Date: 10th October 2021 at 7:00pm
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Aston Villa and Argentine international Number 1, Emi Martinez, has this week been named on the shortlist for the prestigious Yashin Trophy.

The impressive goalkeeper has become well known for his ‘gamesmanship’ during penalties in recent times but France Football have recognised his overall performances between the sticks for club and country to rightly shortlist him for the 2021 award.

Martinez finds himself up against Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan/PSG), Ederson (Manchester City), Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City), Edouard Mendy (Chelsea), Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), Keylor Navas (PSG), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid), and Samir Handanovic (Inter Milan).

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The award is named after Soviet Union goalkeeper Lev Yashin and was first held back in 2019 where former Ballon d’Or winners selected Liverpool and Brazil international Alisson as the winner.

I’m no font of knowledge on football abroad but looking at that shortlist with Emi’s achievements over the last year, he has to be in with a great shout in my eyes.

The winner will be announced on November 29.

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