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A goalkeepers' World Cup...so far

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In previous World Cups the stars of the show have been either midfielders or star strikers. This 2010 World Cup has been all about the goalkeepers. Scoring is down in the first 14 matches of this World Cup as opposed to the 2006 Germany World Cup. The star strikers and creative midfielders haven't lit up the scoreboards or created memorable moments yet. Its been the goalkeepers that have grabbed the headlines at this point in the tournament. 

South African keeper Itumeleng Khune made some key saves in preserving Bafana Bafana's 1-1 draw against Mexico. Vincent Enyeama was the Man of the Match in Nigeria's 1-0 loss to Argentina. Enyeama was the only player in the past of couple of years to deny Lionel Messi multiple goals, Enyeama prevented Argentina from scoring 4 or 5 goals.

The England-US game was decided by goalkeeping. England's Robert Green infamous "howler" gave the US its only goal in a 1-1 draw.
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In that same game US goalkeeper Tim Howard made numerous saves that preserved the point for The Stars & Stripes, a performance that earned Howard, Man of the Match honors.

Slovenia's game winner against Algeria came on a goalkeeping mistake by Algerian keeper Faouzi Chaouchi when Slovenia captain Robert Koren's shot bounced of Chaouchi's chest and into the net.
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Without the breakout performance of an attacking player, the 2010 World Cup headlines have been dominated by the play of the goalkeepers.  For those who like wide open, attacking, high-flying football, goalkeeping headlines are not desirable but it is unique and different and still an important part of The Beautiful Game. 

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