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Who has Managed the Most Shutouts at Copa America?

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Who has Managed the Most Shutouts at Copa America?

The Copa America often sees some of the best attacking players in the world all battle it out for the title. However, titles aren’t just won in attack but also with defence - but who have managed the most shutouts at the Copa America.

Who has managed the most shutouts at an individual Copa America?

The 2001 Copa America saw the tournament held in Colombia where the host nation would go onto lift the trophy.

Colombia were dominant on all fronts, scoring the most goals of any side with 11 goals, six of those from Golden Boot winner Victor Arstizábal.

However, it was in defence where this Colombian side really shone.

Colombia were drawn into Group A as hosts where they would take on Chile, Ecuador and Venezuela. Here they picked up a 2 - 0 win over Venezuela, a 1 - 0 win over Ecuador and another 2 - 0 win, this time over Chile - finishing the Group stage without conceding a goal.

The knock-out rounds started with a Quarter-final tie against Peru. Two goals from Aristizábal and a goal from Giovanni Hernández gave Colombia the 3 - 0 win, yet another win without conceding.

The Semi-finals saw Colombia take on Honduras. An early goal from Gerardo Bedoya and a second half goal from Aristizábal secured the 2 - 0 win for Colombia with another shutout.

The Final saw Colombia face Mexico. Ivan Córdoba scored the only goal of the game in the 65th minute as Colombia won 1 - 0, winning their first title.

This also saw Colombia to become the only side to ever win the Copa America without conceding a goal, managing a record six shutouts.

Who has the most shutouts at the Copa America?

Despite being a long-running competition, with its 48th edition this summer, the Copa America has been a tough competition for goalkeepers. Here are the top five goalkeepers at the Copa America.

Claudio Bravo - Chile

Claudio Bravo has competed in six different Copa America tournaments since his international debut with Chile back in 2004.

In his long career, Bravio has made 25 appearances in the competition where he has conceded just 30 goals and has kept an impressive nine clean sheets.

In this time he was a large component of the Chile team that won back to back Copa America titles in 2015 and 2016 where he also won the Copa America Best Goalkeeper awards as well.

David Ospina - Colombia

Despite starting his international debut for Colombia all the way back in 2007, David Ospina is still an active player for Colombia.

Though he has never lifted the Copa America, Ospina has been a part of the Colombia side that picked up third-place finishes in 2016 and 2021.

Over his long career with Colombia, Ospina has managed nine shutouts at the Copa America, three in 2021, 2019 and 2016. He also has the chance to increase this number this summer as he still plays his club football in Saudi Arabia for Al-Nassr.

Fernando Muslera - Uruguay

Fernando Muslera made his debut for Uruguay in 2009 and finished his career with his national team in 2022 after the Qatar World Cup.

Muslera was a part of the 2011 Uruguay team that lifted the Copa America but really became a main fixture in goal in 2015.

Muslera kept one clean sheet in both 2015 and 2016 and then kept three shutouts in both the 2019 and 2021 Copa America tournaments where Uruguay made the Quarter-finals.

This gives him a total of eight shutouts in his Copa America career.

Dida - Brazil

Dida made his debut for Brazil in 1995 and retired from international duty in 2006. In that time he won one Copa America title in 1999 where he managed four shutouts.
Over his impressive Brazil career that also saw him win the 2002 World Cup and the Confederations Cup in 1997 and 2005, Dida managed six shutouts at the Copa America.

Alisson Becker - Brazil

Another current player who is already among the greats of goalkeepers at the Copa America is Alisson Becker.

Alisson made his international debut for Brazil back in 2015 and has been battling it out with Manchester City’s Ederson for the starting spot between the sticks.

However, Alisson is usually the man in goal and in his time at the Copa America he has managed six shutouts. This has led to one title in 2019 where he also won the Golden Glove and made the team of the tournament.

Can any active players break into the top five?

Current Liverpool and Brazil goalkeeper Alisson is already amongst the goalkeepers with the most shutouts in the competition with six clean sheets.

Emiliano Martinez will be another name in the ring for most shutouts at the Copa America as he looks set to start for the strong Argentina side this summer. The Aston Villa goalkeeper already has four clean sheets to his name in the competition from back in 2021 and kept three clean sheets in Argentina’s World Cup winning campaign.