Success

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley said it is time for the "dark forces" preventing the Tyneside club from becoming a powerhouse to step aside, after initiating legal proceedings against the Premier League, British media reported.

It is the second legal action that British businessman Ashley has initiated against the league over an aborted takeover attempt by a Saudi Arabian-backed consortium last year.

On The Chopping Block: Seven Premier League Starters Who Could Be Benched Next Season

Something we often forget about professional footballers is that unlike most of us, they actually have pretty lousy job security. A manager will bench a player who is playing poorly without any second thought because the success of the team is more important than any individual player. 

Of course, the starting lineup is always fluid, but players have to fight every week to make the starting XI, even when it seems like their position is secured. And eventually, every player will be replaced; it is only a question of when. 

Reminder: Allan Saint-Maximin Is An Incredibly Good Footballer

BURNLEY - Frenchman Allan Saint-Maximin came off the bench to turn the game around for lowly Newcastle United as they came from behind to earn a vital 2-1 Premier League win at Burnley on Sunday.

Burnley had led through an 18th-minute goal from Czech striker Matěj Vydra and were well on top before substitute Saint-Maximin changed the game inside seven minutes with an assist and a goal.

‘Same Coach, Different Players,’ Mourinho Says When Asked About Crumbling Reputation

NEWCASTLE - Tottenham Hotspur manager José Mourinho said they were the architects of their own downfall after failing to hold on to the lead in a 2-2 Premier League draw at Newcastle United on Sunday.

Spurs led 2-1 at the break thanks to a quick-fire double from Harry Kane but an 85th-minute equalizer from Joe Willock prevented Mourinho's side from provisionally moving up to fourth in the table.

The Numbers Don't Lie When It Comes To Ranking Premier League Goalkeepers

Life as a goalkeeper is difficult. A keeper can have fantastic game, but if one ball gets past them, they receive all of the blame.

Stats like goals against or save percentage have been used haphazardly to evaluate goalkeepers for years, but they fail to paint the whole picture.

For instance, if a goalkeeper plays behind a good defense they will be expected to allow fewer goals. Conversely, if opposing teams keep hitting top-corner screamers, the keeper allows goals that they can do little to prevent.

Footballers Born In The Wrong Generation

With soccer tactics constantly changing, certain types of players are not always accommodated.

Roles like the libero, trequartista, striker partnerships and burly center backs have become, or are quickly becoming, outdated in modern football. Other roles like ball-playing goalkeepers, false nines and wingers that cut inside onto their stronger foot have become very trendy.

This often leaves current players wishing they had played in a previous decade and former players wishing their career had started a little later. Ah, what could have been.

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