Leonardo Genoni drags attackers to criticism

Leonardo Genoni drags attackers to criticism
Leonardo Genoni drags attackers to criticism

Published on May 15, 2024 at 1:37 p.m. / Modified on May 15, 2024 at 5:36 p.m.

It’s an old legend that is told in the refreshment bars of Swiss ice rinks: Leonardo Genoni would have chosen the position of goalkeeper because he did poorly on ice skates. Inaccurate, he retorted in a recent interview with Tages-Anzeiger. “As kids, we could try all the positions, and in front of the cage, I was immediately strong. I stopped all the pucks! As an outfield player, my level was lower and I didn’t have as much fun…”

Call it vocation, talent, instinct, the fact remains that since then, Genoni has never stopped dragging attackers to shame. The story continues this spring at the World Championship, the tenth in which he has taken part since 2011. Monday evening, against a Czech Republic pushed by a good part of the 17,413 spectators at the Prague Arena, the goalkeeper of the Swiss team repelled 23 of the 24 shots aimed at him, for a save rate of 95.83%, before being imperious during the penalty shootout which earned the Nati their third victory in as many matches , before facing Great Britain on Wednesday at 8:15 p.m.

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