Galekovic predicts long reign for Ryan

Mat Ryan has the quality to be the Socceroos' first choice goalkeeper for the next "three or four" World Cups, according to one of his main competitors for his position in Brazil.

The Club Brugge shot-stopper was Ange Postecoglou’s No.1 at the recent FIFA World Cup, playing all three group matches against Chile, Netherlands and Spain.

Despite the Socceroos' conceding nine goals, the 22-year-old made some superb saves, carrying on the form that saw him take out the Belgian Pro League's Goal-keeper of the Year award last season.

Watching on from the bench was fellow gloveman Eugene Galekovic, who was left impressed with the way Ryan handled himself on the world's biggest stage.

While Ryan was a dejected figure after his error allowed the Netherlands to pinch a 3-2 win in the second game in Porto Alegre, Galekovic believes the way he bounced back shows his outstanding talent.

"Every goalkeeper makes mistakes,” Galekovic told

“He was obviously very disappointed after the Dutch game but he came out against Spain and did very well.

"That's the sort of things you have to get out of your mind as a goalkeeper.

"Once you make a mistake you have to get it out of your system and try and have a good game afterwards and he did that. He's still young and he'll only be better for it."

The young goalkeeper won't go unchallenged for the number one jersey, however, with the likes of Borussia Dortmund's Mitch Langerak (25) and Newcastle Jets' Mark Birighitti (23) also waiting in the wings.

Ryan has continued his strong form into this season, helping Brugge to a 2-0 win over Danish club Brondby overnight to help his side into the next round of the Europa League play-offs.

Galekovic has a big match of his own coming up this weekend as he goes into battle with the Foxtel A-League All Stars against Italian champions Juventus at ANZ Stadium.

And while Galekovic is coming towards the latter stages of his career, Ryan has many years in front of him at both club and international level.

And if he keeps developing at the same rate he has since bursting onto the Hyundai A-League scene with Central Coast in 2010, Galekovic is adamant he'll be around for the long haul.

"You've got to remember he's still a young goalkeeper and for him to get three games at the World Cup it's going to be great for him going forward.



Holger would replace a 34 year old with a 30 year old and by the time the 30 year old got experience in the national team, he'd be old too, combined with wrong selections, we were going backwards fast.
We know with Ange we are heading forward fast and have a bright future.

I am sorry Eugene much as I respect you and your opinion, I think you are way off the mark with Ryan.

He made basic errors in Brazil and is still flat footed.

I would have preferred you playing.

Makes you wonder what would have happened if you had of been between the posts in the game against the Netherlands.

Matt Ryan was so flat footed in the World Cup it wasn't funny. He's not even tall enough nor have a big enough wingspan. I don't care if he had a great year in Belgium. He's not good enough.