Chelsea FC loanee and Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois won his second consecutive Zamora Trophy to signify his ascendance to being the best goalkeeper in La Liga. The award is given to the keeper with the lowest goals to games ratio and is given to a keeper in both the first and second divisions of Spanish football. Courtois allowed only 24 goals in 37 games for an average of .64 goals per game, beating out his closest rivals Athletic Bilbao’s Gorka Iraizoz and Real Madrid’s Diego Lopez by nearly .3 goals a game.
Courtois celebrated the acheivemenet with a thank you that he posted on his Instagram and Twitter in Spanish that, with the help of Google Translate, is translated below:
“I am very happy to win the Zamora Trophy for the second time! Once again I want to thank the team for helping me get it! # aupaatleti”
Rules for winning the Zamora Trophy:
- For a goalkeeper to be eligible for the trophy he should play at least 28 games, considered calculable, during the league season. For a match to be considered calculable the goalkeeper should play, at least, 60 minutes of said match.
- The winner shall be the goalkeeper who has the lowest coefficient, worked out to the second decimal place (hundredths). This is calculated by dividing all goals conceded in the league (including those matches which aren’t calculable i.e. those in which the goalkeeper has played less than 60 minutes) by the total number of calculable matches.
- The trophy can be won by more than one goalkeeper if they have the same coefficient. In which case each goalkeeper shall be awarded a trophy.
- Each week MARCA shall publish a provisional league table. Until one or more goalkeepers reach the 28 calculable matches the league table shall reward those goalkeepers who have played the most calculable matches, and within those, the one who has the lowest coefficient.
This is another achivement that Thibaut Courtois can add to the list of things he has accomplished as Atletico Madrid’s number one. It is obvious why he has developed such a strong emotional connection with the Madrid club and why he has little regard for Chelsea. The Blues must bring him back in to the fold and let him learn the significance of the Chelsea number one (or number thirteen) shirt so he can start winning these awards and trophies with a Chelsea badge on his chest.
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