Revealed: 5 greatest goalkeepers to ever grace the ALM

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They are the almighty force that stands between a football ball and the back of the net – goalkeepers.

From scurrying along the ground, to the physics-defying dives, let’s go through some of the best goalkeepers the A-League Men’s has ever seen.

5. Danny Vukovic 

The Australian international goalkeeper made his debut in the inaugural season of the ALM.

In 2005, Vukovic played 20 games for the Central Coast Mariners and achieved five clean sheets, equalling the number of clean sheets achieved by the ALM Goalkeeper of the Year that year.

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But the main reason Vukovic graces us with his presence on this list, is due to his performance with Sydney FC in the 2016/17 A-League season.

The goalkeeper recorded 15 clean sheets in a championship winning campaign for the Sky Blues, setting the record for most clean sheets in an ALM season. In turn, Vukovic was awarded the ALM Goalkeeper of the Year award.

4. Ante Covic

Covic graced the ALM, with his first appearance in December 2006, for the Newcastle Jets. His best season, however, came in the 2012/13 season alongside the birth of new club Western Sydney Wanderers.

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Covic helped the Wanderers to a breakout inaugural season, where the team went onto win the premiership.

He recorded 11 clean sheets that season and was, deservedly, awarded the Goalkeeper of the Year Award, and selected in the first ever ALM All-Star team.

Covic’s rock-solid defence did not stop there though. Two years later, Covic’s brilliance helped the Wanderers to win the 2014 AFC Champions League after he kept eight clean sheets out of twelve games. The 46-year-old was ultimately selected as the Most Valuable Player of the entire tournament.

3. Andrew Redmayne

Having been awarded the Goalkeeper of the Year for two consecutive ALM seasons (2019/20, 2020/21), Redmayne comes in third on the list.

The Australian goalkeeper’s career proved to be lacklustre, as he was shown minimal playing time during the first few seasons of his career.

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His performances for Sydney FC, however, in the 2019/20, and 2020/21 seasons show that Redmayne was a fortress in defence.

The keeper recorded eight clean sheets for the Sky Blues in the 2019/20 season, and nine clean sheets for the team in the 2020/21 season. In turn, Sydney FC were crowned champions of both seasons.

2. Michael Theoklitos 

Michael Theoklitos otherwise known as Theo, one-ups Andrew Redmayne on this list as he awarded the Goalkeeper of the Year award for three years.

Theo debuted in 2005, alongside the birth of the ALM, for Melbourne Victory. He recorded 10 clean sheets in that first season, and six in the next; leading to Victory’s grand final triumph and earning himself the Goalkeeper of the Year award for two consecutive years.

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Theo’s success continued at Brisbane Roar in 2010/11 when he was awarded his third Goalkeeper of the Year Award. The goalkeeper helped the Roar to a championship as he recorded 12 clean sheets, breaking the record for ‘the most clean sheets’ in a season.

Theo also went 876 minutes without conceding a goal that season, setting a new ALM record for the most minutes without conceding a goal.

1. Eugene Galekovic

Galekovic has won Goalkeeper of the Year award four times (2008/09, 2009/10, 2013/14, 2014/15), which is the most any goalkeeper has achieved in the ALM.

Although his success did not lead to any club achievements, his individual accomplishments make him the best ALM goalkeeper of all time.

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His records are listed below:

ALM Goalkeeper of the Year 2008/09, 2009/10, 2013/14, 2014/15

ALM Team of the Season: 2008/09, 2009/10, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15

ALM All-Stars: 2014/15

ALM Team of the Decade: 2005-2015

Adelaide United Club champion: 2008/09, 2009/10

Adelaide Unite’s Player’s Player: 2008/09, 2009/10, 2011/12

Featured Image credit: Glen Pokorny

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Min-Gyu Shim
Min-Gyu Shim
Bachelor of Journalism student at UQ, and a full time football fanatic. Covering Brisbane Roar for the 2020/21 season.

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