Loris Karius and the Existential Pain of Goalkeeping

When the soul suffers too much, it develops a taste for misfortune. — Albert Camus, goalkeeper and philosopher When I was eighteen years old, during the fall of my freshman year, I started in goal as my college soccer team faced off at home against a particularly difficult opponent. I can’t remember the scoreline. We […]

David De Gea’s Goalkeeping Masterclass Against Everton

David De Gea! We may've just witnessed the best goalkeeping performance we'll see this season. Final: Man U 2-1 Everton. #keepersunion — Newley Purnell (@newley) October 5, 2014 As I Tweeted on Sunday, Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea was absolutely incredible in his team’s 2-1 victory over Everton. It was the kind of goalkeeping […]

This happened today

Yes, that’s me with Juventus, Fulham and Manchester United great Edwin van der Sar. Ran into @ManUtd great Edwin van der Sar (@vdsar1970) in the Jakarta airport today. Incredible. pic.twitter.com/3Ws4nNDna6 — Newley Purnell (@newley) May 15, 2014 Cont’d: He’s in town with @AFCAjax. Thrilling, as a goalkeeper, to meet one of the finest to have […]

Off topic: NYT on Asian goalkeepers

Given my obsession with interest in soccer and goalkeeping, I would be remiss if I failed to point out a story in today’s New York Times on Asian goalkeepers. From the lede: Two years ago, Park Ji-sung grabbed headlines when he became the first Asian to play in a Champions League final. Asian players like […]

RIP Robert Enke

I didn’t have time to note this sad news yesterday, but wanted to point it out since I’ve blogged about soccer and goalkeeping in the past. Robert Enke, the goalkeeper for the German national soccer team and club side Hannover 96, committed suicide on Tuesday. He was 32 years old. Enke was in the running […]

“Goalkeeper Science” in the NYT’s 2008 Year in Ideas

As I may have mentioned in the past, I’ve been a soccer (football) goalkeeper since the age of 7. I can’t get enough of the game, and I absolutely love goalkeeping. (I still play regularly today.) ((A few of my favorite goalkeeper-related Web sites include The Glove Bag — an exceptional online community of goalkeepers […]