The Premier League GOAT #14

Peter Schmeichel

The third and final keeper to feature in this countdown, I said this list would predominantly be players from the 00’s and 10’s but there would be some exceptions. Schmeichel is one of them. Many regard him as one of the best keepers to play the game and at the very least, the second best keeper in Premier League history. He’s one of the players I wish I could’ve watched weekly and based on what I have read and watched, he was the perfect goalkeeper, that is why he lands himself at #14 among the Premier League greats.

Disclaimer

As usual these disclaimers will be disclosed weekly, so please take note of them before reading.

  1. The list mostly includes players from the 2000s & 2010s, with the exception of one or two. I did not think I could fairly compare players from the 90s that I’ve only watched on Youtube or read about.
  2. I wanted to include at least one player from every position, so there’s a good variety of players and not just forwards or midfielders.
  3. There is a difference between ‘best’ & ‘greatest’. Example: Wayne Rooney is in my opinion, the best player to ever play for Everton but he’s not their greatest ever player.

Please keep these disclaimers in mind! If you missed the previous 11 entrants please find them below. 

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"I don’t believe a better goalkeeper played the game. He is a giant figure in the history of Manchester United.”
Sir Alex Ferguson
GOAT

Achievements

Quite the praise to recieve from SAF. Was he the best ever keeper? It’s too hard to say, but he’s definitely in the conversation. Despite his many accolades for Man United, his most impressive achievement was arguably done on the international stage. In 1992 he led Denmark to history by winning the Euros. A win like this would be unprecedented in today’s game.

Euro 92 Winner

Now lets get back into his Premier League career, which was nothing short of Iconic.

  • 5x Premier League Winner
  • 3x FA Cup winner
  • UEFA Champions League winner 
  • European Super Cup winner
  • 3x UEFA goalkeeper of the year
  • PL POTS 95/96
  • Save of the decade winner

Schmeichel was a focal point of the famed ’99 treble winning team, something no other keeper in English football history can boast, as well as winning the Premier League more times than any keeper in history.

Treble win
CL 99 Win
“When people talk about players who made United so successful, he would be competing for one of the top slots. His influence in those initial title triumphs was just as big as Eric Cantona’s. Even towards the end of his career, when he was playing for Manchester City, he was making extraordinary saves and one performance at Anfield in May 2003 lives in my memory.”
Jamie Carragher
Liverpool Legend

Best Moments, Saves & Goals

Yes you read that right, goals. He managed to score 10 goals across his career, as well as pulling off some unbelievable saves.

Not the greatest quality but here’s two goals he managed at United. He looks more of a danger on corners than the majority of the current United squad.

Decent volley for a goalkeeper, there’s a few Premier League forwards today that would miss the target from here.

A short compilation of some of his best ever saves, it’s no wonder he’s in the goalkeeper GOAT conversation. 

“When you look back and you see decisions that you have made, I probably would not have made that decision. I would have probably have spoken to the manager."
Peter Schmeichel
Premier League legend

Conclusion

He says his biggest regret was leaving United, he was mentally tired and couldn’t play 50+ games at that level again. Completely understandable, but it’s a shame, United won the next two titles after that, he could’ve had 7. Also he was a leader in the dressing room and captained the side in the CL final in 99 against Bayern. His experience could’ve helped United to go again in Europe. Nonetheless his career was still one that very few, if any keeper will ever achieve again. He was part of legendary teams both at club level and on the national stage and solidifIed himself as one of the best keepers ever, which is why he is well worthy of a spot at #14 here.

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