2010 Yashin Award (Best Goalkeeper)
The Yashin Award is presented to the stand out goalkeeper of the tournament, with the 2010 winner following in the line of some big names such as Gianluigi Buffon (2006) and Oliver Khan (2002). Despite not looking as sturdy and reliable as one would ideally want their keeper to be, Iker Casillas took home the award after conceding just two goals in seven games and keeping a staggering five clean sheets, thus equalling the feat of Buffon who won the award four years earlier.
While we were never really inspired by Spain’s number one, Casillas did come good when it really mattered, in the final, and the Real Madrid shot stopper pulled off a string of fine stops against Holland to deny what might have been a Dutch victory. His keeping statistics through the tournament, more notably just the two goals conceded, meant he did win the award on merit although the manner in which Spain tend to play, dominating possession throughout, means he was never going to concede a great deal.
Unlike with the Golden Boot and Golden Ball, Iker Casillas would have been a popular choice with punters, so the Spaniard’s success may have landed some bookmakers in a spot of bother. Casillas also becomes the first Spaniard to win the award.
Iker Casillas played every minute of every game for Spain in a winning World Cup campaign, while the only two players to have scored against him in South Africa were Gelson Fernandes of Switzerland and Rodrigo Millar of Chile.