Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois won the adidas Golden Glove as the tournament’s best goalkeeper, as decided by the FIFA Technical Study Group. Iker Casillas, Oliver Kahn and Gianluigi Buffon are amongst the previous winners. Until 2006, the award was called the Yashin Award in honour of the former goalkeeper Lev Yashin.
Belgium owed their historic third place as much to the imperious Courtois as their incisive front line and tenacious defence. The imposing keeper made the most of his large frame and outstanding reflexes to come to his side’s rescue time and again. Beaten only once by eventual champions France in the semi-finals, he turned in another commanding performance in the play-off for third place.
*Yashin Award: Previous Winners:
2014: Manuel Neuer (Germany)
2010: Iker Casillas (Spain)
2006: Gianluigi Buffon (ITA) *
2002: Oliver Kahn (GER) *
1998: Fabien Barthez (FRA) *
1994: Michel Preud’homme (BEL) *