Goalkeepers Are Different

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Goalkeepers Are Different

Recent Updates

21 July 2016
A long overdue update sees Czechoslovakia's František Plánička joing the parthenon of Goalkeeping Greats, Hope Solo notches up her 100th clean sheet at international level, two goalkeepers fall foul of the law and the goalposts of the 1978 World Cup come under scrutiny as does France's use of all three keepers in the Group Stages.

Goalkeeping Greats, Quirky Facts, In the Net, I Fought the Law, Words of Wisdom

3 July 2016
The latest update features the American international goalkeeper with three equally sporting brothers and a Country & Western singer for a father, the South African keeper who won awards for his acting abilities and later shared the screen with Michael Douglas, a couple of shirty tales including the unfortunate spelling error at Liverpool Football Club, and some quotes from Sepp Maier, Shay Given and Lev Yashin.

Quirky Facts, Getting Shirty, Getting Personal, I Fought the Law, Words of Wisdom

19 June 2016
A Fathers' Day update featuring a couple of goalkeepers that followed in their dads' footsteps, two Euro 2016 goalies that have had dalliances with the film industry, more quirky debuts - both good and bad, some goalkeeper nicknames and Alan Rough's dodgy perm from the 1978 World Cup finals in Argentina.

Quirky Facts, Goalkeeping Debuts, Getting Personal, Words of Wisdom

8 June 2015
A cheeky midweek update featuring the last goalkeeper to legally pick a football up from a backpass, the only keeper ever sent off for two bookable offences for timewasting, a couple of goalscoring goalies, the goalkeeper who needed a bowl of rice pudding in order to play and England defender Phil Neal's brief stint in goal!

Quirky Facts, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Getting Personal, Words of Wisdom

30 May 2016
A Bank Holiday update featuring Gordon Banks' brief singing career, Bert Trautmann's even briefer film career plus a selection of disastrous goalkeeper debuts, goalscoring goalkeepers and a couple of Brazilian goalkeepers whose religious faiths had an unexpected impact on their careers.

Quirky Facts, Goalkeeping Debuts, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Keepers of the Faith

About Us

Goalkeepersaredifferent.com came to life in the summer of 1999. A treasure trove of goalkeeper facts, trivia and a whole lote more, it has kept football fans amused and entertained with its collection of goalie titbits ever since. But don't just take our word for it...

"Excellent and well-written" - When Saturday Comes

"Excellent" - Guardian Unlimited

"Goalkeepers are the drummers of football... Great quirky facts, a great website" - Website Wasteland, The Gideon Coe Show, BBC Radio6 Music

Words of Wisdom
  • "It's disappointing to be dropped from any team - even my mates' fantasy league team"
    Robert Green
  • "I dreamt of playing for a club like Manchester United, and now here I am at Liverpool"
    Sander Westerveld
  • "He had no chance of beating Schmeichel from there, but it was always worth a try"
    Alan Parry
  • "If you're a goalkeeper, it doesn't matter what you save the ball with - if you keep it out, it's not a goal"
    Mark Lawrenson
  • "Goalkeepers aren't born today until they're in their late twenties or thirties"
    Kevin Keegan
  • "And Seaman, just like a falling oak, manages to change direction"
    John Motson
  • "It was like deja vu all over again"
    Shaka Hislop
  • "I still don't buy the idea that I'm a sex symbol"
    Hope Solo
  • "Peter Schmeichel will be like a father figure to Kasper Schmeichel"
    Jamie Redknapp

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