Goalkeepers Are Different

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Goalkeepers Are Different

Recent Updates

5 August 2018
The now traditional update to welcome the start of the new football season celebrates the unusual with the debuts of not one but two goalkeepers who were capped by the now defunct country of Saarland in the 1950s. There's also the Huddersfield Town emergency goalkeeper who kept a clean sheet and scored a goal in the same game and the day Lille were forced to try a striker and a defender between the sticks. Finally, there are a couple of goalkeeper families, including the Spanish father and son that represented Spain in the Olympics and World Cup, and the former Portsmouth and Fulham goalkeeper who founded Major Beach Soccer in the United States.

Quirky Facts, Goalkeeping Debuts, Getting Personal, Emergency Measures

10 July 2018
A cheeky semi-final half-time update that certainly has a World Cup feel about it, with a number of record breaking feats from 2018 included, from penalty stoppers to sending offs, plus the Argentine author and part-time goalkeeper who wrote a collection of football-themed short stories. There's also some more debuts of the good and bad variety plus the Dutch international who was so versatile that he was capable of keeping goal, scoring goals and defending them from right back.

Quirky Facts, Goalkeeping Debuts, Emergency Measures

1 July 2018
A World Cup-themed update of sorts featuring two of Egypts three goalkeepers, Mohamed El-Shenawy and Essam El-Hadary, who may have already returned home but they certainly left their mark on the competition. There's also the story of the Peru international who burnt his feet playing football in the hot sun, the Dutch goalkeeper that took to the field in Gordon Banks's England shirt and the Nigerian international who turned his back on the game to set up his own religious order. There's also some more quirky middle names and the West Ham goalkeeper whose luck run out despite finding a "lucky charm".

Getting Shirty, Quirky Injuries, Getting Personal, Keepers of the Faith

9 June 2018
A pre-World Cup update that features very little World Cup action aside from Rinat Dasayev's appearances in three finals between 1982 and 1990! Dasayev is the latest goalkeeper to be added to the Goalkeeping Greats section of the website but there's also some more goalscoring goalkeepers, a couple of Liverpool outfield players that unexpectedly found themselves donning the goalkeeper's jersey and some goalkeeping debuts of the bad and quirk variety. The latter includes the unfortunate Kilmarnock goalkeeper who scored an own goal when the ball ricocheted off a post and rebounded off his face and into the back of the net...

Goalkeeping Greats, Goalkeeping Debuts, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Emergency Measures

30 May 2018
The Uruguayan team that were left red-faced when they turned up for a game without the correct goalkeeper shirt and had to borrow one from a fan is arguably the highlight of the latest update but there's plenty more to get your teeth into. There's also the Rangers legend who had to go in goal during a Scottish FA Cup Final, the Ivory Coast international who knocked himself out after colliding with his goalpost and the England international who missed six months of action after he ended up in hospital following a game of tennis against his brother. There's also some more goalscoring goalkeepers, a Homer Simpson goalkeeper jersey and the Bayern Munich defender who kept a clean sheet.

Getting Shirty, Quirky Injuries, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Emergency Measures

About Us

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

"Educational and charming" - Oliver Kahn

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"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
  • "Casper Ankegren's a bit of a Dracula-type keeper... doesn't like crosses"
    Andy Ritchie

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