Rebel poet shows why Man City’s Ederson would be the perfect Yashin Trophy winner – Dominic Farrell

Ederson faces stiff competition for the Yashin Trophy, but the Manchester City goalkeeper is kind of a soul mate with the man whose prestigious award takes his name.

When France Football announced its list of 30 candidates for the Ballon d’Or – with Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez and Ruben Dias – the publication also nominated 10 nominees for the award recognizing the best goalkeeper in world football .

Ederson is joined by Edouard Mendy, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Keylor Navas, Jan Oblak, Kasper Schmeichel, Thibaut Courtois. Emiliano Martinez, Manuel Neuer and Samir Handanovic in a who’s who of the best glove makers in the game.

There are a number of worthy winners within the squad, but it’s safe to say City’s inimitable Brazilian is the player most aligned with the great Lev Yashin.

Widely regarded as one of the best representatives of the goalkeeper in football history, former Soviet Union and Dynamo Moscow hero Yashin remains the only goalkeeper to win the Ballon d’Or thanks to his triumph. in 1963.

Yashin shared an era with all-time greats such as Pele, Eusebio and Franz Beckenbauer and was considered the equal of these illustrious contemporaries.

There are several astonishing statistics attached to the career of “The Black Spider”, including over 275 clean sheets and just over 150 penalty saves, according to FIFA. In his Ballon d’Or year, when Dynamo won a fifth straight league title, they conceded just seven goals in 27 games.

The great goalkeeper Lev Yashin

Yashin’s remarkable reflexes and his towering, broad-shouldered physique are his most memorable features – at 6ft 2in, he was the same height as Ederson – but there was one revealing remark in the Football France literature surrounding it. the 1963 gala.

They wrote that he had “revolutionized the role of the goalkeeper like no other before him, always being ready to act as an additional defender”. In addition, Yashin was adept at “launching dangerous counterattacks with his positioning and quick throws.”

Don’t take their word for it either. Yashin’s unique take on the goalie has permeated the wider culture of his homeland. Internationally renowned poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, who made the cover of Time Magazine in 1962 and was known for his opposition to Stalinism, dedicated a poem to Yashin. It started:

“Now here is a revolution in football,
“The keeper is running out of his line.”

It’s safe to assume that Yevtushenko – or Yashin, for that matter – would have found Ederson’s work for City in recent seasons just as inspiring. Having your name sung to the tune of an Oasis classic is also considered poetry, right?

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If the former Benfica youngster doesn’t charge from his line to stifle an attack, he coldly knits the play with his defenders or deploys a majestic sweep pass – like the 80-yard marvel that freed Foden in the recent 2-2 draw in Liverpool – with his left foot stick. Pep Guardiola admits Ederson is his best penalty taker, but he doesn’t want to let this irresistible spectacle take place in a competitive setting

There are plenty of excellent contenders for this year’s Yashin Trophy, but after clinching a third Premier League title in four seasons and securing a second Golden Glove, Ederson has a body of work that would make him a deserving winner of the award named after a great footballer to whom he is a natural heir.

Do you think Ederson should win the Yashin Trophy and where does he rank among the best goalies in the world? Follow the editor of City Is Ours Dom Farrell on Twitter and join the discussion in the comments section.

Ann G. Starbuck