Top five goalkeepers with most clean sheets in Bundesliga 2022-23 season
Bayern Munich’s goalkeepers fail to make it to the list
The German League, or Bundesliga, is regarded as one of the toughest leagues in Europe and European football. There’s always been a group of goalkeepers who have made a name for themselves in the Bundesliga.
This season, a selected group of goalkeepers have risen above the rest to guard their team’s net. In Bundesliga football, a competitive game, goals fly in from every direction. The 2022-23 season has witnessed some world-class performances between the posts. These performances have displayed unwavering focus, lightning-fast reflexes, and an uncanny ability to deny the most skilled attackers.
Here are the top five goalkeepers with the most clean sheets in Bundesliga 2022-23 season:
5. Lukas Hradecky (Bayer Leverkusen): 9 clean sheets
Lukas Hradecky has become a Bundesliga mainstay during his spells with Frankfurt and now with Bayer Leverkusen. He caught the eye of the entire football world after his impressive tournament debut for Finland at UEFA Euro 2020.
In 2019, Leverkusen faced Bayern Munich. Making 10 saves across the game, he denied Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller, securing a 1-0 victory for Leverkusen. This season, Hradecky has kept nine clean sheets, conceding 44 goals so far. He also made 97 crucial saves for his team.
4. Frederik Ronnow (Union Berlin): 11 clean sheets
The Danish professional footballer, also the preferred choice for Union Berlin, between the nets has been exceptional for the German club. As a goalkeeper, he has conceded 27 goals and kept 11 clean sheets in 29 matches this Bundesliga season.
When he is in goal, Union Berlin only concedes a goal every 97 minutes; his per-90-minute goals conceded stat is 0.93. He will look to keep another clean sheet in the last match against Werder, which ultimately means that Union Berlin could qualify for their first-ever Champions League campaign next season.
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3. Gregor Kobel (Borussia Dortmund): 11 clean sheets
In the Bundesliga, Kobel has played 27 matches, and he averages 35 passes per match with a pass completion rate of 81%. The Swiss international has conceded 32 goals while keeping 11 clean sheets in 27 matches this season; his team concedes a goal every 158 minutes.
Kobel tried to lead his team to their ninth Bundesliga title. He made 88 saves in the season. However, his efforts were not enough for Borussia Dortmund. They lost the title on the last day.
2. Koen Casteels (VFL Wolfsburg): 12 clean sheets
Koen Casteels has been in the Bundesliga for a while now, spending most of his time in Germany. He has made over 200 appearances in the Bundesliga so far. But, during the last two seasons, he has turned out to be a trusted goalkeeper for Wolfsburg, often regarded as the “penalty killer.”
Casteels has managed to keep 12 clean sheets and concede 48 goals in the Bundesliga this season. He averages 41 passes per match with a pass completion of 74%, averaging a player rating of a little above 6.5, and he has been consistent throughout this season.
1. Mark Flekken (SC Freiburg): 13 clean sheets
The Dutch goalkeeper has been Freiburg’s undisputed No. 1 since the 2021–22 season; he recorded ten clean sheets in that season, which was his first season as the No. 1 goalkeeper for the club. Freiburg qualified for the UEFA Europa League that season, and he has been integral to the club’s qualifying for Europe for three consecutive seasons.
His figures for the 2022–23 season have been impressive, with 13 clean sheets. He has another 109 saves in his 34 appearances this season. It’s pretty clear that Flekken paid close attention to legendary Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar in his youth; he is calm and boasts an excellent reading of the game with razor-sharp reflexes.