Top 15 A-League players: No.5 Eugene Galekovic

In the lead up to the 2013-14 season, join us as we count down the best 15 players in the A-League, as voted for by Goal and journalists and writers.


A goalkeeper making the top 15 was arguably a surprise, but if one shot-stopper deserves a spot it is Adelaide United captain Eugene Galekovic.

Once unable to breakthrough for a start at the Melbourne Victory, Galekovic, 32, has since developed into the A-League's best goalkeeper.

He is a two-time A-League Goalkeeper of the Year, two-time Adelaide club champion and has three times been named the club's players' player of the year.

Galekovic's recent efforts have only been outdone by Western Sydney's Ante Covic and former Central Coast star Mat Ryan.

Eugene Galekovic

Club Games Goals
Melbourne Victory [2005-07]
Adelaide United [2007-]

But his consistency in the A-League has led to deserved Socceroos appearances and sees him potentially being selected in Holger Osieck's squad for the 2014 World Cup.

Galekovic and Michael Theoklitos fought for a place at Victory before the former moved on to the Reds, where he has become arguably the competition's best.

His saves for Adelaide often feature on highlights reels and he has kept the Reds in matches plenty of times in the past.

Under Josep Gombau, Galekovic should be able to impress as he is more than capable with the ball at his feet.


Reactions and reflexes are generally what make Galekovic such a good goalkeeper. Some of his saves from rebounds and close range are often hard to believe as he responds quicker than most to tip and palm shots away. His strong hands and positioning make him better than most in those situations, while he is generally hard to beat in one-on-ones. There are few weaknesses in Galekovic's game.

Defining moment

It was the save that saw Galekovic draw comparisons to great England goalkeeper Gordon Banks, a World Cup winner. And it came on the continental stage. Banks' stop to deny Pele at the 1970 World Cup has been labelled the greatest ever save. He dived low to his right to somehow tip a powerful Pele header over the bar. Galekovic's stop may not have been quite as amazing but it was undoubtedly impressive. Playing in the AFC Champions League round of 16 in May 2012, Galekovic dived to his left, tipping a towering header from Nagoya striker and Socceroo Josh Kennedy around his post. The Reds went on to win 1-0 on their way to the quarter-finals.

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