With Manuel Neuer standing out as the only goalkeeper on the shortlist for the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or, we take a look at the stoppers who have come before him, and those that came closest to joining Lev Yashin in winning the award.
FIFPro, the worldwide players’ union, and FIFA today announced the five goalkeepers shortlisted for the FIFA/FIFPro World XI 2013 as part of the final 55-player shortlist to be revealed on 9 December 2013.
Now playing a more expansive style, Italy have been vindicated by their results and are making no effort to hide their ambitions ahead of Brazil 2014. FIFA.com takes a closer look a team on the rise.
Individual records for Anders Svensson and Miroslav Klose feature alongside achievements by Brazil, France, Italy and Luxembourg in FIFA.com's latest stats review.
It was a positive matchday for the majority of leaders in Europe's nine groups most notably Belgium, while Bosnia-Herzegovina suffered defeat, and both Netherlands and France stumbled on the road.
Genoa forward Alberto Gilardino's first-half header moved Italy closer to a place at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil next summer as they saw off Bulgaria 1-0 in Palermo.