13: Lucky charm Langerak

Perhaps slapping No.13 on the Aussie goalkeeper was just tempting the football gods. Having proved himself a lucky charm at Dortmund the Socceroo's move to fellow Bundesliga outfit, VfB Stuttgart, was soured by a pre-season training injury. Still class will out and we expect the charismatic gloveman to be fighting for the No.1 jersey.


Lucky Charm

Position Goalkeeper Club Borussia Dortmund (now VfB Stuttgart)

Ask Langerak the standout moment of his season, and the answer is no surprise. “Probably the semi-final of the cup against Bayern Munich that we got through to the final,” he says.

“That was a good performance for me but a crazy night for our fans and for our club.” What a DFB-Pokal semi-final it was for Langerak.

After the clash finished at 1-1 after 120 minutes, he was called into penalty shootout action against some of the world’s best. Philipp Lahm? Slipped. Over the bar. Xabi Alonso? Slipped. Wide. Surely Mario Gotze? Full-stretch save. Manuel Neuer? Crossbar. Langerak, 26, was unbeaten in the shootout, capping his best season yet at Dortmund as he made 14 appearances in all competitions.

“I was happy with my season,” he said. “I played the most games I’ve played so far since I’ve been at Dortmund and my from my point of view, I was happy with my performances, happy with howI went so hopefully I can build on that.” He will only get better as he is rewarded with more game time.

HE SAID: “I’ve got to build on what I’ve done this season, to play some more games and to consolidate on what I’ve done so far.”

THEY SAID: “He is amazing at penalties and he keeps us in the game with excellent saves.” Jurgen Klopp.